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
Every beautiful word. This book is amazing beyond compare in Star Wars literature.
Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a Sith legend...
His brilliant voice, his intensity, I wish he could narrate everything.
yes. i'd listen to it every day if i could.
If you are a Star Wars fan, listen to this audiobook!
Narration and delivery were amazing as always, but hoped for more in the story. It was mostly politics, but the action scenes and portraition of the characters were superb. Wished for more action and better back story on Tenebrous, but overall, it's ok at best.
I have already listened to several books by James Luceno including some from the New Jedi Order Series and Millenium Falcon.
A lot of times it would be the over-telling of the most mundane and mindless details that I would often have to skip ahead 30 seconds at a time. And for the parts I didn't skip, I found myself falling asleep to.
While it does show us the rise of Palpatine/Sidious and gives a little more insight into the Phantom Menace, I found it incredibly boring. Most of it was due to Luceno's writing, while in some way it was Daniel Davis narrating Luceno's story.
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.
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.
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