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Events that occur between 67 years and up to 2 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Darth Plagueis
BOOK STORY
James Luceno
Del Rey [US]; Arrow [UK]
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Synopsis:
Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master—but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death.
Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.
Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination—and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?


Chronology:
This story begins approximately 67 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:
Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2014:

"It amazes me how great the literature for the time period of The Phantom Menace is. I liked the movie, but it WAS a disappointment. I...We (!) expected more from the return of the Jedi to the cinemas. But back on topic:
"In here you have the story of Darth Sidious and his master Darth Plagueis. We get to see how they both manipulate and scheme themselves to the very top of the food chain, it is a political thriller mostly, but it is not dull... it is fascinating. You get to know not only the real story of Star Wars, but you get the insight into so many Sith-teachings, it is almost frightening. There are a lot of surprises in this book, a lot of known events take on different shapes and at the same time this story holds all the other material tying into the first movie together.
"It is recommended (although not necessary) to read Cloak of Deception, Darth Maul - Shadow Hunter, Darth Maul - Saboteur, Darth Maul by Ron Marz and Jedi Council - Acts of War, because those stories are often referenced. Actually there is a lot of name dropping, especially for the period of Darth Bane and before, but these books are less required, because even to our main anti-heroes, these times are very ominous and legendary (I am not saying you should not read them, I am saying you do not need them to get the whole picture).
"All in all maybe my favorite Star Wars book of all time, topping even The Thrawn Trilogy, which has tremendous sentimental value to me! This is required reading if you like Star Wars."

Rating: 5 / 5

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