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Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Star Wars Universe)

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The full story of Anakin Skywalker, from his birth in slavery to his death as the powerful Darth Vader ... told for the first time in its entirety by NYT bestselling Star Wars author Ryder Windham. The full story of Anakin Skywalker, from his birth in slavery to his death as the powerful Darth Vader ... told for the first time in its entirety by NYT bestselling Star Wars a ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2007)
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Darth Vader
I did not enjoy this tale of my life. The title alone made me kill the author.
Zack Marcinkiewicz
As a huge Star Wars fan, I was upset when Anakin Skywalker turned to The Dark Side. There was a prophecy about him, where he was supposed to be The Chosen One and bring peace to the galaxy. Unfortunately, he was enticed by the opportunity to save his wife because he knew she would die during child birth and he had heard that he could only do this if he went to The Dark Side. This book tell his journey from when he was just a small boy on Tattoine to when he became a Jedi Master, then finally whe ...more
Tom Evers
Sep 24, 2015 Tom Evers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book I rated it 4/5, as I really enjoyed it, and it basically shows Darth Vader's whole life, from when he started as Anakin Skywalker, then his transition to Darth Vader, and back to Ani at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to any star wars fans like me, as it shows exactly what Ani/Darth Vader was thinking the whole time, from being the irresponsible Jedi, to being the mist evil person in the galaxy, to killing the with lord and fulfilling the prophecy. This ...more
Doug Pomin
Apr 07, 2015 Doug Pomin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader by Ryder Windham is the story of how a boy was born a slave named Anakin Skywalker, and had died as the feared villain, Darth Vader. Anakin grows to be a strong man, with a very strong vacancy of power, known as the Force, and the Jedi say he could grow to be a very powerful Jedi, "The Chosen One", and defeat all evil, the dark side. But he finds himself drawn to the dark side in order to save the ones he loves, his secret wife, Padme, and their unborn child. Rul ...more
Amie
Jul 09, 2008 Amie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vader fans
Shelves: star-wars
Not exactly what I was expecting (probably because it's a kids' book), but still pretty decent and a fast read. A little bit too much retelling and not enough extra bits. But it still made me cry at the end.
Kenzie
Apr 21, 2011 Kenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I liked it. Learned new things about Anakin/Vader and reading the thoughts in his head during some of my favorite scenes was the coolest
Jordan Davis
Jun 05, 2014 Jordan Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The young adult novel The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader written by Ryder Windham is a first person retelling of of all six Star Wars films through the eyes of Darth Vader. The book’s setting, like all other Star Wars media is “a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.” The book begins with Darth Vader dreaming and reminiscing about his life and the experiences he had as Anakin Skywalker. The book then transitions to Anakin's boyhood on Tatooine, where he and his mother live as slaves.The tale of ...more
Christopher
Aug 21, 2014 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so hopeful for this book in the sense of seeing how the story of Darth Vader was fleshed out in what happened during the time periods and events not covered by the movies. I was sorrily disappointed. Basically this book is just a rehash of the movies and then not a very good one. Much of the book is just the author taking scenes from the movie and writing them down. There is almost no additional content such as the Jedi purge. As I got further along in the book I found myself speed reading ...more
Lauren
Nov 28, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haha! I'm on a Star Wars frenzy. I seriously raided and cleaned out the Star Wars section at my library. This is only the beginning. They are all Juvinile Fiction books with a few YF scattered among the 26 books but hey, they're still Star Wars. This was cool too because it followed some of the parts that in the movie were not told by Anakin plus it had him reflect on it all. Pretty cool. It stuck close to the movie with direct quotes. Because I had just watched most of the movies I was like, "W ...more
Jarrod
Jan 29, 2016 Jarrod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader
The young adult novel The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader written by Ryder Windham is a first person retelling of all six Star Wars films through the eyes of Darth Vader. The book’s setting, like all other Star Wars media is “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” From that point it led to the most infamous hero and villain of all time.

The book begins with Darth Vader dreaming about his life and the experiences he had as Anakin Skywalker. The book then trans
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Jaime
Oct 24, 2015 Jaime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that focuses on Anakin's/ Vader's POV through different scenes. Unfortunately, every single one of those scenes is from the movies, past novels, and comics, and really isn't very new

It starts with Vader having a vision of himself on Vjun. It was awesome to read of that planet again, since I think it's only been in comics and novels. It's just before ROTJ and he sees him and Luke vs. the Emperor.

It segues into young Anakin with Shmi, both of whom I didn't realize until now (which
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Ben Klayer
Dec 25, 2015 Ben Klayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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Mr
Mar 18, 2010 Mr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the back of this book it gets summed up pretty well "born a slave. Raised a Jedi. Feared by a galaxy".in this book Anakin is the main character and therefore readers can hear his thoughts and learn things he didn't seem to do in the movies or other books. this book is different from the movie because it is all about him it only tells what he knows and does.--James Morey 211 pages
Allie
Feb 11, 2009 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book mainly interested me because I've always been a fan of Darth Vader. He's always been my favorite character, and this book gave me inside look at his life. Granted, he was the bad guy, but I have this fascination with the bad guys. I did enjoy seeing the back story that happened between all the movies, as that's always been a point of interest for me.
Rachael Lind
It may be a short and easy read, but it is absolutely brillant. it is a must read for star wars fans, espescially if your favorite charecter is Darth Vader. It is wonderfully written, and it ties together some loose ends, fits all 6 of the pieces together with a little extra at the end and beggining, and is told from the Sith Lord's (Darth Vader) point of view. It begins with a dream that Darth has, and it sets up the book very well and makes you start reading. there are direct quotes said in th ...more
Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights
3.5
I wish it would have gone a bit more in-depth for the first three movies.
It basically just told us what happened in the movies, and I was looking forward to more of his thoughts and his time with Obi-Wan before they met up with Padme, 10 years later.
Ellen
Aug 11, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On first glance, this book reads like any other movie novelization for kids. My husband asked, for example, "Does this just summarize the movie, or what? Is there anything new in there?" My answer is both yes and no. There are scenes so true to all 6 movies that your mind can automatically switch to replay mode while you are reading. At the same time, it's not. The author stays very true to the POV and only shows us what is in Anakin/Darth's mind at a given point in the arc. There are a few nuan ...more
Antoine
I think this is a great book so far because it shows the highlights of Anakin Skywalker and darth vader.
Cindy
Aug 24, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was awesome! I am not as big of a Star Wars fan as Zach but this book made me more of a fan. It was very well written and was very exciting even if I did have to have some things explained to me by the 8 year old! haha.

This is our current bed time book and I don't want to put it down! Last night I told Zach that we were done and I kept scanning the next few pages to see what happens. I also left strict orders that he NOT read this alone or with his father - I want to know what happens. New ho
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Brandon Rooney
As an avid Star Wars fan I've dedicated my reading to most reading levels in the Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe). This novel was written for a young adult audience although it wasn't torture getting through, (think high-end Scholastic Scope).



The premise of this book is to see the life of Anakin Skywalker though his own eyes, as Darth Vader reflects on his own beginning and ending. The benefit to this is that it exposes scenes and conversations that are left unexplored in the canon storyline (fi
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Patrickderaaff
Jul 16, 2014 Patrickderaaff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swlegends
Darth Vader is en route to Endor to inform Commander Jerjerrod that the Emperor is most displeased with his apparent lack of progress on completing the construction of the second Death Star, when he looks back on his life. From his arrival on Tatooine with his mother, to meeting his future wife Padmé, becoming a Padawan, then a Jedi, his relationship with Obi-Wan, the burden of being considered the Chosen One, fighting in the Clone Wars, his seduction by Palpatine, his fear of losing his wife, h ...more
Jeremiah Olushoga
Dec 01, 2014 Jeremiah Olushoga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the star wars series. This book made it so interesting when I got to know the back story of Darth Vader because I really like him. I like the way the book breaks down his whole life story into elaborate details. It really expresses the tone of the story and how serious the story really was. I recommend this story to people who are interested into the Star Wars series that want to know more.
Rachel Genovese
Jan 10, 2016 Rachel Genovese rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book years ago, but I thought now would be a good time to read it with all the Star Wars hype recently. It's a young adult novel that follows Anakin Skywalker's journey. First things first: I couldn't get myself to finish it.I wanted to enjoy it, but it's like reading someone summarize The Phantom Menace and whatever original plot points they're adding. The writing is just poor.
Kadriye Yildiz
Mar 02, 2016 Kadriye Yildiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll have to give this book 3.5 because it was too short. I'm not going to complain and say that it was basically a summary of the movies with Anakin's point of view and a few extra things because IT WAS, but the book promotes itself as such anyway. My complaint it that it did not tell Anakin's thoughts and feelings as much as I would like to, but overall it is an enjoyable read that you could finish in two to three hours. The "double" cover(s) of this book is really pretty so that is a huge plu ...more
Joseph Hernandez
That'll do pig...

An interesting take on the epic story told from Anakin's point of view. No new material and didn't delve into the psyche of Darth Vader much but I believe it's written for kids my son's age more than an adult audience. It was a descent weekend read for a true star wars fan.
Brendan
Oct 04, 2014 Brendan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A summary of Vader's life. Adds little to nothing if you have read the previous novelizations or side stories in the EU. Also, the writing falls into the generic juvenile fiction style that seems depressingly common. Unless you want the quick, detailess, jumpy version of Vader's life I wouldn't bother.
Lamont Stephens
Oct 21, 2014 Lamont Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rise And Fall Of Darth Vader-In my opinion this book is one of the best I ever read. This tells you the story of Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader (same diffrence) but not in a boring storytelling way but in a way that just makes you wanna turn the page just to know what will happen next. I recommend this book to someone who wants a fast-paced book about star wars lore and want to always be on a cliffhanger on the chapter ending.
Kevin McKenna
Oct 19, 2015 Kevin McKenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even if Darth Vader doesn't really exist and never did exist, the book is very interesting and I loved reading all about how Darth Vader came to be and how he fell. The book also helped me understand parts of the movies that I did not completely understand, so that's pretty nice too.
Firetruck
Nov 15, 2010 Firetruck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviwed
The rise and fall of Darth Vader is basically the out line of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. In this book you read about his triumph at Mos-Espa Pod race to his battle with count Dooku and finally his death at the Death Star. One of the things you probable didn’t know about him is that he had an encounter with a Tusken Raider. He was on his way back from a trade in that Watto had sent him on. He sees a raider under a giant rock that had fallen on him. He nursed him back to life and fell asleep i ...more
Jessica
Jun 17, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Not only a great read for the youngsters but Star Wars fans as well.
Devote fans might be a little upset at the creative license (I know there were some moments that had me a little taken back). However, you do find yourself thinking about the missing parts that the movies don't really touch on.

There was always good in Anakin. It's just a shame that the desire to become all powerful destroyed someone who could have used their good to make the galaxy a better place.
But then there wouldn't be a sto
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Ryder Windham is an American sci-fi author who has written over sixty Star Wars books, including novels, comics, reference books, and so on. He has also written junior novelizations for Indiana Jones movies. Since 1993, he has been working on Star Wars projects either by himself or with other authors. His reference book Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide had been on the New York Times Best Selle ...more
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