Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil Review

Early last week I finished reading Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil, which is a novelized prequel to Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

The novel begins towards the end of the Clone Wars, and follows Obi-Wan and Anakin at the siege of Kato Neimoidia. There, they hope to capture Viseroy Gunray, but instead stumble upon an important clue that could very well lead them to the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Sidious. This foul-up accelarates Sidious' plans and forces the War towards its ending points.

Overall, Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil is well written and succeeds in linking with the film. It demonstrates the anger and fear that lead to Anakin's downfall, the complaciant weakness of the Jedi, and the machinations of the Dark Lord playing all sides. It's also interesting reading about more Clone Troopers in action, as I have a soft spot for those grunts.

A few other important questions answered are the origins of General Grievous as well as how the Seperatists manage to launch its assault on Corescant.

A lengthy review for this novel is by no means required. Simply put, it's prequal Star Wars with all the strengths and faults that the new trilogy entail. If you enjoyed Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, then odds are you'll enjoy Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil. While not required to enjoy the film, it does help flesh out some of the back story and provide the reader with a much more complete picture.

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