For the first time in one thrilling volume, three novels–Labyrinth of Evil, Revenge of the Sith, and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader–that follow an epic chain of events: the last days of the Republic, the creation of the Empire, and the ultimate transformation of Jedi Anakin Skywalker into the notorious Darth Vader.
On the planet Neimoidia, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker seize an unexpected prize: intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to the ever-elusive Darth Sidious, who is ruthlessly orchestrating a campaign to divide and overwhelm the Jedi forces. As combat escalates across the galaxy, and Darth Sidious remains one step ahead of his pursuers, the stage is set for an explosive endgame. Tormented by unspeakable visions, Anakin edges closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision, while Darth Sidious plots to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic–and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.
Once the most powerful Knight ever known to the Jedi Order, Anakin becomes Darth Vader, a disciple of the dark side, a lord of the dreaded Sith, and the avenging right hand of the galaxy’s ruthless new Emperor. As a few surviving Jedi lead a charge on a Separatist stronghold, the deadliest threat still rests in the swift and lethal crimson lightsaber of Darth Vader–behind whose brooding mask lies a shattered heart, a poisoned soul, and a cunning, twisted mind hell-bent on vengeance.
For the handful of scattered Jedi hunted across space, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy reclaimed.
LABYRINTH OF EVIL by James Luceno
REVENGE OF THE SITH by Matthew Stover, based on the story and screenplay by George Lucas
DARK LORD The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
Luceno, James/ Stover, Matthew Woodring
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll start by saying this: if you're not a big Star wars fan, not necessarily "hardcore" but just a avid fan, you might want to skip this. If you've dabbled in reading Star Wars books (EU to those in the know) the this is a must have. Like The Clone Wars is currently doing to bridge Episode's II and III this trilogy perfectly satisfies any hunger Star Wars fans have after watching Episode III and deserves a spot on your shelf.
Labyrinth of Evil - 4/5
This is the prequel, if you will, to Episode III as it details the events prior to and leading up to the film. Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting with their clones on the Outer Rim and must travel to Cato Nemodia to try and capture the slippery and elusive Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray. The Clone War has already been raging for sometime at the start of this novel and for those who haven't seen the TV series this is great insight on the war we didn't' see in the films. While nearly capturing Nute Gunray, Anakin...
So, I picked the book for the first and last story, but i was genuinely positively surprised by the novel of episode III, and as someone here had already mentioned, I was astonished by the amount of topics, ideas, conversations that were not present in the movie, and should be.
The stories here are great, and has characters that made me care and also hate (especially hating Olee from the last one).
So if you are into SW, and liked the Revenge of the Sith, i think you will enjoy it much more after reading the book.
Consider what a cruel trick it might be to sabotage a friend's perfectly good Oreo. Laughing as they're eagerly biting through the first delicious cookie completely oblivious of the trap that awaits them. I feel like somewhere out there, the publisher of this compilation is getting his jollies at my expense as I run to the sink to wash out the taste. Lucero's writing is elegant; his characters are complex and multidimensional, his descriptions beautiful and his pacing spot on. The other guy might not be an awful writer in a vacuum, but next to Luceno it's brutal. In a single screen swipe, the characters become one dimensional caricatures of themselves, the action scenes clunky and the entire story silly. The reading level drops about 7-8 standard grade levels in a flash and it's jarring. Skip the second book is my advice. You know the story. You've seen the movie. Yes it was terrible and this book falls right in line. 4 stars for the cookie parts though.
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