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Ryder Windham is an American sci-fi author who has written over sixty Star Wars books, including novels, comics, reference books, and so on. He has also written junior novelizations for Indiana Jones movies. Since 1993, he has been working on Star Wars projects either by himself or with other authors. His reference book Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide had been on the New York Times Best Selle

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 224 pages
  • Star Wars
  • Ryder Windham
  • English
  • 03 January 2017

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  1. says:

    Seeing Maul go through everything he did as a child was hard to watch.
    Watching (the wretched hunk of my life) grow up was definitely the most interesting aspect of the book. Every trial and error took us a step closer to understanding the horrors of Maul's childhood, (born with the Force or not, I'm still having trouble comprehending a small toddler living through such scorn).
    But still I had trouble understanding how a child, who just wanted to escape the torture and loneliness, could become the 100% loyal lapdog of Darth Sidious.
    Then comes Orsis (assassin) Academy and Maul gets his first social experience. While still Sidious's obedient pet, Maul might actually have a chance at making a friend in Kilindi. He doesn't trust her, or anyone else, but her continual kindness towards him gives him something to look forward to at the end of every trial.
    And then...oh....and then the event that causes him to leave the academy happens.
    (view spoiler)

  2. says:

    Finally we get to see more of the origin behind the infamous Sith Lord, Darth Maul. I read this novel in one afternoon as I couldn’t put it down. The story mainly focuses on the childhood and the training of Darth Maul, but we also get to get his perspective in the events from “The Phantom Menace.” In addition, we get a better understanding as to how he could survive the devastating fall to reappear in the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

    What I love the most about the story was how characters and events from the iconic TV Show Star Wars: The Clone Wars were taken and incorporated into Maul’s history. The other thing I liked I stated before, Maul’s perspective in The Phantom Menace. Finally, I just really enjoyed experience the evolution of Darth Maul in the story. Though his entire history wasn’t included in the novel, we get to learn a lot more about him. I didn’t have any complaints about this one. It was well written beginning to end. I hope to see more Darth Maul novels and stories as good as this one in the future.

  3. says:

    Rating: 4 Stars out of 5.
    Darth Maul needs a hug.

    If there was a takeaway point to this book, that was the one I learned. Really, this book could be called ‘The Tragedy of Darth Maul’. There was a lot of wrath going on, but this book really is at its best while chronicling Maul’s traumatic childhood experiences and turning him into someone that is a little more sympathetic, interesting, and relatable that I might have originally given him credit for.
    This was my first time going into the EU to learn about Maul’s character. Though I did read the other Star Wars Episode 1 journals when I was little, I never read Darth Maul’s. As a kid, I think I just assumed that since he was the bad guy, and had almost no lines in the movie, he wouldn’t have anything interesting to say. But my curiosity in Maul was piqued when he made his reappearance in The Clone Wars TV series, (Partially thanks to the ever-amazing Mr. Witwer) and so I decided to give this a try.
    With my limited Maul knowledge, this served as a very good tie-in to the franchise. It was basically a very brief and simple biography of the Darth’s life, from young toddler to where he is in the Clone Wars episode ‘Brothers’.
    This book gave a lot of really great info on Maul’s history, and I’m now really interested in reading up on Maul more, and discovering what Windham created for his backstory and what he borrowed from other stories.
    I’m not going to go into a ton of detail on this book and the life of Darth Maul, but I will mention that I think the first part of this book is definitely the best. The Mustafar and Orsis sections were my favorite, as they offered a lot of new insight on the character. I wouldn’t say that the sections that overlap Episode 1 are bad, but they’re not as intriguing. Those parts often felt like they were both dragging and being skimmed over quickly in the way they were handled.
    The only big issue I had with this book was that it was a middle grade book. I honestly think that this deserved to be an adult book, because I feel like the story was complex and could have gone deeper and really delved into Maul’s mind. I always felt like The Wrath of Darth Maul was trying to be a really dark tale, but never reached its potential since it was being held back by its kid demographic.
    It’s weird, because the book seems to want to straddle the line of ‘for kids’ and ‘for tweens and up’. The story here is a lot more intense than say, the Jedi Apprentice series. I was reading those when I was around 8 or 9. If I had read this book when I was that age, I think I would have been pretty freaked out. Here, we have Maul being tortured through his young life, savagely killing LOTS of people from a young age though various brutal means, chopping off people’s limbs, snapping heads, bloodying people by head-butting them, and (spoilers!) murdering all of his young teenage school friends without remorse. (spoilers) He’s like a wild, vicious animal when he goes into action mode.

    None of the violence is described in super graphic terms, but it’s still kind of jarring for a kid’s book. This story would have benefited by being targeted at an older audience.
    But those complaints aside, The Wrath of Darth Maul was still an informative, quick, enjoyable read that gave some appreciated insight into a character who wasn’t given much to do in the films. If you have any interest in Maul whatsoever, pick it up and give it a read!

    (If Sam Witwer were to meet Maul:)

  4. says:

    The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham tells the story of Darth Maul, a Sith first seen in Star Wars Episode I. This novel not only tells Maul's side of the story of the events that take place in The Phantom Menace, but it also gives us a backstory of what it was like for him growing up and being trained by Darth Sidious. I was truly surprised by this novel because I couldn't help but feel bad for Maul after seeing what he went through growing up.

  5. says:

    This novel is aimed at a younger generation of reader and doesn't contain the hard-edged grit that I think it could have had to make it a leading novel for the Star Wars universe. It gives a fresh view on the life of Darth Maul and his place in the SW universe. I couldn't pinpoint any plot holes os it has been well researched and is keeping with the connectivity of related stories.
    A quick read and finished in 3 days.

    Plot ***Spoilers***
    The Wrath of Darth Maul sees a resurrected Darth Maul as a half Zabrak Half machine hybrid with his upper torso mounted upon a spider-like machine lover half.
    Shortly after the introduction of the resurrected Maul we are taken on a memory trail from his first memories of his training as a young child under a droid to being introduced to his Master Darth Sidious. Under Sidious, his training becomes intense and deadly with his life one of harsh training and cruel lessons as he is moulded in to the perfect killing machine and potential Sith apprentice.
    Maul is forced to make the choice to be completely subservient to Sidious and do his bidding. This results in taking the lives of anyone or anything he becomes attached to.
    During the story, we are informed of more of the Sith history and philosophies of the Sith and why they hate the Jedi so much.
    Towards the end of his memories returning, we are taken through events of Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.
    The book concludes with Maul remembering much and paves the way for his return with the intent of exacting his revenge upon Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi Order.

  6. says:

    This is a really good book and reveals much detail about the life of our favorite Sith, but after the plot reaches the point where the films take over (specifically "The Phantom Menace") it was like Windham was trying to finish quickly to get it out to press. The author even states at the end of the book that most of his material came from other novelizations and screenplays. I felt that this was a very lazy effort on the part of the writer and could have been a much better book. I mean, we KNOW what happens to Maul in the films. I believe in strict continuity, but to throw rehashed plot points at us is kind of boring and silly.

  7. says:

    The book tell you in depth the story behind Darth Maul and his life story. It also tells about the story behind the Sith.

  8. says:

    This book gave me major feels! I love Maul and reading more about his past broke my heart for him even more.
    I also appreciated the attempt to stay true to both legends and new canon Canon.

    What I didn’t love was the undefined timeline (maul goes from a toddler to a teenager and through the book I was totally confused when the growing up took place).
    I also wish Maul’s loyalty to Sidious would have been explained more. After enduring all that he did, I don’t understand why he wouldn’t have wanted revenge or at least a new start somewhere else.

    Overall, a decent Star Wars book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. says:

    When I watched The Phantom Menace I thought Darth Maul was so cool and scary looking! Like no joke I was kinda scared of him but after reading this I was just blown away. I really do love learning about characters pasts and reading on how Darth Maul became how he is was interesting and wow lol

  10. says:

    The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham is a sci-fi book about the Star Wars character Darth Maul. I really enjoyed the book, it's beyond what I expected it to be. It shows how dark Maul's childhood was and what he went through in his training to become his master's apprentice. Before I read this book I hardly knew background information about Maul because all I saw of him was in the movie, Star Wars the Phantom Menace and the show, Star Wars the Clone Wars. That's what I really liked about the book because it starts with him being a child to him being a Man going on to the Phantom Menace and more.

    The book also tells side stories of what Maul did. The story of his relationship with a droid whose purpose was to hurt him to make him stronger. The story of him looking at a reflection of a boy who looked like him and how free that boy was. The story of him at Orsis academy, the nightsisters, and finally the pirates. To me, the one thing the booked lacked was more information about his training at Orsis academy but hey, nothing is perfect. The author even gives you other references if you want to know more about Orsis academy which I think is awesome.

    Another thing I have to say is this book is extremely Dark, but hey it just shows, the power of the Dark Side. There are constant scenes of Maul doing disturbing Stuff. 1. is him drawing a window in his own blood. 2. him massacring a school and 3. his embracing of killing a Jedi. These 3 are just bits and pieces of how dark he got. It shows how badly he wanted something and how far he would go to get what he wanted or to please his master.

    Another good thing the book talks about is his relationship with his master. His master would treat him good or bad depending on how well or how long Maul did something. If Maul would mess up on a dangerous exercise he would be told to do it again. It got so bad that when Maul finished his warmups he had so many broken ribs. Maul's master demanded perfection and that's what he got. Maul's master loved irritating Maul. Always saying how terrible Maul was doing in his training.

    The only thing I have to say this book lacks is more information. 1 like I said earlier being Orsis. I think there is a little lack of information on his childhood.It starts off with Maul automatically being in Mustafar but we don't know how he got there since his birthplace is Darthomir. I get this is not a huge book, but you would think he could have added him being born as a chapter and how he got kidnapped.

    The ending was predictable only because the movie came out way before the book so if you saw the Phantom Menace you know what happens to him. But I did not expect him to cover what happens after the Phantom Menace.I think its cool tha.t Windham did that because the Clone Wars is a tv show, so you wouldn't expect him to talk about it in this book. If you watch the episode of Darth Maul you hear him say a poem, which is the poem in the book so that is also really neat.

    After reading the whole book you just feel sorry for Darth Maul. You feel so bad about how bad he was treated as a boy and how he was raised. How much hate and rage he has towards the Jedi not knowing what good they have done towards the galaxy. Maul is described as an animal and not a person which is just depressing. It makes you wonder what would have happened if the Jedi would have discovered him first and not the sith lord he calls master and what good he could have done. It also makes you wonder what would have happened if he was raised by his keen and the nightsisters.There are so many questions you just want to be answered.

    I would strongly recommend this to any Star Wars fan that wants to know more about Darth Maul.
    If you love Star Wars or Just a fan of Sci-Fi in general then you need to read this book right now.
    I plan on reading more books by Ryder Windham because of this book. Even though Windham didn't have all the information of Maul he still encourages he readers to read other star wars books to know a lot more on the subject.All being said I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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