Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis

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Darth Plagueis, a Sith Lord who knows the Dark Side so well that he has power over life and death, joins forces with his apprentice, one-day emperor Darth Sidious, to try to dominate the whole galaxy
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781448136285
1448136288
9780345532558
0345532554
034551128X
9780345511287
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: data file
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blue_hawk_930
Nov 05, 2017

I've decided to read every star wars book, starting with this one. Darth Plagueis is somewhat of a boring character, but the parts with young Palpatine were interesting.

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littlesusiemac
Jul 07, 2017

A very interesting read that gives insight into the rise and fall of Darth Plagueis, as well as how Darth Sidious and Darth Maul came to be. Slow at times, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

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Liam_leger
May 09, 2017

It's treason then

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ktfrost
Feb 12, 2017

Read a lot of Star Wars books. This is crap, waste of time. I went in with an open mind and speed read most of it to make it to the end. The whole book should be called Naboo Politics. It is like the New George Lucas trilogies, garbage.

There are a few interesting Sith history info, but not much. I would read Darth Bane Series and Lords of the Sith. Those are the best so far.

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

Like the Darth Bane trilogy, this had a lot of deaths. But unlike the Bane trilogy, there was a lot more to this book than just death. Readers follow Plagueis on his Midi-chlorian experiment journey and Palpatine on his rise through Star Wars politics. ( I sometimes wonder why James Luceno isn't a politician, because he makes the political talks and debates so fun to read about). Luceno brings up events that happen in other Star Wars books like Cloak of Deception and Shadow Hunter and I think that events from those books and this one combined fit well with Episode one. I thought that the parts where Sidious and Plagueis were training or talking about Sith parts was either weird, confusing, or gross. (Gross when they fought a group of primitive beings and started eating the heart of one of the fallen warriors). A lot of characters get mentions in this book like Jorus C'baoth, Exar Kun, and Komari Vosa, and I think that tries to help connect a lot of the books and video games together, which is pretty nice. So, Darth Plagueis sometimes feels a little long, and some stuff here can either messy or confusing, and the deaths are depressing, but I think everything that happens in this book just helps you understand how the Sith ingeniously crafted the fall of the Republic and the Jedi.

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Starpoem
Sep 19, 2016

What a depressing book! It's basically one long bloodbath.

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Jamur1044
Jun 16, 2016

Lacking in the action typical of Star Wars EU novels. Enjoyable given the rise of Palpatine, but had the feeling the author had to jump ahead in the story in order to save pages.

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djayli
Nov 19, 2014

A must read to any fan of the Star Wars saga. Clearly ties in Events prior to the start of the movies. Amazing to watch the rise of the Sith from Oblivion.

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

One of the best books I have ever read, Luceno's Darth Plagueis is a epic tale of the main sparks that lead to the Clone Army, the Invation of Naboo, and Palpatine's rise to power. Many may think that a Star Wars book may not be very intense, but be warned! This book took a month to finish, and I am a very good reader. Fantastic book, all should read it!!!!

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis: Well, after an exhaustive six months and five library book renewals, I have finally finished Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. I know this is such a lengthy time to read a book… and some might refer to me as a rigorously retarded reader, but I try my best! In this supposed said existence, most mortals are not as mystical mendicant monks; even if and when perchance some possibly are, the feeling of angst anger, and overflowing wrathful ire are what fuels furious frustrations in us, including me. For to have to wearily watch and tirelessly witness countless masses of the worst and wicked kind go unabated, this is a most piercing punishment… much more than I or anyone would wish or be of want of. The wanting to be able to do something… to want to wield my witnessing of this mad, mind numbing outer world experience; and put it into some kind of active, proactive practice… and to put it into something that might matter… and to put it into something that might mean something, is what most relates to me. In this manner of actively achieving, I very and verily much relate to what the dark side can harbinger. In truth, I must admit: primped and pampered mystical mendicant monks, such as like Jedi in this story, are not then monks practicing the mendicant ways… they, these Jedi, have had their hands heavily involved in government affairs, and they additionally have an established Order to fall back on if and when they get grievously overwhelmed. But, to be alone in the world, and to see its travesties, and to see beings being bombastically inane and insane to each other and to their own self over and over as they keep repeating their own sick sins over and over without there being a sense of internal moral and inner peace, this then to me, is a most trickling tristeness and a trite pretense; to have to keep watching a pretense pass its prime, is truly an unnecessary; for this kind of case there should be need for some sort of super hero shepherd to show woe that it is wrong and not welcomed. This is why I believe at times, it is my responsibility and responsibility of super individuals to make stand; I have to mentally believe that whatever I wish to take on is my responsibility; so if I am ardently frustrated, I have to mentally believe that I can focus these frustrations into something fantastically fruitful; I have to be able to mingle and focus these frustrations alongside my austere and aesthetic monk-like qualities… in so that I may be able to concentrate and construct a mind of my own making, to be able to construct a mind for a benign world that we all can share in both mutually and equally. However, the meaningful means, by way of which one may make such a daunting dream, become an actuality, seems to come from one having to enter a labyrinth-like mental maze, made of mirages that look like many a myriad mirrors of one’s reflection. Thus, it seems nigh and near impossible to solve. It hurts to have to watch others continually suffer for their own shear madness. From my experience, I have found that most souls would rather defend their own hellish hells and live there in them rather than welcome a moment, let alone an age, of precious personal reprieve to come to pass. Ah, the seeming trials and errors of those, who wield the Force. To be as a forever, errant wanderer, utilizing the Force for frivolous means, and in it, I suppose (unless someone can wield the Force better than I) this is all we can do with it, right??? Rating: 4.7/5.0; Xandor Who (The rest of review is continued in Summary Section).

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Liam_leger
Jun 08, 2017

PALPATINE: "I AM THE SENATE"

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

VERUNA: "Do you really believe that that little political upstart can unseat me? The daughter of mountain peasants?"
PALPATINE: "The crowd she has drawn seems to think so. "

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

"Everything my gaze falls on will be mine: these buildings, these monads, these statues I will have slagged, this airspace whose use I will restrict to the powerful, the penthouse in 500 Republica, this Senate..."-Palpatine.

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

"We're not living in an age of giants, Sidious. But to succeed we must become as beasts."-Darth Plagueis.

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

PLAGUEIS: "I don't gamble, Captain, unless I know that the odds of winning are on my side."
CAPTAIN LAH: "That's not gambling."

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 45); Plagueis thinking of his former master, Darth Tenebrous: “To we who live in the Force, normal life is little more than pretense. Our only actions of significance are those we undertake in service to the dark side.”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 92); Plagueis to Venamis: “The future of the Sith no longer hinges on physical prowess but on political cunning. The new Sith will rule less by brute force than by means of instilling fear.”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 140); Plagueis speaking to female staff member at an academic university student center: “I’m looking for a student named Palpatine.”…female staff member: “I know him”… Plagueis speaking to female staff member: “Do you know where I might find him just now? Is he perhaps attending a class?”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 150): Plagueis thinking to himself about Palpatine’s knack for tact: “There it was again, Plagueis thought: the deceptive cadence; the use of flattery, charm, and self-effacement as if rapier feints in a duel. The need to be seen as guileless, unassuming, empathetic. A youth with no desire to enter politics, and yet born for it.”

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

(page 192); Plagueis speaking to Palpatine: “Feel the power of the dark side flow through you…We serve nature’s purpose by culling the herd, and our own by sharpening our skills. We are the predatory swarm!”

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Chinderixx
Jan 07, 2017

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

Seth2468 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

X_andor_Who thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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amyhollister
Dec 17, 2012

amyhollister thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

Sexual Content: One small issue.

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Seth2468
Jul 02, 2014

Violence: Not very common, but rare references to battles and Lightsaber deaths. Twice. small open battle in the book, [SPOILER] once, Lightsaber duel between Venamis and Plagueis, and later Plagueis is attack by assassins, but kills them with his bear hands.

X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

Violence: Based upon words worded and one having to use their imagination, one could come across some very visceral, feral-like, fight scenes. -X; Who

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X_andor_Who Apr 18, 2014

Things I liked and stories I learned of: Sith student and Sith mentor-master relationships; Plagueis history and connection to the original George Lucas Star Wars films; the philosophy of the supposed dark side; the ascetic training to become a Sith; the thinking thoughts of Plaguies and Palpatine (Sidious); the author, Luceno, and his way of wording word flow; some political sessions were nice… like when Plagueis/Hego Damask was attending meetings with Jedi council members. They, Plagueis and Palpatine having to hide their dark sided force from the Jedi; the point of view from the Sith’s side (the dark side); the opening scene of the book where it looks like Plagueis is dead; finding out about Palpatine’s past and how he didn’t get along well with his father and how he was shipped around to different boarding schools; fight scenes were fun. Things I found to be interesting: The starting of the cloning facility and its functions to produce a clone army; Plagueis and his scientific research into the functioning of the force (the midichlorians); the Plagueis and Tenebrae relationship, (though it was relatively short in this book); hits put out on prominent members of the world by various factions. At times, I fell asleep while reading some passages as I found them to be boring, and those passages being: the descriptions of the structural cityscapes and of the planetary terrain; political sessions where parliamentary representatives would licentiously litigate their supposed cause thru their probably lying, forked tongues. Finally, the Sith seem to have noble natures; and in fact it would be nice if there really were more of a hybrid between Jedi and Sith to create a new class of philosophy. I think I heard someone mention something about there being such a thing in the book series. Overall, there really isn’t much distinction to as why personal paths go in different directions except that generally no one is around to help young force users to foster their eldritch powers. Tags Summary: plotting, meticulous, planning, politics, political power, political positioning, parliament, government, two faced, Janise faced, deception, dissension, perfidy, lattice laced lies, layers of lattice laced lies, ruse, schemes, hatching, force, dark side, double lives, training, philosophy, philosophers, science, academics, death, eternal, life, Jedi, monks, mendicant monks, Sith, Sith Lords, midichlorians, mastery, mind, mental mind mastery, awareness, awakening, killing, mass killings, honing, lightsabers, dangerous duels, deadly duels, planets, planetary system, skillful swordsmen, wielding weapons, diligence, spies, agenda, hidden, occultism, force users, sorcery, master magicians, wizards, warriors, coming of age, factions, affiliations, droid destruction, master, mentor, mentorship, student, disciple, trust, doubt, megalomaniac mentality, ascension, meditation, lineage, sith lineage, lore, backstory, lampshading past, destroying from within, hatred, animosity, enmity, abhor, emotions, stoism, ascetic, aesthetics, finances, financial institution, ethnic groups, aliens, amber eyes, fear, instill fear, Star Wars, Star Wars universe, George Lucas, darth, adroitness, creed, training hard pays off, red headed heroes Rating: 4.7/5.0; Xandor Who (The beginning of this review is contained within the comment section).

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