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'll admit this is my first audio book, and star wars book. I was blown away by the detail and quality. Even knowing the eventual outcome of the events taking place in the book it was a more than a enjoyable experience to see how the events before the movies took place. I now have a greater appreciation of the first 3 episodes.
This is not a book you read to see how the story ends. Anyone who has seen the Star Wars films know where the path leads. This is a book to read to find out how we got to the stories told in the Star Wars films. And this book does it masterfully.
I've read many Star Wars books over the years. Some have been great, some just OK, and many quite mediocre. This book sits at a high place on the list.
This book starts some 40 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace" and tells the tale of Darth Plagueis, the Sith Lord who recruited and trained Palpatine; the one who would eventually become ruler of the Galactic Empire. It picks up with Plagueis orchestrating the murder of his own master and his dropping the shackles of the apprentice role in the Sith Lord pairing. Over the course, we get to see how he finds Palpatine, and how all the pieces are put in motion that have their final payoffs in the prequel trilogy. Count Dooku, Darth Maul, the creation of the clone army, and the engineering of the Naboo crisis with the blockade by the Trade Federation. All with come to be understood and the roles that Plagueis and Palpatine (Darth Siddious) play in bringing them about.
It's more political thriller than space opera. It also represents a rather higher level of prose than I'm using to seeing in a Star Wars novel, and it was most welcome.
Finally, as usual, I took this in as an audio book. While Mark Thompson does well narrating the typical Star Wars novel as a jaunty, swashbuckling adventure, I don't think his style would have worked as well with this story and these characters. Daniel Davis does an excellent job bringing this much darker Star Wars tale to life.
This was my first Star Wars book and I hope it didn't ruin the ones that follow. Couldn't stop listening, explains the politics that occurred before the clone wars, explains the Sith, so entertaining, just amazing.
"Two there should be, no more no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it."--Darth Bane
Darth Plegueis vs Venamis, his retaliation vs the ex king of naboo. And if you have heard or read Maul: Lockdown you know how the bando gora get their weapon used to attack the Dark Lord.
Darth Bane Trilogy, and Maul: Lockdown. They all make you want to see the Dark Lord prevail.
Darth Tenebrous. But his Palpatine was great considering we all already know one voice for him, he was excellent. Nute Gunray, the Neimodian was hilarious.
While this was more detailed and not as fast paced as most of the SW books I have "read", it goes in line with the scheming nature of both Plagueis and Sidious.
The escape from his planet in the Infiltrator.
Good performance, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
When each apprentice evaluated it was time his master was ended.
Interesting to see the force created origins of Anakin.
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!
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
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