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Darth Plagueis

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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?
Publisher: New York : Lucasbooks, 2012
ISBN: 9780345511287
034551128X
Characteristics: 379 p. ; 25 cm

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EggsBennie88
Dec 09, 2019

This is very much a political thriller and gives great insight into the relationship between Palpatine and his master Darth Plagueis. It really has an mysterious, Illuminati “New World Order” feel to it in that no one in the galaxy has any idea Palpatine and Plageuis are shaping the future of the Galaxy in their own image.
I love a lot of political intrigue in my Star Wars but at times, I think Luceno tried plotting more than he could handle in this book. This could have been an 800-1000 page book easily. There was great thought and detail placed in the plot at the beginning of the book but the end seemed a little rushed. I really like Luceno’s writing overall. It’s very sophisticated. A bit dense at times but enjoyable nevertheless.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Star Wars and a good political thriller. A very smart and enjoyable book overall.

Fantastic read and a great prequel story to the Star Wars saga, though I dislike the slight cop-out at the end.

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BigEnglish
Jul 01, 2019

A good political thriller set within the Star Wars universe that portrays the rise of of Palptaine through the political ranks as well as the manipulation of various individuals and planets in order to enable the Sith to resurface.

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blue_hawk_930
Nov 05, 2017

I've decided to read every star wars book, starting with this one. Darth Plagueis is somewhat of a boring character, but the parts with young Palpatine were interesting.

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littlesusiemac
Jul 07, 2017

A very interesting read that gives insight into the rise and fall of Darth Plagueis, as well as how Darth Sidious and Darth Maul came to be. Slow at times, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

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Liam_leger
May 09, 2017

It's treason then

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ktfrost
Feb 12, 2017

Read a lot of Star Wars books. This is crap, waste of time. I went in with an open mind and speed read most of it to make it to the end. The whole book should be called Naboo Politics. It is like the New George Lucas trilogies, garbage.

There are a few interesting Sith history info, but not much. I would read Darth Bane Series and Lords of the Sith. Those are the best so far.

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

Like the Darth Bane trilogy, this had a lot of deaths. But unlike the Bane trilogy, there was a lot more to this book than just death. Readers follow Plagueis on his Midi-chlorian experiment journey and Palpatine on his rise through Star Wars politics. ( I sometimes wonder why James Luceno isn't a politician, because he makes the political talks and debates so fun to read about). Luceno brings up events that happen in other Star Wars books like Cloak of Deception and Shadow Hunter and I think that events from those books and this one combined fit well with Episode one. I thought that the parts where Sidious and Plagueis were training or talking about Sith parts was either weird, confusing, or gross. (Gross when they fought a group of primitive beings and started eating the heart of one of the fallen warriors). A lot of characters get mentions in this book like Jorus C'baoth, Exar Kun, and Komari Vosa, and I think that tries to help connect a lot of the books and video games together, which is pretty nice. So, Darth Plagueis sometimes feels a little long, and some stuff here can either messy or confusing, and the deaths are depressing, but I think everything that happens in this book just helps you understand how the Sith ingeniously crafted the fall of the Republic and the Jedi.

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Jamur1044
Jun 16, 2016

Lacking in the action typical of Star Wars EU novels. Enjoyable given the rise of Palpatine, but had the feeling the author had to jump ahead in the story in order to save pages.

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djayli
Nov 19, 2014

A must read to any fan of the Star Wars saga. Clearly ties in Events prior to the start of the movies. Amazing to watch the rise of the Sith from Oblivion.

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Liam_leger
Jun 08, 2017

PALPATINE: "I AM THE SENATE"

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

VERUNA: "Do you really believe that that little political upstart can unseat me? The daughter of mountain peasants?"
PALPATINE: "The crowd she has drawn seems to think so. "

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

"Everything my gaze falls on will be mine: these buildings, these monads, these statues I will have slagged, this airspace whose use I will restrict to the powerful, the penthouse in 500 Republica, this Senate..."-Palpatine.

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

"We're not living in an age of giants, Sidious. But to succeed we must become as beasts."-Darth Plagueis.

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

PLAGUEIS: "I don't gamble, Captain, unless I know that the odds of winning are on my side."
CAPTAIN LAH: "That's not gambling."

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 45); Plagueis thinking of his former master, Darth Tenebrous: “To we who live in the Force, normal life is little more than pretense. Our only actions of significance are those we undertake in service to the dark side.”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 92); Plagueis to Venamis: “The future of the Sith no longer hinges on physical prowess but on political cunning. The new Sith will rule less by brute force than by means of instilling fear.”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 140); Plagueis speaking to female staff member at an academic university student center: “I’m looking for a student named Palpatine.”…female staff member: “I know him”… Plagueis speaking to female staff member: “Do you know where I might find him just now? Is he perhaps attending a class?”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 150): Plagueis thinking to himself about Palpatine’s knack for tact: “There it was again, Plagueis thought: the deceptive cadence; the use of flattery, charm, and self-effacement as if rapier feints in a duel. The need to be seen as guileless, unassuming, empathetic. A youth with no desire to enter politics, and yet born for it.”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 192); Plagueis speaking to Palpatine: “Feel the power of the dark side flow through you…We serve nature’s purpose by culling the herd, and our own by sharpening our skills. We are the predatory swarm!”

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

Seth2468 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

X_andor_Who thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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amyhollister
Dec 17, 2012

amyhollister thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

Sexual Content: One small issue.

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

Violence: Not very common, but rare references to battles and Lightsaber deaths. Twice. small open battle in the book, [SPOILER] once, Lightsaber duel between Venamis and Plagueis, and later Plagueis is attack by assassins, but kills them with his bear hands.

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

Violence: Based upon words worded and one having to use their imagination, one could come across some very visceral, feral-like, fight scenes. -X; Who

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X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

Things I liked and stories I learned of: Sith student and Sith mentor-master relationships; Plagueis history and connection to the original George Lucas Star Wars films; the philosophy of the supposed dark side; the ascetic training to become a Sith; the thinking thoughts of Plaguies and Palpatine (Sidious); the author, Luceno, and his way of wording word flow; some political sessions were nice… like when Plagueis/Hego Damask was attending meetings with Jedi council members. They, Plagueis and Palpatine having to hide their dark sided force from the Jedi; the point of view from the Sith’s side (the dark side); the opening scene of the book where it looks like Plagueis is dead; finding out about Palpatine’s past and how he didn’t get along well with his father and how he was shipped around to different boarding schools; fight scenes were fun. Things I found to be interesting: The starting of the cloning facility and its functions to produce a clone army; Plagueis and his scientific research into the functioning of the force (the midichlorians); the Plagueis and Tenebrae relationship, (though it was relatively short in this book); hits put out on prominent members of the world by various factions. At times, I fell asleep while reading some passages as I found them to be boring, and those passages being: the descriptions of the structural cityscapes and of the planetary terrain; political sessions where parliamentary representatives would licentiously litigate their supposed cause thru their probably lying, forked tongues. Finally, the Sith seem to have noble natures; and in fact it would be nice if there really were more of a hybrid between Jedi and Sith to create a new class of philosophy. I think I heard someone mention something about there being such a thing in the book series. Overall, there really isn’t much distinction to as why personal paths go in different directions except that generally no one is around to help young force users to foster their eldritch powers. Tags Summary: plotting, meticulous, planning, politics, political power, political positioning, parliament, government, two faced, Janise faced, deception, dissension, perfidy, lattice laced lies, layers of lattice laced lies, ruse, schemes, hatching, force, dark side, double lives, training, philosophy, philosophers, science, academics, death, eternal, life, Jedi, monks, mendicant monks, Sith, Sith Lords, midichlorians, mastery, mind, mental mind mastery, awareness, awakening, killing, mass killings, honing, lightsabers, dangerous duels, deadly duels, planets, planetary system, skillful swordsmen, wielding weapons, diligence, spies, agenda, hidden, occultism, force users, sorcery, master magicians, wizards, warriors, coming of age, factions, affiliations, droid destruction, master, mentor, mentorship, student, disciple, trust, doubt, megalomaniac mentality, ascension, meditation, lineage, sith lineage, lore, backstory, lampshading past, destroying from within, hatred, animosity, enmity, abhor, emotions, stoism, ascetic, aesthetics, finances, financial institution, ethnic groups, aliens, amber eyes, fear, instill fear, Star Wars, Star Wars universe, George Lucas, darth, adroitness, creed, training hard pays off, red headed heroes Rating: 4.7/5.0; Xandor Who (The beginning of this review is contained within the comment section).

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