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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

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An addicting book from introduction to epilogue

This is has fascinating insights into the life of some of the most unsung “villains” of the Star Wars universe. I genuinely wish to see this book be turned into a standalone movie.

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excellent

best stars wars book I've ever read...great tie in for behind the prequels scenes. Perfect

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practically cannon

have you ever heard the tragedy of darth plaguis the wise, i though no its nit a story the jedi would tell you.... well now you can learn the tragedy of the wise sith lord himself, and its practicly canon infact I consider it canon and you should too

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One of the best!

I've listened to a lot of Star Wars books and this has been one of my favorites. along with the Darth Bane series, outbound flight, shatterpoint, and the approaching storm.

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The Tragedy That Wasn't

Great job from the reader and the music and sound guys. Politics is difficult to follow, imaginary politics even more so. But the performance and effects make this a fun story to immerse yourself in. The story wasn't all trade dealings and politics. Admittedly, this is mainly a swashbuckling adventure story with some insight into Sith traditions and culture. The author elegantly explains midichlorians as interpreters of the Force and not the source of it. Before the end of the book the reader will be convinced the Sith truly are the masters of the Force with a true and deep understanding at what the Jedi can only guess at.

Plagueis isn't wise so much as pragmatic. It was said he could save the lives of those he loved, but in this story he only loves his research. What drives him, what spurs him to do great and horrible things is never fleshed out beyond a deep respect for the Dark Side. There are inconsistencies from this and Palpatines famous telling of his death, but i decided to just check my brain and enjoy the story.

I have listened to this book three times. Definitely worth the credit.

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Great Performance, So-So story

The story was very dragged out in my opinion. There were many times where I got lost and/or bored with it. There are a multitude of other Star Wars novels I've enjoyed more. However, the narration was top notch.

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Great story, some of the background noise is annoy

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All in all it's an awesome story and great presentation. My only qualm with it is that there are some times during the recording when the sound effects detract from the story. The sound of blasters during a blaster fight is great but the "background hum" of an "active space ship" when people are talking while on one was at just the right volume and frequency to cause me to feel mildly ill. I had to switch from using headphones to using speakers for that part of the book to continue.

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Best narration ever

I have literally listened to this book over a hundred times. Daniel Davis is so good!!!!! Wish they made this a movie it's so good. Would give 10 stars if I could!!!!

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Great Political Book

The book focuses on Emporer Palpatine and Darth Plaguis seems like just a set piece. A little disappointing but does not detract from the book. A kind of backstory for the prequels

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The Best Star Wars EU novel ever.

This is very easily the best novel of Star Wars lore I've ever read, and that's not a short list. It's so well researched in the lore, making numerous mentions to events in other stories without a single continuity error.

Plagueis is a fascinating character as is the story of his training of Sidious and the role both played in the events leading up to the rise of the empire. I'm convinced if James Luceno wrote Episode I, it would've been amazing. Trust me when I say, reading this book and watching it again makes the movie a thousand times more bearable!

I cannot oversell this book to any Star Wars fan!