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Daniel Wallace is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters as well as a dozen more books that explore the underpinnings of the Star Wars universe, including The Jedi Path, Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, and co-author of Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle. He is a regular contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine and compiled the questions used in the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit game. In addition to his contributions to the galaxy far, far away, he has written for several other universes such as Indiana Jones, Smallville, Supernatural, DC Comics (The Joker and The Art of Superman Return) and Marvel Comics (The Marvel Encyclopedia).
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The Sith have been getting a lot of love of late, what with the introduction of Darth Malgus in Star Wars: The Old Republic as well as the recent novel about Darth Plagueis, and this has continued with the release of The Phantom Menace on 10th February, and on the same day, Book of Sith, which as the title suggests, is a book, of Sith...
The book itself comes enclosed in a holocron that also contains a Sith Crystal and Talisman concealed within the tray that also holds the book. Pressing a button on the top of the holocron opens it, with a section of the front lifting-up to allow the tray inside to slide out and reveal the book, all of which is accompanied by a rather piercing wall of noise (sounding at times like force lightning, at others a lightsaber closing down) and flashing red lights. I may be easily entertained, but personally I think it's a pretty awesome feature.
The books is broken down into six texts, which, as Darth Sidious details in the preface, were recovered during his gathering of ancient Sith artifacts, and comprises Sorzus Syn's chronicle of the rise of the Sith Empire, a war journal by Darth Malgus, The Rule of Two by Darth Bane, Wild Power by Mother Talzin, a scientific journal by Darth Plagueis, and Absolute Power by Darth Sidious. A note from Luke Skywalker(!), explains that each of these sections has its own page design and trim, to distinguish the six individual texts.
In the preface of the book, Darth Sidious explains how he has seen the Grand Plan of the Sith come to fruition, as well as his purpose in compiling the texts included in the book, with one, somewhat ironically, being recovered from the Jedi Temple.Read more ›
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Just received my copy today, it's everything described and more! The Holocron packaging is beyond words, way cooler than than the first packaging for the jedi book, The book itself is even designed better, why does evil get better stuff? This was so worth the price of $59.99. I can't wait to start reading the secrets of the dark side. Great work on a great follow up to your first book!! Job well done!!
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A review of this item really needs to be taken from two perspectives: first regarding the book and second regarding the vault.
The book is nicely done. It's well bound with an embossed, leather-like cover. Each different journal section is composed of unique page types, helping to sell the idea that its a compilation from multiple sources spanning many years. It's well written and provides some nice insights into the Sith and their history, practices, powers and plans. If I was reviewing the book alone I'd probably give it 4-5 stars...in fact, if you can buy the book alone I'd seriously recommend doing so because that leads us to the second part of this review...
The Sith Vault Holocron case looks uber cool...at first. It's really a piece of junk. The quality of plastic used for both the holocron and the misc. added items is about the cheapest that can be found. Casting marks are evident in the plastic that really hurt the overall appearance. When you press the gold triangle to start the action, the appearance only gets worse. Not only is the animation mechanism poorly designed but it's also made of far too flimsy low density plastic. The gears click-click-click and then finally engage. I bought this as a birthday gift and the vault didn't even survive the day. Within half a dozen uses it was hanging up or failing to open and close properly. The vault itself is only part of it, the removable items are cheap too. The "bonus" items are nothing more than thin, fraying fabric, simple printed paper and low grade plastic. When you consider the cheapness of the vault, it might be be worth perhaps half of the current price, but the poor design further undermines that plausibility.Read more ›
Just got this other day. Got it out of box, pulled battery strip and pressed the button on door. Opened up and made all the noises and lights and was just pure awesome. Read like half the book already, put the book back into the box and did not want to close. It made this like grinding sound and door did not want to shut. I pressed button again and had to kinda help force it down, hasn't done that since, but it shouldn't do that at all. I give the book a 5/5. I give the box a 3/5. just could have done a lot better job on door mechanism and such. The book of Jedi had a way better case, this is a fail. sorry to say that but its true, not worth 60 bucks at all. maybe 30 at that. The book of sith is way better then path of jedi though, hope this helps, thanks for your time, may the force be with you
Got this item yesterday and was really excited about it. I opened it up and sat it on the table where I just stared at it for a few minutes. Then, with great anticipation, I pushed the button and the lights came on, the hatch opened the book slid out and it was as great!! Loved it. Then I pushed the button again. The book retracted and the door shut just as it should. But the closing action was horribly loud and it sounded as if the gears were grinding terribly. Is this common? Did anyone else have this problem? Later on that night, I went back and pushed the button again to open it. This time, the door DIDN'T open and the book was trying to slide out. I had to force the door open, hoping not to break it. Fortunately, it seemed to work okay after that mishap. But it was still disappointing, considering the money spent. It seems like a simple enough device, why doesn't it work properly or in a quieter fashion? IMO, the Jedi Path vault edition is way better than this in terms of functionality. But Book of Sith looks cooler! I look forward to reading the book anyways.