Saturday, May 5, 2012
Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno REVIEW
I remembered reading this book a year or so ago, when I was eleven, and I liked it then. I recently read it again, and I think I better understand it now. If this book is a stand alone, it won't be very good, but since it is all part of the star wars saga and I understand the galaxy pretty well now, this book is entertaining for me. James Luceno's style of writing is strongly shown here, and that is probably part of why I liked the book. I recommend huge Star Wars fans for this book, mostly because it will leave you hanging if you don't know where you are.
The Clone Wars is near its boiling point. Jedi Knights Obi-Wan and Anakin attempts to capture a treacherous ally of the Sith. Though they came up empty handed, their bravery gave them an unexpected prize: intelligence capable to leading the republic forces to their ultimate quarry: the ever eluding Darth Sidious, whom they suspect has been manipulating every aspect of the Separatist rebellion. As the trail takes a shocking turn, Sidious stays one move ahead, for he has set up a ruthless campaign to bring to Republic to its knees.
This book, for those who don't know how events will unfold, would seem mysterious. For those who know, which would be the majority, this is a great set up for ROTS. I'm glad that he did not tamper with Mathew Stover's novelization, which is the most awesome Star Wars book I've read. It was amusing to see Grevious not knowing the identities of Sidious. It was also funny to see Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship, even if it is a little too less. Anakin's emotions are also done well, but it would be good if there was more. I'm also glad that Windu and Shaak Ti is in the story. The continual references to other books and movies are good since it helps fit the story in. I like the idea of how it pretty much became a wild bantha chase since Sidious already knew...
It was interesting to see how Anakin's emotions played out, which eventually led to his downfall. I'm glad Obi-Wan was there next to him, and as Stover said, be part of the team. Padme, Bail, and other senators were pretty brave, and I liked to see how they reacted to the action and everything. I'm glad it was clearly stated that Yoda knew of the corruption in the senate and how the republic was falling as well.
In conclusion, I loved this book. It could be better some ways, but this is what I'm striving for if I can ever publish a Star Wars book myself- a dream come true.