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 often heard that people would criticize the Star Wars prequels because of their preoccupation with politics and "trade wars" as opposed to the original trilogy. I believe that the story proves that the prequels actually started about 50 years too late. This was a fascinating look into the origins of the Emperor. Lines that were just random dialogue in episodes 1, 2 and 3 are expounded upon in this excellent book. Who commissioned the clone army and why? Who was Darth Maul? Why was Darth Vader unable to use force lightning? All of this backstory is explained. This should've been the story to be told in the prequel's. One could only hope that we will get this as a series of movies sometime in the future. But this is an excellent audio book that tells an amazing story of the Sith from the point of view of the Sith.
First, the story was just great. I really appreciate the the Star Wars universe more than I ever did before.
Daniel Davis was amazing. I forgot that I was listening to one narrator! the overall production was top notch. I know this is a short review but if you like Sci fi you owe it to yourself to get this audio book. In my opinion it is one of the best books I have ever listened to.
Excellent book with fantastic performance. Some moments touch directly to scenes in the phantom menace. They should have made this instead.
Highly recommended to all SW fans, not sure it would be as enjoyable for others. The story explores a side of the SW universe that is only touched on by the movies. Great performance and a good story!
"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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