Cloak of Deception
Author: James Luceno
Release Date: May 2001
This novel is another re-read for me; the first time was several years ago. I had built up in my mind that this was an awesome novel, which gave incredible detail to the manipulations of Palpatine before the events of The Phantom Menace. After I read it a second time, though, my impression has actually changed.
Sure, this novel does elaborate on just what the ‘baseless accusations’ against Valorum were as mentioned in TPM, but the story is not as in-depth as I remember it to be. Most of the novel is devoted to an assassination attempt on Valorum; I had forgotten about that. The attempt, yes. The amount devoted to it, no. I had to fight boredom this time around, as I was strung along with the Jedi during their search for the assassins.
The ‘in-depth’ political maneuvers I remember turned out to be a collection of gossip mongering. Only in the end did my attention start to sharpen, during the Valorum/corruption discovery and the final dialog between Sidious and Nute Gunray. Everything else was just mindless filler, in my humble opinion. I did not become emotionally attached to any of the secondary characters, such as Captain Cohl, Rella, or Boiny. Even the parts where Senator Palpatine and his Darth Sidious persona made an appearance didn’t demand my attention, though for some reason it did before.
Maybe it’s because not much was known back then; anything about him was simply devoured without much thought. I dunno. What I do know is that this will be my last time reading Cloak of Deception.
Cloak of Deception receives a 2 out of 5.
- Master Optician