Book Review: Shadow Hunter

Darth Maul’s Origins

Micheal Reaves’ Shadow Hunter (2001) tells the origins of one of the scariest villains in the Star Wars universe: Darth Maul. This book is a prequel to the events in The Phantom Menace. After having raised Darth Maul, the future Emperor Palpatine sends Maul to kill a leader who betrayed them. As he kills him, the leader tells Maul that he recorded information in a holocron. Maul needs to hunt down the holocron and kill everyone who might have seen the information in it.

Into The Darkness

In this book readers get the chance to dive into Darth Maul’s head. By the time the character appears in the movies, he is sure of himself and portrays an aura of invincibility, in this book we get to see how Maul deals with failure. The programming and brainwashing Maul went through jumps off the page. Reaves did a great in making the reader feel what Maul is going through.

Final Thoughts

I recommend this book to Star Wars fans of the anti-hero. It provides an interesting glimpse into the mind of a sith initiate. After reading the book, I got the sense that the Sith are more of a cult than a religion. It also made me wonder how I would have fared as a Sith. Any book that can make me think along those lines deserves to be recognized.

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