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Shadow Hunter (Star Wars: Darth Maul #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,761 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
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For the infamous, power-hungry Sith, beholden to the dark side, the time has come to rise again.
 
After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sid
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Del Rey (first published 2001)
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ASVPjake lol no.... lots of Zabraks running around the galaxy. Although dead, jedi master Eeth Koth was the same species as Maul

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Crystal Starr Light
"He can't be bought off, scared off, or thrown off the trail and he'll stop at nothing..."
Lorn Pavan hates the Jedi. So when he and his droid companion, I-Five, get access to a Sith Holocron detailing the impending Naboo blockade, the first person he goes to is a Hutt crimelord attached to the Black Sun, not the Jedi. But someone wants that Holocron back...and he will stop at nothing to get it.
NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

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WOW! I am astonished at how good this novel is! I remember w
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Stephen
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
4.0 to 4.5 stars. A terrific "star wars" novel and a really fun read. Darth Maul is a great character and the insights into his powers, origins and thought process was worth the read all by itself.
Chelsy

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O. MI. GOD! This book!! I CANNOTEVEN! I can’t. I’m new to the Star Wars novelization game and I’m trying out multiple authors. They all love Star Wars and each have a unique description of the infamous universe. As of this review Michael Reaves is MAH FAV!
I’ve already experienced:
-James Luceno (my 2nd) Darth Plagues
-Wryder Windham The Wrath of Darth Maul
-Timothy Zahn Heir to the

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Ron
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Good story, well done. Having fewer ensemble cast members of the Star Wars pantheon gives the author more outcome flexibility, but knowing where the story has to end up still gives the reader too much knowledge of what has to happen to the non-canon players. (Is that a spoiler?)

The more I'm exposed to the SW universe, the more the technology baffles me. First, over the span of about five thousand years galaxie--stuffed with advanced cultures--seems to make no technology improvements--despite war
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Mike
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Michael Reaves does a good job with "Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter". I was impressed. I was wondering if I'd ever give another Star Wars book more than two stars.

Of course the problem with Darth Maul is that he is mainly visual and doesn't have much in the way of any kind of character. His hopes and dreams are rudimentary and his goal is to kill and destroy wherever his master (Darth Sidious a.k.a. the future Emperor Palaptine) sends him.

Speaking of Sidious, if you read the "Darth Plagueis" novel be
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Leeanna
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, by Michael Reaves

Another prequel novel to "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," this Star Wars book focuses on Darth Maul, the apprentice to Darth Sidious. Tasked by his master to find a missing Neimoidian, Maul travels to Coruscant on what first appears to be a simple mission.

Maul feels that this hunt and kill mission is beneath him - he is a Sith. He was born to fight and kill Jedi, not cowardly Neimoidians. But luckily for him, Maul soon encounters a resource
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Christopher Hivner
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Darth Sidious is about to implement his plan of a trade blockade when one of his “partners” in the scheme goes missing, planning to sell the information he has to whoever will pay the most. Sidious sends his apprentice Darth Maul to find the traitor. The action takes place on Coruscant, as the Neimoidian gets set to make a deal with Lorn Pavan, a broker of all things worth money. A Jedi Padawan sent to Coruscant on a test mission, fails in her job, eventually crossing paths with Pavan and his dr ...more
Danial
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
After the misstep of Into the Void and the lackluster, but somehow enjoyable, introduction to Darth Maul in Sabateour, it was nice to pick up another Expanded Universe novel that recaptured my interest in the genre. This is no Darth Bane, but it at least reinvigorated my commitment to read the entire Universe throughout the year.

The story follows about five different characters as they all follow their own story arcs until all of the moving pieces fit together to show the readers how the Trade F
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Thomas
About halfway through this novel, I remembered I had read something else by Reaves. He was the co-author with Neil Gaiman on InterWorld, an ultimately disappointing and notably non-Gaiman story that read like it was more Reaves working from a Gaiman idea than a true collaboration. I didn't remember because of the style or anything like that, though; I just realized it out of the blue.

Shadow Hunter feels somewhat similar to InterWorld, since it, too, uses an idea that someone else developed. To R
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Neil
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Maul pre The Phantom Menace. Maul is a big favourite. A reasonable tale, thrills and action within. Slow pace.
Paul Wardman
As the title suggests this book features Darth Maul and as you'd expect it delves deeper into his character than his sole movie appearance. It's also a direct build-up to said movie as it's set directly before the events of it.

For me this was written in a similar style to the Darth Bane trilogy. A small cast who are linked by events throughout the book while still carrying out their own agendas. As I've only read that trilogy and this one in the EU I've no idea if it's how all Star Wars novels
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Robert Risher
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reeves fits within a few brief pages of my previously reviewed book Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, an excellent read in its own right, which led me to pick up this book in an attempt to further flesh out the Star Wars series as a whole. Reeves's writing is vastly different from its peer book, with a much swifter pace and less depth of atmosphere, yet with an amped-up sense of action that never slows for more than a breath. The entire book is essentially two ...more
Christine
Okay, I am giving this five stars but it's a...complicated five stars. I'll make sure that I hide why since spoilers, but overall this is a really entertaining read. The main characters are all likable and the pace moves along pretty quickly. What I really appreciated was Reaves's ability to use just a sentence or two to give character development. I personally didn't find any of our leads to be an old stereotype; they had all had something interesting about them rather than just being something ...more
Joe
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Telling the tale of Darth Maul's activities immediately prior to the events in The Phantom Menace, Shadow Hunter follows the Sith apprentice as he tracks down a Neimoidian who has disappeared with information of the upcoming blockade of the planet Naboo by the Trade Federation. Maul's task is to find and eliminate the traitor as well as anyone the Neimoidian has come in contact with. The journey sees Maul traverse the seediest side of the galactic capital Coruscant as well as cross the paths a s ...more
RikkasaurusReads
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
We all know it.
Darth Maul is a badass.


This is my first book within the SW universe, and I am ecstatic over how awesome it was. This is one of my husband's favorite books, and I can see why.

Shadow Hunter: Darth Maul jumps from several different perspectives. However the brunt of the story is focused on Darth Maul (naturally), Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on her mission to earn her Knighthood, and information broker Lorn Pavan whom despises Jedi. Their missions combine and their paths meet, a
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Tom
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great quick read that follows the exploits of Darth Maul just prior to the events in Episode I. If you are looking for a deep meanful plot...look somewhere else but if you want a fast, action packed story full of cool locations, this is the one. I enjoyed this "non-thinker" more than I want to admit and honestly would love to see a series based on Maul. He is just to cool of a character to leave cut in half at the bottom of a pit on Naboo. I'd love to see more stories that take place b ...more
Gail
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This story takes place shortly before the events of "The Phantom Menace" and somewhat briefly expands on the Darth Maul character. It actually doesn't say much we don't know: he's proficient in the ways of the Sith, is a powerful warrior, but suffers from an eventually fatal hubris. The story itself is pretty much a chase as Maul tracks people with information that much stay hidden for the sake of the years-
in-the-making Sith plans. Even though you pretty much know how it will end, I enjoyed it
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Matthew
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The main character of the story is Darth Maul. The conflict that face him the most is Lorn, making him the main target of the fate of his master. What assignment did you have to save what you need to accomplish? The book is very good but during the timeline of this book was made, making Darth Maul good as possible. I would enjoy the book more if it show why information was giving to others. This book contain violence and death that might not be suitable to certain people who is afraid to death. ...more
Corey
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
As much as I hated the prequel Star Wars Trilogy, I just loved Darth Maul as a villain, I wish however, he would have played a bigger role or at least reprised his role in Episodes II and III. I was just skimming through the Star Wars books and I happened to come across this and I read that it was about Darth Maul, so I decided to buy it, and I wasn't disappointed.

I think Darth Maul was pretty much the only thing that made The Phantom Menace worth watching, and the final battle was pretty cool.
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Daniel Callister
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It moved along pretty well and was fun. It ended right where episode I begins, so that was fun making some connections. Darth Maul is pretty cool and it introduced some likeable characters.
Chris
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Duh, it's Star Wars... an entire book about Darth Maul. How could it not be awesome?
Rena
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
It was good but I was hoping to know more about how Darth Maul and Darth Sidious interacted.
L. C. Julia
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Muy bueno la verdad jajaj, aunque Darth Maul merece que lo golpeen ^.^
Zack Bessman
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good
One of the best Darth Maul books in the expanded universe ever in my opinion good job Michael Reaves.
Mark Oppenlander
Finally, another Star Wars novel that captures some of the spirit and energy of the films.

Darth Maul, Shadow Hunter takes place in a time shortly before The Phantom Menace. Darth Sidious has made a deal with several Neimodian leaders to create a political crisis by having the Trade Federation blockade the planet of Naboo. But one of the Neimodians, Hath Monchar, appears to have gotten cold feet and has disappeared. Sidious sends his apprentice, the assassin Darth Maul, to find Monchar and elimin
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A.M.G.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Wars and Darth Maul fans
Shelves: favourites, star-wars
Rating: 5 trillion (or so) / 5

By far, from what I've read of the Legends series, even above and beyond the Darth Bane trilogy, his was my favourite book.

Where can I begin to describe what was good about it? For the negatives, I have nothing to mention. The plot, timing, characters, action, Jedi vs. Sith philosophies, backgrounds of non-Force users, and the overall thrill of the hunt from both the perspectives of the hunter and hunted were all just so good that it's hard to encompass in just a br
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Gemma
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
3 * y media.

Hace tiempo eché un vistazo a este libro en la biblioteca y quedé absurdamente decepcionada al ver que Darth Maul no era el protagonista absoluto. Pensé de forma errónea que lo del nombre era una excusa para vender un libro que luego trataría sobre otros personajes.

Y algo de razón llevaba. He descubierto que, pese a lo genial que pueda ser Darth Maul en la película La Amenaza Fantasma, en el fondo el personaje es bastante unidimensional. Más allá del look y de su habilidad luchando,
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Don
"Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter" is a good book. I feel like it's standard Star Wars novel fare, nothing great, yet nothing terrible. It has got your villain, Darth Maul with Sidious in the background; it has your good guy/girl, Darsha; and it has your gray area character, Lorn Pavan (yes, the father of Jax Pavan, "The Last Jedi"). When I read reviews about this book many of them noted the dearth of Maul in the book. Some reviews suggest he's a minor side character. But he is not! Maul figures front- ...more
Jared
Star Wars Legends Project #66

Background: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter was written by Michael Reaves and published in January of 2001. It was Reaves' first Star Wars book though he was also involved in a few episodes from the much-earlier Droids and Ewoks TV series in the '80s. He has since written eight more Star Wars novels set throughout the prequel era (several co-written with other authors), and has soloed sundry other things. Non-Star Wars writings include a long and varied career in televis
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Ursula Johnson
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-tv, star-wars
Maul's Deadly Mission Intersects with Lorn Pavan

This book may be named for Darth Maul, but it's Lorn Pavan's story as much as Maul's. Maul is sent by Darth Sidious to find an errant Neimoidian with news of the upcoming Trade Federation blockade of the Planet Naboo. Maul is to dispatch of anyone else with knowledge of the upcoming event. We meet Lorn through a series of unfortunate circumstances in his dealings as an information broker. I loved his partner droid I - 5, he was fantastic. Throughou
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Micheal Reeves is an Emmy Award-winning television writer and screenwriter whose many credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone, Batman: The Animated Series; and Gargoyles. His novels include the New York Times bestseller STAR WARS: Darth Maul - Shadowhunter and the forthcoming STAR WARS: Death Star. He has written a book called Interworld with Neil Gaiman. He's also written sh ...more
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