- Publisher: Random House Inc
- Format: Paperback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 173mm x 30mm | 240g
- Publication date: 30 October 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345511298
- ISBN 13: 9780345511294
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 7,008
At long last, the "Star Wars" story of the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Plagueis and his apprentice, Darth Sidious, is revealed! "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER "The best "Star Wars" publication to date . . . [James] Luceno takes "Darth Plagueis" down the dark path and never looks back."--"Newsday" Darth Plagueis: Like all Sith Lords before him, he craves absolute power. But like no Sith Lord ever, he possesses the "ultimate" power--over life and death. Darth Sidious: In secret he masters the power of the dark side, while publicly climbing to the highest government office. One desires to rule supreme; the other dreams of living forever. Together, they will destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Unless merciless Sith tradition becomes their undoing. . . . "Luceno draws on his storytelling skill and prodigious knowledge of the ["Star Wars"] world . . . to craft a complex tale of ambition and desire."--"Library Journal"
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James Luceno is the "New York Times "bestselling author of the "Star Wars" novels "Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, "and "Labyrinth of Evil, " as well as the New Jedi Order novels "Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial "and" Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, "and the eBook "Darth Maul: Saboteur." He is also the author of the fantasy novel "Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass," available as an eBook. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.
By Jessica B 28 Mar 2013
When I first saw this book at the store, I was beyond excited to read it. I knew right away it would be filled with awesome backstory from the prequels and I wasn't disappointed. The writing was wonderful. It sucked you in with it's eery tone and deep thoughts. There were so many interesting revelations that gave some new meaning to a few of the elements from the prequels. For example, it goes into a little more detail of midi-chlorians and what they are. In fact, it even goes into quite a lot of detail about what Darth Plagueis learns about the prolonging life through dark side which ironically, his apprentice doesn't learn. One delightful surprise was seeing Palpatine as a teen. And his story wasn't at all what I thought it would be. In fact, it's the backstory that I thought Anakin had until the prequels came out. I loved that we also get to see a lot of familiar characters show up in unexpected ways.
It was also very fascinating to read about Sith training and compare it to Jedi training. Sometimes the dark side in the Sith training was very subtle. Sometimes the dark side was manipulative. And sometimes the dark side was violent and disturbing. The biggest contrast I saw in Sith training was the complete lack of trust and faith that is the standard for Jedi training.
The plot towards the end got a little confusing since I couldn't keep track of who was killing who and who was getting revenge on who for what reason any more. I suppose it wasn't terribly important, but I felt left out from what was going on for a while.
Overall, it was one of those deep books that made me think - especially about the nature of evil. The characters, new and old, were well-rounded and interesting. The plot and the rich backstory for the Star Wars prequels had me loving this book.