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All Sith are enamored with the idea of immortality, and Darth Scabrous is no different. However, when he attempts to use the powers of the Murakami orchid for his own dastardly purposes, he unknowingly unleashes a virus powerful enough to raise the dead from their eternal slumber. Trapped with the growing horde of undead Sith students in the Odacer-Faustin Sith Academy, kidnapped Padawan Hestizo Trace and the Whiphid bounty hunter Tukh must find a way to stop Darth Scabrous, eliminate the virus, and somehow manage to escape with their own lives.
The era of the Old Republic is a dark and dangerous time, as Jedi Knights valiantly battle the Sith Lords and their ruthless armies. But the Sith have disturbing plans—and none more so than the fulfillment of Darth Scabrous’s fanatical dream, which is about to become nightmarish reality.
Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps—young Jedi whose abilities have not proved up to snuff—Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. Suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous. For the rare black orchid that she has nurtured and bonded with is the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire.
But at the heart of the formula is a never-before-seen virus that’s worse than fatal—it doesn’t just kill, it transforms. Now the rotting, ravenous dead are rising, driven by a bloodthirsty hunger for all things living—and commanded by a Sith Master with an insatiable lust for power and the ultimate prize: immortality . . . no matter the cost.
The prequel to Death Troopers is another gory Star Wars/horror mashup from Joe Schreiber. This time, the sickness overtakes a Sith Academy during the Old Republic era. This book shows just how dark the dark side can get, with a Sith headmaster who is obsessed with everlasting life, and even a zombified Tauntaun! The Jedi and bounty hunter characters are fun to root for while you hide under the covers with the lights on. It’s both similar and different from Death Troopers, which isn’t always a good thing. The biggest drawback for me is its lack of familiar Star Wars characters, but Schreiber created some excellent original characters for the novel. These include a Sith Lord obsessed with eternal life, a young Jedi student in way over her head, and a Whiphid bounty hunter on the grayer side of the morality scale. All in all, I thought this was a worthy prequel to one of the most delightfully different Star Wars novels to hit the shelves.