He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived... but could he be the only one who never died?
“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying." -Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master - but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power... over life and death.
Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.
Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination - and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?
From the Hardcover edition.
©2012 James Luceno (P)2012 Random House Audio
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
I really like this. It gives so much more depth to the emperor character. It is such a shame that Disney is dropping the books as cannon.
Not a lot of action or interesting anything and a TON of intricate, not necessary back story and boring details about nonsense.
Not a Star Wars book.
Voices were portrayed well and made it easy to follow.
As an avid Star Wars fan this book let me down and took everything I had to get through it. Normally it takes a few chapters to set up the characters and back story before the meat of the story take shape, this book was the opposite. The set up took all but a couple chapters and then the meat allowed 1 bite before it ended.
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