Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

by James Luceno
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's amazing how a single reference to Darth Plagueis in Episode III can lead to a tale of this magnitude. I've had this book on my radar for a while now and it does not disappoint-- for the most part. Despite the title, this book is just as much about Darth Sidious as it is Darth Plagueis, delving into the backstory of their first meeting, upbringing as Master and Apprentice, and eventual falling out. Plagueis' story is truly a tragedy, for the Sith lord has the ambition, know-how, and financial means to set up the Grand Plan, but is unable to see it through. From Episode III, we know that Plagueis sought control over life and death, and in the end was able to save others, but not himself. The biggest shortcoming of the book for me was the fact that not enough attention was paid to Plagueis' pursuit of immortality. By the time we are given any insight into Plagueis' experiments with midi-chlorian manipulation, the spotlight has turned in favor of Sidious. Much of what we are told is done through flashback, and brief ones at that. This is a shame since the power over life and death was central to the intrigue behind Darth Plagueis (and central to Anakin's fall to the dark side). Fortunately, even if the pursuit of immortality where removed entirely from the book, we would still have a great story on our hands. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is an amazing prequel to the Star Wars films, as we are able to see the full extent of careful planning and manipulation behind the series of events leading up to the Clone Wars and fall of the Republic. The cast of characters is broad with a number of memorable cameos, including Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, Master Sifo-Dyas, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker, among others. Unlike a lot of Star Wars books, there aren't a whole lot of action-packed lightsaber duels, but when the action does come around, it is memorable. In conclusion, this is a fun read for any Star Wars fan, particularly those with an interest in the backstory of Darth Sidious and the behind-the-scenes events taking place to set up the fall of the Jedi and the Republic in Episodes I-III.
cdforecheck More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine trying to fit events in with a movie (The Phantom Menace: Star Wars Episode 1) and with three books; Darth Maul: Saboteur, The Cloak of Deception, and Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. James Luceno did an admirible job of keeping the originals in place and introducing the behind the scenes machinations implied in the opening paragraph of the episode one movie. Although at times the book seems more a political/economic story rather than Star Wars it does fill in blanks and hints at possible origins of Anakin. Another book perhaps in the works? Darth Plagueis in Exile???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to fill alot of plot-holes from the movies and give a great explaintion of how all of the events unfolded. And it explains Syfo-dios
halfbloodprincess55 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I knew this book was out I was excited about it. I read the Darth Bane series and I loved it and I was hoping the Darth Plagueis book would be similar. It was not. The story is more about political drama then anything and if you are not into that I would not read this book. The political drama makes the book more on the slow side. The title of the book is Darth Plagueis yet half way through the book they concentrate more on Darth Sidious then Plagueis, which is rather annoying. I think the book either needed to be a series or longer so the author could of gave more time into developing the character of Darth Plagueis and then moved on to Darth Sidioius slower then this book does. Over all die hard Star Wars fans will probably enjoy this book but if you do not like slow reads I would pass on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How true Star Wars fans could not enjoy this is beyond me. When Palpatine utters those words "not from a jedi" I was dying for the backstory. Well here it is and it was very good. Parents please stop letting your 8 year old make reviews. 4/5 1 star off for the whole force/Anakin lead in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic lead-up to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. When this book was first released I read it within a matter of days and have since been reading it again to re-live the intriguing story of Darth Plaguies the wise. I was really impressed with how well James Luceno incorporated material and cannon from previous books on the Sith (particularly the Darth Bane series) in order to give you a sense of continuity in the initial plan set in motion by Darth Bane himself. The intelligent writing and knowledge that Luceno has on the galaxy as a whole helps this novel have a real Star Wars 'feel' about it, where others before and after it have failed to capture that atmosphere. At times the book can be a little slow, and you may find yourself thinking, if only slightly, "Where is this going?", but ultimately it is all relevant in some way. The details matter a lot for me in this book and it does a fantastic job of tying up loose ends here and there in the periods set before and around the first three movies. 
Johnny3 More than 1 year ago
Although the title of the book would have you thinking that it was mainly about Darth Plagueis, I feel he was really used in a supportive role. I was hoping for more info about the Force, and midi-chlorian manipulation, but it played a very small part. The book focuses mainly on Palpatine, and some on Darth Maul. Much of the book also focuses on the political world of the Galactic Senate. I think it spanned too many years, sometimes taking 10 "standard year" jumps between chapters. I feel it would have better been suited to keep to a smaller time-span, and maybe some follow up books would have been possible. In the end, it was an OK storyline, weaving some backstory into the prequel films. I thought Daniel Davis was a terrific narrator for this book, and je had me imagining the characters as they appeared and sounded in the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book that brings the background of the Emperor into light. Shows us the origin of Darth Sidious and he came to power and manipulated events that led to the eventual Clone Wars and fall of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader. A must read for any Star Wars fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I thought Luceno did a great job transitioning between the different time periods and combining it with other events taking place at the same time but from a different perspective. I loved that we got more of Palpatine's backstory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Given that I don't see how anything in this volume could possibly conflict with any new or future content from the now-Disney owned Lucasfilm I think this should be moved from the "Legends" category of the Expanded Universe and made part of the official Star Wars canon. It merely gives interesting background to Palpatine's character development and the prequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is what the EU should be. It ties together the story, from Darth Bane through the clone wars, and effortlessly helps you to understand the story in a way you wouldn't have without readimg it.
JesterWilliams More than 1 year ago
If you love Star Wars and are interested in how Palpatine became Darth Sidious, then this book is for you.
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
“Somewhere a fan shouted ‘Give us more politics!’ and James Luceno listened.” It can’t be over emphasized enough that there is a lot of politics in this book. If Shadow Games was the mystery thriller of the EU, then Darth Plagueis is the political thriller. Never before have I read a Star Wars book that focused so much on politics. When it's said that nearly every group gets a political angle in this book, it's not far from the truth. Darth Plagueis includes Gran politics, Hutt politics, Muun politics, Naboo politics, Trade Federation politics, Senate politics, Outer Rim politics, Core politics, Jedi politics, and of course Sith politics. The book covers the time from Plagueis’ rise to Sith mastery all the way to the last scene in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. In between those points is a long build up of political maneuvering to place the Sith’s Grand Plan into its final stages. In between chapters of politics, there are a few moments of action in the book. Darth Plagueis and his apprentice Darth Sidious did not ascend to power without a few hiccups that required some slaughtering here and there. Yet these moments are like islands in a sea. The biggest flaw with this book is just how much time is spent on lore and politics. It all comes at an expense of action and there is a serious lack of exciting or even dramatic scenes. Small things like Sith powers don’t get much attention. Plagueis and Sidious do exhibit their Force powers in a few scenes, but it was a bit underwhelming. For Maul fans who saw the back cover, don’t expect to see him in action showing off how awesome he is. For fans who are expecting to see Plagueis in all his mythic glory, be prepared to see only a few moments of that glory, and a whole lot of mundane events. Sidious gets the same treatment. They each have their moments, and they each get overwhelmed in a lot of plotting. Darth Plagueis did a great job at filling in a huge gap leading up to The Phantom Menace. It filled in a ton of lore for the Expanded Universe. It would make a great ‘Essential Guide’ type book due to the huge amount of info in the novel. However, it doesn’t have the level of excitement, thrill, or drama to entertain a reader from cover to cover. If you’re looking for a thrilling Star Wars novel, this isn’t the book you’re looking for.
RedLightOn More than 1 year ago
I thought there would be more "Force" philosophy on how Plagueis was able to control life and death. It was more a story about Sidious and how he managed to work his way up the political ranks.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I like the story line of Star wars and knowing about Darth Plaguise makes the whole Franchise better
Anonymous 8 months ago
Highly recommended.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Are your sensors capable of determining when a Shi’ido is about to skinshift? I liked this one a lot. Palpatine dropped a few hints about his former master in Episode III, but this book puts the spotlight directly upon that character, Darth Plagueis and their relationship. It’s very interesting if you are into Star Wars lore, which I assume you are if you are into the novels. I’m not sure if this is one of those stories that is now negated due to the new movie continuity, but even if it is, it’s still worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is an excellent read and it's a higher level reading book! It speaks about Lord Sidious's past and taps into how Darth Plagueis became his master and was "killed." I especially enjoyed reading about Palpatine's youth... and what happened to his family.
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Great page Turner answering all of my Palpatine origin questions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I still can't imagine that he is a star wars fan. Anyhow, this book offered a comprehensive background on why everyone in the prequels were so stupid-because everyone that knew of the siths's plan got 'taken care of', just lik my ex (he's okay).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not from a jedi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for any Star Wars fan
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