Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Review: Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter- Michael Reaves

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Shadow HunterStar Wars: Darth Maul - Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I listened to/read the audiobook version of this novel which is abridged.
This was the first book about Maul real-world chronology, but the second one about him in-Universe chronology. Both of them suffer for the same problem, Darth Maul is awesome, but is not shown to be amazing here.
Yes, movie spoiler if you haven't watched Episode I, Maul does get his ass handed to him [really separated from him] at the end of the first movie. And yes, in this book he is still learning and is not quite as fully skilled yet. However, the gap between this book and the movie is minimal and so there isn't really that much learning that he did here that would help him improve. Unlike the prior book, Maul is weak here not because of restrictions, but because the story focuses on Maul and a Jedi. Inevitably this leads the book to steer you to root for the Jedi and the information broker, Lorn Pavan and his droid. (view spoiler). The story does not go the way you would expect it to and so that it surprising, but overall the book was fairly disappointing.

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