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Darth Vader is back and badder than ever as the Emperor's ruthless black-cloaked enforcer in James Luceno's sequel to the novelization of Episode III. A conclusion of sorts to a literary trilogy (Luceno's Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil and Matthew Stover's Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith) chronicling the creation of arguably the most popular -- and complex -- villain in the history of genre fiction, Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader picks up in the last hours of the Clone Wars as Vader is charged with tracking down and annihilating the last of the Jedi Order.
As Imperial forces battle the remaining pockets of the Separatist Movement in the Outer Rim, the Emperor furthers his apprentice's dark transformation by pitting him against a small group of Jedi Knights trying to escape the Empire's grasp. But as Vader relentlessly tracks down Roan Shryne and Olee Starstone, he secretly struggles with his new identity -- has he really transformed into the Emperor's executioner Lord Vader or is he still a conflicted Anakin Skywalker trapped in a black exoskeleton?
Although the six-pack of motion pictures may be concluded, the spirit of the Star Wars universe lives on in novels like Star Wars: Dark Lord -- The Rise of Darth Vader. Featuring some of the most popular -- and beloved -- characters from the epic saga (R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, et al.) this intense and emotionally charged novel is, simply put, a must-read for all Star Wars fans. Paul Goat Allen