Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis Synopsis

James Luceno's off again on again Darth Plagueis novel has recently gotten a cover and now courtesy of the publisher Random House it has a synopsis. 

He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived.
But could he be the only one who never died?

“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”
—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
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?
So um, yeah this books sounds totally boring.  Why would they publish this drek? ......

Heck, who am I kidding.  This book is going to be awesome.  At 400 pages and due out December 27th this is the best way to spend all that Christmas money. 

Not only am I excited to see Plagueis, to see Sidious' training, but also to learn who Plagueis' Master was.  I have a suspicion it will be Darth Tenebrous based on the short story that Matthew Stover is writing for Star Wars Insider magazine to tie into the book. 

This long term behind the scenes power grab that the Sith pull off in the Prequel films has its origins with Darth Bane and the groundwork laid down by Drew Karpyshyn in the Darth Bane Trilogy.  The last Darth Bane book is set in 980 BBY and The Phantom Menace is set in 32 BBY, that is over 900 years of Sith mischief that has yet to be truly explored.  I can't wait to see if we get any references back o Darth Bane, Zannah or Cognus.  

Big tip of the hat to Knights Archive for posting the synopsis earlier today. 

SOURCES: Random House and Knights Archive

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