If you enjoyed the deceit and political intrigue of the prequel trilogy this is a must read. If all you enjoy about Star Wars is people "blasting everything in sight" you may want to pass.
This is a great story about the mysterious Darth Plagueis as well as an origin story for Palpatine/Sidious as well as Darth Maul. Luceno did a masterful job weaving a story that connects just about every frayed thread in the Phantom Menace and parts of Attack of the Clones. Although this book did not make the cut as far as Disney's Canon is concerned, I don't see how the back stories could be improved on. It's just a great story. Daniel Davis does a superb job providing unique voices to all the characters and does an excellent Palpatine and Dooku. You can't go wrong with this story!!
I absolutely loved this story and as far as i am concerned, until Disney/Lucasfilm produce a replacement story I will consider this CANON. This story really gets into the political functions of the Star wars universe so some may find it boring as its not reliant on space battles and lots of Jedi action. It is extremely violent and dark in places, almost shocking actually. The journey of Palpatines ascendance will grip you from start to finish.
I also feel that, just like the Clone Wars television show, this book makes the prequel movies better adding depth to situations and characters. I never had any problem with those films but thought they were just poorly executed with questionable acting. I still love them. The main thing I cared about was the story which was sound.
I gave this 5 stares however my only complaint is the title is a little misleading. This book is as much about Palpatine as it is Plagueis who I was hoping to learn even more about.
Engaging story with excellent tie-ins to the films and the Star Wars universe as a whole. One of the best Star Wars books I've ever read; a must read. The only other contenders are the "Dark Disciple" novel as well as the "Darth Bane" trilogy
Great narration and production value with sound effects, music, etc. to add to the immersion. The story itself was mostly interesting if you are wanting a background on the workings of the Force, especially from a Dark Side point of view.
The rest of the story was largely centered around the politics of the Republic Senate, and the behind the scenes orchestration of events that led up to the beginning of the Star Wars movies.
Pretty interesting if you are a Star Wars fan, otherwise I'd say pass, as the story isn't really exciting enough to carry the book on its own.
I found this to be a tough listen. Nothing jumped out as awful but I kept wanting to turn it off and go do something else. Plagueis spews sith doctrine and sidious is often portrayed as a ineffectual lost puppy dog. I am rather glad this no longer finds itself as part of the canon.
Currently listening to all the Star Wars books.
James Luceno brings the Dark Side to light with Darth Plagueis. from the start you cant help but want to join the dark side and crush the jedi order. I loved it.
Excellent narration, with the expert hand of Luceno as a great author, bringing star wars prequels to a new light, one of my favourite books so far