[Epub] Darth Plagueis By James Luceno – Justinfoline.us

Darth Plagueis 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 WarsEpisode III Revenge Of The SithDarth 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 DeathDarth 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 EmperorDarth 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

[Epub] Darth Plagueis  By James Luceno – Justinfoline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 379 pages
  • Darth Plagueis
  • James Luceno
  • English
  • 28 July 2018
  • 034551128X

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  1. says:

    Misleading, the Dark Side of the Force, is This is a novel part of what is known nowadays as Legends in the Star Wars novel series, in other words, non canonical any featuring the events of the life of Darth Plagueis and his apprentice Darth Sidious. DECEITFUL TITLE Honestly, it was odd that the book was titled Darth Plagueis since while indeed the events begin with him as main character , once Palpatine eventually aka Darth Sidious comes into the story, Plagueis got less and less r Misleading, the Dark Side of the Force, is This is a novel part of what is known nowadays as Legends in the Star Wars novel series, in other words, non canonical any featuring the events of the life of Darth Plagueis and his apprentice Darth Sidious. DECEITFUL TITLE Honestly, it was odd that the book was titled Darth Plagueis since while indeed the events begin with him as main character , once Palpatine eventually aka Darth Sidious comes into the story, Plagueis got less and less relevant and Palpatine Sidious became the real protagonist of the novel.The novel lacks of action, and even in the few times that you have some action is told in such way that you don t feel any thrilled about it.I have to admit that there some interesting moments where you can appreciate how the financial resources of Hego Damask Darth Plagueis was crutial for several recognizable pieces of the Episodes saga of Star Wars, such as the construction of Podracing track on Tatooine, the improvement of Kamino s cloning facilities, the dealings of the Trade Federation with Naboo and the political career of Palpatine in the Galactic Senate.However, some mysteries that I was eager to read about like the birth of Anakin Skywalker and the participation of Jedi Master Syfo Dias in the ordering of the clone army, while they are indeed approached, much of them remain ambiguous without really offering anything new that one didn t know before of reading the book PALPATINE, JUST PALPATINE I was kinda disappointed that Palpatine is named just that Palpatine with a poor explanation that he decided of not using his first name and keeping just his family name as his only name Some other authors have been bold enough to invent names for elements like Coruscant , Jaina Solo , etc and they became so widely known by fans that later has become canonical in the sense of being used in a movie of the saga And taking in account that the author didn t invent Palpatine name, it was quite weak not trying to add some of value to the character s name.I understand that some talking with George Lucas, Lucasfilms people, etc was in the order to get approval for an official first name for Palpatine, but since this book covers eventhe life of him than the very Hego Damask Plagueis , I think that it was important to have that discussion and conceiving with a first name for Palpatine ALWAYS TWO, NO LESS, NO MOREOR ISN T IT One very odd thing was the Darth Plagueis said to Darth Tenebrous his master when he is killing him that the legacy of the Rule of Two from Darth Bane was dying with Tenebrous implying that Plagueis didn t believe wise to keep that rule However, in like 30 years if not, he only took as apprentice to Darth Sidious so when the heck was he going to break the rule of two Even Darh Sidious took as secret apprentice to Darth Maul covered with lies to Plagueis.And definitely, the decision of time chronology used in this book was unusual according with other novels of Star Wars, since while it tells several events unique to this book, there are many pages invested to tell events covered in other novels even movies.That wasn t bad per se, since that filled some holes in those previously told events, BUT also it was felt kinda some trick to stretch out long enough the book to reach adesirable number of pages.I think that one of the coolest implications here, is that while you never a real interaction between Smee Skywalker Anakin s mom with Darth Plagueisthere is a casual mention that Palpatine just Palpatine, please was a really good podracer pilot on his young daysMmmh


  2. says:

    A very enjoyable and entertaining Star Wars novel.Less solicitous reviewers might call this filler, and while that would be callous but somewhat accurate, author James Luceno has captured the essence of Lucas duality of the Force, between the light and the dark When this is at its best it is an exploration of the similarities and distinctions between Jedi and Sith.Darth Plagueis was Darth Sidious Emperor Senator Palpatine s Sith master An alien Muun, who might resemble a somber and elong A very enjoyable and entertaining Star Wars novel.Less solicitous reviewers might call this filler, and while that would be callous but somewhat accurate, author James Luceno has captured the essence of Lucas duality of the Force, between the light and the dark When this is at its best it is an exploration of the similarities and distinctions between Jedi and Sith.Darth Plagueis was Darth Sidious Emperor Senator Palpatine s Sith master An alien Muun, who might resemble a somber and elongated Homer Simpson, Plagueis was also the leader of a Galactic Banking Clan that brokered power and mechanized the millennia Sith plan for revenge.Luceno provides plenty of backstory, going back decades to when Plagueis discovers an elitist but promising young larval politician We are shown the evolution of a Sith apprenticeship and foreshadowing of the canonical film story We also see an infant Maul and the beginnings of the collusion with Count Dooku.The novel finishes contemporaneously with the events in the 1999 George Lucas film Phantom Menace Upon finishing I had a great thirst for the movie and as I type these words young Anakin is speeding around the pod racing track on Tatooine.A must read for fans and really a well told story that acasual observant of the Star Wars story would enjoy


  3. says:

    Perhaps my favorite scene in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the one where Palpatine entices Anakin toward the dark side by recounting the story of Darth Plagueis a Sith Lord who manipulates the Force in an effort to become immortal I love the scene in part because it focuses on personal relationships as opposed to bureaucratic procedure It also emanates with the most spiritual strains of Jedi and Sith lore So when I saw a new Star Wars novel titled Darth Plagueis, I snatched it Perhaps my favorite scene in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the one where Palpatine entices Anakin toward the dark side by recounting the story of Darth Plagueis a Sith Lord who manipulates the Force in an effort to become immortal I love the scene in part because it focuses on personal relationships as opposed to bureaucratic procedure It also emanates with the most spiritual strains of Jedi and Sith lore So when I saw a new Star Wars novel titled Darth Plagueis, I snatched it eagerly from my library s New Release shelf Though there is plenty to compliment in veteran Star Wars author James Luceno s novel, I came away deeply disappointed This book is not what I expected, and frankly, this book is not what publisher Del Rey bills it as on the dust jacket Darth Plagueis s Frankensteinian excursions into the Force do not drive this story After an engrossing opening, which ties off Darth Plagueis s relationship to his master, the novel quickly sinks into the same sludgy bureaucratic opera that mired the plot of Episode One The Phantom Menace The bulk of this yarn plays about as mystically as a cop procedural Law and Order Sith Unit would have been ahonest title It could be argued that Darth Plagueis is not even the main character Sith all stars Palpatine, Dooku and young Darth Maul keep wresting the spotlight from him While adequate back story is provided to explain Plagueis s obsession with immortality, his macabre Force experiments remain on the periphery of a plot too invested in Republican politics and backroom business deals The Sith Lords, herein billed as mystical zealots, come over largely as stoic crime bosses What colorful personalities they sport at the outset are quickly steam cleaned away to conceal their powers from the Jedi A justified storytelling choice Yes But not an especially interesting one What is , in the most egregious missed opportunity of the book, Plagueis s greatest feat of Force manipulation gets mentioned only in hindsight Ever notice how The Empire Strikes Back, a critical and fan favorite, is as much a lean ensemble play as it is a grand action film Now imagine Luke s training by Yoda not being depicted as it transpires Instead, picture Luke all but dropped from the middle third of the film while Darth Vader and the Emperor have conference calls with coconspirators What a disappointing Empire Strikes Back that would have been I picked up Darth Plagueis because I wanted and was promised a mystical fantasy Instead I got a complicated and rather impersonal history of organized crime in a galaxy far, far away Perhaps hardcore enthusiasts of Star Wars novels had a different experience than me I freely admit to being a fair weather fan of this sprawling subgenre It is my impression that this novel was written solely for readers who devour every Star Wars novel published That may be okay, but it strikes me as a franchise growing too insular and selling itself short


  4. says:

    sentient life is meant to evolve, not simply languish in contended stasis NOTE I received this book from theVine Program.The time has come for the Sith to reveal themselves, to step away from the Rule of Two setup by Darth Bane many years ago Darth Plagueis emerges and, with the assistance of his apprentice, Darth Sidious, begins the final steps to the destruction of the Republic and the Jedi.I have some wonderful news After SIX MONTHS of reading this book, I have finally finished it sentient life is meant to evolve, not simply languish in contended stasis NOTE I received this book from theVine Program.The time has come for the Sith to reveal themselves, to step away from the Rule of Two setup by Darth Bane many years ago Darth Plagueis emerges and, with the assistance of his apprentice, Darth Sidious, begins the final steps to the destruction of the Republic and the Jedi.I have some wonderful news After SIX MONTHS of reading this book, I have finally finished it Roll out the barrel, cut yourself a slice of cake, blow on the party horns, it s time to CELEBRATE The first question I know you will have is I know you are a slow reader, Crystal, but why did it take you six months to read this book It s just a tad over 350 pages And to answer that properly, I will have to back up a bit.Although it took me six months to finish this book, it was a very good book probably the best Star Wars book Luceno has ever written Darth Plagueis allows Luceno to do what he is best at intertwine various pieces of the movies, comics, and other novels into one cohesive work and, most importantly, have it all make sense The problem with the book is, it is not a light hearted, easy read, a fun, little adventure with Jedi swinging lightsabers and conniving, devilish Sith cackling about taking over the world It is extremely dense it has a pretty broad scope and it, at times, moves at a snail s pace.When I first started reading, I had a very hard time getting into this book, because of the reasons I stated above But once I began to picture Darth Plagueis as Star Wars historical fiction , everything started to click into place I didn t mind the slow pace I didn t mind the politicking I didn t mind the passage of time.Luceno handles his cast of characters really well Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are very well done I liked how Plagueis was an alien, how he thought about the Force differently, and how he moved away from the Rule of Two phase I know some fans aren t fond of how many Sith appear, but for once, I actually could understand the motivation behind the new Sith Order and liked it Palpatine Sidious was fascinating, particularly in his youth, though I still would love to know what his first name was I was hugely impressed with the way Luceno wrote Dooku FINALLY, Dooku comes across as a frustrated Jedi who wants to turn the Republic around, instead of some EVUL Sith wanting to kill and be EVUL I loved how Pestage, Doriana, Isard, andappeared I didn t even mind Darth Maul s new backstory too much.As you would expect for a historical fiction novel, a lot of characters appear only to fade into the background, never to be seen again This is particularly frustrating when so much time is built upon introducing them to the story such as the crew of the Woebegone or the Jedi Knight Palpatine befriends after the Knight s father is killed.Some of the writing is the best I ve seen in a Luceno novel The Prologue was particularly nice to read But Luceno doesn t get rid of all his quirks read this with a dictionary nearby so you can define such SAT vocab words as presagedineluctablemoribundscabrousbiliouscognomencalumnyAnd now, time for your favorite section and mineNERD NITPICKS 1 Who tattoos a baby And how do these tattoos remain intact throughout the child s growth 2 Every action has an equal but opposite reaction is NOT a Law of Thermodynamics 3 Seriously Another Sith Lord who has to wear a breathing apparatus Is it a job requirement or something Turn in your lungs here, please 4 I knew Gunray slightlyhe is acquisitive and ambitious but oddly immune to intimidation WHAT Are we talking about the same Nute Gunray Dude was intimidated by a dragonfly 5 If Kamino is technically extragalactic , then why the big deal over the Outbound Flight and the Yuuzhan Vong Leaving the galaxy would be old hat to these peopleright 6 Luceno, I realize that you may have the script to The Phantom Menace on hand, but it is okay for the Sith characters to not, okeedokee And thank you for joining us for yet another, NERD NITPICKS One thing I would definitely recommend to those considering whether to read this or not is to buff up on your Star Wars Expanded Universe particularly, Star Wars Cloak of Deception, Shadow Hunter, the Darth Maul comic, and, of course, Star Wars The Phantom Menace ALL of these books are referenced at some point in this novel, somethan others Some of those books such as DMSH will have the ending spoiled in the course of this novel other books such as CoD are alluded to so tenuously, that I, who had fairly recently reread the book, had trouble remembering important plot elements.In short if you are a newbie to Star Wars Expanded Universe, this is NOT the book for you.On the other hand, if you are a hard cover Star Wars fan wanting to read this only to understand Darth Plagueis power better, you are in for major disappointment While his special midichlorian ability does appear, it is never given very much space to grow I really am just as mystified about his special power as I was before I read the novel.In short if you expected to learn ONLY about Plagueis, his powers, and most importantly to some whether or not he is the father of Anakin Skywalker, this is NOT the book for you.Even though this book took me forever to finish, even though this was a complete departure from most Star Wars novels, even though there were plenty of bumps, I did enjoy myself when reading this novel This is the type of book that Luceno is PERFECT for writing one that ties in multiple plot lines, characters, story elements from varied source materials and bringing it all into one coehsive whole And while Darth Plagueis might have failed to answer all questions about Plagueis and his control over the midichlorians, it DID succeed in showing us where he came from and where Palpatine came from And making The Phantom Menace look clever.George Lucas ought to give Luceno a raise


  5. says:

    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 prequ 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 lotthat 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 focuseson 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


  6. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have the feeling that I liked Darth Plagueis by James Lucenothan the average Star Wars fan wouldandthan any of the reviews I read online before purchasing this book Why Deep down, I feel muchlike a Sith and, hey, why not a Dark Lord of the Sithmight as well dream big than a Jedi most of the time and this book is a chronicle of the rise of Palpatine a.k.a Darth Sidious as well as the story of Darth Plagueis with a bit of Darth Maul and Count Dooku and a dash of D I have the feeling that I liked Darth Plagueis by James Lucenothan the average Star Wars fan wouldandthan any of the reviews I read online before purchasing this book Why Deep down, I feel muchlike a Sith and, hey, why not a Dark Lord of the Sithmight as well dream big than a Jedi most of the time and this book is a chronicle of the rise of Palpatine a.k.a Darth Sidious as well as the story of Darth Plagueis with a bit of Darth Maul and Count Dooku and a dash of Darth Tenebrous to boot A few Jedi do make an appearance, but they don t do much of anything That probably illustrates why it was possible for the dark side to rise in secret with such power The Sith had a point the Republic was corrupt and deeply flawed and the Jedi were no longer in tune with the Force Not in tune enough to sense the Sith until it was much too late.So, yes, Darth Plagueis is something of a misleading title This book is mostly about Palpatine s rise to Dark Lord of the Sith One of the criticisms I read online before buying this book was that it reads a bit like a history text I agree with that assessment, but only a little If you re looking for thrilling lightsaber battles and good triumphing over evillook elsewhere Darth Plagueis isabout machinations and subterfuge and how the Sith operate when sumberged and living secret lives.I ll glide over the main points of the story We start with Palpatine s apotheosis upon Plagueis demise Then the story begins with how Plagueis seized power from his master, Darth Tenebrous, and how Plagueis began his obsession with manipulating midi chlorians and the science of immortality Darth Tenebrous was obsessed with Bith computers and science, which Plagueis often cites as his downfall Yet Plagueis goes on to become similarly obsessed with biology and manipulating midi chlorians to create eternal life for himself and the Sith Plagueis is not a warm and cuddly Munn, but he sees the Sith Rule of Two one master, one apprentice as a partnership, not a struggle to the death And you can guess how Palpatine viewed that desire for parity differently than Plagueis did.I was pleased how James Luceno made it plausible that Palpatine that Palpatine could come from Naboohome of Jar Jar Binks Because I honestly had a hard time reconciling the two disparate characters There wasn t much about the prequel films I liked except for the Sith machinations and a few of the battle sequences So the author finding a way to make Palpatine a snake in Naboo s garden was a large step towards making this bookenjoyable for me.Palpatine is discovered by Plagueis in his non Sith capacity as an influential Munn financial wizard while Plagueis is trying to manipulate the monarchy of Naboo to secure their plasma resources Plagueis takes Palpatine under his wing and begins to guide him down the path to the dark side Of course, Palpatine sprints down the evil path and soon becomes Plagueis apprentice Though because of Plagueis beingphilosophical than the average Sith, he doesn t constantly challenge or berate or torture Palpatine after the first few years of his training Darth Plagueis sees the Sith partnership taking over the galaxy Palpatine controlling the masses and Plagueis controlling the Force Plagueis installs Palpatine in the Senate to become a wolf in sheep s clothing and focuses himself on contemplation of the dark side of the Force and manipulation of midi chlorians What follows is how Palpatine and Plagueis fight with corrupt politicians and criminals who don t fit in with their plans The origins of Darth Maul are explored briefly He was always intended as a weapon, not a true Sith Apprentice And the courting of renegade Jedi Master Count Dooku by both Plagueis and Palpatine is touched upon as well.As the story gets closer to the era of the first prequel film, this book begins to summarize eventsandI suspect some of that is because the author had to reference events depicted in other books most of which I have not read I found myself longing for footnotes about what books the full story of some of the events could be found in I m guessing the book about Darth Maul is one of them The amount of summary in the latter third of the book does slow the story down and make it seem less interesting I was surprised that Plagueis and Palpatine were not responsible for the Force conception of Anakin Skywalker, especially since Plagueis was working on that very subject I was also surprised that Plagueis was not assassinated by Palpatine until almost the end of the events of The Phantom Menace film So Plagueis had knowledge of Anakin and was startled by his appearance as a harbinger of doom for all his plans One of my least favorite things about Darth Plagueis was the amount of typos and errors I found in the text Shame on you, editors But a Goodreads reader of this review did point out to me that one of the errors I found was actually not one They really did mean Bail Antilles and not Bail Organa, as I thought Two Senators named Bail from Alderaan at the same time Wow, that s not confusing at ALL Sheesh.Though Darth Plagueis is not at all action packed, it is a subtle novel about Machiavellian manipulation in the Star Wars universe If you ever wondered how Emperor Palpatine came to power, this book will give you many of the dark secrets that gave rise to his tyrannical reign


  7. says:

    A prequel to the prequels That s the description to this book James Luceno does a good job at creating the character of Darth Sidious that is in the movies through his life and how the whole entire movies started It s great to see how everything becomes connected between the prequel movies and the original trilogy How the whole Sith plan was furnished on two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy I m glad that George Lucas had approved of the backstory of Plagueis in this book The last A prequel to the prequels That s the description to this book James Luceno does a good job at creating the character of Darth Sidious that is in the movies through his life and how the whole entire movies started It s great to see how everything becomes connected between the prequel movies and the original trilogy How the whole Sith plan was furnished on two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy I m glad that George Lucas had approved of the backstory of Plagueis in this book The last time he had done it for another epic book was the Thrawn series Make no mistake there is a TON of references of other books, movies, and the TV series in this book And as I had said before, almost everything in the movies and books are all interconnected by a web that these two Sith and Qui Gon had unintentionally created As a SW nerd, I m pleased with this book I could say for a fact that whenever I spotted a reference, even a minuscule one, I would get all jittery with excitement I would like to contradict on what other people say that this book answers TOO many questions that have been asked This is what this book is for The question if Darth Maul survived has been answered by the TV series What Darth Maul will do, will be answered in time There are plenty of others as well, but if you re an original trilogy fan, and hate the prequels, then please don t respond negatively to this book It s a great book and deserves respect for having to making the origin of Darth Sidious and the sith from the movies This ain t how you thought of Star Wars this is how George Lucas thought of Star Wars


  8. says:

    Darth Plaguies was one of the characters in the star wars universe that had really peaked my interest ever since his all to brief mention in Episode 3, and this book gives me all the detail I want about the character leading right up to a certain point of the Star Wars saga I m not saying what part so is not to spoil anything What s interesting is that in may ways I actually found Sidious to be the farinteresting character in this book, from his introduction all the way up to the conclus Darth Plaguies was one of the characters in the star wars universe that had really peaked my interest ever since his all to brief mention in Episode 3, and this book gives me all the detail I want about the character leading right up to a certain point of the Star Wars saga I m not saying what part so is not to spoil anything What s interesting is that in may ways I actually found Sidious to be the farinteresting character in this book, from his introduction all the way up to the conclusion That is not to say that Plagueis isn t a great character but at least in my opinion he wasn t even the focal point of the book None of this stops the book from being enjoyable, interesting and absolutely essential for those who are fans of the Star Wars saga The timeline that this book spans alone should really make this required reading, especially if you have somehow not seen Episode 1 read this first than check out the movie, it adds so much to the movie that could easily be seen as a weak entry into Star Wars lore


  9. says:

    Upon finishing this book I have read only two Star Wars novels, but can say from my limited experience in Star Wars literature that this may be the book by which many after will be judged You definitely get the impression that James Luceno did his homework here, because his command of the universe seems seamless and nearly infinite There are so many good descriptions and accurate references inferences to events that add to the overall enjoyability of this book I wanted to read this title beca Upon finishing this book I have read only two Star Wars novels, but can say from my limited experience in Star Wars literature that this may be the book by which many after will be judged You definitely get the impression that James Luceno did his homework here, because his command of the universe seems seamless and nearly infinite There are so many good descriptions and accurate references inferences to events that add to the overall enjoyability of this book I wanted to read this title because not only was I interested in Palpatine s backstory, I wanted to know the Sith that bred him and seemed to command the most biological knowledge of the force I definitely wasn t disappointed Luceno paints a picture of a very intelligent, level headed and pragmatic Darth Plagueis who is less apt to act on inward emotion and rage as many Sith we have seen in film Plagueis is also well detailed as one that has all sorts of knowledge as a result of endless research and experiments on living beings with midichlorians The back story of Palpatine was also interesting and brings new light to the character we ve all seen as the already capable supreme chancellor and dark emperor Sidious.Overall I thought this a really good and very descriptive read It was an easy read, but not overly easy to where you felt you were reading a Star Wars book meant for minors My main criticism is that there was an overwhelming number of characters at play and it was hard to follow who was who at times Even still, after reading it I feel as if I know not justabout the characters involved, but about Star Wars in general I highly recommend you re watch The Phantom Menace after finishing this book It overlaps events in that film, and it is a muchenjoyable movie with this back story You can even place Plagueis whereabouts in the film between scenes This book will make me view the films not just Phantom Menace in a different andfully realized light I would have given this one 4.5 stars if possible but I will give it the benefit of the doubt at 5 due to the solid research, dedication and execution you can tell the author put forth here


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    This may be controversial to those who think that Darth Plagueis heralded a glorious bright spot in the latter day of the Extended Universe but it s not that great True, it indeed raises itself above the morass of churned out, 200 pages in hardback, simply forgettable novels that were really plaguing the EU towards the end Darth Plagueis is fresh and interesting and stands out enough that you won t forget which one it was It s a genuinely decent read It s just not a great read.After all the This may be controversial to those who think that Darth Plagueis heralded a glorious bright spot in the latter day of the Extended Universe but it s not that great True, it indeed raises itself above the morass of churned out, 200 pages in hardback, simply forgettable novels that were really plaguing the EU towards the end Darth Plagueis is fresh and interesting and stands out enough that you won t forget which one it was It s a genuinely decent read It s just not a great read.After all these years, we still know so little about the Sith at least compared to the Jedi Believe it or not, it s hard for people to knowingly embrace being evil all the time It takes a pretty sustained effort So are the Sith just fooling themselves into thinking they re in the right If not, how do they overcome that pesky innate impulse to goodness What are their techniques, their ways and rituals, their supposed knowledge and wisdom that strengthen their resolve and convince them that the Jedi have it wrong Seriously, they must have these things otherwise what s the point This is the kind of thing I ve idly wondered about for years, ever since becoming immersed in the world of Star Wars It s a critical collection of questions because the Jedi Sith conflict, the dual nature of the light side and the dark side, defines the tale of Star Wars Let me just say that after reading hundreds of book in the EU, I am none the wiser Some characters say the Force has no sides , it s how you use it Other characters rubbish that and stick to the dark side light side view Some characters talk about succumbing to the dark side, other characters talk about controlling the Force itself as something almost tangible Every Sith novel that comes out offers a tiny snippet of ritual but never actually answers the key questions definitively And I suspect they never will In that respect, Darth Plagueis offers nothing new.But still, I keep getting suckered into these things because dammit I want answers Plus, the allure of finally discovering the deep dark history of a major character Palpatine himself was a huge lure The novel does fairly well on that front Everything is set up, everything is put into place and the events of pretty much everything that follows, chronologically, is explained and featured here There s even Armand Isard and Sate Pestage and Kinman Doriana But that s kind of the book s weakness as well as its strength It offers a pretty good overview of exactly what was going on behind the scenes and what the Grand Plan was, and it reads like a detailed history book of the events of the period But it s too good Everything has been so meticulously retconned that it s unbelievable Jabba the Hutt He was working for Plagueis Gardulla the Hutt creating podracing events on Tatooine Plagueis Dooku s leaving the Jedi Order Plagueis Sifo Dyas placing the order for the clone army Plagueis And how convenient too that Plagueis should have been incredibly rich, and that his master, Tenebrous, should have been a starship designer Come on now Leave some stuff down to the forces of chaos and chance, Mr Luceno Sometimes a smalltime Hutt gangster is just a smalltime Hutt gangster As for Sifo Dyas, I always just figured that was a really unimaginative alias for Sidious placing the order in disguise You don t need to overcomplicate it You don t need to have Plagueis come in and actually manipulate the Jedi Master over a period of decades to prompt the placing of the clone order Just kill the Jedi and fake the order Simple But rather than follow simple logic, the book engages in making everything convoluted and interconnected, I guess to try and make Plagueis look like a master of his craft This is boring though the story lacks excitement with the outcome so assured Bribing people to do whatever is required for the Sith Grand Plan Not a problem Pushing politicians about to do whatever he wants Plagueis doesn t even have to lift a finger Heck, windfalls just keep falling into his lap like gifts from the Force sorry, no, that s wrong, I meant to say Because the story needs them to in order for the movies to happen.I admit I am being harsh in my criticism It s a pretty interesting read if you read it as a history rather than an exciting tale It fleshes out a lot of previously mysterious areas It just does it a little too perfectly to be plausible Case in point is Palpatine The book dodges out of telling us his first name under some silly pretext that he has rejected his given name and simply wishes to be known forever by his family name Urgh The convenience is physically painful And if you were looking for a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the Sith look elsewhere The novel touches on Plagueis experiments with midi chlorians but it never delves into them in depth or leads us to any conclusions Most of the book is taken up with the mundane and practical matters of executing the Grand Plan, with almost no insight into the Sith philosophy The closest we get is chapters 12 and 13 in which snatches of Palpatine s training outline some of Plagueis lessons or views regarding the Sith and the Force I wish we d hadof this stuff Andemotion, to boot Plagueis and Palpatine, for the most part go about executing their plan with the utmost cool and collectedness Those that join them seem to have no qualms whatsoever Yeah, I ll work for the Sith No biggie This feels decidedly odd.I should explain that in the absence of actual solid answers about the Sith way, I have a hypothesis that much of what occurs in a Sith s tale should be driven by high drama and emotion Much of the draw towards these characters, for fans, is not so much the intimidation of them which quickly wears off with familiarity , but the question of their motivations and just how it is they stick to the life they do To make them truly scary and delve into that fascination of fans, I firmly believe that the lives of the Sith are chock full of high drama, emotion, and tragedy Events spiralling out of control and their instinctive terrible reaction that drags the individual, kicking and screaming, into a place where they feel completely trapped, and thus prompted into perpetrating everdubious deeds in horrified desperation Now that s what makes for a great story How scary, to be a good person caught up in the tides of seemingly unstoppable horror and tragedy, and what you might do to survive How heart wrenching and gripping to watch such a person make poor decision after poor decision, never realising that they had other options This is always what made Palpatine such a compelling Emperor The Palpatine of the original trilogy was a master manipulator and always knew with sickening accuracy exactly where to jab He didn t care about his own life if it meant the perpetuating of his evil He made other people feel like they were caught up on that tide of their own desperation and fear and that they had no choices available to them We learn a lot about Palpatine and about Darth Plagueis in this book, but every step they take down the path of the dark side is so calm and poised Where is the horror and the fear Where is the book s dark heart 6 out of 10

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