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Star Wars Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Not bad

    This was an enjoyable read. It was interesting reading about the events between episodes 3 and 4 and seeing how tense the relationship between Vader and Palpatine was. My only complaint is that the character development sucked. I honestly didnt care at all about the jedi characters and they were a big part of the book. All in all though a worthy read that earns 4 out of 5 stars.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific follow-up to the novelization of the third movie

    After turning his back to the light, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker devastated his former compatriots Jedi Knights, but ¿died¿ during his confrontation with his friend and teacher Obi-Wan Kenobi. Out of Anakin¿s ¿death¿ arose Darth Vader, whose loyalty is to the Dark Lord Sidious as the former heir apparent has become the Emperor Palatine¿s prime executioner. --- While the Imperial forces destroy what is left of the failed Jedi insurgency, Vader goes after the three surviving Jedi Roan Shryne, Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone. As the trio flees, they know that when their former friend catches them, they will die. Still they elude the clone soldiers and stormtroopers as they search for a ¿safehouse¿ to hide the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, from their father in hope of improving the odds when the inevitable confrontation between light and dark occurs. --- DARK LORD ¿ THE RISE OF DARTH VADER is a terrific follow-up to the novelization of the third movie. The key to the story line is the deep look inside Darth Vader, who comes across as a tragic figure struggling between what is left of his ever darkening soul and the seemingly unrestricted power of the force that tightens its addictive control over him. While the Jedi look to the future with protecting the next generation, the dark threesome wants to eradicate all resistance now. Fans of Star Wars will treasure James Luceno¿s latest entry as one of the best in the long running multiple series. --- Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    Another Great Classic

    Star Wars The Rise Of Darth Vader is another Star Wars classic by James Luceno. The in depth emotions of the Dark Lord among the other characters are so well described that you feel as if you are watching this book as a movie. The book gives you the experiences of Lord Vader after order 66 and his mission to track down a few Jedi such as Jedi Master Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone. It follows the mission and escape from the planets of Murkhana during the famous Clone Wars to the wild world of Kashyyyk. The story is well rounded accounting the actions of subordinate characters from Clone Troopers, Storm Troopers, and even Senator Organa. If your a Star Wars fan this is a must have.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    Star Wars The Rise of Darth Vader

    Star Wars The Rise of Darth Vader James Luceno Del Rey Science Fiction Good versus evil black versus white eternal turmoil and a continuing struggle throughout the times and throughout the galaxy, a never ending struggle for the ultimate power that no one person can ever control and that can never exist without the other. In Star Wars The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno. The main characters of this book include Star Stone, Shryne, and Darth Vader. The focus of this book is about Shryne and Star Stone battling their way to get to Darth Vader. Long long ago in a galaxy far far away this struggle existed between the Jedi and the Sith. The Jedi defend and use the power of the force while the Sith try to kill the Jedi to gain control of the whole universe starting with order 66. Star Stone is an important character to the book. Star Stone is new to the force, she and her master spied on Darth Vader, she is also brave and curious, at times she is frightened. She has a brown robe and a blue light saber. Her part in the story is to help Shryne defeat Darth Vader. Shryne is another important character. She becomes Star Stone¿s new master. Shryne becomes weak in the force when she switches her weapon. She honors the ways of the good side of the force. She is also found by her mother after being taken away at a young age. After being found by her mother she starts to ignore Star Stone. She is important to this story because she guides Star Stone away from the path to the dark side of the force. Darth Vader is a Sith with a black cape and a crimson blade. His dark black helmet aids him with breathing and speaking. He has a deep and evil voice. He is suppose to be ¿ the chosen one¿ AKA Anakian Skywalker. He is important to the story because he is the apprentice to Darth Sidious and aids Darth Sidious with the termination of order 66. You now know that the Jedi defend and use the power of the force while the Sith try to kill the Jedi to gain control of the whole universe starting with of order 66. I recommend you read this book because it¿s a good book. I liked this book because whenever you think one thing is going to happen a different thing happens. The book was filled with action suspense. Now you know that this book is about Shryne and Star Stone battling their way to get to Darth Vader. Good versus evil black versus white eternal turmoil and a continuing struggle throughout the times and throughout the galaxy, a never ending struggle for the ultimate power that no one person can ever control and that can never exist without the other. As I said before long long ago in a galaxy far far away this struggle existed between the Jedi and the Sith. Long Long ago in a galaxy far far away...

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Explores an obscure era, Expands on the tragic film

    Where 'Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith' may have left little loose ends concerning minor Jedi characters, and where an era of Star Wars- the 19 years of absolutist Empire rule before a band of rebels takes a stand against a galaxy-wide iron grip- has been relatively unexplored, comes a fantastic read, 'Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader.' The title of the novel says it all. Yep, this book is very dark. The relatively few Jedi Knights and some of their apprentices who survived Order 66 or are in the Outer Rim where the command hasn't yet come full-force struggle to survive in a galaxy that is getting turned around under totalitarian rule for the next two decades. Darth Vader, the uprising of a once-good but nearly dead soul of Anakin Skywalker, struggles to accept his new place as Dark Lord of the Sith as more machine than man, having spawned from the ashes of tragedy on a distant molten world. In his own sorrow, and struggling to control his own now-cybernetic body, the newly self-appointed Emperor sends Vader on his first extermination mission, to find these remaining Jedi. While the Jedi Knights throughout the bulk of the book are not seen in the films, the readers can easily connect with the two foremost characters (outside of Vader), Roan Shryne and his apprentice Olee Starstone. Particularly Starstone. If this book is viewed as average by readers throughout the main plot, then they will for sure be surprised and more than happy by the book's wonderful and intriguing final chapter that connects so well to the original trilogy. James Luceno has done another fabulous job writing a 'Star Wars' novel, seamlessly taking his audience through the grim mood left us in Episode III and by its end providing us with hope that is born again in the original film. This is a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Must Read

    A must read for any Stars Wars fan as it answers many questions and ties up some loose ends. Very entertaining, compelling novel that should satisfy most Darth Vader enthusiasts like myself. This sequel does a very nice job of bridging the gap to the first Star Wars movie 'A New Hope.' Thrilling ending keeps you riveted until the last word of the very last page. That's good writing in my book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Lord Vader Arise

    Lord Vader Arise

    Revenge of the Sith was how Anakin fell, and Vader was born. This is the story of how Vader rose.

    In the beginning Vader is appalled and exasperated by the Life Support Suit and Prosthetic limbs. Not seeing his existence as living.
    Consumed by claustrophobia and Isolation and unaccustomed to the suit Vader was slow, clumsy, and unsure of himself.

    Through out the book Vader pursues Jedi survives and terrorizes civilians. Goes from seeing the suit as a prison, to a macober costume, and finally little more than a set of cloths. His mind goes from confusion, self doubt, and blaming others for his fate - to willingly embracing the Dark Side.

    In the end of this book, Vader sees the Jedi and the Universe as incidental. The only reason he lived was to topple Sidious from the throw. Killing his master. and taking his place, was all Vader had left.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Br Great book James!

    When I first got this book and started reading it, I just couldn't put it down! James is such a great author, and I already plan to pre-order his new book coming in the beginning of next year. If you're debating whether you should get this or not, listen to the smart side of yourself and BUY THIS BOOK!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2005

    Excellent Book - Adds History Between Episodes III and IV

    I enjoyed this book greatly. I think many Star Wars fans will also. The book delves into how a group of Jedi, masters, knights and padawan, are trying to cope with the implementation of Order 66 and how they have to come to grips with the changes. It was interesting to see how Darth Vader and Darth Sidious interact with each other. Not a warm and fuzzy relationship by any stretch of the imagination. You also see that the new Sith Lord, Darth Vader, is trying to build and assert a new personality for himself while suppressing and distancing himself from his other self - Jedi Anakin Skywalker. A little internal problem for Vader with future ramifications. Also in the book are the revelations to Bail Organa and Obi Wan concerning Darth Vader and the implications this bit of news has as they tend to the infants in their care. The Droids are in the book also. Poor C3PO - his memory has been wiped and he has no understanding why R2D2 has the reaction he does concerning Darth Vader and Leia. All in all a wonderfully satisfying reading experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Very Good Book!

    I was really looking forward to this book as a read into Anakin/Vader's tortured soul, to bring more substance to the Star Wars storyline and make it somehow even cooler than it already is. And because I want to read about Darth Vader's combat skills. The story is basically about a handful of Jedi who survive Order Sixty-Six and then somehow escape his wrath when he investigates. So he chases them across the galaxy, and finally smothers them. Don't be sad when characters die ... it's not like you couldn't see it coming. *** I really recommend this book for any Star Wars fan, fascinated by Vader or not, because it brings more definition the main character of the entire Star Wars universe, Anakin Skywalker, except here he is coming to life as Darth Vader. His dark times are beginning, and he is embracing it ... setting up for the events of the Trilogy. I can't wait to read the next book between RotS and ANH, Outbound Flight!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2005

    Great conclusion to Episode III

    This book is excellent. It really explores Vader's initial struggles as he begins his long career as the Emperor's emissary while being trapped in the life-sustaining suit. Continues to show how lost and confused Anakin was and how the Emperor took advantage of him. Finally, its got a great plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Very solid follow up

    Dark lord is a very good page turner with many interesting views between characters. The book gives great insight into what darth vader is feeling within in his new realm of dark aprenticeship. The book also has great action sequences and good dilogue among the most popular cahracters. Great ending as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 13, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2015

    The First Master chapter three

    David yawned. It was late at night. Marcus had decided to give David a littoe bit of training before bestime. Which, to him, meant 'stay up till midnight so i can spar with you.' For the millionth time, David crashed to the ground, having been tripped by Marcus. His sword was WAY to heavy. "Face it, i'll never get the hang of using this sword." Complained David. Marcus grinned. "Get up, try again. You can do it!" He yanked David to his feet and handed him the sword. David scowled and climbed to his feet. "I see that you think you can never avenge your parent's death. But im sure you can do it. You have detirmination, David! You can do it!" Encouraged Marcus. David sighed. He suddenly swung his sword at Marcus's face with the flat of the sword. Marcus blocked and thrust at him. David sidestepped and swung at Marcus again. Marcus did a flip backwards and dashed away with David on his tail. Suddenly, Marcus stopped running and quickly turned around and swung his sword at David. It hit David's armor with a loud CLANG! David froze. "I think if you wernt wear wearing armor , and if we wernt just sparring, you would be dead." Said Marcus. "Ok, good fight. Why dont you head to bed?" David nodded. "Wheres my room?" He asked. Marcus lead him down a hallway and into a tiny room with a bed and a little nightstand. David instantly collapsed onto the bed. "Good night, David." Said Marcus. (End of chapter! Please comment! I &star m &star k &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Read

    Am i the only one who thought vader was bit of a wimp here? And his little journey to getting used to his cybernetic body was a bit dumb. First its like, oh poor me anakin skywalker blah blah blah then for no reason he is all cool about it. There is no oint for this book other than to fill the star wars timeline

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

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    May i join

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    Posted July 15, 2014

    Death

    Pads in i would like to join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Shade (leader den)

    Meeting in the clearing! (Res 6, all may join.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Great

    I never before this book read anything by James Luceno but after I read it it was amazing Irecmend all of his other books as well as he is one of my favorite authors.

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