Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
Star Wars

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11 Critic Reviews

It is little surprise...that Luceno was also trusted to do justice to the legend of Plagueis the Wis...Just as it is no surprise that Luceno, once again, succeeds.
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Synopsis

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?

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
 

About James Luceno

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Paul S. Kemp is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Star Wars: Crosscurrent, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, and Star Wars: Riptide, as well as nine Forgotten Realms fantasy novels and many short stories. Paul S. Kemp lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife, children, and a couple of cats.  Karen Traviss is a science fiction author and full-time novelist from Wiltshire, England. Originally from the Portsmouth area, Traviss is a graduate of the Clarion science fiction and fantasy workshop. Her first published novels include City of Pearl and its five sequels: Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge.  James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, and Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He lives with his wife and youngest child in Annapolis, Maryland.  Joe Schreiber is the author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, Eat the Dark, and No Doors, No Windows. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and two young children.  Matthew Stover is perhaps best known for his four Star Wars novels, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor; Star Wars: Shatterpoint; Star Wars: Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor; and the novelization of the movie Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. He has also written several fantasy novels, including Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, and four science fiction/fantasy stories featuring a hero named Caine.  Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars X-Wing novels, as well as a number of other titles in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe, including the New Jedi Order: Dark Tide novels Onslaught and Ruin. He lives in Arizona with Liz Danforth and a small pack of Cardigan Welsh corgis.  Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for best novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels, of which there are more than four million copies in print. Zahn lives with his family on the Oregon coast.  R. A. Salvatore, is a fantasy author best known for The DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms novels, and Vector Prime, the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. He has sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the USA alone, and over twenty of his titles have been New York Times bestsellers. R. A. Salvatore resides with his wife, Diane, in his native state of Massachusetts.  Aaron Allston is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi books Conviction, Outcast, and Backlash; the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels Betrayal, Exile, and Fury; the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines adventures Rebel Dream and Rebel Stand; novels in the popular Star Wars X-Wing series, including Mercy Kill; and the Doc Sidhe novels. He is also a longtime game designer and in 2006 was inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) Hall of Fame. He lives in Central Texas.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Del Rey. 498 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Darth Plagueis
All: 11 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
on Dec 27 2011

With increasingly smaller niches to explore, Star Wars novels need to find new approaches to the same material, something Luceno is unable to achieve here.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jan 19 2012

I cannot recommend this novel enough for how much it shades everything we know about the Star Wars saga...as well as the general galaxy of long ago and far, far away.

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Suite 101

Above average
on Mar 18 2012

...it maybe should have been named "The Rise of Palpatine" instead of "Darth Plagues"...once Palpatine is introduced, his rise to power in both the Dark Side and the Senate takes precedent in the story.

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Tor

Excellent
on Dec 14 2011

Prepare to be shocked and to have your eyes opened. If you read the Star Wars Extended Universe for the meticulous backstory it often provides, this book will thrill you.

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SFX

Below average
on Jan 20 2012

Luceno is gifted at describing the worlds and denizens of the Star Wars universe, but his early chapters are pretty plotless.

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Roqoo Depot

Excellent
on Jan 10 2012

...Darth Plagueis was a killer read and it really brings a lot of new dimensions to the Prequel Trilogy. This is a novel that I could re-read once a month and still come away with something new from it.

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Roqoo Depot

Below average

if you’re looking for a thrilling Star Wars novel, this isn’t the book you’re looking for.

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Fangirl

Good

It is little surprise...that Luceno was also trusted to do justice to the legend of Plagueis the Wis...Just as it is no surprise that Luceno, once again, succeeds.

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SciFiNow

Below average
on Feb 12 2012

... if you still have an itch of disappointment regarding the prequel trilogy, then James Luceno is less an author, and more a guy in a pub apologising for his drunk mate that just spilt his drink down your shirt.

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EUCantina.net

Excellent
on Jan 10 2012

Luceno’s latest novel will go down in history as one of the best entries to the Expanded Universe, hands down.

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EUCantina.net

Excellent
on Jan 03 2012

...Darth Plagueis is one heck of a ride. The ramifications of this book have a profound impact on the entire saga we know and love.

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