« on: March 8, 2005, 01:51 PM »
I've actually read this book, along with the adventure that takes place before it in the book "Jedi Trial" (this is the book where Anakin earns the rank of Jedi Knight)
Anyway - both books are enjoyable and REALLY fast reads. I did enjoy reading "The Approaching Storm" and "Cloak of Deception" both as well. The idea of having a prequel book that covers the lives of the characters right before the movie helps explain how the character got to where they are at the start of the film.
The focus of Labyrinth of Evil is two-fold: Anakin and Obi-Wan's quest to bring Dooku and Sidious down and Dooku & Grevious' actions as they (a) move the seperatist leaders to a sole location and (b) Plot and execute an invasion of Coruscant.
The parts with Anakin and Obi-Wan were great -- they emphasized how they had grown as comrades in combat, compesating for each other's weaknesses and functioning as one force. There were never any times during the book where Anakin and Obi-Wan were at odds like they were at times during AOTC so it showed real growth (mostly for Anakin) of these two characters.
A sub-plot of the book deals with Mace Windu leading the search for Sidious who they believe is operating from Coruscant (duh) - the search leads them to an area called "The Works" - we got a glimpse of this part of Coruscant at the end of AOTC - basically it's a large collection of run-down factories and industrial complexes. Mace, a few other Jedi and a squad of clones follow tunnels that they find underneath the building where they have evidence of a meeting between Dooku and Sidious that leads them all the way to the exact same building where Palpatine lives (go figure!).
However, before Mace can investigate further, Grevious unleashes his invasion of Coruscant and heads to the surface of Coruscant himself with the intent of capturing the Supreme Chancellor.
Like I said, the book moves quickly and is a really plesant read. It's nice to see HOW Grevious gets Palpatine in that chair in the "Generals' Quarters" at the start of ROTS.
I would definitely recommend it - especially to anyone looking to expand the story surrounding EPIII. I hear that there will be a book that will be coming out near the end of this year that will deal directly with the days following EPIII - so as a trilogy of stories, they should form a nicely expanded telling of the events leading to the fall of the Republic and the Birth of Darth Vader and the Empire.