Written By: Paul S. Kemp

Narrated By: Jonathan Davis

Date: April 2015

Duration: 10 hours 57 minutes



A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.
“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”
Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.
On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.
For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

Praise for Lords of the Sith
“A compelling tale [that] gives us new insight into the relationship between Darth Vader and his master, Emperor Palpatine.”—New York Daily News
“Endlessly fascinating . . . a tale [that is] not just compelling but completely thrilling.”—Big Shiny Robot
“The best novel so far in this new era of official canon Star Wars stories.”—IGN
“Packed with action . . . hard to put down.”—Seattle Geekly


  • Brandon W.

    This has to be one of my favorite narrators. Good job

  • William DeMarco

    Interesting story of two Sith Lords and the layers surrounding them. Good narration and pacing.

  • Sean McConville

    Great book! I was entertained from start to finish.

  • David E.

    I cannot listen more than 10 minutes!

  • Nick H.

    Great book to listen to.

  • William H

    It was a great listen!!!! I only gave it 3 stars because I’ve got 4 Star Wars books I enjoyed more. Again still a great listen.

  • Ryan C

    Fair at best. I've read or listened to most of the canon Star Wars and several legends titles. This one just didn't capture my attention as many others.

  • Justin M

    Great book showing relationship between Darth Vader and Sidious

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Awesome book for a Star Wars fan! Love the way they show us the relationship between Vader and Sidious.

  • Cody Knorr

    A very good book, just not great. Not sure why I think that but I didn't become emotionally involved as much as I'd like and was confused by all the characters it would jump through. Voice work could've been better for the Emperor and Vader.

  • Michael Olson Jr

    This is the best Star Wars story I've ever heard. I would be crushed if this doesn't become a film.

  • Sean Kerin

    I loved the back story of characters we know, and how the actions in the movies are guided by what we haven't seen. I highly recommend this book, especially this audio version with the sound effects really helping to build the story.

  • Daniel Nelson

    Such a good book. Got to see a different side to the relationship between Vader and the emperor. Never dull and kept me on edge until the very end!! Would highly recommend to any Star Wars fans.

  • Terael Truitt

    Can't wait to start the next one. Excellent narration

  • Owen Jackson

    very good book, kept me on edge the whole time. wish it had more about the emperor and his true powers. but all in all it was an amazing book.

  • Michael Fanta

    Strong narration. If you enjoy Star Wars and especially the Dark Side characters this is your book. Explores the relationship of Vader and Palpatine and the powers/abilities of the Dark Side. Hope they follow up with more!

  • John Stockman

    Lords of the Sith was surprisingly strong book considering it sought to explore the relationship between the Emperor and Vader on a level I've not experienced previously. The focus on a world away from the Core and a small scale uprising threatened to be a dull book, but the characters were strong and each given a strong subplot that was woven together over a series of chapters until it built to a satisfying, and somewhat unexpected, conclusion. For the first time, the listener gets a true understanding of the power of the Dark Side as wielded by the Emperor. This is well worth the time it takes to listen. It starts out a bit slow, but quickly builds both pace and tension until one cannot wait for the final battle. As always, I continue to be in awe of the narration skills of Jonathan Davis. He truly makes it easy to become immersed in the story and I can easily visualize the world and the characters as I listen. I recommend this to all Star Wars fans. You won't be disappointed.

  • stephen schaller

    this is absolute sickness wish Marc Thompson did it...but john did a killer job

  • Charles Gipson

    Finally the Vader I've always imagined. Strong narrative as well.

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