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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
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I ordered the Jedi Path and Book of Sith as a pre-order bundle. They arrived yesterday (4/22/13) and I read them both that evening. I enjoyed both books, but the Book of Sith is the superior of the two.

The book is broken up into several sections; each section has a different page format, making it truly look like a compendium of different books. The book itself is about the size of a standard journal. The cover is made from red leather, which is a step up from the canvas cover of The Jedi Path.

After an introduction by Darth Sidious, we begin with the journal of Sorzus Syn, one of the original Dark Lords of the Sith whom was banished by the Jedi following the Hundred-Year Darkness who provides her own history, the history of the Sith species (known as Sith Purebloods) and the make-up of the Sith Empire at that time. Next comes a field journal written by Darth Malgus (from the Old Republic MMO), which goes into Malgus's disgust of the Sith Empire's self-serving bureaucracy, which dovetails nicely into ... Darth Bane (my favorite Sith Lord) who instituted the Rule of Two after the fall of the Brotherhood of Darkness (the incarnation of the Sith Empire during his era). Even if you've read the Darth Bane novel trilogy, this section presents a fresh first-person perspective from the man himself.

Mother Talzin's section is the low-point of the book. Sidious explains including this section even though the Nightsisters are obviously not Sith because their insights are worth preserving, but both the content and the artwork in this section are the worst of the book. The artwork is made up of mostly of photo shopped cosplayers dressed up as Nightsisters (and Nightbrothers) photo shopped to give them force abilities. There is also a section about the deities the Nightsisters worship known as the "Winged Goddess" and the "Fanged God", who are in reality the "Brother" and "Sister" from the Mortis arc in the Clone Wars series. Didn't Anakin murder them? If he murdered the Nightsister's gods why didn't they notice? Also, there's no mention of the "Father" from Mortis in the Nightsister's pantheon, which is odd because they make a point of noting that they believe in balance, and not just "the darkside". It's not all bad. Talzin goes into the history and abilities associated with the Nightsisters, as well as the Nightsister's views on other darkside traditions. It's decent, but definitely, the section that held this book back from being perfect.

Darth Plagueis's handwritten research notes/journal make up the next section. The section is fascinating, and goes into Plagueis's theories about creating life, and immortality. Within the context of the Star Wars universe, his theories make perfect sense. Lastly, Darth Sidious closes his volume with his own section, which itself is split into three chapters: The Weakness of Inferiors, The Book of Anger, and The Manipulation of Life (later re-named The Creation of Monsters). The version in this volume is rather short compared to what you'd expect, but Sidious explains that this version was an early draft.

The common thread throughout the compilation is the prophecy of the Sith'ari, the perfect Sith. Notably, each Sith author believes himself to be the Sith'ari for reasons that made sense within that Sith Lord's era. Sidious notes that Plagueis believed that Darth Bane was the actual Sith'ari, but in his notes, he even entertains the notion that it might truly be him. Since the Sith philosophy is all about self-improvement, the ideal of the Sith'ari is obviously something that the most powerful Sith sought to reach. It gives the book a sense of theme and structure that such a collection of different works might otherwise lack.

In closing, I found this book very entertaining, but it was very short. Some people may object to paying nearly $20 for such a short book, but when you consider the production value, it's worth it in my opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
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This book is worth every penny. It's truly incredible among all other Star Wars books as 100% of the book is created as a book that combines several of the most powerful Sith/Dark Side users unique teachings and so forth. Each different "Volume" in this "Tome" even makes the edges of each different and absolutely unique, drawing you more and more into the Star Wars universe as if you're part of that universe and are actually looking upon a book of amazing power and forbidden secrets.

You would think that going any farther in creating this book to pull you into the Star Wars Galaxy would be impossible, yet it is done so beautifully as almost every page you read there are notes made, each in their own completely unique handwriting and personality by Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Mace Windu, Yoda, Asajj Ventress, and so forth.

The book is the most beautifully made I have ever seen from cover to cover the quality is jaw dropping. I own every Star Wars Extended Universe Novel written, dictionaries/encyclopedia, language guide, Star Wars Atlas, DnD rule books, and the books that would be categorized with the Jedi vs Sith definitive guide book which in its self is a must have, although regardless of all of this I have to say point for point "The Book of Sith" is and will remain the top Star Wars book of its category.

In conclusion if you're a Star Wars fan and especially if you're like myself and side with/firm supporter of the Sith ways and Dark Side not having this book is a cruelty and injustice upon yourself that you shouldn't endure for another second!

PS: The original book released a year ago was part of an awful idea. To justify the insane price of $40-$60 they made it mandatory that the book was combined with useless garbage such as a cheap plastic sith holocron that made noises and had lights as the zenith of the crap you were required to purchase to get your hands on this book. I never heard one positive thing about that blunder, I know that the items such as the plastic holocron were so cheaply made that some worked for less than a day for people but considering that after only using it once even the most easily entertained and bored minds would abandon it.

But atleast they finally got the message and released this book the way it should have been released originally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
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awesome short read. had lots of interesting details and stories. i enjoyed this book very much. be careful it does have some spoilers if you have not read other star wars novels
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
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The immoral, selfish ways of the dark side are wonderfully laid out for comparison and contrast with our own approach to social and economic "morality"...we prize the type A personality as too would the Sith! Anyway, use it with son to donate ate how not to live and treat others.
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on March 4, 2015
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I really love Star Wars, and I also really love the Sith and the Empire. It's cool to root for the bad guys and the Sith are a group who have such a rich history and story to them that it's easy to enjoy reading about them.

However this book was a little lacking for my tastes.

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS***

This book has 6 different sections not including the preface. Each section is on a different style of paper and slightly different color to make it look like this is one book that has been cobbled together from fragments of other works. The book also has little notes in the margins from people like Luke, Vader, Mace, Palpatine, Ventress, Vos, etc and I'll admit that's kinda cool.

So let's examine each section, shall we?

1. Journal of Sorzus Syn - This is pretty boring, it talks about some ancient Jedi being exiled and coming in contact with the original Sith. It only gets interesting when they discuss Korriban, weapons, amulets and holocrons. For some reason I really like reading about holocrons, don't ask why, it's just one of my quirks.

2. Field Journal of Darth Malgus - This is also boring, it's just a bunch of whining by this Sith lord who is in a war, and he is complaining that the war is hard and he's losing.

3. Rule of Two by Darth Bane - This is more like it! It goes into detail about the Rule of Two and really talks about what happened in the Darth Bane trilogy, one of my favorite Star Wars trilogies of all time, so it was awesome! This discusses the failure of the old Sith Brotherhood, talks about combat, building lightsabers, using them in combat, Sith armor and using the Force in battle. It's an awesome section!

4. Wild Power by Mother Talzin - This was also awesome! It's written by one of the Night Sisters from Dathomir. Some know them as the Witches of Dathomir. They have also always interested me. This talks about other Force users and how they use the Force. It also tells us about the history of the Nightsisters and of Dathomir. This section also goes over their "spells," and the trials they use to weed out the weak among them.

5. Darth Plaguesis' Notes - Boring! This is like reading some high schooler's biology lab notes. This part was a real chore to get through.

6. Absolute Power by Darth Sidious - This ended the book and it was also pretty boring. It's just page after page of Palpatine ranting and gloating about how great and successful he is and how he is so awesome for defeating the Jedi. It's really lame.

***END SPOILERS*** ***END SPOILERS*** ***END SPOILERS***

So as you can see, the book has it's moments but it is mostly pretty boring. I'll admit that it LOOKS really cool and I guess it would look good on a collector's shelf along side the Jedi Path and the Bounty Hunter's Code books, but I felt this could have been better.

2.5 stars is my verdict and I am rounding it up to 3 because I want to be nice.
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on April 27, 2013
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The Book of Sith is an excellent read!! It is comprised of 6 texts, each one is written either by a Sith Lord (Darth Malgus, Darth Bane, Darth Plagueis and lastly Darth Sidious), someone important to the history of the Sith (Sorzus Syn), or someone that is highly skilled in dark side magick (Mother Talzin).

Each section offers something different in terms of content: Darth Malgus (essentially a war journal), Darth Bane (discusses the Rule of two, choosing an apprentice, and different fighting styles of the Sith), Darth Plagueis (goes in depth about manipulating the midi-chlorians of others, and oneself, in order to live forever), Darth Sidious (chronicles his rise to power, and decribes how he went about creating the Galactic Empire), Sorzus Syn (decribes her own exile from the Jedi order, and her group's defeat of the native Sith people of Korriban), and lastly Mother Talzin ( goes into detail about her role as the clan mother and shaman of the Nightsisters, the religious beliefs of the people of Dathomir, and the different forms of magick that Nightsisters and some Nightbrothers are proficient in).

The Book of Sith is an excellent read, and it gives a great amount of detail and backstory, into the history of the Sith. If you are a fan of the dark side of the force, you must own this book!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
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I bought this book for my husband, who loves Star Wars, but is not much of a reader. He's been reading in it every night before bed!
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on July 5, 2013
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Like "The Jedi Path" before it, this book is a masterpiece. This is a definite must-have for any die hard fan of the Star Wars Universe. I love how there are separate excerpts from different individuals and time periods with the writings of all who have had their hands on the book through the ages scribbled in the margins. Another neat touch is the way the book is bound. Each section has it's own unique textured paper. It was odd to get used to at first because none of the edges of the pages lined up, but for the presentation aspect, it really makes sense. It's as if someone stumbled across all these different scriptures and instead of taking the time to rewrite them all, potentially losing important information in translation, they just bound all the writings into one book for all to read in their original glory.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon May 9, 2014
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I highly recommend this book for anyone intersted in Star Wars or Sith lore. It is a very high quality production written in each Sith Lord's own handwriting and on their own type of journal paper (that means there are 7-8 different types of pages/paper in the book). Includes entries from Sorzus Syn, Darth Malgus, Darth Bane, Mother Telzin, Darth Plagueis, and Darth Sidious. Also includes hand written commentary from Yoda, Mace, Sidious, Vader, and Luke. Does a nice job keeping true to previous books written or stories told about each of these folks. I've put together a short video review so you can get a better idea what it looks like and what's included. I hope you find it helpful.
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on January 10, 2014
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I would certainly like to recommend this item to every Star Wars fan out there!

I received the item faster than the shipping date, so I was positively surprised. What I love about the item are the comments/notes on the sideline, written by various Star Wars characters. It gives you the feeling you are its next owner and the previous ones left these notes. Also, the pages are all different looking at structure, color and the Fonts. As it says in the notes on the first page that this book is a collection of all the pages they could find, the others 'destroyed'. You are really pulled into the Star Wars story. Exellent quality and a must have for all Star Wars fans!
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