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 novel is among my top 3 Star Wars stories. I've always admired the character of Palpatine because of his masterful execution of his plan and learning how he came to be a Sith as well as his master. This is a must read for any fan of the franchise.
This book perfects Palpatine and makes sense of the throwaway line about Plagueis on episode III and gives the midichlorians a real purpose. It's full of intrigue and complex political machinations that only a master author could have written. Lucasfilm should give James Luceno unlimited narrative license and let him dictate the new cannon.
It was a perfect balance of, if not more action than discussion, and finally a story of the two prominent characters in the Star Wars universe. Not to mention the 2 most powerful Sith. Tied so many things together. Would make a fantastic movie that should be done before the actor of The Emperor passes away. The voice actor is the best I've heard yet in star wars series. Can't say enough good things.
The story is really about the rise of Palpatine, but Plagueis is a central figure. In some ways this book enhances the understanding of the events in the prequel movies, but also gets bogged down by some of the same confusing (and uninteresting) politics as those movies. I liked the new perspective of seeing events from the dark side and the understanding of the force from that side. However, because you start to sympathize with their perspective, the evil and cruelty seems to be missing, turning the Sith into mere manipulators rather than true villains.
The sound effects and background noise and music was more of a distraction and didn't really add any value for me. I found it to be annoying.
I finished it in less than 2 weeks. Daniel Davis is good at his job. I wish a cast could give him some help though for sake of atmosphere. For example a female voice can be featured in key conversations where appropriate. As well as the voice of children or young Palpatine ;it was hard to believe it was his Forte. Those are insights in how to make this great audio book even better. Was a fun listen . A fresh alternative to watching screens all day.
I started reading this book shortly after the Bane trilogy, and to me this book is just as memorable as all three of those.
The book was well past, not as much action as some other Star Wars books but it's more focused on politics. I'm happy that they went two characters from Phantom Menace, and was also surprised when they just about went through the entirety of phantom menace only within two or three chapters.
Only con about this book is that the first six chapters are fairly slow but once it introduces Palpatine it really starts to pick up.
Overall great book definitely recommend to Star Wars fans.
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