Legends
Adult Novel

Darth Plagueis

By
James Luceno
Released
Jan 10, 2012
Artwork by
Narrated by
Daniel Davis
Takes place in
67 BBY - 32 BBY
In the
Rise of the Sith
era
Part of the
Collects
Very Good
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A complex, dense story that provides an abundant amount of lore to the Star Wars mythos and delivers a more than satisfying payoff.
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Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It's a sprawling tale that establishes several important origin stories for characters fans know well. Readers learn how Plagueis seduced Palpatine to the dark side and how their alliance led to the Sith apprentice’s ultimate betrayal of his master. This is how darkness truly began to rise.

Publisher's Summary

Darth Plagueis: Like all Sith Lords before him, he craves absolute power. But like no Sith Lord ever, he possesses the ultimate power—over life and death.

Darth Sidious: In secret he masters the power of the dark side, while publicly climbing to the highest government office.

One desires to rule supreme; the other dreams of living forever. Together, they will destroy the Jedi and rule the galaxy. Unless merciless Sith tradition becomes their undoing. . . .

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A complex, dense story that provides an abundant amount of lore to the Star Wars mythos and delivers a more than satisfying payoff.
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Charles Hanckel - Darth Plagueis - Adult Novel
Charles Hanckel
Vice President, Podcast Department Coordinator, Podcast Host
Reading Darth Plagueis is a "crossing the threshold" moment for any Star Wars EU fan. It is an absolutely astonishing story that weaves elements from all across the saga together, answering questions you never realized you had. That being said, it's dense. Don't pick this book up for some light reading on the beach. However, those who make it to the end will be rewarded will one of the richest stories the EU has to offer.
Eric Eilersen - Darth Plagueis - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
President
While Darth Plagueis brilliantly expands the legend of Palpatine and immense power of his Muun master, the plot and flow of the novel sometimes suffers in favor of overly complex plot and overwhelming density. I love discovering the machinations of the Force as much as the next person, but Plagueis seems to cover an intense amount of fascinating myth exploration beneath an exorbitant amount of political power play that ultimately leaves me mentally exhausted after maybe fifteen pages. This book is a worthwhile marathon, but it takes quite a while to reach that finish line.
Andrew Bell - Darth Plagueis - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
Video Department Coordinator
This book was dense. It was intricate. It was heavy. And it was fantastic. Luceno accomplished something with this book that I didn't think was possible. He made Palpatine an interesting character and pieced together some of the more head-scratching information gaps in the prequels, and at the same time crafting a uniquely sinister Sith Lord from scratch. While I wouldn't recommend this book to someone just getting started in the EU, I consider it to be a must-read for all EU veterans.

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