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

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  4,215 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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
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
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
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
Chad Warner
Dec 12, 2009 Chad Warner rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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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
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
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
Jared Mayes
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
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?"

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
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
Jim C
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
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
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
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
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
The plotting and planning of Palpatine, and his sheer patience in carrying it all out over 13 years continues to captivate and intrigue me. The genius of his mind, and those who created him, is on the level of downright scary!

The attack on Coruscant was reminiscent of 9/11, and I couldn't help but think how glad I am that James Luceno is an author and not a terrorist!

Had to go with 3 stars, however, because there were too many, overly detailed battle scenes for my personal liking. Overall, tho
Brock Beauchamp
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
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
This book is another example of an exciting Star Wars adventure (not great science fiction, but wonderful space opera). It was hard to put the book down. The pacing is fast and pushes events along that lead directly into the opening scene of Episode III. You get background info Grievous and Sidious and it explains the how and why of the events of Episode III. Sadly, some of the events in LoE (Labyrinth of Evil) conflict with Genndy Tartakovsky's Clone Wars microseries cartoon, mainly the details ...more
Mike Smith
This book relates the events immediately preceding the movie Revenge of the Sith. If you've seen the movie, you recall it opens with the Supreme Chancellor having been kidnapped by the Separatists. The book covers the actual kidnapping and the machinations of the factions leading up to the kidnapping.

The book covers a lot of territory and has some good action scenes, but falls a little flat overall. Also, some of the plot details are different from those presented in other media, such as the Clo
Luke Baldock
I've always enjoyed the Star Wars prequels. But I also enjoy Sharktopus and the Anaconda movies. The prequels were never up there with the original trilogy. They don't even come close. Despite this, I decided to give this book a read. The prequel to Revenge of the Sith. One plus about reading Star Wars novels is that I'm familiar with characters and places. It's never too taxing on the imagination and I'm able to breeze through the books. In many ways this book is about as good as, if not better ...more
I remembered reading this book a year or so ago, when I was eleven, and I liked it then. I recently read it again, and I think I better understand it now. If this book is a stand alone, it won't be very good, but since it is all part of the star wars saga and I understand the galaxy pretty well now, this book is entertaining for me. James Luceno's style of writing is strongly shown here, and that is probably part of why I liked the book. I recommend huge Star Wars fans for this book, mostly beca ...more
Seemed more like a lengthy setup for Episode 3 than a book on its own merits - It had the all the standards I have come to expect and be bored by in a clone wars era piece.

Kenobi and Anakin travel around - Obiwan is scared of flying, especially when Skywalker is at the helm. The future mist Vader is overwhelmingly powerful and those around him are awed. Anakin gives hints he has to much anger and fear in him, but NONE of the jedi are strong enough in the force to notice anything awry...

At this p
From my limited experience, it is rather difficult for the Star Wars "expanded universe" novels to rise above overt hokey-ness. Luceno does a better job than most, though he occasionally recycles well-known Star Wars dialog and builds meaningless dramatic tension. If nothing else, Labyrinth of Evil highlights a fundamental flaw of George Lucas' prequel trilogy: that Anakin is essentially a flat character with nowhere to go except the Dark Side of the Force.

Labyrinth of Evil is fun, albeit unnece
Janine Tinsley
Better than expected, although for a book almost entirely comprised of action it took me a lot longer to finish it than I would have thought. I didn't have a difficult time putting it down at all. Still, there were some nice gaps filled in and it was a great lead-in to the Ep III. In particular, I found the backstory between Sidious, Tyranus, and Grevious to be interesting. I don't think it would have worked at all as a stand alone novel -- you have to know the movie going into it.
David Jin
This novel was, no lie, pretty boring. Luceno is great at dialogue and weaving political twists together, as he did in cloak of deception. However, this novel tries to bring in more action, and it serves as a tie-in between episodes 2 and 3. However effective, the novel doesn't seem at all essential. It doesn't answer and questions, and all you get from is a general explanation for how General Grievous managed to kidnap Palpatine: insufficient security.
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James Luceno co-wrote a lot of books with Brian Daley as Jack McKinney.

He is a New York Times Best-Selling author currently living in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and youngest child.
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