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Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2006
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Jedi Knight, Roan Shryne, has all but abandoned his faith in the Force in the wake of the tragic events of Order 66. He finds little solace in his companion, a plucky young Padawan who has grand plans of saving the remnant of Jedi. En route, he discovers something even more disturbing, a chance to give up life as a Jedi and start over as an ordinary man.
Darth Vader is also undergoing a crisis of faith, unable to move on past the deceit and betrayal of his masters (both Obi Wan and Sidious) and to forge for himself a reason for being other than as yet another pawn for Palpy. But the dark plans of Sidious have only just begun as the Sith Lord prods and pushes Vader into situations that will trigger the chrsalysis of rage, a pathway to the true power of the dark side. His machinations will team Vader up with the newest emergent power, an Imperial Moff, who's overarching designs will mean the enslavement of a nation and the means of fueling life into the Empire's emerging superweapon, the Death Star.
Luceno builds a story filled with pathos, horror and intriguing insights into the minds of Darths Vader and Sidious. Numerous long-standing questions are answered along the way as we're enmeshed in the moral dilemma of a galaxy that's lost its way: a Clone Commando who will not obey Order 66, a politician who risks all to secretly undermine the Empire, a young Padawan that learns -- too late -- the price of blind obedience to duty, a race of fierce beings who will fight at all costs a losing battle against tyranny, and the former Chosen One who learns that he needs the Jedi still to grow into the agent of evil he's chosen to become.
All of that is well and good, but Mr. Luceno also delves into some extremely interesting questions, many of which had not occurred to me before reading this book. How much trouble does Anakin Skywalker have in adapting to his new role as Darth Vader? What does he need to do in order to make an impression in the various realms of the Empire and how will he be accepted? How difficult is it for Vader to function as an instrument of terror within the confines of the black suit and all of the artificial body parts? Can he overcome the death of Padme, especially after Sidious pins the blame for her death squarely on Vader? How long will it be before he becomes proficient in the Sith dark arts and use of the Force? Can he trust Sidious? Does he even want to trust Sidious or should he just bide his time, improve his skills, and then kill his master as Sidious once did to Darth Plagieus? Fascinating stuff.
We also are treated to a wonderful look at Bail Organa's moment of near-terror when Vader shows up on Alderaan and decides he wants to meet Bail's wife Breha. The main problem is that at that moment Breha is walking around the palace holding baby Leia. Would Vader sense that his child was nearby? R2-D2 has a great sequence in the palace at the same time. R2 is one of the very few entities that understand who all the players actually are and what has happened in the recent past.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the book was a total let-down on just about every level. Yoda never appears. Obi-Wan Kenobi is mentioned only in passing. The treatment of the major Star Wars characters--the Emperor, Vader, Chewbacca--is poorly done; they are nothing like the figures in the movies, and their internal dialogues are overwrought, sappy, and unrealistic. The new characters--Jedi Knights who survived the notorious Order 66--are even worse: They have no real identity and the reader never comes to care about them. There are typographical and grammatical errors throughout. The plot is threadbare and winds its own long way around. As with his characters, Luceno's descriptive language fails to convey any imagery, setting, or emotion. For instance: At the climactic moment when Vader reveals himself to one of the Jedi, the reader has no idea why Vader (a) "fell silent for a moment" or (b) why he suddenly breaks that silence and tells the Jedi who he is. Worst of all, some questions that Lucas purposefully left unanswered in the films (such as whether Sidious or Plageius manipulated midichlorians "to create life") are resolved in such a way that it weakens the dramatic arch of the Vader saga.Read more ›
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I really love this book! It takes place right after Revenge of the Sith. Darth Vader is still struggling with the loss of Padme and getting used to his new suit. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindred Spirits
Amazing read. Huge Vader fan and love reading books and comics on him. The films weren't enough. Need more Vader!Published 17 days ago by Warren
This isn't just one of the best Star Wars books I've ever read, it's one of the best books I've ever read. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ray C
I wish I could un-read this book.
Before I go into why, I need to say that there was SO much potential here. Read more
Luceno knows how to deliver a well-rounded Star Wars novel. This is a compelling follow-up to Revenge of the Sith¬−even after being relegated to “Legends” status. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jared
A well-done look into the shaping of Darth Vader as the character we would know from the Classic Trilogy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Nieves
The novel is primarily made up of two sections: Vader accepting his new life as a Sith Lord and a few Jedi who survived Order 66. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather
Hard to review - I didn't read. Bought as a gift, but there were no complaints :)Published 5 months ago by Mark Omdahl