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
Superb pacing and riveting characters. This work is a worthy addition to the Star Wars non-canon.
If you're looking for another peek into the ways of the Sith as thoroughly written as the reknowned "Darth Bane" Trilogy, look no further.
Be prepared in the beginning for author James Luceno's metaphorical, and heavily syllabled writing stlyle, as well as the Aristocratc voice acting of narrator Daniel Lewis....give it a few chapters, and you will find it nothing less of completely appropriate for this tale of the workigs of the Darkside in a highly critical period in the BBY Timeline.
The darkside is with you
Hi my name is Marty, Im book worm from Portland Oregon. I work graveyard shifts and listen to books while I work and read comics in the day
Amazing production in tandem with an essential story;for those who want to better understand the core story arc of both the prequel and original moives.
with out spoiling or giving to much away ill just say it has great pacing, spending just enough time on details to make you feel part of the S.W universe with elements of a really good political thriller.
Its right up there with the thrawn trilogy in terms of Star wars entertainment and makes me want to get a black cowled robe and plot dark sided deeds.
The narrator Daniel Davis is a master of voices. Each character had his own distinctive voice. He portrayed characters from the movies perfectly. Dooku, Palpatine, Gunray were straight from the movie screen. The music and sound effects added significantly.
Seeing events play out over a long period of time thru the eyes of Plagueis.
Plagueis, Sidious, medical droid, Dooku
No, but it was fun and I looked forward to listening to it each day.
I wish this narrator would do more Star Wars books.
The story itself was fascinating as it offers a look at the lives and rise to power of both Plagueis and Palpatine, and is a great prequel to The Phantom Menace. The music, sound effects, and voice work made the story very immersive.
I don't know what book I could compare to it because it's the first Star Wars novel I've listened to.
Daniel did a great job portraying all of the characters but my favorite would probably be Darth Plagueis. You learn to realize how important he is in the grand scheme of Star Wars.
At points throughout the story I started fear Plagueis because you realize just how powerful he was.
This book sparked a huge interest to learn more about the different characters that were mentioned and others that exist in the lore. I hope it does the same for you too.
Narrator was absolutely fantastic, he made the characters real and the villains menacing. The story was a little too political for my taste. but overall it was still a very interesting read.
I AM the Platypus Man!
I saw the three Prequel films when they first came out and I enjoyed them all at the time. But there seems to be a lot, especially in The Phantom Menace, left assumed regarding Palpatine/Sidious's actions and how exactly he and the rest of the Sith operate. He makes one reference to Darth Plagueis the Wise in Revenge of the Sith and how he could manipulate the midi-chlorians in bodies of others, even to create life or stop others from dying. Knowing I could read a book about this guy was enough to start, but "Star Wars: Darth Plagueis" offered more.
By showing how the events of the galaxy were manipulated so severely by both Hego Damask and Palpatine, much of the backstory falls into place. We have a better idea how the Sith hid from the Jedi for a thousand years and all the work that went into creating the situation with the Trade Federation in The Phantom Menace -- what at first appeared to be a random event that was seized is now clearly the outcome of decades if not centuries of planning and hard work. Darth Maul, originally believed to be Sidious's apprentice under the Rule of Two, now makes more sense as a simple assassin outside of that rule. Similarly, Dooku's role is also expanded upon, now being merely a placeholder apprentice until Palpatine can acquire Anakin/Vader. The role of the Dark Side is improved greatly -- Plagueis in particular offers a better picture of the Sith, not simply evil, but fundamentally different from the Jedi.
In reading this book, multiple times I wanted to go back and re-watch The Phantom Menace (whose story and title are improved with this book) with these events in mind -- though I know there wasn't, I'd like to imagine a Muun in a breathing mask walking with Palpatine just before an important scene.
Daniel Davis did an excellent job with the characters. Though he doesn't have the range of some narrators like Marc Thompson, his characters were well-acted and had unique voices (even if the voices didn't always match their voices from the films). And as with all of the Star Wars productions, the music and sound effects add to the whole experience.
Chasm of Books
I don't know if one is necessarily better than the other but I'd definitely recommend the audio. Who wants to miss out on the Star Wars sound effects? Honestly, this did make me want to go out and purchase the paperback for later reading.
Darth Sidious. James Luceno and Daniel Davis gave him a lot of depth.
This was my first experience with Daniel Davis and I was impressed. I hope to find more Star Wars novels narrated by him.
Not particularly but it certainly gave me a lot to think about.
I like how Luceno basically implies that Anakin's birth was like the force giving Darth Plagueis the middle finger. Under the events of Darth Plagueis, it's quite possible Anakin would have never been born if it hadn't been for the Sith Lord.
Up until the mid section it was a great insight into plagueis and palatine. But the last half it was a little tough to remember which senator is which. There was a lot of run around with not much payoff. Still a good story though.
Best audiobook I've ever listened to. The narration, dialogue, ambient sounds, background fx, and music worked to submerge me into the story completely. It truly is a production.
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