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Labyrinth of Evil

(Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,775 Ratings  ·  230 Reviews
The war that erupted in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is nearing its boiling point, as the dauntless Separatist forces continue their assault on the teetering Republic-and the diabolical triumvirate of Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their Master, Darth Sidious, fine-tune their strategy for conquest. In Episode III Revenge of the Sith the fates of key play ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Star Wars - Legends - Reprint, 370 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Del Rey Books (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.

Plot:
Anakin and Obi-Wan
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Jenny
Sep 12, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Christopher
Abridged Audiobook

It's Star Wars, so you don't get a long review. The audiobooks by Random House come complete with sound effects and music. They're really well done. If you like audiobooks anyway, the Star Wars ones from Random House are worth your time.

The only thing you really need to know about this is that it takes place between the 2nd and 3rd movies (in canon order, not release order). It doesn't do much for background and assumes you've seen the first couple of movies so you know the na
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Ron
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Chad Warner
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
Surprisingly enough, I found this pre-movie novel to be both well-written and quite engaging. I would have liked there to have been more character and motivational development, but unfortunately, it seems that Separatist and Sith characters are never flushed out, as they must be portrayed as evil and corrupt as possible (which I don't agree with at all, but it's canon and I cannot change that). However, Labyrinth of Evil is more audacious and intricate than most of the Star Wars prequel novels, ...more
Joseph
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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
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Sylvia
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
Sylvia
I love the Star Wars novels of James Luceno. It's not easy to pick up the plot, but as soon as you're getting familiar with the author's way of writing, it's a fantastic enjoyment.
This book covers the events during the Clone Wars and is situated between Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
What I like was the growing maturity in the person of Anakin Skywalker, who is now a Jedi Knight and Obi-Wan's friend and partner. Both are serving as generals in the Republican army
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Michael Tidd
Oct 16, 2014 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
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Daniel
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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?"

A
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Chad Josimar
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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Andrew Bell
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
In my experience, it's a rare thing for a movie tie-in novel to feel important or necessary. After reading Labyrinth of Evil, I can say that it is one of the few that breaks the mold. James Luceno adds another quality book to his impressive resume, and sets the stage for what many consider to be the best of the Star Wars prequel movies.

What I liked: The book provided quality insight and interactions between Anakin and Obi-Wan. As the story progresses, you get a real sense of the brotherly relat
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TheBookHunter
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
The exciting prequel to the last prequel in the prequel trilogy!

Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil, is the must-read tie-in with Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.

This novel, written by James Luceno, gives us the tale about the waining weeks of the Clone Wars conflict, as we follow Jedi Knights Obi-wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they uncover a lead to the identity of the elusive Sith mastermind, Darth Sidious.

The Jedi Order organizes a priority manhunt to track down the Sith Lord while Ke
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Dev Null
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Aaron
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Yves
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jerry
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Rachel White
3.5*

I am a huge lover of Star Wars and I was super excited to read this book as it bridges the gap between Episodes II and III. I wasn’t disappointed by it but it definitely wasn’t all that I hoped it would be.

At times the story just felt like it was being dragged along to make it longer but we weren’t actually getting anywhere. The whole book was just one long plot driver but didn’t feel like a complete Star Wars story. I have heard great things about the author too so I’m hoping that if I get
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Alice
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Natalie Keating
This book definitely was the weakest of the Dark Lord Trilogy (Revenge of the Sith and The Rise of Darth Vader are the second and third books in this informal trilogy, respectively), but I enjoyed it all the same. You don't need to read the other two to understand this one, nor does it need to be read to understand the other two. It's still a fun story, though, even if Luceno isn't quite on the top of his game as he is with Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (the third book, which is EXCELLENT). ...more
William Crosby
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading this book helped me better understand various details, characters, and plot developments which I did not quite grasp from the movies and other books and which had previously confused me.

A special chair turns out to be important.

And Anakin is no longer as insufferable (though he is still impetuous and has anger issues: character flaws important for his later development).

I was interested in learning more about Grievous and how his previous life was destroyed and he was manipulated. I actu
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David
Following the now-infamous Disney acquisition of Star Wars (which saw the abolition of the old Expanded Universe), I'm actually no-longer sure where this sits in the hierarchy of canon: is this 'Legends' (i.e pre acquisition) material, or is it stil canon?

This is set between the events of 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith' - actually leading directly into that movie, with Anakin and Obi-Wan jetting off back to Coruscant - and, in many ways, seeks to bolster the reputation of one of
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JP
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For all of the terrible parts of the prequel trilogy of Star Wars films- the novels around the movies have always been my favourite parts.

Filling in much of the blank canvas that the prequel films left, these books help to elevate the prequel trilogy to new heights if you can find it to read these books. The films are much better with the groundwork these authors have done in lifting the material to great heights.

The back story for General Grievous, the step-by-step dawning of the treachery as
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Eleriel
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Luceno qui ha un po' la tendenza a tirarla per le lunghe, col risultato che il ritmo della trama risente della prolungata ed eccessiva descrizione di eventi non importanti. Ci sono anche pagine e pagine di combattimenti dove viene descritta ogni singola mossa, e sebbene la sua intenzione sia forse quella di far salire l'adrenalina al lettore, in realtà il risultato è noia. Leggere un combattimento con la spada laser non è come vederlo.
Il libro, comunque, ha del buono e serve a far luce su quell
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Zachary Taylor
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting book to read. It kinda drags near the middle but the start and finish are full of action. I did enjoy how this book took the time to build characters, forge relationships, and flesh out plot points for Episode 3. I don't think I'm the biggest fan of Luceno's style, but maybe that was because he was hindered by the source material. It's still a fun backstory read without overly feeling as such. I did enjoy the deeper look into both Grievous and Dooku.

Overall this book was
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David Campbell
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Serving as the prequel story before Revenge of the Sith, the storytelling does a great job of developing General Grievous as a solid villain, and I also enjoyed the way that it described Anakin’s internal struggle. Also, I noticed several fun references to other Clone Wars material, and I liked that it gave attention to Mace Windu and Kit Fisto. It was fun to read through the Jedi’s plan to capture Darth Sidious as well, as this book explains how the Jedi nearly stopped Darth Sidious’ plan. Last ...more
Annabel
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A great insight into more of the prequels' version of the Clone Wars before the TV series was created. General Grievous and Count Dooku get some excellent character moments in this, and as always, it's wonderful to observe the close yet doomed dynamic of Obi-Wan and Anakin.

The amount of times I wanted to scream at the page for Mace to get to Darth Sidious's secret identity faster was unconscionable though. No matter how many times I read or watch new material from the epoch in the universe, I a
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Lisa
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a great prequel to ROTS. It’s acton packed and it explains a lot to what was going on in the movie. I still can’t fathom why Disney blew up the entire EU. Now there is virtually no explanations to anything in the prequel era. Just the mediocre TheClone Wars tv show that does absolutely nothing to forward the story or Anakin’s character.
Radu Ionutz
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, this was my first book to read, it happens a few hours before Revenge of The Sith, i liked it but it's not canon anymore since Disney bought the francize, but it has a problem, because there were animated series that have shown what happens before Revenge of The Sith and the book shows other things that happened. All in all, it's a good book.
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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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Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy (4 books)
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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?”
"Because I think you believe it,” Obi-Wan said calmly.
“I think you know in your heart that you’re meant for something extraordinary.”
“And you, Master. What does your heart tell you you’re meant for?”
“Infinite sadness,” Obi-Wan said, even while smiling.”
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