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
First of all, the narrator is absolutely stellar. Every character is voiced in their own separate way and it provides an incredible immersion in the star wars universe. The story is great as well, not only introducing us to Darth Plagueis but showing us the entire ascent of Palpatine as a Sith lord. TL;DR: Get the book
"Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."
Not the best Star Wars book I've read, certainly can get a little bit sloggy when talking about the Trade Federation and such. The parts with the Sith and the voices are excellent though. Overall, a Star Wars fan interested in the Sith perspective will dig this.
Great production. Sound effects added to enhance the story. In depth back stories of the sith lords had me rooting for the bad guys. Not much action, lots of political moves, so it gets somewhat dull but just thinking about the series as a whole and how these moves made by early sith affect the star wars universe is enough to keep one entertained.
Excellent story of intrigue and the growth of Palpatine into the emperor. I think this is now considered legend instead of cannon but it fits extremely well into the storyline leading up to the clone wars.
I thought most of this book would be cool battles of the great Plagueis against many Jedi. In reality it is a story framed by sith history and politics, some of which go over my head. However, it is all needed to frame this story of the empire's rise. Also you still get some great battles and Force scientific exploration.
This book brought all the prequels and the stories leading up to Darth Vader's and Darth Sidious' ascendency. Loved it! Daniel Davis was perfect for narration!!!!
"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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