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Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise Of Darth Vader (Star Wars: The Dark Lord Trilogy #3)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,326 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Throughout the galaxy, it was believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker–the Chosen One–had died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some extent, that was true. Anakin was dead.

From the site of Anakin Skywalker’s last stand–on the molten surface of the planet Mustafar, where he sought to destroy his friend and former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi–a fearsome...more
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Published (first published November 3rd 2005)
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Chris
REVISED: 4/19/12

When you think about Darth Vader, many things come to mind. Dark Lord of the Sith. Bane of the Jedi. Throat-Crusher Supreme.

Emo?

No.

Of all my complaints about the new trilogy – and there are many – the biggest one has to do with how Anakin Skywalker was handled. I grew up loving Darth Vader. He was a vicious bastard, but by gods he was awesome about it. He was a hard-ass who inspired terror wherever he went, and he was a man who overcame insurmountable evils to ultimately redeem h...more
Crystal Starr Light
Several Jedi, including Roan Shryne and Olee Starstone, are fighting a fierce battle on Murkhana when Order 66 arrives. Commander Climber, the clone leader amongst the Jedi, defies orders and allows the Jedi to leave. The three Jedi must then leave the planet and flee to safety, avoiding Darth Vader and his wrath.
NOTE: Based on novel and audiobook.

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I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed this novel. If you've read my review for [[ASIN:0345442970 Cloak of Deception]], you learned how d...more
Greg
As a punishment I had to read this book. It is the only Star Wars novel I've ever read. It's possible that this book makes those crimes against my childhood that Lucas calls Episodes 1 through 3 look like masterpieces compared to this.

The saving bit that earned this book a star?

The author felt it was necessary to explain in detail how Darth Vader urinates and defecates. Yup, if you ever wondered how he does then this book will teach you that most secret of all Jedi tricks. If you are like me an...more
Kim
Did you know that Darth Vader is actually a whinging, emo sook? Neither did I until I read this book. I knew Anakin was pretty pathetic but I was hoping his transformation was the end of it. No it wasn't. He doesn't like his helmet or his prosthetic limbs or his gloves or sand. He thinks Palpatine is a big meanie. And so goes the first part of this book.

The other part revolves around Jedi Master Roan Shryne and his attempts to flee the Empire with a group of Padawans. It was interesting and serv...more
Ron
Mar 07, 2009 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
A necessary chapter in the expanded history of the Star Wars universe. While focused on Darth Vader's growing into his role as Sidious' apprentice and hatchet man, it also opened themes which will blossom into Episode Four.

Well-written, if pedestrian. I believe this is the first four chapter long epilogue I've encountered.
Chad Warner
Jan 13, 2010 Chad Warner rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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Michael
So far, I am not impressed with this book. I'm about a third of the way through the book; so far we've had an introduction of a variety of uninteresting characters [most of whom we can assume will die by the end of the book, and thus will have no impact on the greater Star Wars story], and Darth Vader being emo. To be fair to Mr. Luceno, Anakin Skywalker was portrayed as painfully emo in the films.

I am hoping that, by the end, we'll see actual character growth out of Anakin - *something* has to...more
Danielle
i loved the confliction between vader and his former self. you can see throughout the book him starting to become more and more of a vader. the wanting to forget who he was before. just brilliant.
Kevin
Since his creation, Darth Vader has made a footprint and rightfully received his place as one of the greatest villains of all time. However as the years have gone on writers and even video game creators have turned this once imposing Dark Lord of the Sith into a joke. And it's not fair. This book however made me believe in Vader's power once more. His overcoming of his handicap and truly earning his place as the second most powerful being in the galaxy was a great load off of me, a dedicated Sta...more
Kevin
I found Darth Plageous to be a much more engaging book than this one was. I found this book just didn't have the same pace or feel that Darth Plageous did. Lastly for a book that's titled after Darth Vader he played a surprisingly small role in the entire book. I guess I wish that the book had just delved more into Anakin's mental state as it depicts the events that happened in the weeks after Episode III. I mean here is a fallen hero who played a major role in destroying the order that the majo...more
Callie Rathjen
I thought this book was a very good book. It summed up everything that happened after Star WarsIII Revenge of the Sith. It told me what Darth Vader was thinking after his makeover. It also told me what happened to other Jedi just not Obi-Wan. I give this book five stars because it kept me interested til the end It also me interested because it expanded on what I like to watch the Star Wars movies. If you love Star Wars and readin, you should really read this book.
Daniel
The third book in the Dark Lord trilogy doesn't suffer from the confusion of the first, but it's still a story that didn't need to be told.

Luceno jumps characters a lot, and it doesn't quite give us enough time to get to know them. Shryne would've been a good main character, but we didn't every stay on him long enough to find out. The arcs of the supporting characters are either too short or cut off. Since we already know the fate of the Jedi, the characters need to be written well so we can car...more
Herdis Marie
I see that a lot of the reviews here spend a considerable amount of time whining about the prequel trilogy.

I'm not going to do that.

Me, I'm a sucker for a good hero-turns-villain story. So I actually really enjoy the prequel trilogy.

Yes, it has its flaws. Many of them. But a lot of people seem to think that Vader just emerged automatically black clad and badass. But he didn't. We know all along that he was a young jedi seduced by the dark side. The portrayal of Anakin is far from perfect, but th...more
Trae Stratton
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Adam
James Luceno has a well-established niche at LucasBooks, writing the novels that wrap up disparate strands of evidence and cover plot holes and weaknesses. It's not immediately obvious what challenge in the canon "Dark Lord" is meant to address. As Chris Gladis' excellent review points out, it's the transition from Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader, the growing pains and paradigm shifts he experiences as he becomes the fearsome icon of the OT. That's pretty interesting.

This is also a Dark Times n...more
Alex
What was shaping up to be a really nice triolgy drops the ball with this final entry which seriously lacks any kind of scope or ambition. Rather than getting a sweeping, epic story of what happened to the Jedi post Revenge of the Sith and the seeds of the formation of the rebellion, instead we get a slight story about a rag tag band of Jedi who meet Darth Vader a couple of times and then run away.

Darth vader is a central character in this story, as heought to be, but I found myself wishing that...more
Richard
This novel takes place in what is probably the most interesting time period in the saga -- at the beginning of the interwar period, as Palpatine begins to consolidate the Empire. Vader here has been a cyborg for only a few weeks -- yes, the novel takes place only weeks after "order 66" leads the clones to kill all the Jedi -- and we find him struggling to get comfortable in his armour, on several levels.

What Luceno does most admirably is to personalize Vader, to show some internal conflict -- t...more
Megan
Jun 07, 2014 Megan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
First of all, in no sense of the words is this horrible book a "must-read" (as the cover boldly states). Second of all, I bought this book years ago off the $2 rack at Half Price Books; I assume that price had more to do with its missing dust jacket and less to do with its wretched contents--if I'd been paying by content, I would've been overcharged. For two dollars, I could've bought some trash from a vending machine that would've tasted good while it lasted and been instantly forgotten when it...more
Joseph
It was a good book, but at the same time a little dissappointed in it. I read this right after Labyrinth of Evil and that book showed how he was turning into Darth Vader, this book (I thought) was how he was becoming a more powerful Sith. Well it wasn't. It seemed like he was too confused on if he should be bad or not. It was just a mix bag of good writing, then bad writing.

I liked how it showed how Vader couldn't move around so much and he would probably have to rely on other means of the Force...more
Yves
La guerre des Clones est maintenant finie. Anakin Skywalker est maintenent devenu Darth Vader. Il est complètement soumis à son maître Sith, Darth Sidious. Vader est donc envoyé en mission par son maître pour éliminer les Jedi survivants et mater la rébellion des Wookies sur la planète Kashyyyk. Cependant, Vader rêve surtout de prendre sa revanche contre Obi-Wan.

Ce roman reste dans la lignée des deux précédents, ils sont centrés sur Anakin et Vader. Le premier (Labyrinth of Evil) c'est Anakin l...more
Marshall
A really good book that helps bridge the gap between Star Wars III and IV. I always felt another movie was necessary to complete the story, though I knew it would be overly dark. The original three were about the rise of a hero, Luke. The three prequels were about the fall of a hero, Anikan. Yet the one mysterious character that tied them all together--Darth Vader, the rise of the anti-hero--has never had his story told.

This book gets inside his mind, explores his tentative relationship with the...more
Brian Williams
STAR WARS: DARK LORD- THE RISE OF DARTH VADER was a book I had checked out of the library several times but something always jumped ahead of it to read. I started this book thinking it would be something I would read slowly while reading other books, maybe a when out at the beach read, but it got a hold on me and I just raced through it. I’m a pretty slow reader, it usually takes me a week or two to read a book with my attention span but I finished this in a few days.

I have to say off the bat th...more
LonewolfMX Luna
Jul 25, 2008 LonewolfMX Luna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To any Star Wars fan
Recommended to LonewolfMX by: Saw it in bookstore
Before I begin to let everybody know out there I am a big Sci-Fi fan and love Star Wars, but don't love it to the point I become an Otaku geek.

Where to begin the book begins with the last few hours of the Clone Wars on Murkana in which 3 Jedis the two main characters Shryne Roan a Jedi Master who has lost his faith in the force and with him is another Jedi Master Choltak along with her apprentice Jolee Starstone fighting against the separatists before Darth Sidious' Order 66 turns the tables on...more
Dustin Gaughran
This will be a fan boy rant, but I don't care.
For a book that's supposed to be solely about Darth Vader's rise to prominence and power after becoming the towering figure in black he's most known for, he hardly plays any role in this book. Disappointing is easily the best word to describe this book. I was expecting brutal exploits that bridge the gap from the last crappy prequel to the first original, and there were none. Hell, the entirety of this book basically covers a few month span shortly a...more
Lisa Jones
After reading Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster, the first Star Wars Extended Universe novel, and hating it for being awful but making me love it because everything Star Wars is glorious, I was anxious about Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno. The transition of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader is sacred and barely explored in Revenge of the Sith. This sequel expanded on his journey from mourning Padme’s death and being untrained in the Dark side to the terror of A New...more
Richard
OK, I like The Dark Lord despite the fact that it was not a great novel, but a very good and enjoyable novel. In some ways The Dark Lord reads more like a TV show, which is not a bad thing. The novel follow events that take place after The Revenge of the Sith (And, we all know that Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, The Dark Lord of the Sith) and the execution of Order 66. Although it is called The Dark Lord, Darth Vader is a secondary character during the first half of the novel which focuse...more
Meagan
I really didn't buy Darth Vader as being Emo. I'm pretty sure when you get burnt to a crisp that most of your memories aren't going to stick around and bug you because of the evil awful person that you were before you fully turned to the 'dark side' Oh Vader. The book could've been handled much better if we had an outsiders look at Vader's rise to power and not his inside look. Because really, I don't care what Darth Vader thinks, especially when he still sounds like a whiny teenager. That was m...more
Chadwick Saxelid
A review from my blog, written and published April 20, 2006.

Anakin Skywalker is believed to be dead, a victim of the Jedi's failed attempt to assassinate Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. But the Emperor and his fearsome new emissary, Darth Vader, know the truth. What little remains of Anakin Skywalker's scarred body is made complete and kept alive by Vader's distinctive and intimidating cybernetic armor. Anakin's soul is a different matter entirely. There is nothing to sustain that, and more of it...more
Hayley
I bought this book years ago, but only just now got around to reading it. I can't say it was what I expected, but it was interesting to see the galaxy in the wake of the events of Revenge of the Sith. Vader's POV was the most compelling, as we get to see him wrestling with the last vestiges of Anakin inside himself, and the question of why Vader didn't immediately turn on Sidious after Padme died is somewhat answered throughout the novel. The main weakness of the book, however, was Shryne and mo...more
Adam
Taking place largely in the aftermath of the events of Episode 3, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader lets the reader tag along and get inside the head of a very broken (physically, emotionally, psychologically) Anakin Skywalker sorting things out in the early days of what will be the rest of his life as Darth Vader.

It's surprising to see how one of the chief complaints many reviewers have about this book is that we are reading about an "emo" Vader. What many perceive to be a flaw of the book, I...more
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James Luceno co-wrote a lot of books with Brian Daley as Jack McKinney.

He is a New York Times Best-Selling author currently living in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and youngest child.
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