James Luceno – Darth Plagueis Audiobook
Darth Plagueis: One of the brightest Sith Lord to ever live. Possessing power is all he wants. Losing him is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraced the rough ways of the Sith. And when the time was right, he destroyed his Master, and vowed not to meet the same fate. Because unlike the other Dark Side disciples, Darth Plagueis will learn to control the ultimate power … that of life and death. Darth Sidious: the apprentice chosen by Plagueis. Under the direction of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while, publicly, he rises in galactic government. First Senator, then Chancellor, and finally Emperor. Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, the Master and his sidekick, aim for domination of the galaxy – and annihilation of the Jedi Order. But can they challenge the ruthless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to reign as Master and the dream of the other to live forever sign their destruction?
Here is an interesting novel in more ways than one for those who love SW and its Extended Universe. First because he is interested in the Sith formation of Palpatine / Darth Sidious, the future Emperor (for me the real central character of the book). And above all because he lifts the veil on the machinations that allowed him to gain power. This gives consistency to the much maligned (rightly so in my case) Episode 1: we better understand how we got there.
We learn that Sidious and his master Dark Plagueis, have developed the Grand Plan to ensure the revenge of the Sith; Great Plan which they patiently implemented over several decades. The relationship between master and apprentice is unique in that Plagueis intends to put an end to the long Sith tradition which wants the apprentice to kill his Master in order to succeed him. The Sith Lord in fact, by devoting himself to the manipulation of midi-chlorians, seeks to make himself immortal, making him and his apprentices the last Siths (no one is called to succeed them), founders of a new order . One suspects however, the films making only one and single allusion to Plagueis, that Sidious has something else in mind and will end up supplanting his Master. For the record, it seems to me that the book describes a scene from one of the films, in which Plagueis should appear (a scene that takes place in the Senate). To check therefore (history to see if the book is really correct).
In terms of style James Luceno – Darth Plagueis Audiobook is clearly at the top of the basket of SW novels. However, we do not avoid a few typos and crappy translations (I suppose in any case that it’s the translation and not the author who messes up!).
It is a reading that I recommend to fans: the book turns out in any case much more interesting than the films from which it is inspired and which it extends. The latter would also have benefited from offering more of a point of view centered on the real “bad guys” than on the second knives (Dark Maul, Dokoo …) or, worse, the Gungans.