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Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul Hardcover – January 1, 2012

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About the Author

Ryder Windham is the author of more than fifty Star Wars books, including Star Wars: The Complete Vader and Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner s Manual. A former graphic designer and comic book editor, he is an instructor and the Certificate Advisor for the Comic and Sequential Art Program at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education and an honorary member of the 501st Legion. He resides with his family in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Slp edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545383277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545383271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a big fan of Darth Maul, who felt he did not get this due in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, this book was a boon. Author Ryder Windham starts us with a young Maul (it is never clearly stated how old Maul is - i figure it's to add to his mystique) who is under the cruel, Agoge-esque, tutelage of Darth Sidious; to his battle with Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan & beyond. The book is fast-paced & exciting (i was able to finish it in about 5 hours). The story is from Maul's point of view & should not be misconstrued as a biography. Windham acknowledges that some of the story is taken from "Star Wars: Episode 1 Journal - Darth Maul", not to mention the final chapters, which are a recapitulation of the scenes with Maul from SW:E1-TPM; only from Maul's point-of-view.
This is a Scholastic book, intended for kids 8 & up, however Ryder does not write-down to his readers, ergo people of any age can enjoy this novel.
The Amazon page lists the book as having 224 pages, but they must be including the title pages & table of contents, because there are 216 pages (even that is including the Acknowledgments).
Maybe i am making connections where there are none, but chapter 6 starts on page 66. Is this an allusion to Maul's similarity to other "adversaries" in mythology like Habayu & Set or mere coincidence?
About the artwork: just to clear any confusion, the picture on the front of the book is of Darth Maul glowering, sans-hood; although the slip-cover is of a hooded Maul with a more complacent stare.
In summation: whether you are an allegiant Star Wars fan or have never heard of Star Wars (i pity you if you are the latter) you can enjoy this book.
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Given I am a big Star Wars book hound, reading this book was almost a given for me.

I enjoyed reading the book and learned more about the Star Wars world (dark side).

PRO

Enjoyed the read
Learned more background of the Star Wars world and some of the key Dark Side players

CON

Not enough big picture events for me to give the book more than 4 Stars

Overall

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)
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By Ran on December 8, 2012
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I liked this quite a bit. I like Maul, so naturally, I thought I would like reading about his childhood. And I did. It was another puzzle piece in the Plagues, Shadow Hunter, Saboteur, End Game, Phantom Menace series of stories in which Maul is involved. The only reason I would not give this 5 stars is because of the discrepancy between this story and (I believe) the Darth Plagueis book, where the construction of Mauls double bladed light sabre is concerned. Oh my God! I just realized how much of a Star Wars nerd I am. I've actually seen the transformation, right there! Ahhhh! Anyhow, this book was a great addition for me, a Darth Maul fan.
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This is a backstory of the popular character of Darth Maul, and how Darth Sidious (aka Emperor Palpatine) trained him to be a Sith Lord, assassin and all-around super-scary-guy with horns on his head and a double-bladed lightsaber in his hands. The Sith tenets of brutality and aggression and cruelty were surprisingly in the forefront of a book that I guess is categorized as "Young Adult." As an adult SW fan, I found this book to be a great read and gave me lots of insights into the character of Maul.
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.
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The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham is admittedly a book I had put on the backburner. I knew it was published by Scholastic and intended for younger readers. However, I heard from others that it was a good book, so I picked it up…and neglected it for about a year on my bookshelf. There was always some new book to read, and it just didn’t seem that important. That was until I read an advanced review copy of Joe Schreiber’s Maul: Lockdown. Reading that book gave me a sudden craving for more Maul. My attention turned back to that forgotten bookshelf, and that dusty hardcover copy of The Wrath of 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.
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