#Star Wars #DarthMaul: Shadow Hunter mini review

Being only my second journey into the world of Star Wars Literature I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Michael Reaves 'Shadow Hunter'. I'm glad to say I thoroughly enjoyed this story, set immediately before the events of 'The Phantom Menace' I find it incredibly intriguing to delve into the intricately woven back stories behind the six films.

Compared to 'Darth Plagueis', I felt Reaves book was much easier to read and I was through it in a few evenings. The book is made up of 3 points of view, neatly intertwined and finally converging towards the conclusion. These are that of the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul, who's wholly devout to the eradication of the Jedi and pleasing his Sith master; The shady character Lorn Pavan, who has a blackened history with the Jedi; And a Jedi Padowan, Darsha, who is sent to the underbelly of Coruscant as part of her Jedi trials. Nothing seems to go to plan however, and the swapping between perspectives keeps an exciting pace throughout.

The shady, seedy criminal world of Coruscant is portrayed well throughout, full of the scum and villainy we've come to expect from the Star Wars universe. It really is an accomplishment that I was so intent on finishing this book, even though thanks to the films, we already half know how things will turn out before we finish.

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