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Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis ranked 4th place in the science fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012! Link

I believe James Luceno wrote a masterpiece here, and think its ranking is well deserved. Of course, I would rather it be first on the list! If you want a more detailed opinion of the book, click on the links to our reviews below.

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Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Review: Darth Plagueis by Andrew
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover
Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Review: Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis

Author: James Luceno

Release Date: January 2012

Darth Plagueis is my favorite EU novel. That’s not an overstatement. I’ve never read a novel like it. There’s been a lot written on this novel already, and rightfully so. The anticipation has been building for this novel for years now, and rightfully so. Unlike any other novel, Plagueis actually enhances the films. I dare anyone to watch the prequels the same way after reading this novel. Luceno has long been known as one of the best writers working in the EU and he more than lives up to that reputation with Darth Plagueis.

I hate spoilers in reviews, and will try to avoid them in this review. Plus, the book has been out for over a month now, so I’m assuming that a lot of the major plot points are known by now. The novel is very political oriented, consisting of lots of deals, conversations about the Sith’s plan, etc. This is a nice change of pace for the EU. It’s great getting to read about Palpatine’s early years as well. The menace, the darkness of Palpatine is there even in his early years. He’s always been a compelling character, but I never really realized how fascinating he was until this novel. Here we see Palpatine as he really is. The information on the events surrounding Episode One is wonderful. Reading about what was going on behind the action of the films helps to enhance the standing of that film. When I went to see the film in 3D last week it was all but impossible to think of the novel.

And what about the character of Darth Plagueis? The importance of this character in the Star Wars universe is incalculable. He was everything that I had hoped for. He is dark, thoughtful and worthy of the legend that surrounds him. He is one of the most interesting characters to appear in the EU.

This is a short review, I know, but I don’t want to ruin the novel by going into too much detail. This novel is a fans novel. Talking about it too much might spoil it. My advice to everyone is run, don’t walk, to a bookstore and pick this up. This is one of the best novels to have emerged from the EU. It’s an engaging novel that will not only change the way you watch the prequels, but also the way that you think of the Star Wars universe as a whole.

SEE ALSO:
Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction
Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover
Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS

(NON SPOILER REVIEW)

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis “the wise”?

The above is the question heard around our world. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith answered many questions we had about the Saga, but left us wondering and perhaps fascinated about this new character, Darth Plagueis. We had precious little info given to us, but what was said, though likely twisted to suit the needs of Palpatine’s listener, left most of us yearning for more.

Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who lived many years ago. He was so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life… He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

Whoa, hold on a second. Did he just totally undermine our thinking in regards to Anakin’s creation? Is it possible that Anakin was brought forth because of the Sith? And did Anakin finally discover how to save Padme from death? Wait, this is Palpatine talking, who we know is a Sith. He has to be lying.

The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.

We heard this powerful statement at the beginning of the Revenge of the Sith theatrical trailer as well. I think most of us then realized that this movie would deepen our understanding of the Dark Side, and would likely make some in the audience uncomfortable in the process. In the first two prequel episodes, Palpatine used his influence covertly upon his prey; now he seemed to be brutally honest about his secret lineage.

He became so powerful… the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, and then one night, his apprentice killed him in his sleep. It’s ironic that he could save others from death, but not himself.

The look on his face looked so genuine, so satisfying. I know it convinced me that he was speaking some truth, and I began to conclude that he was referring to his master, his actions.

Is it possible to learn this power?

Not from a Jedi.

As it turns out, we would have to wait nearly seven years and endure one cancellation before the opportunity to learn more on a larger scale was available. That day is now upon us, in the form of Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, written by James Luceno.

That’s right: New York Times best-selling author James Luceno is back, and in my opinion is better than ever. What we now have before us is a novel that is absolutely delicious and satisfying. Admittedly, Darth Plagueis is more talk than action, but it is far from boring. It is extremely informative. Luceno does a masterful job in including scores of previous Expanded Universe content; this novel is a virtual big-city highway junction of references. The action that is contained in this novel, however, does not disappoint, as it rivals the somewhat mature content found in the Darth Bane trilogy written by Drew Karpyshyn in its detail and content.

Were you entertained and intrigued by Luceno’s 2001 novel Cloak of Deception? Then you are in for a serious treat. Luceno takes the term “political thriller” to a whole new level and executes it to perfection in Darth Plagueis. Lastly, James Luceno gives us rich back-stories for several characters, including the obvious: Plagueis, Palpatine, Darth Maul, but also some you may not have been expecting, including Count Dooku and Sifo-Dyas.

In short, Darth Plagueis more than deserves the title “highly anticipated”. It delivers on a scale rarely seen in the Expanded Universe. Hold on tight, you are in for the ride of your life. Now, read on for a more detailed review of the book.

(END NON SPOILER REVIEW)
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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt

Want more Darth Plagueis? Random House has posted an audio excerpt!

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SEE ALSO:
Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction
Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Review: Darth Plagueis by Andrew
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover
Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover

Suvudu has posted the back cover from the upcoming Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, due out next year.

SEE ALSO:
Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction
Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Review: Darth Plagueis by Andrew
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt
Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online

Random House has posted the blurb for Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, due to be released in hardcover on December 27, 2011.

He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived.
But could he be the only one who never died?

“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 Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Darth 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 death.

Darth 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 Emperor.

Darth 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?

SEE ALSO:
Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction
Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Review: Darth Plagueis by Andrew
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Cover Art

Author James Luceno delves into the secrets of the dark side to find out more about Darth Sidious and Darth Plagueis in a new hardcover novel, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, due out this winter.

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SEE ALSO:
Darth Plagueis Among the Best in 2012 Science Fiction
Review: DARTH PLAGUEIS by Bry Dean
Review: Darth Plagueis by Andrew
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Audio Excerpt
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Back Cover
Darth Plagueis Blurb Now Online

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