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Darth Plagueis

(Star Wars Legends)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  20,273 ratings  ·  1,949 reviews
“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”
—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine,
Star Wars: Episode I
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 379 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by LucasBooks/Del Rey Books/Ballantine Books/Random House, Inc.
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Aden The book is not canon because the purchase of lucasfilm by Disney, and they said everything except the clone wars TV show, is no longer canon. It's a …moreThe book is not canon because the purchase of lucasfilm by Disney, and they said everything except the clone wars TV show, is no longer canon. It's a shame though I really wish most things in legends were canon.(less)
Seth I haven't come across anything in this book so far that conflicts with any of the new official canon stuff. To really get an answer your question, you…moreI haven't come across anything in this book so far that conflicts with any of the new official canon stuff. To really get an answer your question, you'd have to ask Disney. But my guess is that rather than picking and choosing what to keep canon, it's easier to just throw it all away. It's not like they can't tell the story again and reintroduce it to canon. (less)

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Misleading, the Dark Side of the Force, is.

This is a novel (part of what is known nowadays as "Legends" in the Star Wars novel series, in other words, non-canonical anymore) featuring the events of the life of Darth Plagueis and his apprentice Darth Sidious.


Honestly, it was odd that the book was titled Darth Plagueis since while indeed the events begin with him as "main character", once Palpatine (eventually aka Darth Sidious) comes into the story, Plagueis got less and le
Sean Barrs
Apr 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, 1-star-reads
Darth Pelagueis is one of the most elusive characters in Star Wars. Other than this book, there’s just not much information about him to be found. So I expected so much from it and, ultimately, all my expectations were shattered. This is not the dark lord of the Sith I imagined.

The Phantom Menace is an absolutely dreadful film. I’m not speculating here, critically speaking, this is a fact. There are so many things wrong with it. Why George Lucas felt the need to quantify the force is beyond me.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A very enjoyable and entertaining Star Wars novel.

Less solicitous reviewers might call this filler, and while that would be callous but somewhat accurate, author James Luceno has captured the essence of Lucas’ duality of the Force, between the light and the dark. When this is at its best it is an exploration of the similarities and distinctions between Jedi and Sith.

Darth Plagueis was Darth Sidious’ / Emperor / Senator Palpatine’s Sith master. An alien Muun, who might resemble a somber and elong
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a lifelong Star Wars fan. The thing I love about the Star Wars universe is the commitment to continuity. This book goes back and provides the background information to Revenge of the Sith obviously, however it uses info from Darth Maul books and comic series, a brief mention of Jungo Fett's comic series, and even season 3 of Clone Wars (to be resolved in season 4).

I think this book is great and well written. Having said that I have two main problems with this book. The first being it tells
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Perhaps my favorite scene in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the one where Palpatine entices Anakin toward the dark side by recounting the story of Darth Plagueis—a Sith Lord who manipulates the Force in an effort to become immortal. I love the scene in part because it focuses on personal relationships as opposed to bureaucratic procedure. It also emanates with the most spiritual strains of Jedi and Sith lore. So when I saw a new Star Wars novel titled Darth Plagueis, I snatched it ...more
Crystal Starr Light
"sentient life is meant to evolve, not simply languish in contended stasis"

NOTE: I received this book from the Amazon Vine Program.

The time has come for the Sith to reveal themselves, to step away from the Rule of Two setup by Darth Bane many years ago. Darth Plagueis emerges and, with the assistance of his apprentice, Darth Sidious, begins the final steps to the destruction of the Republic and the Jedi.

I have some wonderful news! After SIX MONTHS of reading this book, I have finally finished it
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, sci-fic, audio
This is an excellent book for the discerning Star Wars fan. In literary terms, there are too many infodumps and exposition. But overall it's so damn good with the world-building.

Admittedly, the prequel movies themselves are objectively not good movies. If we are judging on their own merits y'know. Yet when it comes to embracing one's inner geek and exploring how everything works in this fictional galaxy of Jedi/Sith/Force/Republic et. al... that's just so very much fun sometimes.

The novel is t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Apparently this Star Wars novel had been highly anticipated since its announcement years ago, and I had no idea until after I finished it and decided to look it up. Now that I've read it, I guess I can see why. Darth Plagueis is probably worth reading simply if for no other reason other than how "canon" it is, if you're a big Star Wars fan. I heard that the author worked really closely with LucasFilms to get it just right. And yes, I did find that it explained a lot about the events of the prequ ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pretty much everyone who knows me knows I like Star Wars, but what some of them may be surprised to hear is that The Phantom Menace was pretty much my introduction to George Lucas' space opera. Oh, sure, I'd been hearing references to it for years prior, and I even had a primitive (by today's standards, anyway) Jedi pilot game on my Commodore 64, but Episode I was what really opened my eyes to the saga. You've probably heard that TPM is coming out in 3-D next week; people will probably flock to ...more
Review of the audiobook narrated by Daniel Davis.

Even though I love the movies I must not be as big a fan of Star Wars as I thought. This is the second Star Wars books I've listened to and neither one has been particularly engaging for me. This is essentially the origin story for Palpatine (Darth Sidious) and the majority of the book follows the rise of his career as a politician bolstered by his apprenticeship to Darth Plagueis. I've never had much interest in the political drama of any of the
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A prequel to the prequels. That's the description to this book. James Luceno does a good job at creating the character of Darth Sidious that is in the movies through his life and how the whole entire movies started. It's great to see how everything becomes connected between the prequel movies and the original trilogy. How the whole Sith plan was furnished on two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy.

I'm glad that George Lucas had approved of the backstory of Plagueis in this book. The last
Matthew Selby
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realize that this isn't officially canon anymore but this book has given me a newfound understanding and an entirely new outlook on the prequel trilogy. I won't see those movies in the same terrible light as I did before. I'm thoroughly impressed and will definately read more Star Wars novels, canon or not. ...more
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Upon finishing this book I have read only two Star Wars novels, but can say from my limited experience in Star Wars literature that this may be the book by which many after will be judged. You definitely get the impression that James Luceno did his homework here, because his command of the universe seems seamless and nearly infinite. There are so many good descriptions and accurate references/inferences to events that add to the overall enjoyability of this book. I wanted to read this title beca ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
I've been reading a lot of Star Wars books over the last couple of years. I've been trying to get through most of the new canon stuff from Disney. I'm failing a bit at catching up because they keep publishing new books.

But anyway

Even though this is no longer considered "canon", I decided to read it anyway because it's one of the books you hear Star Wars fans talking about the most. And after reading and finishing it, I can see why. It's pretty fantastic.

The book is titled Darth Plagueis and whil
Catherine Stormblessed
Have you ever heard The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? If you have, you should read this.
The perspective of the Sith and the background of Palpatine’s master plan we got was so interesting. If you want something that dives into a lot of force & midichlorian lore, this is it. It also provides more depth of the logistics of Anakin’s virgin birth. It’s definitely not very action packed but more a recount of Palgueis and Palpatine politically undercover. I loved how dark it got in areas. Defini
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Darth Plaguies was one of the characters in the star wars universe that had really peaked my interest ever since his all to brief mention in Episode 3, and this book gives me all the detail I want about the character leading right up to a certain point of the Star Wars saga (I'm not saying what part so is not to spoil anything. What's interesting is that in may ways I actually found Sidious to be the far more interesting character in this book, from his introduction all the way up to the conclus ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be controversial to those who think that Darth Plagueis heralded a glorious bright spot in the latter day of the Extended Universe… but it’s not that great. True, it indeed raises itself above the morass of churned out, 200-pages-in-hardback, simply forgettable novels that were really plaguing the EU towards the end. Darth Plagueis is fresh and interesting and stands out enough that you won’t forget which one it was. It’s a genuinely decent read. It’s just not a great read.

After all the
Lance Shadow
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, legends, novels
Hello everybody! I've been giving some of the old audiobooks from my audible account a re-listen now that I've caught myself up on Critical Role and my commutes have been longer. Next up on the relisten and re-evaluation is Darth Plagueis- now widely regarded by fans of the original Star Wars Expanded Universe as a classic.
Originally I didn't enjoy this novel all that much, but could understand why others loved it. While I still don't consider it a masterpiece, I have grown to like it considera
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 / 5

I mostly enjoyed this SW novel, which acts as a prequel to the Prequel films.

Darth Plagueis first comes across as a “cool” Sith Lord, outwitting everyone like a Shakespearian villain, only to then succumb to his crazed desire for immortality. Even though Palpatine / Sidious plays a more central role halfway through, his inclusion (along with the wide array of side characters) makes the novel varied and gripping.

I’m probably in the minority saying this, but if you thought the political
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
“No true Sith cares about another.”

A worthy addition to the Expanded Universe. No, not four stars on any absolute scale of literary merit. (Is such a thing possible?) But certainly better conceived and executed than most Star Wars EU books. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis joins many threads from the EU into the canon of Star War orthodoxy (the movies).

“We stalk the Force like hunters, rather than surrender like prey to its enigmatic whims.”

Don’t let the title fool you, this book is mostly about Palpat
Noah Calcagno
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, fiction
Was enjoyable, especially the last hour or 2, but it also was kind of slow moving and tried to hard to be a political thriller, when everyone reading it probably wanted more Sith action.
George Trello
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Dr. Andrew Higgins
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant Star Wars novel which - as some of the story line is mentioned by Palpatine in Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith is now considered canon but also has elements that have now (thanks to Disney) been shifted into the legendary category (the vexed matter of what is canon!). No matter - this is a brilliant cracking story which focuses on how Palpatine was drawn to the Dark Side of the Force by his master Darth Plagueis to become the hooded Darth Sidious and doomed Emperor. Behi
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
James Luceno weaves a tale of the Dark Side of the Force from 67 years before the Battle of Yavin through the Battle of Naboo.

To be completely candid, only fairly serious fans of Star Wars will "get this" - everyone else won't be very successful in making sense of what's going on.

I won't give away any books spoilers, but what I will say is that if you've wondered about the origins of Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Count Dooku, Nute Gunray, and Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, as well as how
Alexander Draganov
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Star Wars: Darth Plagueis" for me is the biggest event in the saga since the release of Episode III. After years of waiting, this novel finally reveals the origins of the legendary Emperor Palpatine, as well as the legend of his master, Darth Plagueis the Wise. More important, it does it well. I know that many fans dislike the truth behind the mask of Darth Vader - that he once was a lovesick emotional teenager. I am not among them, but I can tell them - relax. Palpatine is as evil as a man can ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Darth Plagueists
Ahh, Darth Plagueis the Wise 0.00000001%er...Your book was so much more interesting over the first two thirds when the author did not have to flex and contort all plausibility in service of the bat guano crazy plotting of Dear Uncle George's prequels trilogy.

Plagueis himself made for a very intriguing, deep-scheming villain- merciless and inhumane, yes, but also intelligent and subtle. I would've been perfectly satisfied if the book had ended with the completion of his "seduction" of young Palpa
Jeff Diamond
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, star-wars
Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith who was so wise and so powerful that he could influence the midichloreans to create life. He had such a knowledge of the Dark Side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is one of the best Star Wars books that I've read. Period. I could stop writing now, and that's all you'd need to know. But since it's me, I'll go a little deeper.

Darth Plagueis follows the title character and his nefarious dealings througho
Quinn Rollins
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Toward the middle of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker attend the opera. Evidently “opera” in Star Wars involves giant soap bubbles and extended bass notes. As they’re sitting in Palpatine’s box seats, the old man tells Anakin a tale about Darth Plagueis. It’s a bit of bait to nudge Anakin closer to the dark side, with Palpatine telling him that Plagueis found a way to extend life and avoid death. Since this loss is what Anakin fears most, it’s ...more
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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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