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
This is an engaging story told well and led by two fascinating characters. While there are moments of action, the real highlight is intrigue and scheming and politics.
The book does a good job of presenting Sith ideology as something reasoned and believable if not necessarily something the reader sympathizes with. This makes the villains nuanced and interesting rather than pure evil.
While not canon anymore, the Sith lore and background prior to the NT is excellent, and it's a book that offers a lot of food for thought about the best ideas in Star Wars, good and evil, light and dark, self interest vs sacrifice and central vs widespread political authority.
Amazing story about Darth Plagueis and the roots of Darth Sideous. Episode I makes a lot more sense from the information we get from this book. The beginning was slow but the plot progresses to have many spots where I couldn't stop listening.
This book lays out the foundation for Episode I in brilliant detail. If you ever had any questions about why Naboo was such a big deal, this will answer all your questions.
very interesting story makes episode 1 make sense it would be very interesting to see a mini series made of it kind of wish there was more lightsaber battles and stuff but it's more of a political intrigue kind of thing
the complexity or the words the writer used in this book were confusing at times but most political persons usually are. haha but the story and characters were well done and vary compelling. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a book for the story. only thing negative I have to say was there wasn't enough action but over all well done.
The author kept getting lost in unimportant details, such as the politics of a fictional universe. Very short on action.
I had read good reviews of this book. I really struggled to get through this book.
Really enjoyed all the different voices as well as background noises. I felt like it started off very interesting. In the last few chapters it felt more like... a recounting of events? Not so much story telling. That brought it down one star for me. Otherwise very interesting and informative.
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