NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
For the infamous, power-hungry Sith, beholden to the dark side, the time has come to rise again.
After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.
But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right at the top of Darth Maul’s hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
This special edition features an all-new Darth Maul short story as well as “Star Wars:® Darth Maul: Saboteur”—both written by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno!
Way better than I expected
I don't understand the hate on this book. It's actually pretty good and gives great insight on Darth Maul.
Great story with fantastic characters
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is a very entertaining audiobook for a variety of reasons, the biggest being that, well, it's about Darth Maul. We get an engaging story, great new characters and familiar old ones (Sidious, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi to name a few). The voice acting is pretty solid (other than Yoda, which is laughable) and the sound fx and music are all classic sw. We get to hear a bit of history on Darth Maul and Sidious, which is interesting and doesn't slow down the story much. This book is a lot about Maul hunting down his prey, and we see quite a bit of detective work from Maul and later on Obi-Wan Kenobi, which is pretty cool. Maul also faces off against a bounty hunter Maui Lin, good stuff there.
On the negative side of things, I don't really care for the repeating of the jedi code throught the story. Just hearing the Jedi think of the code in their head is kinda stupid. Also, Darth Maul is all but invincible in this book. He does have a couple close calls i guess, but it goes beyond you know he won't die because of Episode I; the dude is unstoppable. Now while it's kinda cool how bada** this guy is, when you already know he has possibly the stupidest death in sw history (i think even worse than boba fett's), it just seems out of place that this guy is impenatrible.
Those issues aside, this is a fantastic audiobook, worthy of 5 stars and one you should not miss out on if you're a Darth Maul fan
Skip It and Read Darth Plagueis
I came into this audiobook with very high expectations, probably because I had just finished listening to (for the second time) Darth Plagueis, and I suppose I was under the impression all Star Wars audiobooks were that impressive.
Part of the problem was the story; it felt sewn together, forced, and at times never ending. Another problem was that the reader knows exactly how the book is going to end (unless somehow you have yet to see Ep 1).
Additionally, the narrator is horrible. He starts his sentences at an audible level and then trails them off so that it is nearly impossible to hear what was said. Also, often times the sound effects in the background drown out the narration.
Finally, the characters seem non-original, with the exception of the droid I-5. Lorn Pavan is clearly a replica of Han Solo; Darsha Assant is your typical Jedi Palawan (unsure of herself and then finds the inner courage); and Darth Maul is a relentless sith who we already know.
Again, maybe my standards are too high after Darth Plagueis, but I would advise skipping this one.