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Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
Attribution information
Author(s)

Michael Reaves

Cover artist

David Stevenson

Publication information
Publisher

Del Rey

Release date

January 30, 2001

Media type

Hardcover

Pages

320

ISBN

0345435397

Chronology
Era

Rise of the Empire era

Timeline

32 BBY[1]

Preceded by

Cloak of Deception

Followed by

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is a novel that takes place shortly before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Narration for the audio version was performed by Michael Cumpsty. The story Darth Maul: Saboteur by James Luceno is published as a 54-page insert in the paperback version of Shadow Hunter. Previously, Saboteur was only available in eBook form. On December 27, 2011, a new paperback edition was released with a new short story, Restraint, by James Luceno featured inside.

EditionsEdit

ISBN Release date Publisher Pages Format Language Title
ISBN 0345435397 January 30, 2001 Del Rey 320 Hardcover English Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
ISBN 0375416749 January 30, 2001 Random House Audio Cassette English Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
ISBN 037541679X January 30, 2001 Random House Audio CD English Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
ISBN 0345435419 November 27, 2001 Del Rey 332 Paperback English Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
ISBN 9029070056 September 2001 Uitgeverij M Paperback Dutch Darth Maul: De Schaduwjager
ISBN 2258053374 September 20, 2001 Presses de la Cité Hardcover French Dark Maul: L'Ombre du Chasseur
ISBN 2265069280 September 26, 2002 Fleuve Noir 352 Paperback French Dark Maul: L'Ombre du Chasseur
ISBN 2265083232 August 24, 2006 Fleuve Noir 352 Paperback French Dark Maul: L'Ombre du Chasseur
ISBN 3442355923 May 2002 Blanvalet 288 Paperback German Darth Maul: Der Schattenjäger
ISBN 3442243157 March 2005 Blanvalet 288 Pocket book German Darth Maul: Der Schattenjäger
Japanese
ISBN 8372457409 2001 Amber 232 Paperback Polish Darth Maul. Łowca z mroku
ISBN 9737780000 2004 Amaltea 240 Paperback Romanian Darth Maul: Vânătorul din umbră
ISBN 579210574X 2002 Eksmo 384 Hardcover Russian Дарт Мол: Тёмный мститель
February 2002 Alberto Santos Editor 256 Hardcover Spanish Darth Maul: El Cazador en las Tinieblas
ISBN 0712684174 January 30, 2001 Century Paperback English (UK) Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
ISBN 9788025209776 February 25, 2009 EGMONT ČR 203 Paperback Czech Darth Maul: Lovec ze stínů

Publisher's summaryEdit

HardcoverEdit

Back coverEdit

For the infamous, power-hungry Sith, beholden to the dark side, the time has come to rise again…

Inside flapEdit

Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil and one of the legendary Sith, a twisted order given over to the dark side of the Force…Darth Maul, champion of the nefarious Sith Lord, Darth Sidious…Darth Maul, a legend sprung to life from the nightmares of history, about to be unleashed…In an all-new tale of intrigue and mystery set just before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

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. He meets secretly with his Neimoidian contacts in the Trade Federation to plan the blockade of the planet Naboo. But one member of the delegation is missing, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.

On Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, the Neimoidian moves quickly to sell what he knows to the highest bidder. For Lorn Pavan, an information broker, the deal is too good to pass up. He grabs it, unaware that he has now earned a place on Darth Maul's hit list, right behind the Neimoidian defector himself.

Meanwhile, a young Jedi Padawan by the name of Darsha Assant stands on the verge of ascension to Jedi Knighthood. A single mission will be her test. But a greater test awaits her. For in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant's own dark side, she will cross paths with Lorn, who is fleeing from the Sith stalker, carrying with him crucial information that must reach the Jedi Council at all costs.

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?

PaperbackEdit

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 deadlist killers in the galaxy?

Plot summaryEdit

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is told in two parts: "Mean Streets" and "Labyrinth".

Aboard the Trade Federation freighter Saak'ak, Nute Gunray finds that his second-in-command Hath Monchar, the Deputy Viceroy of the Federation, has gone missing. Unfortunately, it is too late to do anything about it, because at that moment, Darth Sidious contacts Gunray. The Dark Lord of the Sith questions Gunray about the missing Neimoidian. Gunray panics and tells Sidious that Monchar is sick. However, the Sith Lord sees through the lie, and when the conversation ends, he sends his apprentice Darth Maul after the missing Deputy Viceroy.

Meanwhile, Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant prepares for her final mission before becoming a Jedi Knight. She will be sent to the Crimson Corridor in the Zi-Kree Sector of Coruscant. There, she must pick up a former Black Sun employee named Oolth the Fondorian who is willing to trade information about the recent reorganization in the upper ranks of the criminal syndicate in exchange for protection by the Jedi Order. Unfortunately, when she does find Oolth, the ship they were supposed to travel in is damaged by raiding thugs who try to kill Darsha and Oolth. Though the Padawan is able to fend them off, the two of them have no choice but to zip-line up to the top of a building to get to the Jedi Temple. Bad luck strikes again when hawk-bats attack the two of them, resulting in Oolth falling off of Darsha just as she arrives at the top of the building. Knowing that she has failed since Oolth died, she neglects to mention this to the Jedi Council and instead only informs her Master Anoon Bondara over her failure. Bondara agrees to keep Oolth's death a secret from the Jedi Order until they find Oolth's body to confirm his death. They travel back to the Crimson Corridor, and even though Oolth's body is not where it was supposed to when he fell, Bondara and Darsha still conclude that he is indeed dead, because at this point, there is no doubt that scavengers would have taken his corpse already.

Darth Maul eventually finds Hath Monchar and learns from him, while interrogating the helpless Neimoidian, the latter had sold a Sith holocron to a man named Lorn Pavan and his protocol droid partner I-5YQ. Maul is aware that this Holocron happens to contain all of the information regarding Darth Sidious's plans in bringing down the Jedi Order and taking over the Republic. Maul executes Monchar for this treachery against Sidious by decapitating him with his lightsaber, and sets off to find Pavan and I-Five. When he does, he ends up chasing them so that he can kill the two of them before they can reveal the information in the Holocron to the Jedi Order.

As they travel back to the Jedi Temple to report to the Council regarding Oolth the Fondorian's death, Darsha and Bondara run into Pavan and I-Five just as they are being chased by Darth Maul. Bondara confronts Maul alone while Darsha leads the others to safety. During the battle, Master Bondara sacrifices himself by exploding Maul's speeder with his own lightsaber, giving Darsha, Lorn, and I-Five time to escape.

After a long chase through the bowels of Coruscant, battling Cthons, a Taozin, and other dangers, the group is once again tracked down by Darth Maul. Assant does battle with Maul while I-Five carbon freezes Pavan in an attempt to hide and protect him. After a large explosion which Darsha enacted, thus sacrificing herself, Darth Maul can sense no life in the warehouse and believes all of his targets are dead. He heads back to his master with news of success.

Pavan is thawed out and this time, he starts hunting Maul. Although he was able to get the drop on Maul using a taozin limb, he is duped into giving the Sith Holocron to Senator Palpatine, who is secretly Darth Sidious. Palpatine lies that he will give the Holocron to the Council and sends Pavan to a hospital, since, just as he is taking the Holocron from Maul, Pavan has his arm cut off by the Sith Lord.

In the end, Maul confronts Pavan in the hospital privately, and the Sith Lord decides to give the man a quick death for his abilities by impaling him with his lightsaber. Pavan dies facing his death bravely, with Maul secretly admiring him for that trait. With that, Maul leaves, mission accomplished.

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Behind the scenesEdit

  • Just before Lorn Pavan is killed by Darth Maul, he considers his experience over the last 48 hours to be a Pyrrhic victory. This term, however, has no apparent place in-universe; in fact, it is derived from a battle involving "King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered irreplaceable casualties when he defeated the Romans during the Pyrrhic War at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC."[2]
    • The term 'Pyrrhic victory' was also used in the audio book of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter.
  • "Tyrusian mangler" is presumably a reference to the TV series Invasion America that Reaves previously wrote for. References to Tyrus also appear in MedStar I: Battle Surgeons.
  • Events from Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter were later told from a different perspective in Darth Plagueis.

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