The Dark Lord Trilogy: Star Wars
Labyrinth of Evil / Revenge of the Sith / Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
James Luceno & Matthew Stover
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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
The Rise of Darth Vader
by James Luceno
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
Great intro to Darth Vader!
2 out of 3 ain't bad!
This is a trifecta that is worth your money. Matthew Stover's written version of EpIII is excellent; in my opinion, far more interesting than the film. Character motivations are carefully and intriguingly detailed, making this the go-to version of the fall of Anakin Skywalker. Luceno begins this trilogy with an interesting, but sometimes flat lead-in to RotS. The familiar characters are all here, but this is a book that is forced to hold too much back (as it came out right before the release of EpIII), making it a bit light on plot development. Luceno more than makes up for the limitations of Labyrinth with the outstanding Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader. This is a novel I purchased and have read (and re-read) multiple times already. Of the books in this series, this was, by far, the most insightful continuation of all that was Anakin Skywalker and what has become Darth Vader. Highly recommended for Stover's RotS treatment and Luceno's contemplative look at Vader's descent in Dark Lord!
Review of Labyrinth of Evil:
This is a great novel. Of the three prequel films each had a novel set just before it. This one is the best of the three. The main story of chasing Grevious around the galaxy wasn't too interesting to me, but the parts where Dooku tells the story of Syfo Dias was very good. That was a horrible hanging thread from the films. It was good to see it finally resolved in this book.
The best part of the story was Mace Windu and Yoda dealing with the ever widening powers of the Chancellor, and and at the same time coming closer and closer to discovering the true identity of Darth Sidious. To bad stuff like that didn't make it into the films.
Overall a good read with some great aspects to it. Read this with the Episode III novelization and you'll get the entire story of Revenge of the Sith in a way better version than the one we got on film.
- Category: Adventure
- Published: Aug 26, 2008
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 1104 Pages
- Language: English