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Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition] Hardcover – February 10, 2012
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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).
Contributing Artists: Paul Allan Ballard, Jeff Carlisle, Chris Reiff, Chris Trevas, Russell Walks, Terryl Whitlatch, and the studio of Aristia/Hive Studios.
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I ordered and waited and when it arrived I was disappointed. The box containing the book, holocron and other items was packed away in a shipping box and the merchandise box was damaged. Looked like someone had dropped something heavy on it. Despite the bad packaging I opened it up and pulled it out. The holocron door was broken and partway open and all the items that were supposed to be stashed in the book like the cloth, star map, and other things were all sticking out of the book like someone had read the book, crammed everything back in and then sent it back. It seems that someone had ordered this item, decided they didn't like it, sent it back and Amazon put it back on their shelf without even checking the condition.
I immediately repackaged it and sent it back for a replacement. After more waiting, my replacement arrived. This time they had wrapped the box in bubble wrap and when I opened the box the holocron was shrink wrapped. The first one I received was not. Also there was a separate piece of cardboard in the box that the first one didn't have either. The door this time was not cracked open so I pulled the tab out from the battery hold and pressed the button. The holocron opened just fine with no trouble and out came the book. The items are all in the correct places in the book and the amulet and crystal are packaged correctly in their slots. I have opened and closed the holocron many times since I got it and it still works just fine. I am upset that my first delivery was such a disappointment but the replacement I received is very good quality and I'm very happy with it. I have dealt with Amazon many times, all with good results so I was shocked to find my first delivery in such bad shape.
In the future, I would watch out when ordering from Amazon during a sale as you might receive second-hand or poor quality merchandise. I will not be purchasing from Amazon during anymore sales as a precaution.
I also managed to get the Vault Edition of the book, which comes with a HoloCrom, a Sith amulet and a Sith crystal. The box is a bit too loud and the artifacts feel like they were made of cheap plastic, but still, the objects are quite nice looking.
I was also impressed by the amount of extra material that comes within the book (maps, notes, even a piece of clothing with Sith writing that really looks like a clothing written in blood - so cool!), everything seems to help you to get immersed in the story. Definitely worth buying!
The holocron also contains a red crystal shard (used for lightsabers, those not familiar with Star Wars lore) and a compass, both of which I can't figure out how to get out of the thing, and I don't think are supposed to come out. I have seen a few people who have finagled them out, but I personally wouldn't try it.
The sound effects are really spot on, albeit loud, but it doesn't completely ruin it. I enjoyed the nice touch. Overall, a great product, fantastic gift, and superb Star Wars collectible!