Star Wars Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

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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 ...

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Overview

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!

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Okay Star Wars fans, the moment you've been waiting for has arrived. Ever since his far-too brief appearance in Episode I, any tidbit of information about the fabulous and enigmatic Darth Maul is deeply treasured. Who is this guy Maul anyway? Where does he come from? What motivates him? What does he do for fun? Well, by reading Michael Reaves's fascinating and fully engrossing deep-space gripper, Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, you'll soon discover what Maul does for fun (simple: he kills). Set just prior to the happenings of Episode I, Shadow Hunter pits our favorite champ of darkness against a young Jedi apprentice on the verge of earning her cherished Knightship and a gritty, Han Solo-like scoundrel (he's a good guy, really) who suddenly finds himself in way over his head. Reaves's work -- fully Lucas-approved, of course -- is really fun. It's well written, well researched, fast-paced, and essential for any Star Wars fan, not only because of the additional details relayed about the two Sith Lords (Maul and Sidious) but also for the interesting tour it offers of the city-planet Corusucant. Dive into this read with pleasure.
From the Publisher
"FULL OF LIGHTSABER BATTLES, THE JEDI PHILOSOPHY, AND LOTS OF NEW LIFE-FORMS."
—Chicago Sun-Times

"Reaves writes with a creative flair, allowing readers to experience an almost cinematic sensation as they move through the story. The language is colorful, the action scenes are dynamic, and the dialogue is realistic.... Shadow Hunter is a very good Star Wars novel that reads as easily as a comic book.... Reaves does an excellent job."
—Winston-Salem Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345435415
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/27/2001
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 165,065
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.10 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman animated television series. He has worked for DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. Reaves is the New York Times bestselling author of the three Star Wars: Coruscant Nights novels, the co-writer (with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff) of Star Wars: Shadow Games, and the co-writer (with Steve Perry) of Star Wars: Death Star and two Star Wars: MedStar novels: Battle Surgeons and Jedi Healer. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Space is the perfect place to hide.

The Neimoidian freighter Saak’ak cruised ponderously in the uncharted deeps of Wild Space. It displayed its colors proudly, its cloaking device disabled, with no fear of detection. Here, parsecs away from the civilized Galactic Core and its surrounding systems, it could safely hide in plain sight. Even the Neimoidians, those past masters of paranoia, felt secure in the vast endless abyss between the disk and one of the spiral arms.

Yet even here the leaders of the Trade Federation could not entirely let go of their natural tendency toward subterfuge. They sought duplicity and guile the way a young grub seeks the safety and warmth of its sleeping niche in the communal hive. The Saak’ak was a good example of this. It was, to all appearances, merely a commercial vessel, its horseshoe shape designed to carry large amounts of cargo. Not until an unwary enemy had come within firing range would the heavy durasteel armor plating, blaster turrets, and military-strength communications arrays become visible.

By which time, of course, it would be too late.

Aboard the Saak’ak’s bridge all was silent save for the muted beeps and chimes of various life-support monitors and the almost inaudible susurrus of the air filtration system. Three figures stood to one side of the huge transparisteel viewport. They wore the flowing robes and mantles of the Neimoidian aristocracy, but their body language, as a fourth figure appeared in their midst, was deferential, if not outright cringing and servile.

The fourth figure was not really there with them in any physical sense. The robed and hooded form was a holograph, a three-dimensional image projected from an unknown source light-years distant. Intangible and immaterial, the mysterious stooped image nevertheless dominated the three Neimoidians. Indeed, they could not have been any more thoroughly cowed had he been physically present with a blaster in each hand.

The figure’s face—what little was visible of it in the shadows of the hood—was grim and unforgiving. The cowled head moved slightly as he looked at each of the Neimoidians in turn. Then the figure spoke, his voice a dry rasp, his tone that of one accustomed to instant obedience.

“There are only three of you.”

The tallest of the three, the one wearing the triple-crested tiara of a viceroy, responded in a stammering voice. “Th-that is true, Lord Sidious.”

“I see you, Gunray, and your lackeys Haako and Dofine. Where is the fourth one? Where is Monchar?”

Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray clasped his hands in front of him in what was not so much a supplicating gesture as an attempt to keep them from nervously wringing each other. He had hoped he would grow used to dealing with the Sith Lord over time, but so far that had not happened. If anything, these meetings with Darth Sidious had become even more gut-twisting and upsetting as the deadline for the embargo grew ever closer. Gunray did not know how his seconds in command, Daultay Dofine and Rune Haako, felt—discussing one’s feelings was anathema in Neimoidian society—but he knew how he felt after each encounter with the Sith Lord. He felt like squirming back into his hive mother’s birth chamber and pulling the cloacal flap in after him.

Especially now. Curse Hath Monchar! Where was the misbegotten rankweed sucker? Not on board the Saak’ak, that much was certain. The ship had been searched from the center sphere to the air locks at the outmost ends of each docking bay arm. Not only was his deputy viceroy nowhere to be found, but a scout vessel with hyperdrive capability was missing, as well. Put these two facts together, and the chances of Viceroy Gunray winding up as fodder for one of the fungus farms back on Neimoidia was beginning to look distressingly good.

The holographic image of Darth Sidious flickered slightly, then regained its none-too-stable resolution. A glitch, most likely caused by some solar flare on a star between here and whatever mysterious world the signal was originating from. Not for the first time Gunray found himself wondering on what world or ship the real Sith was standing, and not for the first time he flinched hastily away from the thought. He didn’t want to know too much about the Neimoidians’ ally in this undertaking. In fact, he wished he could forget what little he already knew. Collaborating with Darth Sidious was about as safe as being trapped in a cave on Tatooine with a hungry krayt dragon.

The hooded face turned to glare directly at him. “Well?” Sidious demanded.

Even as he opened his mouth, Gunray knew that it would be futile to lie. The Sith Lord was a master of the Force, that mysterious and pervasive energy field that, some said, knitted the galaxy together just as surely as did gravity. Sidious might not be able to read another’s inmost thoughts, but he certainly could tell when someone was lying. Even knowing that, however, the Neimoidian could no more stop himself from dissimulating than he could stop his sweat ducts from oozing oily perspiration down the back of his neck.

“He was taken ill, my lord. Too much rich food. He—he has a delicate constitution.” Gunray closed his mouth, keeping his lips firmly pressed together to stop them from trembling. Inwardly he cursed himself. Such a pathetic and obvious prevarication; even a Gamorrean would be able to see through it! He waited for Sidious to command Haako and Dofine to turn on him, to strip him of his vestments and rank. He had no doubt that they would do it. For the Neimoidians, one of the most difficult concepts to understand in the galactic lexicon of Basic was the word loyalty.

However, to his astonishment, Sidious merely nodded instead of showering him with vituperation. “I see. Very well, then—the four of us shall discuss the contingency plans should the trade embargo fail. Monchar can be briefed on them when he recovers.” The Sith Lord continued speaking, describing his plan to hide a large secret army of battle droids in the cargo bays of the trade ships, but Gunray could hardly pay attention to the specifics. He was stunned that his desperate ruse had worked.

The viceroy’s relief was short-lived, however. He knew that at best all he had done was buy some time, and not much of that. When Sidious’s hologram again materialized on the bridge of the Saak’ak he would once more demand to know where Monchar was—and this time he would not accept illness as an excuse.

There were no two ways about it—his errant lieutenant would have to be found, and quickly. But how to do this without arousing Sidious’s suspicions? Gunray felt certain at times that the Sith Lord was somehow able to peer into every compartment, niche, and cubicle on the freighter, that he knew everything, no matter how trivial or inconsequential, that took place on board.

The viceroy silently commanded himself to maintain control. He took advantage of Sidious’s attention being momentarily focused on Haako and Dofine to surreptitiously slip an antistress capsule between his lips. He could feel his lung pods expanding and contracting convulsively within him, on the verge of hyperventilation. An old saying characterized Neimoidians as the only sentient species with an entire organ devoted solely to the task of worrying. As Nute Gunray felt the anxiety that had been momentarily quelled threatening to build up once more in his gut sac, the adage did seem to have an unpleasant ring of truth to it.

Darth Sidious, Master of the Sith, finished relaying his instructions to the Neimoidians and made a slight, almost negligent gesture. Across the room a relay clicked and the holographic transmission ended. The flickering blue-white images of the Neimoidians and the section of their ship’s bridge captured by the split-beam transceivers vanished.

Sidious stood motionless and silent on the transmission grid, his fingers steepled, his mind meditating on the eddies and currents of the Force. Those of lesser sensitivity were oblivious to it, but to him it was like an omnipresent mist, invisible but nonetheless tangible, that swirled and drifted constantly about him. No words, no descriptions could begin to convey what it was like; the only way to understand it was to experience it.

He had learned over long years of study and meditation how to interpret each and every vagary of its restless flow, no matter how slight. Even without that ability, however, he would have known that Nute Gunray was lying about Hath Monchar’s whereabouts. An old joke about the viceroy’s kind summed it up nicely:

How can you tell if a Neimoidian is lying?

His mouth is open.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2009

    good book

    ok this is basicly about a mission maul has to do that he thinks is too easy but ends up more difficult than he thouht. its very good and action packed. and if any one could help me out this the third starwars book i read and i need some help to find some more good ones. the other two were the bane books. i need so action packed starwars books!

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    THERE IS THE FORCE

    A few days before the events of Episode I, the Neimoidians in the employment of Darth Sidious come to a terrifying realization - one of their members has disappeared. There was a fourth member of the Neimoidians scheming with Darth Sidious - Hath Monchar, a deputy viceroy who loses his nerve and heads to Coruscant looking to sell the whole sordid tale of Sidious's plans to rule the galaxy (starting with invading Naboo) to the highest bidder.

    Needless to say, Sidious sends the ultimate hitman to take Hath out before he squeals - Darth Maul. But it won't be as easy as it sounds. For one thing, Jedi Master Anoon Bondara and his Padawan Darsha Assant are cleaning up from Maul's decimation of Black Sun months ago and have stumbled onto his new hunt. Lorn Pavan, a Corellian information broker with a grudge against the Jedi, and his acerbic droid I-Five have also gotten into the mix. It's a cat and mouse game, and Maul is one very hungry cat. The chase takes them through the horrifying depths of Coruscant as well as the seemingly safe upper levels.

    f you like Darth Maul, then you'll probably like this book. He's in all out action here and we get to see him in top form. One of the cool things about this story is that it introduces a ton of new and interesting characters. There's a smart-mouthed, free thinking droid named I-Five that packs a few interesting features. Then there's Lorn Pavan who has a very good (and interesting) reason for hating the Jedi. I won't spoil it here, but it's a topic I've always wondered about. Then there's the Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant who fails miserably on her first mission. Most of the Jedi we see are heroes who either win the battle or die heroically. This was an interesting twist to see one completely botch a mission and the fear the consequences. And since these aren't core characters, they're totally fair game for being in serious jeopardy or killed. That raises the stakes quite a bit when they face Darth Maul.

    As much as I loved the new characters in the book, I would have liked to have seen more of Darth Maul. There are often large gaps between his appearances. However, I realize it could be difficult to have him around all the time and keep it interesting. Maul can be a rather flat character if not used sparingly.

    "THERE IS NO EMOTION
    THERE IS PEACE
    THERE IS NO IGNORANCE
    THE IS KNOWLEDGE
    THERE IS NO PASSION
    THERE IS SERENITY
    THERE NO DEATH
    THERE IS THE FORCE.....
    *THAT IS THE JEDI CODE*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    A must read for any Star Wars fan!

    I'm just now getting into reading books from the expanded universe and this was my first full length Star Wars Novel, (I'd read a few of the Jedi Apprentice Books and they intrigued me to read this). The intense sensations that go through you as you read this are amazing. Every time it the author changes character views, you are already rooting for this person, even though a few seconds ago you may have hated them. An outstanding job that sheds a great deal of light onto the personality of Darth Maul and his complete and utter submission to his lord Sidious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

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    Darth Maul Shadow Hunter is one of the best Star Wars books yet! After books and books focusing on the heros of the saga, the dark side finally makes its appearence. It has somewhat of a complicated plot, but easy enough to follow. The action scenes are some of the best, outranking even the movies in some parts. It may not have a particularly 'happy' outcome, but this book is just what SW fans need

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    I read this one some time ago, and I remember it being very acti

    I read this one some time ago, and I remember it being very action packed, but I can't recall much about the story. It must not have left too much of an impression on me. If you've read Darth Plagueis then you will come across a point in the book where Darth Maul goes on a mission to destroy Black Sun. This is the complete story of that mission. Very action packed and a was probably a very good tie in novel at the time Episode I came out to give people more Darth Maul. Now years later it doesn't add too much to the Star Wars mythos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Darth Deceptious

    Name: Darth Deceptious <br> Age: Thirteen <br> Gender: Female <br> Personality: She doesn't like to be in the light, and would rather stick to the shadows, he needs every detail to be perfect if she is doing something, has little regard for other people's feelings, isn't scared off by foes bigger, tougher, or faster than her, yet has an intense fear of spiders of any kind, and she has a strange fondness for plants and animals. <br> Appearance: she has brown hair with blonde highlights and black streaks in it that reaches her waist, observant sky-blue eyes, and she likes to wear long black pants with a matching shirt. She is five feet and six inches tall. <br> Other: Ask <br> If i forgot anything, just ask. <p> ~Deceptious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Darth Venicious

    Age: I have found a way to slow my aging, yes, I'm that awesome.<br>True Name: I shall reveal it to you once you earn the title of Darth.<br>Weapons: My lightsaber is double-bladed, the hilt made of chiseled bone. Obviously, it's red. I have a "Sith-sword," which is like a lightsaber, but is instead a katana hilt. The blades come out both sides, and I don't know how it is made. I found it in an underground cavern on Korriban.<br>Species: Beneath my featureless grey mask, I'm a Zaabrak-Human hybrid with shoulder-long brown hair and grey eyes. (I forget how to spell "Zaabrak." Dx) I have horns, but my hair cover them. Sometimes it pays off being ho<3>rny. xD<br>Homeworld: Coruscant.<br>History: My pastery is a mystery. Heh. Rhyme.<br>Personality: You'll find out. x)<br>The rest, you either don't need to know or will find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

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    this book rocks it blows smeyers books outta the water you shoul

    this book rocks it blows smeyers books outta the water you should check out the darth bane trilogy its the best trilogy since both star wars trilogys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Darth Maul

    I LOVE STAR WARS. Period. Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn are my fav. Characters. (Yes, i'm a girl) So i accidentaly hit the purchase button. Oh wel, this book was awesome. I would have bought this book weither or not. Darth Maul's an over looked character. He 's got, what, three lines? I was happy to see him have an epic come back when episode one came out in 3D. Now i can actually apreciate being a fan of a minor character. The author does a fantadtic job on this exciting story. Thunbs up! Five stars !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Star wars

    This book did not have great story mode in the book. It did have great death maul story in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    One of the best starwars books

    One of the best star warsbooks on maul

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Awesome

    One of the best star wars books i have ever read

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Great Story, Great Action!

    I loved this book, it definitely gives you more Maul, since not much is really brought up about him in The Phantom Menace. Great Read for Prequel fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Good

    Great book it has nothing to do with the book but ihave a book call the wrath of darth maul and in the acknoledgement the talk about books and only one is on nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    do not read this

    slow slow slow all i could think about what how much i was looking forword to being done with it for some that has star wars name on it was nothing like a star war story not fun i bad ending a pace that like a snail i do recamend this crapy even if they give for free i would still not recamend this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    By sam *****

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Excellent

    Satisfying ending too haha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Epic!

    Epic!!!

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Star Wars novel for the bad guys- great idea

    Finally... A Star Wars novel devoted to a villain. It takes the mysterious character of Darth Maul and gives him a little more depth. It is a story of Darth Maul's pursuit of a group of easily forgetable characters, but it was still exciting. It is a good prequel to the Phantom Menace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

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    one very awesome book

    this book is amazing from begining to the end its awesome darth maul proves in this novel that nobody cant mess with him in this book he proves himself to his master darth sidious this book is awesome just awesome i love sith lords because of this book

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