Darth Plagueis: Star Wars Legends

Darth Plagueis: Star Wars Legends

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - This essential Star Wars Legends novel chronicles the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise, and the origins of the saga's most enduring evil--the malevolent Sith master Palpatine.

"The best Star Wars publication to date . . . [James] Luceno takes Darth Plagueis down the dark path and never looks back."--Newsday

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. When the time is right, he destroys his Master--and 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?

"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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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 25mm | 238g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0345511298
  • 9780345511294
  • 3,592

About James Luceno

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.
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Rating details

24,290 ratings
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3 17% (4,182)
2 4% (878)
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Our customer reviews

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.show more
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