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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
Amie R.
Jul 09, 2008 Amie R. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Ellen
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
Christopher
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
Cindy
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Firetruck
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
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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Stephanie
This book is sci-fi, 208 pages long and by Ryder Williams and is called The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader. I rated it a 5 star because I'm a huge Star Wars fan. and love sci-fi

This book is about two people; Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader, yeah two people. In this book you get to read all of the movie episodes and Ani's feelings and Darth Vaders feelings. Go from episode one, two, the begging of the Clone Wars, to the end of it at episode three, to episode four, five, and six, with all of the fi
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Russell Reidelberger
For the most part, this is a quick summary of all six films. I did enjoy some of the in between bits. Obviously written for children.
Jamielee Prue
Ehhh it was okay for what it was...that is all I can really say about it I love the original Star Wars movies and Vader was my all time favorite character so I had to read this.
Ernesto Arenas
It was very interesting to picture this particular interpretation of Darth Vader's life behind the camera.
Ronnie
It's mainly a rehash of the 3 prequels. There really isn't any new information or insight into the character.
Lauren
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
Gretchen
It was okay... gives some insight into Vader's thoughts and views of himself.
Andrei
The book which opened the reading-on-my-Nokia-E50 period of my life.
Galion Public Library Teens
Review by B.H.: Tells "how Anakin turned to Darth Vader."
Victor Orozco
Great read. Offers up Anakin's thoughts from his infancy, the films as well as several things in between. Many are from stories that I have read some I have yet to read but it comes together very nicely. Pretty sure there are some scenes that were invented for just this book, like the beautiful end where Anakin's spirit becomes one with the Force reunited with his old master Obi-Wan. The prodigal son returned and was rewarded for his last great deed. A-
John Questore
You know the story. We all know the story. But this book really touched on the inner struggle Vader felt for his entire life. Quick read, but worth it.
Mike Jozic
I really expected more from this little book. Even though I know it was aimed at a younger audience I like Windham as an author and hoped that he would explore some of the internal struggles of the Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader character giving the reader a peak at a more fleshed out individual and, possibly, a slightly different perspective on the two trilogies. As it stands this is pretty pedestrian stuff. There are far better EU books to explore if the 'untold story' or a more well-rounded sag ...more
Derrick Reed
A good amount of the story I already knew because of the movies, but I was surprised by all the new information that was added for the character.
Lindsey
For a kids' book, it was alright. Some of the movie dialogue was incorrect and it was highly simplified with no original analysis by the author (but again, a kids' book). Read in conjunction with Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader(Luceno), it gives a basic outline of the Anakin Skywalker fall and redemption.
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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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