By Michael Reaves
Darth Maul, cruel apprentice of evil and one of many mythical Sith, a twisted order given over to the darkish part of the Force...Darth Maul, champion of the nefarious Sith Lord, Darth Sidious...Darth Maul, a legend sprung to lifestyles from the nightmares of background, approximately to be unleashed . . . in an all-new story of intrigue and secret set in advance of the occasions of superstar Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
After years of ready within the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking step one in his grasp plan to carry the Republic to its knees. He meets secretly along with his Neimoidian contacts within the exchange Federation to plot the blockade of the planet Naboo. yet one member of the delegation is lacking, and Sidious doesn't desire his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to seek the traitor down.
On Coruscant, capital urban of the Republic, the Neimoidian strikes speedy to promote what he understands to the top bidder. For Lorn Pavan, a data dealer, the deal is simply too stable to go up. He grabs it, unaware that he has now earned a spot on Darth Maul's hit record, correct at the back of the Neimoidian defector himself.
Meanwhile, a tender Jedi padawan via the identify of Darsha Assant stands at the verge of ascension to Jedi knighthood. A unmarried venture can be her try out. yet a better try out awaits her. For within the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant's personal darkish part, she's going to go paths with Lorn, who's fleeing from the Sith stalker, wearing with him the most important info that needs to achieve the Jedi Council in any respect costs.
The way forward for the Republic will depend on Darsha and Lorn. yet how can an untried Jedi and a typical guy, stranger to the strong methods of the strength, desire to overcome one of many deadliest killers within the galaxy?
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