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Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul Hardcover – January 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the mythology of The Clone Wars has been added in (Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters/Brothers of Dathomir) which I really enjoyed as something that ties the parts of the Saga together. I am not sure whether this book has been re-classified as "Legends," but I wouldn't stop that from recommending it.
I enjoyed reading the book and learned more about the Star Wars world (dark side).
Enjoyed the read
Learned more background of the Star Wars world and some of the key Dark Side players
Not enough big picture events for me to give the book more than 4 Stars
I am happy the book came out and also happy I read it.
For all big or true Star War book fans read this book. You know you want to.
If you are not a big Star Wars fan you will enjoy the story but unless you follow the Dark Side background some of the sub plot action may not light your fire. (sort of 3 Stars for non big Star Wars fans)
The story is well written and it is absorbing and keeps one reading with interest. This book is a true gem and this is coming from someone who never cared for the character Darth Maul.
First off, this is actually a really nice binding from something aimed at a younger audience. The book comes with a slipcase, and the cover is a glossy, thick hardcover with nice artwork. The story itself is 214 pages in length, so you can finish it in a couple evenings. And while it might be marketed at a younger audience, the story is not dumbed down or any less violent. Best of all, it’s a great story.
I’m not super familiar with Maul’s background, so I’ve only read a couple books that have featured him and each of those only covered a moment of his life. This book, on the other hand, covers a very large chunk of his life. From his childhood on Mustafar to his discovery on Lotho Minor by his brother Savage Opress, the book covers a lot of territory. There’s the harsh training Darth Sidious put Maul through. His relationship with his master and glimpses of how his psyche was broken and molded into that of a Sith. Through the story, we see Maul the student. Then he passes his trials to become the apprentice, earning the honorific of Sith Lord. We catch moments of his training at the Orsis Academy which gets mentioned in Maul: Lockdown. The book includes his first encounter with Mother Talzin (at least from his perspective), and of course, his fateful encounter with Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. But it doesn’t end there.
For those who have watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars, you know Maul comes back to life after being cut in half in The Phantom Menace. The Wrath of Darth Maul touches on his existence as a shattered creature living on Lotho Minor. It shows his encounter with his brother, and leaves off with him remembering who he is and who hates. It’s a thoroughly entertaining account of Maul’s life.
I highly recommend this book to adult Star Wars fans, and younger fans as well. Don’t shun this one because it’s Scholastic. Ryder knocked out a good story all fans can enjoy. It’s also a great companion piece for Maul: Lockdown and Darth Plagueis, filling in the holes both of those books leave for the character. While Plagueis doesn’t show up in this novel at all, it does provide more insight into Sidious.
For giving a great overview of Maul’s life from childhood to seeming death, The Wrath of Darth Maul is uncontested. No other book gives such coverage to one of the most intriguing Sith in Star Wars. It sheds wonderful details on his life, and provides glimpses of his master, Sidious. If you like Darth Plagueis but wanted to know more about Maul, this is definitely the book you’re looking for. I give it a five out of five.
Not a total flop, though. I did at least finish the book, though there were several moments in which I did consider quitting. Intriguing introduction and ending, though. Enough to give the pallet a tease for more Maul action to come. I only hope it's not so dark and dismal. At least the other Star Wars bad guy novels had more of an adventure-in-a-galaxy-far-far-away type feel. This one wasted too much time being the sad, sad saga of an abused child-turned-serial-killer. And also included a lot of senseless killing, which goes against the teachings of Darth Bane and many of the other sith lords. (One does not have to kill everything just because they can. In fact, to do so would mean killing potential subjects/minions.)