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STAR WARS: DARTH PLAGUEIS

STAR WARS: DARTH PLAGUEIS

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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?
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?

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Publish date: Jan 10, 2012
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stefferoo reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Apparently this Star Wars novel had been highly anticipated since its announcement years ago, and I had no idea until after I finished it and decided to look it up. Now that I've read it, I guess I can see why. Darth Plagueis is probably worth reading simply if for no other reason other than how "canon" it is, if you're a big Star Wars fan. I heard that the author worked really closely with LucasFilms to get it just right. And yes, I did find that it explained a lot about the events of the prequel movies, and I now have a better understanding of the backstory behind them.But I don't want to make it sound like that's the only reason to pick up this book, because there's a lot more that makes it a worthwhile read. For one thing, I was surprised at the quality of the writing, especially for a Star Wars novel. I've read some of Luceno's other Star Wars titles in the past, and as you can see from those reviews in my book list, I wasn't very impressed. But I was quite happy with his efforts with Darth Plagueis, to the point I couldn't believe it was the same author. It's obvious he put his full heart and soul into writing this.Darth Plaguis is also quite different from many of the Star Wars book I've read in the past. It's less action oriented, and instead focuses more on political intrigue. There are some fight sequences and light saber action of course, but the bulk of the story is about the Sith lords acting and pulling strings behind the scenes.
lloannna reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I hate to say this, but I really did not enjoy this book. The language was just too flowery and... I felt like it was trying too hard, in so many ways. Linguistically, scene setup/description, plot complications, back story, etc.It just annoyed me a lot, and kept pulling me out of the experience itself. Kind of like Episode I (the film) - I kept wanting to know why the author made this or that choice, instead of wondering why the CHARACTERS made this or that choice. Does that even make sense? Anyway, I found it frustrating and disappointing.
readerofall reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Kept my interest to the end, fairly well written. Nice behind the scenes look.
kolchak_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Darth Plagueis lived up to and actually exceeded my expectations.While I had hoped to learn more about this fabled Sith Lord, I was really looking for back story on my favorite Star Wars character, Palpatine.Well certainly this book delivers that in spades.The title of the book is almost misleading as both of this legendary Sith play enormous roles in the plot. The timeline alone is something that certainly allows you to watch "The Phantom Menace" under a new light.While this book makes reference to events in other Star Wars Expanded Universe books, by no means are they necessary pre-requisites to enjoying this.James Luceno has written a couple of my other favorite EU novels and this book continues to cement his place as one of my favority Star Wars authors.
saltmanz reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Though it picks up near the end, Darth Plagueis was pretty disappointing. On the plus side, Luceno's weaving in of movie and Expanded Universe events is second to none. On the other hand: boooooring.
travelinlibrarian_1 reviewed this
I sat down and read this one in an afternoon and enjoyed it thoroughly. It successfully fills in yet another small piece of the puzzle that is the history of the Star Wars universe.
sailorfigment reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I was greatly looking forward to this book after learning it was being written. With Plagueis' brief mention in Episode III, I was curious whether Anakin really had any hope of saving Padame'.The story starts with Plagueis killing his master (almost as an afterthought), then takes the reader through his manipulations as part of the Intergalactic Banking Clan. He finally meets and ‘befriends’ Palpatine and then spends many pages spouting Sith doctrine. I know Luceno is doing this so the reader learns as well, but after a while he just needed to get on with it.Anything with Palpatine as a main character is bound to be full of political intrigue and this book doesn’t disappoint. Eventually all the names, places, and faces get a bit confusing. He seems to be going through an elaborate set-up for Episode I. (Which is what this is meant to be.)I wish Luceno had gone more into depth about Plagueis’ experiments with midi-chlorians. The few scenes on the topic are almost afterthoughts, “Oh yeah, Plagueis was trying to cheat death.” The author mentions during one experiment that Plagueis heals himself, but later in the book his is still injured. And Palpatine’s blow-up at the end seemed to come out of nowhere, like Luceno realized he needed to end the book.Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Plagueis, Palpatine, the Sith, and the fall of the Republic.
speljamr_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I find myself rather fond of the Star Wars books that focus on the Sith side of the story; maybe I'm just a dark kind of person.This one lays out the Sith plans for toppling the Republic and the return of the Sith to power. Darth Plagueis is the master of Darth Sidious, which is not something that is explained in the movies; only the brief mention of Darth Plagueis the Wise to Anakin. In this book you will find the answer to the connection between Darth Plagueis, Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku and many others from the prequel movies. The story itself spends most of the time centered on the politics and plots that interweave the story we know from the movies. There are only two action sequences, but I did not find that taking away from the book at all.On the critical side, I was a bit disappointed that there was not a good deal more exploration of Darth Plagueis' work on using the Force to create/sustain life. The scenes that were in the book only scratched the surface of where that could have been taken.This book does do a great job filling in many of the missing pieces from the first prequel movie and should be a must read for Star Wars fans.
stevil2001 reviewed this
Darth Plagueis was mentioned in a parable in Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith told by Chancellor Palpatine. Though not directly stated, it was implied that Plagueis was actually Palpatine's own Sith master, killed by his apprentice. In the wake of Episode III, a Plagueis novel by Luceno was announced-- and then cancelled. I was thankful for this, because I had my doubts that any novel about young Palpatine and his master could be as cool as my imagination.Well, it was uncancelled, and here it is. Darth Plagueis begins with the death of Plagueis's own Sith master, and covers the next several decades, as Plagueis recruits an apprentice and plots the downfall of the Republic and the Jedi. Palpatine is recruited to be Darth Sidious fairly early in the book, and it moves between the perspectives of the two Sith as they both learn about being a Sith Lord and manipulate galactic affairs.Maybe I was set up for it by my own biases, but I was disappointed. Some of it is definitely Luceno making choices that I wouldn't make. According to this take on events, Plagueis is active well beyond the point where I would have thought, meaning that Palpatine is but an apprentice during the vast majority of the time the groundwork for the prequel films is being laid. As someone who considers Palpatine (at least as depicted in Episodes I, II, and VI and Dark Empire) one of the coolest villains of all time, this is completely lame! Palpatine should be the top man, not some guy's lackey.Furthermore, the book weaves in and out of established Star Wars events too much. We see Jedi Council: Acts of War, Darth Maul, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Cloak of Deception, and much more told from the Sith point-of-view, but without seeing the actual events, meaning far too much of the action happens out-of-sight. Having the Sith say that cool things are happening somewhere else is not terribly interesting in and of itself. Also, Lucenopedia overload! Also, they're usually fighting mooks, which stops you from being impressed; outmanipulating Nute Gunray is not exactly the act of a genius, and even potentially intelligent characters like Chancellor Valroum come across as a bit thick.Worst of all, though, is that the book doesn't really communicate what it is to be Darth Plagueis or Palpatine, at least not in a way that's really satisfying. Luceno has ever exactly had a gift for character, and though we see a lot of what the two Sith Lords think, we never get to experience what they feel for the most part... and when we do, it's kinda lame. "Oh, I just hate the Jedi so much!" We see them make decisions, but I don't feel like I understand why they do what they do, or how it is for them to do it. Even manipulating Dooku's fall, which should be completely fascinating (I love Dooku), turns out to be deadly dull. Going by this book, being a Sith Lord is actually fairly blasé.
ed_gosney reviewed this
Rated 4/5
When it comes to Media Tie-Ins, I'm typically not much of a fan. I had read the Revenge of the Sith novel before the movie came out, and actually enjoyed it more than the movie. In the 70's, I read a number of Planet of the Apes novels, and a few of the Alan Dean Foster Star Trek logs, which were basically episodes. Since then, I've probably read more Star Trek novels than any other kind of tie-in. While not a huge Star Trek fan, I do enjoy it, and many of the novels I read were very good. In the 90's I tried to read a few different Star Wars books, but had a lot of trouble enjoying them much. So it was with some hesitation that I selected to read James Luceno's Darth Plagueis book. And if I had trouble getting into adventures with Luke and Han, how would my mind react to an overflow of the Dark Side? Well, I must admit that I have succumbed. Luceno did a magnificent job tying together history that was hinted at in the movies, political trappings that we saw only a small portion of, and dastardly deeds that we never imagined. The background of Darth Plagueis, and how he groomed Palpatine and subtly seduced him to the dark side, was done in an exemplary manner. At first I was put off by the amount of political intrigue included, then came to realize how important all of this information is to the plot of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. If you are a Star Wars fan, the book is a must. I'm just a casual fan, and I enjoyed it enough to order several other Star Wars books by James Luceno.

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