Labyrinth of Evil
Adult Novel

Labyrinth of Evil

James Luceno
19 BBY

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Darth Sidious has expertly hidden his existence from the Jedi for many years. In Labyrinth of Evil, his elusiveness shines towards the end of the Clone Wars as his identity is being chased by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

While Anakin and Obi Wan are occupied with their intense mission, Count Dooku and General Grievous work on setting their master's next plans into motion. Author James Luceno uses this opportunity to offer us the backstories of these two villains before foreshadowing Anakin's fall to the dark side.

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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 players on both sides of the conflict will be sealed. But first, crucial events that pave the way to that time of reckoning unfold in a labyrinth of evil. . . .

Capturing Trade Federation Viceroy–and Separatist Councilmember–Nute Gunray is the mission that brings Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, with a squad of clones in tow, to Neimoidia. But the treacherous ally of the Sith proves as slippery as ever, evading his Jedi pursuers even as they narrowly avoid deadly disaster. Still, their daring efforts yield an unexpected prize: a unique holotransceiver that bears intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Darth Sidious.

Swiftly taking up the chase, Anakin and Obi-Wan follow clues from the droid factories of Charros IV to the far-flung worlds of the Outer Rim . . . every step bringing them closer to pinpointing the location of the Sith Lord–whom they suspect has been manipulating every aspect of the Separatist rebellion. Yet somehow, in the escalating galaxy-wide chess game of strikes, counterstrikes, ambushes, sabotage, and retaliations, Sidious stays constantly one move ahead.

Then the trail takes a shocking turn. For Sidious and his minions have set in motion a ruthlessly orchestrated campaign to divide and overwhelm the Jedi forces–and bring the Republic to its knees.

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Labyrinth of Evil



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A top-tier Prequel novel, setting the stage for Revenge of the Sith. It’s a classic Luceno political thriller.







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Labyrinth of Evil essentially bridges part of the gap between Episodes II and III. It follows Anakin, Obi Wan, and several other prominent Jedi such as Mace Windu and Shaak Ti as they attempt to find the Sith Master who they suspect is responsible for orchestrating the galactic chaos of the Clone Wars. This book is wildly entertaining. It's a high speed chase that proves the Jedi weren't as blind-sided by the events of Revenge of the Sith as you might expect. They were hot on the trail of Palpatine and his machinations. You'll have to read this book to see just how close they get as well as just how Palpatine manages to wriggle out of things once again.

- Charles Hankel

- Eric Eilersen

- Heather Goldman

- Karl Sander

I can't believe it took me this long to read the precursor to one of the best Star Wars books of all time. If you love the Revenge of the Sith novelization - as many of us here at Youtini do - you won't want to miss out on the story that takes place just before it. James Luceno has always been a top-tier Star Wars author, but he absolutely nailed this one in just about every way possible. It's suspenseful, it's action-packed, it's heartbreaking ... it makes you want to rewatch the prequels again. And all of The Clone Wars. Which, why you wouldn't already want to do that anyway, who knows. But it's a book you won't be able to put down once you start reading. You have been warned!

- Meg Dowell

- Stacey White

- Corey Helton

If you ask me, Luceno should write every tie-in novel. Between this, Catalyst, and Cloack of Deception, he just seems to have a real knack for writing stories that not only enhance the associated movie, but also stand tall on their own merits. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of this one, and felt by the end of it that I had a new appreciation for Revenge of the Sith.

- Andrew Bell

The opening moments of Revenge of the Sith are regarded by many, myself included, as one of the most entertaining scenes in all of Star Wars. We find ourselves at the end of an action-packed story known as the Clone Wars, and yet in 2005 we hadn't yet seen the Clone Wars take place beyond its opening battle on the planet Geonosis. Since the writing of this book, many of those gaps have been filled. This book enhances my appreciation tremendously (in much the same way as Darth Plagueis did for the Phantom Menace). It's an essential prequel novel to Episode III. In addition to offering a compelling story that adds crucial connective drama to the Clone Wars, Labyrinth of Evil is expertly written. Luceno specializes in political subtlety, especially if working with villains. Wondering whether or not to pick this one up? Read it if you want to dive deeper with the Prequels, if you like the Clone Wars animated series, if you like reading about the dark machinations of the Sith, or if you like political thrillers. When finished, you might just find yourself immediately opening up a copy of Matthew Stover’s novelization of Revenge of the Sith.

- Jared Mayes

- Wes Jenkins

- Nathan Emery

Love, love, love this novel. Ties in so many bits of the EU, in the way only Luceno can, to take us right up to the opening scene of Revenge Of The Sith. Just like the novelization of the movie this is Obi-Wan and Anakin at their peak, in an adventure with plot points going all the way back through the other Prequel Trilogy novels.

- Trevor Davey

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Del Rey
Release Date:
January 25, 2005
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