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Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James…
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Title:Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
Authors:James Luceno
Info:Del Rey (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno



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A fun book for Star Wars fans. A little weekend popcorn reading. ( )
  bibliosk8er | Aug 16, 2018 |
Taking place largely in the aftermath of the events of Episode 3, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader lets the reader tag along and get inside the head of a very broken (physically, emotionally, psychologically) Anakin Skywalker sorting things out in the early days of what will be the rest of his life as Darth Vader.

It's surprising to see how one of the chief complaints many reviewers have about this book is that we are reading about an "emo" Vader. What many perceive to be a flaw of the book, I say is what makes it special. Anakin/Vader has been in the suit for a matter of weeks when the first POV chapter appears. After everything the guy has been through in the 6-8 weeks, I think one could forgive him for coming across as what folks are calling "emo". I guess these same reviewers think that returning soldiers with PTSD issues are "emo" too? Most people's first glimpse of Darth Vader (the opening scenes of ep 4) comes at a time when he's been in the suit & serving Palpatine for 19-20 years. He's had two decades to get used to his new "life" & grow callous about his circumstances. He's a very different person in Episode 4 than he is in this novel (taking place in the immediate aftermath of Episode 3).

Enough with my rant against the haters - I really enjoyed Dark Lord. It provided a nice followup to the closing of Episode 3. I also enjoyed the alternate POV from the Jedi who survived the extermination order, as well as the Bail Organa POV chapters.

I've read a lot of Star Wars fiction, and not all of it is good. THIS is good though. Luceno does a fine job of writing the "dark" side (pardon the pun) of Star Wars. After reading this I intend to eventually track down [b:Darth Plagueis|11099729|Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)|James Luceno|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1310159548s/11099729.jpg|15371735] for another dose of the lost chapters of the greater story. ( )
  Adam_Z | Mar 19, 2018 |
sequel to Episode III. Not that great of a story overall, but a good look at Darth Vader’s thots and emotions as he becomes the Dark Lord. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
In the immediate aftermath of Revenge of the Sith, this novel follows Darth Vader in his earliest days as a Sith as he is trying to shed any parts of Anakin that still reside within him. Meanwhile, a group of remaining Jedi led by Jedi Knight Roan Shryne try to regroup after most of their order was wiped out by the clone troopers. Vader is not the strong character that he will eventually become and the one most readers know him as. He’s full of self-loathing and not terribly likeable, although that begins to change by the end of the novel. Palpatine manipulates him as well as everyone around him in his evil schemes, which helps make up for Vader’s weakness.

Overall, I thought the plot was strong in this novel. After Revenge of the Sith, it was mostly left up to the imagination as to what exactly happened to all of those Jedi. This bridged the gap a bit, although I would have liked to have seen more interaction with the clones. Other than the first handful of chapters, this is absent from this novel, and I thought it would have enhanced it. The characterization of Vader was a bit weak, but the other characters worked well in this novel, and it was cool to see Chewbacca in action. I would recommend this novel to fans of the Star Wars universe.

Carl Alves - author of Reconquest: Mother Earth ( )
  Carl_Alves | Aug 10, 2016 |
Directly following the events of Revenge of the Sith, this novel alternates between following Jedi and padawans who survived the initial purge, Palpatine, Bail Organa, and Vader. The emperor begins to assert his dominance over the known galaxy even as he sends Vader on missions intended to tether him firmly to the dark side and remove the lingering traces of Anakin. At the same time, escaped Jedi are forced to determine their paths given the destruction of the Order, the rise of the Sith, and the assumed death of their Chosen One.
In my opinion, the characters are interesting, and minor appearances by Tarkin, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan can be savored. At the same time, Padawan Starstone appears to be as childish, annoying, and blinded to reality as the smugglers find her. ( )
  Ailinel | May 1, 2015 |
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Throughout the galaxy, it was believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker–the Chosen One–had died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some extent, that was true. Anakin was dead.

From the site of Anakin Skywalker’s last stand–on the molten surface of the planet Mustafar, where he sought to destroy his friend and former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi–a fearsome specter in black has risen. Once the most powerful Knight ever known to the Jedi Order, he is now a disciple of the dark side, a lord of the dreaded Sith, and the avenging right hand of the galaxy’s ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by the machinations of the Dark Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is dead . . . and Darth Vader lives.

Word of the events that created him–the Jedi Council’s failed mutiny against Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the self-crowned Emperor’s retaliatory command to exterminate the Jedi Order, and Anakin’s massacre of his comrades and Masters in the Jedi Temple–has yet to reach all quarters. On the Outer Rim world of Murkhana, Jedi Masters Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone are leading a charge on a Separatist stronghold, unaware that the tide, red with Jedi blood, has turned suddenly against them.

When the three narrowly elude execution–and become the desperate prey in a hunt across space–it’s neither clone soldiers, nor the newly deployed stormtroopers, nor even the wrath of the power-hungry Emperor himself they must fear most. The deadliest threat rests in the hideously swift and lethal crimson lightsaber of Darth Vader–behind whose brooding mask lies a shattered heart, a poisoned soul, and a cunning, twisted mind hell-bent on vengeance.

For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padmé Amidala. Separated after Padmé’s death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime–and the unspeakable power of the dark side.

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Darth Vader, the evil emperor's powerful enforcer, sets out to eliminate all resistance to the Empire, a mission that reveals his true strength and role as the Emperor's iron fist.

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