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

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  4,953 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Darth Vader, the evil emperor's powerful enforcer, sets out to eliminate all resistance to the Empire, a mission that reveals his true strength and role as the Emperor's iron fist.
Paperback, 338 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by LucasBooks (first published November 3rd 2005)
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When you think about Darth Vader, many things come to mind. Dark Lord of the Sith. Bane of the Jedi. Throat-Crusher Supreme.



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
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
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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
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
Mar 07, 2009 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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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
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
Of course this book is not good. I can no more blame this book for being what it is than I can blame a bird for flying. I can blame only myself, and then also blame The Star Wars Minute for dragging my mind into these nooks and crannies.

If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you will like.
So dissapointed with the end of my favorite character in the book (view spoiler) but still, i really liked it.

The last characters that appeared right at the end, gave me goosebumps! Won't spoil but it was great to see them. Now this Cudgel guy... (view spoiler) gave me to something to think about, that's for sure but haven't read that many Star Wars books to know more a
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.
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
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Me ha gustado muchísimo, aunque menos que El laberinto del mal , quizá porque me ha costado un poco reconocer al misterioso y tenebroso Darth Vader en el conflicto interno que se nos ha presentado, pero entiendo por qué el personaje reacciona así, con su transformación tan presente. Lo mejor de este libro es seguir el camino interno que debe librar Darth Vader contra los restos de Anakin Skywalker, y cómo va progresivamente asumiendo su papel en el Lado Oscuro y con respec
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.
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
Phil Bova
This was a fantastic look into the world of Darth Vader following the events on Mustafar. The story line fills in nicely pre-New Hope, and author James Luceno's contextual resonance of the Star Wars universe is brilliantly displayed. His inclusion of the working dynamics of Darth Vader's suit serves as further evidence in the nature of Vader's pain along with his personal journey into the Dark Side. I enjoyed how closely related the events taking place were in the realm of the Wars mythology. Th ...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
Andrew Beet
this book was a great read and it was good to find out how anakin skywalker became darth vader but i don't think the book needed to explain how he takes a piss and a number 2.
Lance Goff
James Luceno's Dark Lord is an okay read for the most part. If anything, it does get inside Vader's head a little so the reader can understand the turmoil Anakin/Vader is still dealing with right after the events in Revenge of the Sith. The rest of the story, while necessary to give Vader something to do, is just a little forced. The surviving Jedi who Vader is hunting, specifically Shryne, are given equal amounts of print even though their fate is pretty obvious from the beginning. In sum, the ...more
Tyler Hurst
Had Katie and me listening earnestly as they described Vader from a perspective that we've never see in the movies.
Some jedi escape Order 66 and try to work out what their role is now. Do they go against the Empire or find their own way? Meanwhile, Vader is getting used to his new body and coming to terms with his betrayal. Hunting jedi seems to be a way to guide him to the dark side.

This novel is as much about the jedi as it is Vader. So don't read this thinking its all about Vader. I grew to like the jedi and their struggles. There's some nice twists, and some great snapshots of how different planets are r
It was.... okay. I feel guilty that this was my first Star Wars novel. I thought it was going to be a Vader exclusive novel, but ended up being an insight on the whole Order 66 ordeal with snippets of Vader complaining about his suit. I actually didn't mind the fact that he disliked his new suit, but the entire novel lacked anything Force related. None of the characters can utilize the force in any way except for one single lightsaber throw. Really? No force-push attacks at all? It was Star Wars ...more
As stated in another review, Luceno is not my favorite author when it comes to the Star Wars Legends universe.

He writes the first and third books, while Matthew Stover writes the second (the novelization for Episode III). Labyrinth of Evil brings us up to events immediately preceding the film's opening, while Rise of Darth Vader picks up shortly after its ending.

Together, this trilogy helps complete the transition from Anakin to Vader. It's very well done, and Luceno manages to capture some rea
This book got off to a shaky start. As is pretty typical of Luceno, Dark Lord was solid, but not riveting.

He begins the book by introducing a group of new characters, all Jedi who managed to survive the Purge because the clone troopers they were assigned with decided to disobey Order 66. Please tell me that you see why I would have some beef with this. That's a stretch. A big stretch. I feel like Luceno was grasping at straws to find a way to introduce these characters, and then I just never co
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
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
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
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
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
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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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