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Labyrinth of Evil (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy #1)

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A Jedi adventure that is a direct prequel to the upcoming movie, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith! Based on information from George Lucas and written by bestselling Star Wars author James Luceno, this book leads directly into the explosive opening scene of the new blockbuster movie.

Now a full-fledged Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker sets out on his first mission wit
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 3rd 2005 by Arrow (first published January 1st 2005)
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Crystal Starr Light
While this book is most certainly not an easy read (typical James Luceno), it is none-the-less fun and informative. Many of the Clone Wars novels (most notably The Cestus Deception and Jedi Trial) have been lacking or not very cohesive. Attack of the Clones movie only shows the beginning of the Clone Wars. And Revenge of the Sith ends the Clone Wars, leaving us, the audience, yearning for answers as to how we get from AotC to RotS.
This is where Labyrinth of Evil comes in.

Anakin and Obi-Wan
Sep 12, 2007 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As per usual, after I saw Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith for the first time, I wanted more. This novel is the prequel to the movie, occurring between episodes II and III. It fills in nicely a lot of plot-data, but it doesn't do much else. Luceno seemed afraid to explore the Obi-Wan/Anakin dynamics of this time period, something which, thankfully, did not hamper Matthew Stover when he wrote the novelization of Episode III. Obi-Wan and Anakin are the reason I love Star Wars, and I ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a run up to (movie) Episode Three, Labyrinth of Evil succeeds. As a standalone novel it was nearly unintelligible. All the usual suspects go through all the usual motions, but what about the hapless reader who wanders into the Star War universe at this book?

That said, Luceno also flunks astrophysics. On one page (326) he uses the phrases "closing rapidly on the rim of the gravity well" and "punching through Corusacant's sheath of gases." (outward bound) Similar statements throughout the book
Chad Warner
Dec 12, 2009 Chad Warner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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Dec 21, 2015 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obtained
you know how episode iii is just a gaping 2.5 hour long plot hole to anyone with a brain? this should be required reading for anyone stepping into that swamp. it sets the stage, by which i mean, EXPLAINS the bloody conflict, grants the jedi council agency and doesn't set them up to just be inactive dupes, makes obi-wan at least 3% believable as a supposed mentor, and actually explains who and what grievous is and how he fits in the sith scheme of things. the only thing not saved by this is padme ...more
Dev Null
This was fun, but heavily bogged down by the baggage of being a Star Wars book.

The story, almost by definition, couldn't go much of anywhere. We know what happens before, and we know where it ends up. Nothing can be resolved because nothing starts resolved in the next movie. It makes Annakin's slide a bit more gradual than just watching the films, but even in that case the book has to start with "already sliding" and end before it actually gets to any interesting values of "slid". So it ends up
Apr 18, 2016 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While a lot of people are ticked off by the canon "reset", this book is a good example of why I think it is a good idea. While reading this, I also watched the old Clone Wars series (the 2003-2005 one), which also covers this period and the first half of the Coruscant battle... And they are completely different stories. How hard is it to get on the same page with these things, considering the book and the third season of Clone Wars were being produced right at the same time, and that both were m ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Yves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dans ce tome de la Guerre des Clones, Anakin et Obi-Wan partent à la recherche de Nute Gunray, un des leaders des Séparatistes. D'après eux, c'est la meilleure façon de découvrir Darth Sidious, le Sith Lord qui manipule les séparatistes. Lors de poursuite contre Gunray, les deux Jedi vont découvrir des faits de plus en plus troublant sur l'origine de l'armée de clones.

J'ai bien aimé ce roman car les héros commencent découvrir la vérité sur la guerre des Clones. Ils se rendent compte que le compl
Oct 07, 2013 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

The one thing I don't like about prequels is that knowing what will happen later ruins the story. I remember watching Attack of the Clones in IMAX, and, during a scene where Obi-Wan in danger, I knew he was going to make it, because he had to live to meet Luke and Han in A New Hope. Despite such feelings, I went ahead and read Labyrinth of Evil, even though I've seen Revenge of the Sith more than once, and knew the fate of the various characters. Though the story was moderately e
Oct 23, 2008 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I finally got this read after looking at it in the library for awhile and it is a great book the does some good story line before the Revenge of the Sith. It shows Anakin starting to change a little bit, but it really helps to show how things started to come about with the rise of The Empiror. It also does a nice job of feeling in some of the story from the Attack of the Clones.

I would probably see Attack of the Clones and/or Revenge of the Sith to get a better feel for the book. I remembered mo
Dec 26, 2015 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't Luceno at his best, but it's still a fun read that fills the time between the second and the third prequel films adequately whilst giving insight into the minds of characters who are given less love in other media. (Dooku, Grievous)
I felt that it had a strong start but skewed towards the middle - that said, I can believe that feeling was mostly due to the shaky storyline that had already been decided, and not Luceno's writing skills. I did enjoy it overall but the rushed ending left
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
General Grievous has a flashback on who he was before becoming a cyborg, and the accident that happened that nearly killed him. And Count Dooku also has a flashback of his version of events as to how Grievous was nearly killed (hint – he had a hand in it). Is that the only Grievous origin? I’ll have to research.

The Labyrinth of Evil novel is actually Part 1 of a trilogy, with the second book actually being Revenge of the Sith, which was the movie. I had no idea that there was an entire novel lea
Lance Lumley
Jan 22, 2016 Lance Lumley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard fans
Recommended to Lance by: Library book sale
This book is prequel to Episode III Revenge of the Sith. I got this book, along with many other Star Wars books, from a book sale at my local library. The book was alright, but very in depth for me. I liked the Star Wars movies (the originals and "The Force Awkens," and actually did like most of "Sith.") , and have just started reading the books, so I'm a newbee to the novels.
The plot focuses on Anakin and Obi Wan chasing down the creator of a walking chair that had hidden messages in it that
Jared Mayes
Nov 06, 2015 Jared Mayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A battle rages in space. Battle-weary soldiers yearn to put an end to the turmoil. Villains wait aboard a battleship. Canons fire. Blades clash. Death, darkness, and action work together to dazzle the minds of the viewer. The opening moments of Revenge of the Sith are regarded by many, myself included, as the most entertaining of the prequel films. We find ourselves at the end of an action-packed story known as the Clone Wars, and yet we never saw the Clone Wars take place beyond its opening bat ...more
Deron Elias
Star wars labyrinth of evil by James Luceno is a Sci-fi novel about Anakin Skywalker, Obi wan kobi and the republic are in a war with the sepertist and its up to the republic to stop them from taking over the galaxy.

There are a lot of things that I really enjoyed about his book. The story really on one plot through the story but I really enjoyed the big intense fights in the book between the Jedi and Sith. I also liked the detail the author rights with it explains the environment and how everyt
Apr 03, 2014 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty excited to get into this one, as it's a "prequel" for Revenge of the Sith.

Two main problems: 1) Confusing and 2) Almost no character development.

It took me a good long while to figure out what was happening and why. That went for the plot, individual scenes, etc. Every time I started a chapter, it took me until about halfway through before I kinda knew what was going on. At that point, I was asking, "Why? Why are we doing this? What's our goal? Why does this story need to be told?"

Aug 31, 2015 Fluvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
English review below the Spanish one

APASIONANTE: ¡la mejor novela del universo expandido que me he leído hasta ahora (aunque reconozco que aún me quedan muchas)! Gracias a ella he entendido muchas de las cosas que ocurren en La venganza de los Sith, por lo que su lectura es obligada para todos aquellos fans de Star Wars que se sintieron algo perdidos al ver la película. Te da explicaciones para muchas de las circunstancias que sacuden a los personajes en el episodio III, y te ayuda a comprender
Dec 29, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was saved by my listening to it rather than reading it, because man, Star Wars books are super awesome to listen to. They have the sound effects, the accents of the characters that are passably close to the actors; it comes across as a radio play rather than an audiobook, and I love radio plays.

That said, I think I would have had a really hard time with this if I'd been reading it. It does a great job of setting the stage for Return of the Sith, to be sure, and helps answer som
Jim C
Feb 10, 2015 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This is the prequel to Revenge of the Sith and this book takes us right to the opening scene in that movie. In this one, Obi-Wan and Anakin are close to capturing Nute Gunray. He escapes but leaves behind a clue that could finally reveal the identity of Darth Sidious and bring an end to the war.

There were some aspects I really enjoyed in this novel. The author does a terrific job with the characters. His handling of the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan is per
Jun 13, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As is fairly typical of Luceno, this was a solid book, though not an awesome one.

I've always felt that the Clone Wars era of novels were a bit less exciting because there was always the sense that they were written on rails. We know exactly where these characters were headed, so no author could write anything that would deviate from that future point in time.

As such, this book was inherently just not as exciting. Labyrinth of Evil was mostly about the final search for Dooku, Grievous, and ulti
Kent Turner
This is my first written review on GoodReads, courtesy of James Luceno.

Labyrinth of Evil is my second Luceno book that I've ever read, the first being a 3-starred Darth Plagueis novel set in the same Star Wars universe. The only reason I donated a second star to this book was because of the tidbits explored with established Star Wars characters that I wanted to learn more about, especially with Anakin and Obi-Wan during events immediately before Episode III.

The only thing I learned from these pa
Jun 21, 2015 Ernest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This prequel to Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith essentially has Anakin and Obi-Wan fighting and following leads to discover the identity of Darth Sidious, with the minor plot of Bail Organa and a few others growing concerned about the direction of the government/Senate, the genesis of that group being of what would become the Rebel Alliance, as things spill into events of the start of the film.

It can be tricky writing a story in a universe where not only the outcome of the characters
Nolan Gray
Feb 23, 2015 Nolan Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
An earlier review described James Luceno as a workhorse in the Star Wars expanded universe. Unlike many of the great Star Wars authors (Zahn, Karpyshyn), Luceno isn't setting up grand new narratives or delving so deep into lore that only the most dedicated fans can follow (excepting his contributions to The New Jedi Order series). Rather, he's telling the stories that help to strengthen and expand the films; the stories that everyone, whether your favorite character is Jar Jar or Darth Bane, is ...more
Luke Hanes
May 09, 2015 Luke Hanes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! Especially the back stories. When watching episodes I, II & III I have to intentionally get over some of the corniness of the characters, etc. but reading the books allows for more personal imagination. That freedom + this authors writing style + the focus on back story really brought the drama to a place I could relate to as a person. And of course a book allows for more detail of Anakin's fall. Very fun book to get lost in. And honestly, cheesiness aside, the rise, fall and redemp ...more
Michael Tidd
Jun 19, 2016 Michael Tidd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Look at that cover. This book looks like it is about Anakin fighting Grievous, maybe tracking him to his lair, fighting droids and traps, the most powerful Jedi fighting a notorious Jedi-killer. That's something worth reading, right?

Instead, you get a lot of things you don't want. Tracking a chair manufacturer - thrilling. the "labyrinth of evil" is just tracking Sidious through some Coruscant back door. Padme and Bail chapters, blah blah, and then the ending, which (written in 2005) is an alter
Mar 19, 2016 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great setup to ROTS. What is even more wonderful is that Luceno is a great author who understands the EU. Throughout the entirety of the novel, events and ideas from all Clone Wars media (pre-TCW but including the original cartoon) are mentioned, referenced, and incorporated.

Gunray and Haako escape from Anakin and Obi-Wan but leave behind their mechno-chair. Grievous learns of this, and Sidious is NOT. HAPPY. This is particularly due to the fact that the Neimodians were unable to hide
Brock Beauchamp
May 25, 2015 Brock Beauchamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The more I read and watch the expanded universe books that center around the prequels, the more I become frustrated with the movies themselves. To put it in the briefest review possible, here's my take on this book:

This novel should have been Episode II of the prequels.

If you want more information, here you go...

Luceno, with his novels Darth Plagueis, Labyrinth of Evil, and Rise of Darth Vader (currently reading this now), has made the prequels both better and worse. The films are made better be
Mar 03, 2015 Ari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Since I recently re-watched the first three films in the saga, I thought apt to read this one which precedes Episode III in hopes of seeing more of Grievous and Dooku, and how they 'captured' Palpatine at the very beginning of the film. I was not dissapointed. It gives us answers to that question, but also lets us see the very end of the Clone Wars: The Republic is winning major battles and the Separatists are being relegated far to the Outer Rim. It sounds like a desperate move to attack the ga ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Luceno isn't a flashy author, as Star Wars goes. He's not capable of the transcendent themes and rich prose of Matthew Stover, or the complex scheming and deft characterization of Timothy Zahn. He's a workhorse author, called upon to fill in gaps and, often, patch over inconsistencies or explain the baffling plot points of the movies. His strengths are his vast and deep knowledge of SW canon, and his capacity to draw many pieces of evidence from other sources and tie them neatly into a sor ...more
One of the most frustrating things about Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy is the time-hopping that leaves big gaps in the story of the Clone Wars and left me, as a viewer very disconnected with the characters whose story he was trying to tell. Even more annoyingly, the planetary and political backdrop to this entire period in Star Wars Universe had clearly been discussed, debated and worked through in quite some detail and there's nothing more that this reviewer likes than an epic story that tak ...more
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“I never claimed to be the Chosen One. That was Qui-Gon. Even the Council doesn’t believe it anymore, so why should you?”
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