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've listened to this a few times over the years. It's a fantastic story and Daniel Davis' narration is among the best I've ever heard.
This book also gave me better appreciation for Episode 1, of which this story gives you plenty of insight as to what is hapenening in the shadows of that movie.
Not bad, I expected more about Plagueis though. It had a nice Episode One background story to it though, and did well at explaining the politics behind everything leading up to the turmoil in The Phantom Menace.
I won't go into specifics but the whole oh the book was entertaining. A lot of politics and secret meetings. with the main characters being the bad guys it's tough to get invested. I did enjoy all of the tie-ins with the prequels so that was a lot of fun. overall a solid addition to the EU.
This author managed to fill gaps and make seemingly meaningless items of the first three Star Wars movies make sense. I watched them after and actually enjoyed them because they fit better.
Overall great narration and storytelling. This book provides a framework for the prequels and in my opinion makes them better. A must read if you wish to understand all of the behind the scenes dealings in the star wars universe.
This is an engaging story told well and led by two fascinating characters. While there are moments of action, the real highlight is intrigue and scheming and politics.
The book does a good job of presenting Sith ideology as something reasoned and believable if not necessarily something the reader sympathizes with. This makes the villains nuanced and interesting rather than pure evil.
While not canon anymore, the Sith lore and background prior to the NT is excellent, and it's a book that offers a lot of food for thought about the best ideas in Star Wars, good and evil, light and dark, self interest vs sacrifice and central vs widespread political authority.
Amazing story about Darth Plagueis and the roots of Darth Sideous. Episode I makes a lot more sense from the information we get from this book. The beginning was slow but the plot progresses to have many spots where I couldn't stop listening.
This book lays out the foundation for Episode I in brilliant detail. If you ever had any questions about why Naboo was such a big deal, this will answer all your questions.
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