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
It was... Alright? I guess it gives a lot of now useless information but is interesting enough. You learn about some of the backstory of Palpatine, which is neat, but how much of it is and isn't canon is mildly confusing.
Cut out 90% of the debates on the finances, trade regulations, and politics of the Star Wars world. Granted this is just my opinion, but that was part of what made the prequels so lackluster. I went into this wanting a Star Wars novel, not a textbook on how to have my own Trade Federation blockade of Naboo.
They were all pretty decently done. I was able to tell the difference between the characters that he created well enough. There were some issues where he was voicing characters we'd seen on screen and thus already had a voice, but that's understandable. As a standalone it was fine.
No, I couldn't see this being made into a movie or TV series. It's a non-canon side story about characters that weren't super well developed or interesting in the first place.
If episodes 1-3 were your favorite in the Star Wars franchise then you'll likely enjoy this at least a bit. If you have 15 hours to kill or want to lull your spouse to sleep on a long drive so you have some peace, then this is the book for you. It was well written, but the subject matter was just not for me.
While interesting as a setup to the prequels there are no interesting revelations here. This book revels in the philosophical aspects of the dark side. Large Machiavellian plans are constructed, political wrangling occurring. But the characters involved uninteresting, and one note. Their interesting character traits either never fully explored, or ignored when the plot requires. And the final conflict the book spends the whole time building to.(since we are shown the aftermath first) is a non event.
This was a stellar story to give a beginning more to Palpatine rather than Plagueis. I found it extremely entertaining for a origin story.
"In my top ten of Star Wars book favorites."
One of the best in the Star Wars literacy greats.
How Palatine becomes so evil, yet true sith.
His voice commands the book with such resonance. bestowing the essence of the characters.
True unbridled misuse of power for one`s own ends.
Just a great book read by a true star of audio deliverer.
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