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Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: star-wars

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 Clone Wars mini-cartoon series. The book does, however, present a lot of backstory for several characters, such as General Greivous and Count Dooku. While interesting from a continuity perspective, these long passages interrupt the action.

Probably the best sub-plot was one where the Jedi come ever closer to locating the mysterious figure who appears to be orchestrating the current galactic turmoil: Darth Sidious. Clues dating back to the time of the first prequel movie, The Phantom Menace, form a trail that points to Sidious being in the Jedi's back yard.

If you're interested in backstory and knowing how Revenge of the Sith was set up, this is worth it. If you're looking for flat-out Star Wars action, you could probably give this a pass.

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