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Labyrinth of Evil

Rating: The Star Wars novel Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno has been rated 5/5 by this reviewer.

Timeline: Immediately before ROTS, Episode III
Author: James Luceno
Published: February, 2005
Review by: CL2 Xicyla Sa'Kaa

Heros: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commander Cody, Yoda, Mace Windu, Padme Amidala, C-3po, R2-D2, Bail Organa, Chancellor Palpatine, Mon Mothma, Shaak Ti, Kit Fisto, and Stass Allie

Villians: Count Dooku, General Grievous, Darth Sidious, Nute Gunray, and Rune Haako

Synopsis: Labyrinth of Evil starts us off with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on the planet Cato Neimodia trying to apprehend Viceroy Nute Gunray. During the confusion of escape, Gunray leaves behind his mechno-chair, a device which allows him to keep in contact with General Grievous and Count Dooku. Having acquired the chair the Jedi now have a chance to end the Clone Wars. Thus the hunt for Sidious begins.

Review: Labyrinth of Evil is a perfectly written novel, in that it sets a tone that leads straight into the upcoming movie. The writing really draws you in with a fast pace style that keeps you on the edge of your seat. From the first action packed pages where Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting through Driods to capture Viceroy Nute Gunray to the seedy underbelly of the planet Coruscant where we find Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Shaak Ti hot on the trail for the elusive Sith Lord. From beginning to end this book keeps you in suspense.

The character build up is excellent. We find our main heros, Anakin and Obi-Wan, working together in perfect harmony. Their friendship and commeraderie makes it that much more tragic to know that they are destined to be enemies. There is also the introduction of General Grievous, a cyborg Jedi killing machine who is being used as just another pawn for the plans of Count Dooku and Darth Sidious. We find Count Dooku showing signs of doubt about his position and the role that he plays in the demise of the Jedi. It seems as if he is trying to convince himself that he is on the right side. Darth Sidious, back on Coruscant, can feel the Jedi breathing down his neck and the reader can truly get a sense of his fear.

In this book, the author manages to sum up alot of unanswered questions such as the mystery of Master Sifo-Dyas and the history of General Grievous. The hunt for Sidious is great, from clue to clue Obi-Wan and Anakin seem to be right on the trail of the Sith. Towards the end of the book the readers are rewarded with a light saber duel with Mace Windu & General Grievous on top of a speeding train. The author did a very nice job in humanizing every character from our heros to the villans, it really draws the reader in. I consider this novel a must read for any true fan of Star Wars.

Title: Labyrinth of Evil
Series: The Clone Wars
Author: James Luceno
Review by: CL2 Xicyla Sa'Kaa