Thursday, February 16, 2006

Star Wars - Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Michael Reaves
The Ballantine Publishing Group
Published in United States - Feb 2001
First Edition (Hardcover)
320 Pages Link


Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves quenches the thirst for all those who have been the fan of Darth Maul, since the screening of Episode I: Phantom Menace. The story is set just before the happenings in Phantom Menace and after the Cloak of Deception.

The book portrays the driving force of Darth Maul, vaguely hinting on his origins and how he got trained under Darth Sidious. It also gives the details on the Sith philosophy and the reason behind the one-master-one-apprentice way of the Sith. The hook in the novel is around a holocube that contains information on the Sith. Two characters, notably not Jedi Knights, but a human, Lorn and his droid friend, I-Five, come to possess this holocube from a Neimodian, and thus are targeted by the Sith warrior.

But a Star Wars novel cannot be complete with out a Jedi, and hence it shows the role of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Though, I should say that it revolves around another Padawan-become-Jedi Knight, Darsha Assant, and Lorn and I-Five's struggle against the over powered Darth Maul.

It gives us a rich picture of the Republic that becomes the cauldron for brewing the galaxy-wide happenings in the Star Wars universe.

The writing is easy and it seems like a walk in the park, and it urges you to go on. If you watched the Episode I movie or have read the novelisation of it, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter comes easily into perspective.

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