Title: Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
Author: James Luceno
Release Date: January 10, 2012 (LucasBooks)
Series: Star Wars Expanded Universe
Genre: Science Fiction
From Goodreads.com: 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?
Comments: I have a rule when it comes to hardbacks, especially adult fiction in general — wait for the paperback. I’m so far behind on reading, and hardbacks are expensive. There have been times in the past where the paperback has come out and I’m still not ready to read the book. There are exceptions to this rule. The Harry Potter series, for instance. This is another one.
Darth Plagueis is a long time coming. It was slated to be released years ago, then pulled from the publishing line-up. When I saw that it was due to be released, I knew I’d be buying it in hardcover and read it when I got it in hand. I love the way this author writes Darth Sidious/Palpatine. Cloak of Deception and Labyrinth of Evil are two of my all-time favorites.
What book are you eagerly waiting for?