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The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
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Jul 09, 07

bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in June, 2006

If you're looking for good literature, with a classic storyline, well-developed characters, and snappy dialogue, a Star Wars book is not the place to start. If you want to read about a day in the life of a Dark Lord of the Sith, look no further.

Luceno has been given the enviable but fearful task of describing the first bit of Anakin Skywalker's life as Darth Vader. This is a period of time Star Wars fans have been waiting years to hear about. The storyline of the book itself is forgettable - far more interesting are the sections describing how Vader begins to come to terms with his new life, new body, and new apprenticeship to Darth Sidious.

For me, the most intriguing part of the book comes at the very end, when Obi-Wan realizes that Anakin Skywalker is not dead, but effectively reincarnated. Creepy stuff.

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