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Synopsis:

“Embark upon a breathtaking adventure that pairs Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on a deadly hunt for the lord of evil who has torn the galaxy asunder…

The war that erupted in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is nearing its boiling point, as the dauntless Separatist forces continue their assault on the teetering Republic-and the diabolic triumvirate Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their master, Darth Sidious, fine-tune their strategy for conquest.  In Episode III: Revenge of the Sith the fates of key players on both sides of the conflict will be sealed. But first, crucial events that pave the way to that time of reckoning unfold in a labyrinth of evil.

Capturing Trade Federation Viceroy and Separatist Council Member Nute Gunray is the mission that brings Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, with a squad of clones in tow, to Cato Nemodia. But the treacherous ally of the Sith proves as slippery as ever, evading his Jedi pursuers as they narrowly avoid deadly disaster. Still, their daring efforts yield an unexpected prize: an unique holotransceiver that bears intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Darth Sidious.

Swiftly taking up the chase, Anakin and Obi-Wan follow clues from the droid factories of Charros IV to the far-flung worlds of the Outer Rim…every step bringing them closer to pinpointing the location of the Sith Lord-whom they suspect has been manipulating every aspect of the Separatist rebellion. Yet somehow, in the escalating galaxy-wide chess of game of strikes, counterstrikes, ambushes, sabotage, and retaliations, Sidious stays constantly one move ahead.

Then the trail takes a shocking turn. For Sidious and his minions have set in motion a ruthlessly orchestrated campaign to divide and overwhelm the Jedi forces-and bring the Republic to its knees.”

Review:

I loved this book.

This book has been on my radar for almost a decade now. Ever since I saw the Star Wars movies for the first I had seen this book on so many recommendations for books related to the saga.

I must say that I was not disappointed by this book at all.

This book takes place right before the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (which happens to be my favorite movie in the saga. Even though I have watched Revenge of the Sith more time than I can count, I still had wondered what exactly happened before the movie that led up to everything that happened. This book answered all of those questions.

I love how we got more than one perspective in this book. We got perspectives from the characters directly in the front lines. We got characters from the Jedi Council. Plus (and this was a nice surprise for me) we got the perspectives of members of the senate.

My favorite character that we followed in this book (not surprisingly) was Anakin Skywalker. He is my favorite character in the movie saga. Ever since I watched the movies for the first time, his story just captured my heart and made me even more interested in the movies than I had been before. His character in this book was no exception. I think that he developed as a character in so many ways. You can see that his personality starts to change in this book. He really started to have the personality of Darth Vader (who he becomes in Revenge of the Sith). He was a great character and I enjoyed reading from his perspective throughout this book.

The plot was this books strongest point. It was action packed and page turning. It was everything that I wanted going into the book. It did get a little confusing at times but I think that was mostly due to the fact that we got so many perspectives from different characters. It all came together in the end though, as we got the first few scenes of Revenge of the Sith included at the end of the book.

Overall this book was great. It was everything and more that I wanted going in. This is the first book in a series and I know for a fact that I will be continuing on with the other two books. I have previously read the second book but it never hearts to reread it so that I can wrap up the series!

RATING: 4/5

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