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Darth Plagueis (Star Wars Legends)

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“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 I
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Lucas Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chad I agree 100% but what I keep reading is that it had something to do with the timing. Meaning all things prior 2014 would be considered Legends,…moreI agree 100% but what I keep reading is that it had something to do with the timing. Meaning all things prior 2014 would be considered Legends, excluding the movies and The Clone Wars animated Tv show. (less)
Chad This book is one that should be apart of the new canon but unfortunately it did not make the cut because of the time set forth by the LucasFilm Story…moreThis book is one that should be apart of the new canon but unfortunately it did not make the cut because of the time set forth by the LucasFilm Story Group. (less)

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Misleading, the Dark Side of the Force, is.

This is a novel (part of what is known nowadays as "Legends" in the Star Wars novel series, in other words, non-canonical anymore) featuring the events of the life of Darth Plagueis and his apprentice Darth Sidious.


Honestly, it was odd that the book was titled Darth Plagueis since while indeed the events begin with him as "main character", once Palpatine (eventually aka Darth Sidious) comes into the story, Plagueis got less and less r
Jun 05, 2012 Jake rated it it was ok
Perhaps my favorite scene in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the one where Palpatine entices Anakin toward the dark side by recounting the story of Darth Plagueis—a Sith Lord who manipulates the Force in an effort to become immortal. I love the scene in part because it focuses on personal relationships as opposed to bureaucratic procedure. It also emanates with the most spiritual strains of Jedi and Sith lore. So when I saw a new Star Wars novel titled Darth Plagueis, I snatched it ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
A very enjoyable and entertaining Star Wars novel.

Less solicitous reviewers might call this filler, and while that would be callous but somewhat accurate, author James Luceno has captured the essence of Lucas’ duality of the Force, between the light and the dark. When this is at its best it is an exploration of the similarities and distinctions between Jedi and Sith.

Darth Plagueis was Darth Sidious’ / Emperor / Senator Palpatine’s Sith master. An alien Muun, who might resemble a somber and elong
Crystal Starr Light
"sentient life is meant to evolve, not simply languish in contended stasis"

NOTE: I received this book from the Amazon Vine Program.

The time has come for the Sith to reveal themselves, to step away from the Rule of Two setup by Darth Bane many years ago. Darth Plagueis emerges and, with the assistance of his apprentice, Darth Sidious, begins the final steps to the destruction of the Republic and the Jedi.

I have some wonderful news! After SIX MONTHS of reading this book, I have finally finished it
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Dec 12, 2011 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
Apparently this Star Wars novel had been highly anticipated since its announcement years ago, and I had no idea until after I finished it and decided to look it up. Now that I've read it, I guess I can see why. Darth Plagueis is probably worth reading simply if for no other reason other than how "canon" it is, if you're a big Star Wars fan. I heard that the author worked really closely with LucasFilms to get it just right. And yes, I did find that it explained a lot about the events of the prequ ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
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Eric Krause
May 16, 2012 Eric Krause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book if for no other reason than I learned so much of the history of what took place before Episode 1 (as well as plenty of things that fed right into Episode 2). I'm not one of those fans who hates the prequel trilogy, so I enjoyed learning more about things such as the blockade of Naboo, among other things. All I knew about Darth Plagueis before I read (or, more appropriately, listened to) this book was that Darth Sidious mentioned him in Episode 3 to Anakin about how the deceased ...more
May 12, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Darth Plaguies was one of the characters in the star wars universe that had really peaked my interest ever since his all to brief mention in Episode 3, and this book gives me all the detail I want about the character leading right up to a certain point of the Star Wars saga (I'm not saying what part so is not to spoil anything. What's interesting is that in may ways I actually found Sidious to be the far more interesting character in this book, from his introduction all the way up to the conclus ...more
May 17, 2012 Samuel rated it it was amazing
A prequel to the prequels. That's the description to this book. James Luceno does a good job at creating the character of Darth Sidious that is in the movies through his life and how the whole entire movies started. It's great to see how everything becomes connected between the prequel movies and the original trilogy. How the whole Sith plan was furnished on two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy.

I'm glad that George Lucas had approved of the backstory of Plagueis in this book. The last
Jan 14, 2012 Doppelganger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Upon finishing this book I have read only two Star Wars novels, but can say from my limited experience in Star Wars literature that this may be the book by which many after will be judged. You definitely get the impression that James Luceno did his homework here, because his command of the universe seems seamless and nearly infinite. There are so many good descriptions and accurate references/inferences to events that add to the overall enjoyability of this book. I wanted to read this title beca ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
James Luceno weaves a tale of the Dark Side of the Force from 67 years before the Battle of Yavin through the Battle of Naboo.

To be completely candid, only fairly serious fans of Star Wars will "get this" - everyone else won't be very successful in making sense of what's going on.

I won't give away any books spoilers, but what I will say is that if you've wondered about the origins of Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Nute Gunray, and Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, as well as how
Quinn Rollins
Feb 06, 2012 Quinn Rollins rated it really liked it
Toward the middle of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker attend the opera. Evidently “opera” in Star Wars involves giant soap bubbles and extended bass notes. As they’re sitting in Palpatine’s box seats, the old man tells Anakin a tale about Darth Plagueis. It’s a bit of bait to nudge Anakin closer to the dark side, with Palpatine telling him that Plagueis found a way to extend life and avoid death. Since this loss is what Anakin fears most, it’s ...more
Brad Wheeler
Jan 25, 2012 Brad Wheeler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, star-wars
Throughout the extremely uneven history of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, certain authors have occasionally taken it upon themselves to write novels that are, at least in part, lengthy retcons of areas of the canon that have become confused or conflicting (e.g. I, Jedi, or The Death Star). Darth Plagueis does a fair bit of retconning, but beyond that, it's a Star Wars novel that's actually good as a novel, not just a Star Wars story.

The entire novel is told through the viewpoint of the eponymo
Oct 01, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Darth Plagueists
Ahh, Darth Plagueis the Wise 0.00000001%er...Your book was so much more interesting over the first two thirds when the author did not have to flex and contort all plausibility in service of the bat guano crazy plotting of Dear Uncle George's prequels trilogy.

Plagueis himself made for a very intriguing, deep-scheming villain- merciless and inhumane, yes, but also intelligent and subtle. I would've been perfectly satisfied if the book had ended with the completion of his "seduction" of young Palpa
Lance Shadow
Jul 29, 2016 Lance Shadow rated it really liked it
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Dec 17, 2016 Iset rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This may be controversial to those who think that Darth Plagueis heralded a glorious bright spot in the latter day of the Extended Universe… but it’s not that great. True, it indeed raises itself above the morass of churned out, 200-pages-in-hardback, simply forgettable novels that were really plaguing the EU towards the end. Darth Plagueis is fresh and interesting and stands out enough that you won’t forget which one it was. It’s a genuinely decent read. It’s just not a great read.

After all the
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 22, 2017 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This sails a bit close to the wind for me. Not only does much of the plot unfold simultaneously with "The Phantom Meance", it's also dipping into the same overload of politics and economics that drowned that film in mediocrity. The only saving grace in this case is that James Luceno is a far better writer than George Lucas...but even Luceno can only do so much with this type of material. It just gets in the way of the more interesting story of between Plagueis & Palpatine, and when the novel ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, audiobooks
Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who was so wise and so powerful that he could influence the midichloreans to create life. He had such a knowledge of the Dark Side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is one of the best Star Wars books that I've read. Period. I could stop writing now, and that's all you'd need to know. But since it's me, I'll go a little deeper.

Darth Plagueis follows the title character and his nefarious dealings througho
Feb 07, 2016 Ron rated it really liked it
“No true Sith cares about another.”

A worthy addition to the Expanded Universe. No, not four stars on any absolute scale of literary merit. (Is such a thing possible?) But certainly better conceived and executed than most Star Wars EU books. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis joins many threads from the EU into the canon of Star War orthodoxy (the movies).

“We stalk the Force like hunters, rather than surrender like prey to its enigmatic whims.”

Don’t let the title fool you, this book is mostly about Palpat
George Trello
Jan 29, 2012 George Trello rated it it was amazing
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Dr. Andrew Higgins
Sep 19, 2015 Dr. Andrew Higgins rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant Star Wars novel which - as some of the story line is mentioned by Palpatine in Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith is now considered canon but also has elements that have now (thanks to Disney) been shifted into the legendary category (the vexed matter of what is canon!). No matter - this is a brilliant cracking story which focuses on how Palpatine was drawn to the Dark Side of the Force by his master Darth Plagueis to become the hooded Darth Sidious and doomed Emperor. Behi
Mike McDevitt
Apr 02, 2012 Mike McDevitt rated it liked it
Don't misunderstand. This is a very good Star Wars book. I can't give it 4 stars because it officially crushed my personal theory of Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious' backstory.

I thought he was a thousand year old sorceror-ghoul cloaked in the guise of a middle-aged man. Now he officially was a middle-aged man with some limited magic powers. I thought the Grand Design of the Evil Sith was a plan ten centuries in the making, culminating in the creation of The Chosen One to bring down the arrogant
Alexander Draganov
Jul 10, 2011 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
"Star Wars: Darth Plagueis" for me is the biggest event in the saga since the release of Episode III. After years of waiting, this novel finally reveals the origins of the legendary Emperor Palpatine, as well as the legend of his master, Darth Plagueis the Wise. More important, it does it well. I know that many fans dislike the truth behind the mask of Darth Vader - that he once was a lovesick emotional teenager. I am not among them, but I can tell them - relax. Palpatine is as evil as a man can ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Mphecker rated it liked it
I decided to read this novel after multiple sources stated that Luceno's story of Darth Plagueis and the transformation of Palpatine into Darth Sidious did not portray the future Emperor in a more heroic light, as the prequel movies did with Darth Vader. Though I enjoyed the novel's first two sections, the final third of the novel became so overflowing with references to other Star Wars novels that I found myself losing interest. Instead of reading about Darth Plagueis, the last third of the nov ...more
Christian Smith
Sep 19, 2016 Christian Smith rated it liked it
"Though an extremely slow and politically filled start, the end product really makes you understand the prequel's more than ever before."
Feb 27, 2012 Elliott rated it it was amazing
When I happened across Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno in a Wal-Mart earlier this year I very nearly exploded with joy. I had heard of Mr. Luceno’s work before but never had the chance to read any of it, and I was not disappointed. Luceno has such a firm grasp on the lore of the Star Wars universe that this story just fits perfectly with the movies. Names and places; things that only a true Star Wars fan would know pop up at regular intervals, and it only adds to this books greatness.
Nathan Marchand
May 18, 2015 Nathan Marchand rated it really liked it
For a Star Wars book there is very little Lightsaber duels or space battles but that is not the purpose of this book. Instead this is about political & corporate intrigue, corruption and subterfuge.

For a thousand years the Sith have worked in secret to fulfill "The Grand Plan" to collapse the corrupt Republic and misguided Jedi.

Now Darth Plagueis is ready to fulfill the plan but he has also been experimenting on extending life so he can rule forever. But in order to accomplish both he must
Dec 15, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno is yet another novel taking place in the confused and cliche ridden universe of the popular Star Wars movies. The novel will be sure to please adolescents who have yet to develop critical reading skills and adults (like this reviewer) who would equate reading the latest Star Wars novels to an embarrassing rash it would be best not tell your family and friends about.

The obvious aim of the novel is to fill in the faux mythological world of the Sith (the b
Sailor Figment
Jun 05, 2012 Sailor Figment rated it liked it
I was greatly looking forward to this book after learning it was being written. With Plagueis' brief mention in Episode III, I was curious whether Anakin really had any hope of saving Padame'.

The story starts with Plagueis killing his master (almost as an afterthought), then takes the reader through his manipulations as part of the Intergalactic Banking Clan. He finally meets and ‘befriends’ Palpatine and then spends many pages spouting Sith doctrine. I know Luceno is doing this so the reader le
Dec 07, 2015 Kkeeleart rated it liked it
The problem is I read the premise, looked at the cover, and watched the scene from Revenge of the Sith where Palpatine tells the story of Darth Plagueis and I had a different story in my head than what this turned out to be. I'd imagined this book following Darth Plagueis as he traveled to ancient Sith ruins and played 'Frankenstein' on life forms and researched old dark side texts to uncover lost secrets of the force. There's some of that, but what we mostly get instead is a book about the orig ...more
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