An easy listen. This story gives great insight into the evil that is Darth Sideous. The films portrayal of the character do him no justice but leave him looking more like a wicked old witch than a powerful Sith Lord. This in depth look into Palpatine's journey to the dark side give much more insight into just how deep his evil runs, how utterly powerful and purely sinister he truly is. Now, having heard this story, its easy to see how someone of conscience like Anakin could have been so easily swayed. Anakin was a simple boy at heart. He lived, loved, and hated with his heart on his sleeve. Palapatine never had a heart to begin with. Educated, refined, and expertly trained in the Dark Side of the Force. Only Anakin in his redemption could have defeated him.
This book and Star Wars: Tarkin are great lead in stories that provide history and explain personalities. Learning about Palpatine's youth, development and apprenticeship help provide a good visual of the man and his actions in the early books. I like that it lead us right into the early moments of Episode 1.
I'm now addicted to star wars books 😍 this story nit only provided nessecary back story to the Saga i watched as a kid but now i can brag about my knowledge of the force!
This fills in the blanks that help you understand the siths plan that happen over the first three movies. Really neat to see the progression of Darth Sidious! A great book and worth the read!
This book is just amazing! everything about it! the performance of the narrator is spot on prefect! brings Plagueis to life! I have listened to this book 8 times now and love it every time!
amazing story. so smart. exciting. and the perfect about of dark side.
by far the best start wars audio book out right now.
Really interesting take on the most powerful Sith Lord. Seeing both Plagueis and Palpatine interact prior to and throughout the events of Episode I is really cool. I did not, however, care much for Daniel Davis. Solid narrator, but seems to have a very narrow vocal range. Hard to differentiate between characters if you're not paying attention. But great book overall. Would recommend to any who are interested in the dark side lore of Star Wars or the prequel trilogy timeline.
This provides the history of Palpatine and gives the backstory to the Star Wars prequel movie. The characters are not that deep and the story is kind of slow. The story would fit best on a Wikipedia page in a nice summarized form. If you are looking for action and surprises, you might want to look for another Star Wars book.