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
This piece of the puzzle in my opinion should absolutely be Canon the voice actor portrayed so many different characters I am simply amazed. I only wish that this film was produced instead of Phantom Menace as I feel it moved the saga along more realistically.
For a Star Wars book there is very little Lightsaber duels or space battles but that is not the purpose of this book. Instead this is about political & corporate intrigue, corruption and subterfuge.
For a thousand years the Sith have worked in secret to fulfill "The Grand Plan" to collapse the corrupt Republic and misguided Jedi.
Now Darth Plagueis is ready to fulfill the plan but he has also been experimenting on extending life so he can rule forever. But in order to accomplish both he must break with tradition and work with his apprentice as partners, for they can only extend life of others, not themselves. He finds and mentors Palpatine, the man who will become the Emperor. It provides a unique narrative perspective, told from the dark side.
Star Wars fans who enjoy the lore will enjoy the many aspects it covers: Count Dooku decent, Darth Maul, the trade federation blockade, Sith roles, the Jedi, establishing the clone army and manages to show the Emperor's rise to power without domesticating (softening) him. It also Ret-con (fixes) or clarifies midichlorians as being more an indicator and not a cause of The Force.
The downside of this kind of book is a lot of the action is done behind the scenes. We often hear the results of a successful plan instead of witnessing the effects first hand. Also as mentioned very little Lightsaber or space combat, but they do exist.
Personally I have a fascination with grand plans and political intrigue so I enjoyed this book.
Technically it not part of the new Star Wars Canon, but Tarkin (which is) hints a lot at this book's events, so most of it will cross over. Read if you're a Star War Lore nerd.
Intrigue, twisting background story of how the Sith set the wheels into motion.
Gave a deeper look at Palpatine and his motivations and interactions with familiar and new characters
Star Wars Episode 1: Sorry about that other one, forget that this is far superior...
I really didn't want to like this story. As an old person :) and Star Wars fan since long ago, I really hate it when stuff written for 18+/adults uses jar-jar level phrases and clichés that are great for my 6 y/o. This had lots of these and at first it bothered me. ... I want story, detail, meat!!! ... and this story delivered! I found myself rewinding on several occasions to make sure I got every little tidbit. If they redid episodes 1-3 in this style I would be very happy!
Great story that binds together the first movie of the prequels. It sets up the first movie so well and even the events to follow. Highly recommend if you want more backstory and explanation for the swing and miss that was the phantom menace.
This book is what I wish the episode 1-3 had been. Daniel Davis and sfx enchanted the listening enjoyment so much. The details in the story had me eager to listen to more!
"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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