Literature: Labyrinth of Evil

A Star Wars Expanded Universe novel by James Luceno, Labyrinth of Evil is the story of how Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker almost caught Darth Sidious in the months leading up to Revenge of the Sith.

Despite failing to capture Nute Gunray on Cato Neimoidia, Obi-Wan and Anakin manage to recover crucial intelligence that may lead the Republic forces to their ever-elusive ultimate quarry: Darth Sidious. Following the trail across the galaxy, the two Jedi never quite manage to catch up with the elusive Sith, but get a glimpse of just how extensive his machinations are before being recalled to Coruscant in order to rescue Palpatine from Grievous.

The book covers roughly the last few months before Episode III, and retells the story of the invasion of Coruscant, as featured in Star Wars: Clone Wars, as well as providing a completely different explanation of what Obi-Wan and Anakin were doing just before being recalled to Coruscant.

It, along with the Revenge of the Sith novelization and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, are part of what is called the "Dark Lord" trilogy.


  • Arc Welding: Luceno ties together multiple elements from the Clone Wars stories and earlier in the Prequel era as the Jedi realize just how extensive Sidious' machinations are.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The harvester beetles working in the redoubt's fungus farm.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Nute Gunray's fortress on Cato Neimoidia gives off this vibe.
  • Continuity Nod: Plenty to stories from throughout the entire Clone Wars multimedia campaign.
  • Consolation Prize: While Anakin and Obi-Wan fail to capture Gunray, they get proof of Sidious' existence.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Fantastic Racism: On an ad for the Commission for the Protection of the Republic:
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Jedi will fail to capture Sidious or learn his identity until Episode III. The tragedy of the book lies in seeing just how close they came to nabbing him.
  • Intoxication Ensues: Obi-Wan drops his rebreather, and then encounters a crate full of intoxicating spores. As Anakin puts it, he appears to have invented a new form of lightsaber combat.
  • It's Personal: Anakin's attitude to capturing Nute Gunray, due to the Trade Federation's attack on Naboo and the assassination attempts on Padmé.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Grievous doesn't realize that Palpatine uses one on him when the Chancellor is captured — thus revealing that he's the Sith Lord.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Trade Federation Viceory Gunray screws up big time when he returns to Cato Neimoidia to recover his treasures. Not only does he nearly expose the Separatist fleet's location to the Republic, but his leaving the mechno-chair behind sets off the entire hunt for Sidious.
  • Noodle Incident: Obi-Wan and Anakin keep track of the number of times that they've saved each other's lives. As of Obi-Wan saving Anakin from a cloud of poisonous gas, they're at 25 to 36, Obi-Wan to Anakin.
  • Oh Crap!: Gunray realizes that he left his mechno-chair, complete with records of his secret conversations with Grievous and Sidious, in Republic hands.
    • Dooku has this reaction when Sidious informs him that the Jedi have located the Sith's secret base on Coruscant.
    • Mace, Yoda, and the other Jedi realizing the Separatists have invaded Coruscant.
  • Reflecting Laser/Pinball Projectile: A particular skill of Obi-Wan's, although with the slight variation that he's deflecting the blaster bolts with his lightsaber, rather than firing them himself.
  • Spanner in the Works: Gunray's blunder endangers Sidious plans just as they're entering the critical, final stages of the Clone Wars. He has to adjust them on the fly in order to elude the Jedi and get them back on track.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Obi-Wan and Anakin
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite their role in the hunt for Sidious, neither Mace or any of the other Jedi follow-up on Aurek Team's fate during the Episode III novelization.