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 enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, perhaps one of the best stand-alone Star Wars novels I've ever read. Do what makes this stand apart? The insight on how the Empire and Darth Sidious developed is nothing short of fascinating.
As always, you can expect expect your favorite Star Wars sound effects and amazing narration. I've listen to Daniel Davies narrate before, but he really comes into his own.
Just like the Bane trilogy, Darth Plagueis is brutal with how he exercises his Sith power but it isn't as dark and violent. Having said that, it might come to a shock that you're still listening to a Star Wars novel. The point of view changes from chapter to chapter, which is rather standard in fantasy epics but might cause problems with less experienced readers.
I have read this book over 10 times and every time I read it it's amazing. the author has a great blend of facts references from the movies and other Star Wars literature. a few hidden eggs have been discovered upon every rereading.. I would recommend this book as a starter to anybody who is looking to dive more into the Star Wars literature
Other than the over-explanation of some past events the book was great. I like how it filled in the void of how Plagueis and Sidious pulled the strings of the Senate. If it wasn't so long I would definitely listen again, but I'll use that time to hear another book read by Daniel Davis!!
The book was enjoyable. But it lost steam near the end. Thinking the plot to the episode one Phantom Menace plotline was unnecessary.
Maybe not the most action packed of the Star Wars books that I have read, it was a great read to learn about the back story of Palpatine. Definitely be ready for more politics than action. If you go in with that mind set, you should enjoy it.
"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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