**spoiler alert** The long-awaited novel about Darth Plagueis, famously referenced in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, starts off slowly,...more**spoiler alert** The long-awaited novel about Darth Plagueis, famously referenced in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, starts off slowly, but once it gets going, it is worth the time it takes to read. If you're a fan of the action sequences of SW, you'll be disappointed, because there aren't too many combat scenes here (though they are well-written). The major plot of this book is that the Grand Plan that we saw come to fruition in RotS goes back a lot farther than fans might have realized. And 'Plagueis the Wise' is not a Sith legend; every word of Palpatine's brief speech about his former Master is true. Plagueis and Palpatine make a formidable duo, to the point where it's almost a disappointment that Plagueis has to die. Luckily, that doesn't happen until the book is almost over.
Another good thing about the novel as a whole is it will make you want to go back and watch Episode I: The Phantom Menace all over again. And as hardcore SW fans know, besides the innocent anticipation from 1999, that is no small feat. There's so much scheming and manipulating going on that the events of Episode I almost pale in comparison. So, if you're a fan of politics, backstabbing, and ruthless aggression (and who isn't?), you'll really enjoy this book.
Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of this book is the character development of one Senator/Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, nee Darth Sidious. His rise to power is shown in completion here, all the way through the events of Episode I, and his journey to key politician and Sith Lord is arguably one of the best stories in the world of Star Wars. It's really fun to root for him as an anti-hero.
Additionally, James Luceno gives a nice tip of the hat to other works in the Star Wars EU canon, such as the Darth Bane books, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, and the concept of the Nightsisters. I'd read the Darth Maul book several years ago, and it was a pleasant surprise to see the events of that story so neatly tied in to the plot of "Darth Plagueis." Other SW authors have not done such a good job with incorporating other events/characters into their own work, so "Darth Plagueis" should serve as a reference point for future SW books that choose to encompass extra material.
I don't think I've enjoyed a Star Wars book quite like this in some time. "Darth Plagueis" was a much anticipated novel, and I can happily say it was well worth the wait. (less)
Maybe it because I was partially preoccupied with finishing up graduate school, but I actually found this to be kind of boring. I love Black Sun, but...moreMaybe it because I was partially preoccupied with finishing up graduate school, but I actually found this to be kind of boring. I love Black Sun, but I was kind of disappointed as to how they were handled as well. Don't get me wrong, I liked the premise of the story, but it just took a while for things to get going. I will say it was nice to see some continuity from A.C.Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy in regard to Han and Lando's relationship. (less)
This book is meant for kids, but adult Star Wars fans (like me) will get a kick out of it too. It's such a silly book, so no matter how old you are, y...moreThis book is meant for kids, but adult Star Wars fans (like me) will get a kick out of it too. It's such a silly book, so no matter how old you are, you should enjoy it. Best part: Vader trying to tell Luke a big spoiler, but getting attacked by rabid fangirls each time. (less)