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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  4,989 ratings  ·  643 reviews
“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
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Paperback, 481 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by LucasBooks (first published January 10th 2012)
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Alejandro
This is a novel 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 a.k.a. Darth Sidious) comes into the story, Plagueis got less and less relevant and Palpatine (Sidious) became the real protagonist of the novel.

The novel lacks of action, and even in the few times that you have some action is told in such way that
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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
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Mike
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Jake
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
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
John
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
Eric Krause
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
Alan
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
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Doppelganger
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
Mike McDevitt
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
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George Trello
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Samuel
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
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Mphecker
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
Jeff
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
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Kent
I felt this was a very well written book and was very enjoyable to read. Luceno does a great job of portraying the famous Darth Plagueis and the life of Darth Sidious. The book fills in the many gaps left open from the movie and other books. We get to see how much of the grand plan was actually put into action by Plagueis and that he lived much longer than I thought based on the movies.
Another aspect about this book that I really like is that it brings many of the Old Republic ideas and intertw
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Jerry
Pretty much everyone who knows me knows I like Star Wars, but what some of them may be surprised to hear is that The Phantom Menace was pretty much my introduction to George Lucas' space opera. Oh, sure, I'd been hearing references to it for years prior, and I even had a primitive (by today's standards, anyway) Jedi pilot game on my Commodore 64, but Episode I was what really opened my eyes to the saga. You've probably heard that TPM is coming out in 3-D next week; people will probably flock to ...more
Elliott
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.
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Eric
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
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Rick Royster
This book does an amazing job of tying together the boring and unexplainable phantom menace. Not sure if I liked what they did with Maul or Plagueis, some things are meant to be left alone, it didn't really enhance their characters, but merely tried to explain them. If you are into political intrigue and the workings of a corrupt republic, then this is the book for you. If you are a huge fan of action then this you might need to rethink this one. All in all, very good writing and a really nice b ...more
Brad Wheeler
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
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Sailor Figment
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
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Joseph
Whew! Finally done with this one. To say the least, I really didn't like it. I always imagined the mysterious Darth Plagueis's rise to power would be so much more interesting than it actually was. I was ready to hear all about Plagueis's depraved experiments on the force of life itself and how that drove him to accumulate his awesome power and then subsequently lose it at the hands of Sidious. Instead, I get a story that's heavily steeped in politics and subplots that lead nowhere featuring char ...more
Chad Bearden
James Luceno seems to be the go-to guy at Del Rey for writing ‘fill-in-the-gaps’ novels for the Star Wars EU. To date, aside from his four New Jedi Order novels, Luceno seems to specialize in books that forego original stories in favor of filling in some narative and contextual gaps left by the films. Books like this walk fine line between being a gimmicky feat of coolness by association with your knowledge of the movie, and providing a legitimately interesting backstory and context that often c ...more
Dale
I don't even know where to start with this book. Granted, it came very highly recommended to me and my expectations were high, but I would have to say that this is one of the most disappointing books that I have read in a long time.

My first recommendation for anyone reading this book is that you need to be intimately familiar with the Star Wars universe and all of it's planets and alien species. Multiple different species, places, and people are weaved into the story with the assumption that yo
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Quinn Rollins
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
Bjoern
I had some problems to find into the narration and i think it's partially because Luceno did not really write a novel here but rather a documented history of the two Siths preparing for the Clone Wars and the Fall of the Jedi. Just like some of the movies on history channel it's interspersed with played out scenes but in the mainstay it's rather sterile counting of facts and integrating of as many storylines from the Star Wars franchises past as Luceno possibly could grasp, ending with the epilo ...more
Marcus Faulkner
A great book. After quite a few mediocre books recently it is good to see a genuinely interesting Star Wars story again. Despite the plotline being revealed pretty much at the beginning this is a gripping read. The story is firmly routed in the Sith arc of the universe and when some known characters appear at various points throughout the story its interesting to see them portrayed from a completely different angle. In fact the Jedi don’t look all that good here. The characterisation of Plagueis ...more
Don
Okay, here's the thing: This is political thriller at heart. If you liked the "C-SPAN in Space" parts of the Prequel Trilogy then you'll absolutely love this novel. You've got political backstabbing (sometimes literally), infighting and maneuvering out the yin yang. If you're like me and thought, "Well, that was a clever plot by Palpatine to become Emperor, now let's get back to the action," then you might want to skip this one.

Politics aside, I think the biggest thing I didn't like was the tim
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Bane of Kings
“A good novel - Luceneo has managed to create a great and enthralling read that gives us not only an insight into Darth Plagueis and the origin of Darth Sidious, but also sets the stage for the Star Wars prequels.” ~The Founding Fields

“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 t
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Jesse Booth


The biggest difference between this Star Wars novel and others I have read comes down to depth. This book was full of it. If anyone who has seen the movies approached me and asked what Star Wars novel I would recommend, it would be this one. Why? It read like a movie.

There wasn't a whole lot of action, which I think is everyone's top complaint, but who cares?! This book had so much more to offer. It was great to see Sith Lords who weren't simply bloodthirsty, cutting everyone in their path down
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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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