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Star Wars Lords Of The Sith (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Star Wars Lords Of The Sith (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Paul S. Kemp

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Star Wars: Lords of the Sith 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
This was quite a good novel. Not the novel I thought I was going to be reading, but very engaging nonetheless. Lords of the Sith was billed a Vader/Emperor team up novel, but the star of the story was actually Cham Syndulla. Syndulla was in several episodes of The Clone Wars as a Twi'lek freedom fighter. He has also been revealed as Rebels character Hera Syndulla's father. This novel is Cham's attempt at taking down Vader and the Emperor in one fell swoop. Mixed with that tale is a few chapters of introspective and awesome Vader/Emperor team-up. As good as the Cham portions of Lords of the Sith was, I much would have rather read a full book focusing more on Vader and Emperor's relationship and adventure. The first half of the book was almost solely about Twi'lek freedom fighters launching an attack on a Star Destoryer and their attempt to kill the Emporer and Darth Vader. Really my favorite part of the book was the very beginning, in which we got to look deep into Vader thoughts and see the man left over after the "death" of Anakin Skywalker. I also enjoyed the additions to the first chapter that were apparently made since it was released as a teaser for the book. Several mentions were made of Cham being Hera's father, a fact which was only very recently revealed. Cham's sidekick/ love interest Isval is a great real-world extrapolation of the cliche Twi'lek slave girl. She is traumatized by her former life of sexual slavery and out for revenge on the Empire. There were some really interesting tidbits in the second half of the book, which focused on Vader and Palpatine surviving the Twi'lek attack and playing a subtle game of one-ups-man ship along the way. Along with that amazing plot are tidbits of Vader remembering Ahsoka, Rex, Cody, Echo, and a clone named "Sixes." I'm not sure if this was an error and was supposed to be a mention of Fives, or if Fives was for some reason not mentioned on purpose. Another question I was left with was when this book takes place. It claims to occur eight years after the Clone Wars, which would be in the same year as Star Wars: A New Dawn. But the recently released Star Wars novel timeline places it before Star Wars: Tarkin, which is set five years after the Clone Wars. Hopefully this will be clarified at some point. In the end this tale serves as another portion of the birth of the Rebellion storyline that we've seen several different aspects of in the past, and presently in Star Wars Rebels. After the events of the end of the book, I was left wondering how Cham will eventually feel about his daughter joining the Rebellion. Does he support her life fighting the Empire, or has she kept her small role in the Alliance secret from him? Though it didn't really end up being the story it was teased as, I give Lords of the Sith a 8 out of 10.
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
When George Lucas introduced Darth Vader in the first Star Wars trilogy, we saw a subdued but ruthless Sith. He didn't flinch to destroy a planet or hesitate to choke people to death. He was a foreboding character - someone we obviously wouldn't want to cross. A lot of questions surrounded him as well though. We knew he'd been a Jedi but somehow he'd become a Sith Lord. Lucas partially answered this question in the second Star Wars trilogy, but I'd be lying if I said that I never wondered how the Anakin we saw in Episode III completed his transformation in to the Darth Vader we meet in Episode IV. Lords of the Sith gives us a peek at some of Vader's internal struggle after the events of Episode III before the Rebels have formed. It was truly a treat to see how Vader bridged his two very different lives and also how the Emperor continued to corrupt his apprentice. It was actually a bit of a shock to listen to the narration about Vader from the perspective of the Free Ryloth Movement - of course Vader's origins and journey wouldn't be common knowledge. With this in mind, it's interesting to see how Isval questioned his humanity. Was he a man? The ultimate conclusion: no. But that was the Emperor's goal wasn't it? Kemp didn't just grab me with the Darth Vader and Emperor dynamic though. Personally, I know I've never contemplated rebellion during the Empire's reign outside of the Rebels we see in the movies. Considering the galaxy's circumstances though, this was a gross error on my part. The desperation surrounding the Free Ryloth Movement was a dynamic I hadn't quite counted on. Even knowing they would fail, I found myself totally invested in the story.  After their leader, Cham, fails to destroy Vader and the Emperor's ship, a truly desperate search ensues across Ryloth's wilderness. Whether he likes it or not, Cham is now committed to killing the Sith Lords now or never. His and Isval's desperation was palpable as they realized that if they didn't succeed, they wouldn't live long enough to attempt the assassination a second time. All at once though, it became apparent that Darth Vader and the Emperor couldn't be defeated by anyone without the Force. They are too powerful which actually made the movement's impending failure even more interesting. The author wasted no time launching right into events. Lords of the Sith is fast paced with one thing hitting you after the other. There is some down time but this consists of characters' revealing thought processes or reflections on specific events or how everyone became entrapped in their current predicaments. I particularly enjoyed these moments as they pertained to Vader since they usually detailed his reflection on his life as Anakin Skywalker. If you're looking for something that'll add depth to the Star Wars galaxy as a whole, you'll be disappointed. Lords of the Sith isn't quite up to par with the likes of Darth Plagueis, which I felt did pose some excellent questions and enriched the setting. However, I do think Lords of the Sith will be enjoyed by any Star Wars fans looking for canon related reading as it pertains to Darth Vader and the fuzzy time period between Episodes III and IV. There's a lot left to be explored here and I'm excited to see what's next for the new canon.
bserkr More than 1 year ago
The Title is Misleading A few years have passed since the end of the Clone Wars and the Galactic Empire is ruling the galaxy with an iron fist. However, resistance in the form of the Free Ryloth movement led by the battle-hardened Cham Syndulla has emerged to oppose the tyranny of Empire by staging guerrilla attacks across the planet Ryloth. Unwilling to tolerate such blatant opposition to his rule, the Emperor and his personal executor, Darth Vader, have come to Ryloth to quell the insurgence once and for all. Little do they know, Cham’s cell of freedom fighters have plans of their own and conspire to assassinate the two lords of the Sith. To start off I must say that despite what the title of this book would imply, Vader and Sidious are NOT the main characters of the book. Many of the other characters are much better developed than they are, but more on that later. Suffice to say, those expecting an intimate understanding of the Sith master/apprentice relationship will be very disappointed and should look elsewhere (Might I recommend Darth Plagueis by James Luceno?) I personally felt that the main characters of the book were rebel cell leader Cham Syndulla and Isval, a fellow freedom fighter. Since the Clone Wars Cham has been at the head of a Rylothian resistance movement that opposes any and all foreign occupation of the planet. Separatist or Empire, it makes no difference to him. Anyone who endeavors to exploit the planet will at some point be in the crosshairs of one of his insurgents. At the same time, Cham struggles to reconcile his morals with his actions frequently telling himself “Not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter.” Despite this, he is still unafraid to be ruthless when necessary even resorting to death threats and blackmail to get the job done. All these traits made him a very well-rounded and interesting character to read about. I particularly liked his moment of catharsis later in the book but I’m going to avoid spoilers. Cham is balance by Isval, a former slave who due to her past becomes a blunt instrument that only looks to murder Ryloth’s Imperial occupiers. At first her devotion to this single cause made her come off as extremely one-dimensional with her only redeeming feature being the relationship between her and Cham. While Cham was the level-headed conspirator, she was the murderous lunatic which helped to round out the scenes they were in. By the end of the book, however, she shows major development when comes to the realization that there’s more to life than just killing Imperials and I liked her a lot more because of that. Then there’s Vader, the merciless war machine. Every action scene with him in it is brutal with him frequently using his lightsaber to disembowel and mutilate. Kemp does a pretty good job portraying him in this light. On the other hand every so often the reader is given glimpses of Anakin Skywalker behind the mask with memories of his past comrades haunting his thoughts. Nonetheless they become just that: glimpses. These recollections almost never affect his actions and I can honestly say that Vader is pretty much the same character at the start as he is in the end. Worse off is the Emperor who seemed to have gotten the short end of the characterization stick. Throughout the book he hardly ever talks and never shares his thoughts to the reader except at the very beginning and end becoming nothing more than a plot device. Really he only served two purposes: a McGuffin for the rebels to chase and someone for Vader to share his thoughts to. Two more important characters are the Imperials Colonel Belkor and Moff Mors, but to avoid spoilers I won’t say much about them. Just know that where they end up in the book was vastly different from where they started which was excellent. I’ve always felt that character development is paramount to good storytelling and these two really drive the point home. Finally, I’d like to talk about the writing style. Kemp writes mostly action and moves at a very brisk pace leaving little time for the novel to take a breather and let the reader soak in what has just happened. As a result, I don’t think the characters were as fleshed out as they could have been. To put things in perspective, in the first 30ish pages of the book Vader has foiled a rebel plot to steal Imperial supplies, the Emperor has made plans to go to Ryloth, and the Free Ryloth movement has already planned his assassination. We are also introduced to three major characters to get attached to. That’s a pretty fast pace! Admittedly, the pacing does get more consistent later in the book with a few moments of reflection. Additionally, what really bothered me was where Kemp ended the book: right after the climax. We aren’t given any resolution and almost no reflection on how the events of this book affected the setting or characters as a whole which is a major detriment because that’s the last impression we get from the book. At the end of the day I just wish the book were longer to fix all these issues. Ultimately there was plenty to like but plenty of issues with Lords of the Sith. Some of the characters were fairly well-developed while some of the others were left on the chopping block. The brisk pace may be enjoyable for those looking for action, but for others (like me) who want a well-rounded cast to complement the action, perhaps not. Still overall, I thought it was a solid book and you could do far worse in the Star Wars universe. ALTERNATE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: I recommend the aforementioned Darth Plagueis by James Luceno and Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. For those wanting a much deeper look on what it means to be a Sith master and Sith apprentice, look no further than Darth Plagueis. I recommend Kenobi because the story is similar in that we get to see what’s going on in the head of a character but on the opposite side of the spectrum as Darth Vader. Reading Kenobi after this book should make for a very interesting experience. On a slightly related note, not many people have mentioned this so I figured I would bring this up: this book has the first canonical appearance of an LGBT character in the Star Wars universe.
Charizard More than 1 year ago
Getting Under the Helmet                                        Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith marks the fourth novel in Del Rey’s new line of Star Wars canon. It gives us a glimpse into Darth Vader’s black heart as he fights inner demons alongside his Sith master, Emperor Palpatine. Kemp utilizes a broad cast featuring Imperials with rich backstories and Twi’lecks driven by their hope for a brighter future without the Empire’s tyranny. While not the best Star Wars book I’ve ever read, Lords of the Sith will have you hearing Vader’s labored breathing even when you’ve put the book down.  The real brilliance of the book involves the dynamics of Vader and Palpatine. I think this is a really good book to pick up after you’ve watched the prequel trilogy or have finished watching the Clone Wars. Sometimes Star Wars books don’t acknowledge that Anakin is under the helmet at all, and with the prequels existing for better or for worse, Kemp actually uses Anakin’s backstory to his advantage in telling a character-driven story. But the book isn’t all about characters, either. The action is well-written – particularly the portions involving lightsabers, Force-lightning, and Ryloth’s native monster population.  Not every page of Lords of the Sith is a blast, however. At times I found myself wishing for more Vader and less of the other Imperial leads and Twi’lecks. That being said, Kemp is able to pick up Cham Syndulla’s character from Clone Wars and elevate him to the status of someone who I desperately hope will be a greater part of early-Rebellion stories going forward.  When it was all said and done, the book really thrives in its last third. Will Lords of the Sith be on my top-10 list of books to give a Star Wars fan who has never read one of the novels? No. But I’m glad I read it and would recommend it to anyone hoping for a better bridge between prequel-era Anakin and Original Trilogy Vader. And here’s to hoping for more Cham.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action. The ever tensed interaction between Sith Master andapprentice is throughout the book. This book really describes the power of Sideous and Vader. I enjoyed this very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not done reading yet. On page 248. Noticing a LOT of typos. That is all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish there were more chapters involving Darth Sedious and Darth Vader. I did like how Vader had flash backs from the past which seemed like it was all a test from Darth Sedious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best title so far out of the new cannon. You really get to see what Darth Vader is capable of as well as the dynamic of both master & apprentice. There are some cool moments where we grt to know how the royal guards handle themselves and the spark of the rebellion that leads into some familiar characters from the Clone Wars & Rebels tv shows. Must read for all Vader fans
Aiwe More than 1 year ago
Received an advance copy of this from Del Ray. I really enjoyed this one. From my experience, Star Wars books can be hit or miss. It can be hard to balance the different aspects of the world. How much fighting do you add? Space battles? Politics? Kemp did a great job balancing all of that. The space battles especially felt like they came right out of the original trilogy. There was a lot of emphasis put on the fear that Vader inspired in those around him, and I think that this is the first time in the books that I was really able to see why people feared him. Kemp makes him a shark in the water. Honestly not a lot that I didn't like about this story. I am looking forward to reading more of the new timeline stuff as it comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best Star Wars nice,Los I e read to date, and I've read just about all of them. I especially liked seeing the complex relationship between Vader and the Emperor. A great book for the hard core fan. 
JLMess More than 1 year ago
A much needed addition to the new canon. This novel helps link the Clone Wars TV series to the Rebels series and to the films. I enjoyed the Ryloth story arcs from Clone Wars and found Hera to be an intriguing character in Rebels. Lords of the Sith brings the two together and adds depth to each. The plot is simple: a band of freedom-fighters carry out an assassination attempt on Vader and the Emperor. The writing is actually quite simple as well, but maintains a tense, engaging tone throughout. Character development isn’t exactly drastic, but you feel an understanding of character motivation in relation to the bigger picture of the franchise. Looking forward to future additions to the canon!
Darth_Ravenous More than 1 year ago
This a great book for those who like the expanded universe and the Darkside!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this bokk its really a good starter for star wars fanslove!!!
Anonymous 3 days ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good God, does this book seriously have to highlight all the brutal s*it that Darth Vader and Darth Sidious do? Like...stuff about cracking bones and screams of agony? This is Sci-fi, not horror. It does have some insight on Vader's personal conflict. When he first appeared in A New Hope, he's ruthless, cold, and confident. Not cocky - just confident. In Revenge of the Sith, his old self, Anakin Skywalker, was cocky. He seemed rather insecure of himself the last time we see him in Episode III. Probably because he now has no real limbs, has to walk around in a big bulky suit, is very loud just while breathing, and is scarred and burnt all over. That can sure...affect a person's self-esteem. So this book shows a little bit of his change from Darth Vader in Episode III to Darth Vader in Episode IV. Also, it has lots of moments that make me want to slap Vader.
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A very good Star Wars story. A great insight into three relationship between Darth Vader and Darth Sidious. And a deep look into the birth of the Rebellion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5.Darth Bane. Darth Bane had a tendency for misadventure when he was young.Before he fled to the Imperial ranks of the Sith Empire,he was a miner.When he went to the acoylte academy for the empire to be taught the Sith way,code,and the Dark Side.He went out recieving his Sith "Title" Bane.1 to 10 years later,a Sith Lord has been found:Darth Bane.After obliterating his Master,he created the Rule of 2,marooning a strength in Numbers.This however,made the Sith Lord more powerful than,lets say,3 or 4 Jedi.4.Darth Revan.Unless you're a Star Wars lunatic,you're thinking"ooh ooh,you spelled it wrong."Tell yourself to shut up and listen.There is really allot to say here.Darth Revan killed 3 Sith lords and if in A New Hope,Luke.Yeah Ren.You thought Vader was Bad***?Take a duel with Revan and you'll consider Vader a Skrub in a metal suit.Here's one thing I guarantee you never knew,not looking at the SWLs.Darth Revan had 2 lightsabers.This is normal for lightsaber pros,Bounty Hunters,and the Mandalorians terrorists/Government.Darth Revan had a PURPLE lightsaber.3.Darth Plaugesis.Sith are the bringers of death.Period.Plaugesis was the Ultimate way to Cheat Death.He created or let Life survive.This made his master,Bane,anrgry.The only chance Pluagesis had was to kill Bane and make HIM he Sith Lord.Pluagesis and his Apprentice,Sidous,were supposed to be the last and greatest Sith Lords,but due to the death of the Old Sith Empire,Sidous blamed his master for the downfall of the Empire and disposed of him on a Republic Battle Station,the last known victory of the Empire.2.Darth Sidous Darth Sidous is one of the few Sith lords with a known birthplace,Naboo.During an attack,Palpatine found Imperial forces corner him.Pluagesis found him and saw what he really was:A Force user.Pluagesis found who the kid really was: a pure Sith.Malek,Revan,Bane,Krayt,himself.They didn't have the hate flowing through him.After the last Victory of the Empire,he went into hiding.Troopers,ships,and Jedi searched for Sidous.For a milenium,he trained the Sith lord Maul,resulting in the biggest War in the galaxy.As the Force Awakened,the Clone wars were ranked number 3.2nd being the Galactic Civil war,and 1 the First Order War.1StarKiller.This guy is fricken INSANE.He:Beat Rahm Kota in a duel,killed 2 Jedi,TOOK DOWN A F***ING STAR DESTROYER,destroyed a com pole of something like that(on Kaasskyk),survived a SAARLAC,killed a bull rancor,walked into a Imperial space station,beat both Sidous and Vader in a duel,broke out of a testing facility,STOLE VADER'S TIE FIGHTER,broke into a city,jumped off a flaming ttram,got through a gauntlet of Imperials,took out a prototype ship,KILLED A GOROG,Met Yoda,killed tons of terror droids/troopers,defeated and CONTROLLED the Mother Terror droid,fixed a main cannon,smashed a ship into a Kaminoan building,and beat Vader in ANOTHER DUEL.Error,too many things?No,error,to many wins!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The inner conflict of Vader. The manipulative Emperor. The Free Ryloth movement. The selfish imperial officers. Awesome how it was all pulled together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Luke, I am your father.Wait no I am your cousin.Wait no im your neighbor
ChrisWerms More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie: I was most excited for Lords of the Sith, and for the most part it delivered exactly what I wanted: silly action packed with violence and Darth Vader. If you're looking for an action packed book, you've got one with Lords of the Sith. Quite honestly, it was one of the best one-off Star Wars novels. (That is to say, a book that's not a part of a larger series or story line) Lords of the Sith delivers Vader in spades, and even has a great space battle showing off some great writing and some realistic danger. The biggest problem was my inability to forget everyone I knew survives until Rebels at least. The book moved at a solid pace but the danger never felt very real to me. The best part was, as always, the Imperial characters who are now thriving in the galaxy at large. I'm very glad to see a lot of Imperial women being introduced and expanded upon. I won't say a lot because there isn't much more to say than it's a solid book (with a sort of rushed ending, the only reason it's not great) with solid action scenes. Go ahead and grab it.
Iron-Angel More than 1 year ago