Lords of the Sith
This story is considered officially canon by Lucasfilms in the newly established canon
This story is set 5 years after the events of “Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
We are all of us, always being tested, my friend. Tests make us stronger, and strength is power, and power is the point. We must pass all the tests we face… Or die in the effort.
This is not a story about heroes...
This is a story about VILLAINS...
..., an ...more
"Vader completed his meditation and opened his eyes. His pale, flame savaged, face stared back at him form out of the reflective black transparisteel of his pressurised meditation chamber. Without the neural connection to his armour, he was conscious to the stumps of his legs, the ruins of his arms, the perpetual pain of his flesh. He welcomed it. Pain fed his hate, and hate fed his strength. Once, as a Jedi, he had meditated to find peace. Now he meditated to sharpen the edges of his anger."...more
Probably the best Star Wars novel I’ve read in a while, and certainly one of the better Star Wars novels I’ve ever read, Lords of the Sith is a story centered on Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Defiant against the Imperial forces’ attempts to control their home planet of Ryloth, a group of Twi’leks led by Cham Syndulla the idealistic freedom fighter (and the father of Hera, of Star Wars Rebel fame) plot to bring the Emp ...more
7 things I didn't like:
1) The title and marketing of the book were quite misleading. Yes there are portions of the novel that deal with Vader and Palpatine but an enormous part if not the majority of the story focuses on the Free Ryloth movement. That would've been fine if the book had been marketed that way ...more
Where do I begin? The characters talk no more than a sentence at a time, so none of them sound like real people. Any intriguing plot points are quickly forgotten (Iswal freeing slaves and Mors's past). Additionally, this is supposed to be a story about the start of the rebellion and the lords of the Sith. The Emperor acts completely out of character and wields his lightsaber like he's in the prequels. Vader and ...more
Paul S. Kemp is a talented Star Wars writer. He's shown it before. He shows it here. Kemp is certainly no Zahn or Karpyshyn, but I have enjoyed his stories. This one was not bad either.
However, the story is completely uninteresting with nothing at stake. There are two sets of protagonists: on one hand, Darth Vader and the Emperor. Their characterisation is both interesting and well-done, but they obviously have plot armour. On the other hand, the local factions of t ...more
2.5 stars, rounded down to 2 stars – I just wasn’t enamored with this one.
Lords of the Sith is the story of the Free Ryloth movement, led by The Clone Wars character Cham Syndulla (father to Hera from Rebels), and their assassination attempt against Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Senator Orn Free Taa, and Moff Delian Mors. The first stage of the plan, trapping the Imperials on the planet, is successful, but becomes much more compli ...more
"The past is a ghost that haunts us. Ghosts must be banished. Lingering on the past is weakness, Lord Vader"
Five years have passed since Order 66 and rise of the empire. Lord Vader's reputation is spreading across the galaxy. But emperor senses a disturbance in his young apprentice and decides to teach him a lesson.
They go for a hunt.
But contrary to usual dynamics, Vader and Emperor find themselves stranded and being hunted by brave freedom fighters of planet Ryloth with the help of a rogue ...more
This focuses on the Free Ryloth movement that was referenced in the Clone Wars comics/cartoons. On Ryloth there is a terrorist organization that h ...more
I tend to romanticize Vader a bit in the sense that he is a fallen hero destined for redemption and the one to bring balance to the force, but Kemp reminds that that person is not here yet and regardless of our knowledge of Anakin/Vader's destiny, he is a villain.
There is a scene at the beginning of the book ...more
A LONG TIME AGO, IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...
"Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters―and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.
On Ryl ...more
Cham Syndulla was a nice connection to The Clone Wars and Rebels both - he appeared in the forme ...more
I need more Star Wars fiction like this that features Vader in his prime: piloting the heck out his starfighter, using the Force to do crazy things without thought of failure, plowing through enemies with his lightsaber - you know, still doing the things Anakin Skywalker was doing during the Clone Wars, but blatantly evil.
I really enjoyed the introspection Vader had, the seeming omniscience Palpatine showed of Vader's thoughts, and Vader's respons ...more
The bookends of this one make Vader (and to a lesser extend Emperor Palpatine) just that. Set in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this story establishes Vader as a complete and total bad-ass. ...more
The fourth novel in Star Wars' new canon timeline, as approved by the Lucasfilm Story Group, Lords of the Sith takes us to the planet Ryloth, home of the Twi'lek race. Taking place several years after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the Free Ryloth movement sees a group of freedom fighters take on the Galactic Empire. Led by Twi'lek Cham Syndulla, will this movement be enough to destroy Vader and the Emperor? Of course not, as we know from ...more
I might have edited Lords of the Sith in a different manner. Kemp has an interesting chapter abou ...more
This has me worried for the future of Star Wars writing under Disney. I've read Timothy Zahn's books a couple of times al ...more
Lords of the Sith is a decent entry in the Star Wars universe with a familiar setup but good execution. As this takes place before Episode IV, we know this story has many limitations that Kemp works within well. We get a good amount of action both in space and planet-side and a surprising amount of insight and introspection from Darth Vader along the way.
The beginning feels like so many others that have come before: random resistance/rebellion is causing trouble a ...more
I've had a couple of rough starts with the "new" Star Wars (Disney) EU having slogged through Aftermath and Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company recently. That's not to say there haven't been some bright spots since Disney took over - or even Marvel for that matter (Star Wars, Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes) - as I've indicated on my reviews for A New Dawn, Star Wars: Tarkin, and Dark Disciple.
Mr. Kemp's work on Lords of the Sith, though, really took it over the top for me.
This was my fi ...more
I requested this book as I have read several in the Star Wars series with this being the first I have read by Paul Kemp. I will give you my opinions on this book without giving away the substance of the book. I hate it when reviewers do that and if I read th ...more
Well, after the inexplicably mediocre and boring Heir to the Jedi
by the otherwise phenomenal, Kevin Hearne, this is a move in the right direction. Fun. Complex. Sweeping. Good character stuff, and great space opera. I hope that all the New EU books are this good, or better.
[Note: De ...more
A unique entry into the Star Wars universe. No other book I've read gets as deeply inside Vader's head as this one. The story is smaller scale than your usual SW fare, no superweapons in this one. I wish that for a book centered around Vader we got to delve in deeper beyond the surface of Vader's thinking, lots of the emotional conflict he has can be assumed, so to me it was fun although not necessarily new.
It's definitely a terrific entry in the new canon, and reading Vader is enjoyab ...more
One of the most fascinating aspect of this novel is Vader. There a lot ...more
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Vader raised his blade, his breathing loud and steady. When he spoke, his voice was as deep and hollow as a funeral gong.
"I know precisely what you mean" he said and slashed.”