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Dark Lord : the Rise of Darth Vader

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This New York Times bestselling sequel to the film Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith opens as Darth Vader is ordered by the emperor to wipe out resistance to the new order.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballentine Books, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345477323
0345477324
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Luc

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Chinderixx
Mar 04, 2017

MON MOTHMA: "We're too late. A dark time has begun."
BAIL ORGANA: "All the more reason to keep hope hidden."

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Chinderixx
Mar 04, 2017

VADER: "I suspect that you know more about the purpose of this meeting than I do, Moff Tarkin."
TARKIN: "Surely you can guess, my friend."
VADER: "Kashyyyk."
TARKIN: "Bravo."

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Chinderixx
Mar 04, 2017

"Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you..." -Darth Plagueis (in a flashback).

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Chinderixx
Mar 04, 2017

"A librarian with the force...Very dangerous combination."-Roan Shryne

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Chinderixx
Mar 04, 2017

Dark Lord: Rise of Darth Vader takes place during the final hours of the Clone Wars, and after the events of Revenge of The Sith. In this book, readers follow Darth Vader who is dealing with his transformation from Jedi to Sith, and him getting used to his new role as Emperor Palpatine's right hand man. The other main characters are Roan Shryne and Olee Starstone, two Jedi who survive Order 66 and go searching for other Jedi who may have survived while avoiding the "mysterious" figure in black who wants to see them destroyed.
This book is divided into four parts with an epilogue and the chapters are pretty short and easy to read. I think James Luceno did a good job with all these characters, getting their personalities spot on, (characters from the movies like Bail Organa, and Mon Mothma), and likable, (the new characters he creates like Shryne and Starstone).
There are references to the other novels in the Legends timeline, which is cool, and there even was some humor. One of the things I really liked about this book was that there was no bad words. That made this book even cooler!

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mexicanadiense
Mar 21, 2016

I enjoyed this one. Luceno handles Vader with a deft touch, his transformation is made much more plausible here. For one thing, the author directly addresses how nimble young Anakin becomes the lurching techno-Franken-monster of the Original Film Trilogy. Somewhat surprisingly, perhaps more pages are dedicated to a plucky band of Jedi survivors who are Vader's quarry as opposed to the Big Bad himself, but this structure works well. As in the films, Vader is scarier the less we see of him.

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CharlieJV
Jun 03, 2015

An interesting take on how Darth Vader grew from what we saw at the end of Revenge of the Sith to the black garbed menace of A New Hope. I recommend this to anyone who wants to kill some time while enjoying a bit of Star Wars at the same time.

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Mar 04, 2017

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Jun 03, 2015

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Mar 04, 2017

SUMMARY FROM WOOKIEPEDIA:
PART 1: THE OUTER RIM SIEGES: Jedi Masters Roan Shryne, Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone land on Murkhana with a contingency of clone troopers. Using information from a defected mercenary, Shryne leads a surgical strike on Murkhana City much to the dismay of Commander Salvo who preferred a strike from aboard the Star Destroyer Gallant. Joined by clone commando Climber and his Ion Team, Shryne leads the attack on the Separatist's shield generator, successfully completing their mission. During preparations to rendezvous with the other Republic forces, Climber is contacted by Salvo with the order to exterminate the Jedi. Conflicted by this command and his loyalty to his comrades, Climber instructs Ion Team to disrupt the planned ambush on the Jedi. A quick standoff ends with Climber allowing Shryne, Chatak and Starstone a head start before starting the hunt. Salvo loses most of his trust in Climber and his team and keeps his eye on them.
Shryne and the others decide to abandon their Jedi garb and gear in an attempt to escape the planet, but are captured by the troopers.
PART II: THE EMPEROR'S EMISSARY
Four standard weeks pass since the events of Order 66, with the downfall of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire over the Old Republic. Darth Vader, apprentice to the newly proclaimed Emperor Palpatine, alias Darth Sidious, and second-in-command in the Empire, is sent to Murkhana by Palpatine himself to investigate allegations of disloyalty from clones failing to carry out Order 66. Vader investigates and engages in a lightsaber duel with Bol Chatak; the Sith Lord wins by decapitating Chatak. Shryne and Olee escape Vader's wrath, seeking transportation offworld. Shryne and Olee find that transport through the Drunk Dancer, a freighter, and the former Jedi meets his mother, Jula.

PART III: IMPERIAL CENTER
Olee and Shryne part ways: Shryne stays with his mother, Olee goes in search of other Jedi survivors with the other Jedi. Meanwhile, Skeck, Archyr, Jula and Shryne—having parted ways with Fili to help Olee track Jedi—go to Alderaan to rescue Sern Prime's Senator Fang Zar. Darth Vader, having been sent by Palpatine to kill the Senator, confronts Shryne as they are about to escape. Zar and Jula are struck by Vader's lightsaber and Zar is killed. Luckily, Jula is rescued despite her wounds.

PART IV: KASHYYYK
On Kashyyyk, Shryne and Starstone, along with the native Wookiees, fight the stormtroopers of the Empire as an attack on the planet begins. Two of the Jedi are killed while Darth Vader fights Starstone. Shryne intervenes and fights Vader, telling Starstone to flee. Chewbacca flies the remaining Jedi to the Drunk Dancer as Vader reveals himself to Shryne and kills him by fatally wounding him via the dark side of the Force. Kashyyyk falls to the Empire.

EPILOGUE:
The epilogue depicts Obi-Wan Kenobi, now under the guise of Ben Kenobi living as a hermit on Tatooine to watch over the infant Luke Skywalker from a distance. Kenobi is shocked at the news to hear that Darth Vader, whom he believed he killed in his duel against him on Mustafar, is alive. He is then contacted by the spirit of his late Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, who assures him that Luke will grow to confront his father when the time is right and that Vader will never step foot on Tatooine ever again, for fear of his memories coming back to haunt him.

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