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Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: James Luceno

Narrated By: Jonathan Davis

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: November 2005

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Throughout the galaxy, it was believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker–the Chosen One–had died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some extent, that was true. Anakin was dead.

From the site of Anakin Skywalker’s last stand–on the molten surface of the planet Mustafar, where he sought to destroy his friend and former master, Obi-Wan Kenobi–a fearsome specter in black has risen. Once the most powerful Knight ever known to the Jedi Order, he is now a disciple of the dark side, a lord of the dreaded Sith, and the avenging right hand of the galaxy’s ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by the machinations of the Dark Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is dead . . . and Darth Vader lives.

Word of the events that created him–the Jedi Council’s failed mutiny against Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the self-crowned Emperor’s retaliatory command to exterminate the Jedi Order, and Anakin’s massacre of his comrades and Masters in the Jedi Temple–has yet to reach all quarters. On the Outer Rim world of Murkhana, Jedi Masters Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone are leading a charge on a Separatist stronghold, unaware that the tide, red with Jedi blood, has turned suddenly against them.

When the three narrowly elude execution–and become the desperate prey in a hunt across space–it’s neither clone soldiers, nor the newly deployed stormtroopers, nor even the wrath of the power-hungry Emperor himself they must fear most. The deadliest threat rests in the hideously swift and lethal crimson lightsaber of Darth Vader–behind whose brooding mask lies a shattered heart, a poisoned soul, and a cunning, twisted mind hell-bent on vengeance.

For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy somehow, someday reclaimed. Yet more important still is the well-being of the twin infants, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the children of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padmé Amidala. Separated after Padmé’s death, they must be made safe at all costs, lest the hope they represent for the future be turned to horror by the new Sith regime–and the unspeakable power of the dark side.


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  • John Stockman

    While I thought this was going to be a slow novel of self-introspection by the main character upon his transformation to Darth Vader, I was happy to be wrong. This story wove an excellent tale of the growing acceptance of his new situation and power seamlessly with the hunt for Jedi that escaped Order 66. In fact, those characters dominated the early part of the novel while Darth Vader grew from a distant menace to an omnipresent threat to their lives. This novel takes place in the weeks/months right after the fall of the Republic and intersperses holonet broadcasts and public reaction to the "Jedi uprising" and the emergence of Vader as a public figure. Speculation about who/what he is was well done. Familiar characters such as Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 make appearances that fit well with the story and do not appear to be forced at all. This was well worth the time and was very entertaining. The narration and voice characterizations were well done and took me right into the story with their accuracy in representing the characters. Recommended to Star Wars fans.

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  • Miles Mayer

    I feel that many Star Wars fans want to know as much about Vader as possible. For me, even as an adult, I've always taken Anakin's fall to the dark side very hard. Nonetheless, Darth Vader is one of my most favorite characters, and getting to know more about the changes within himself immediately following Revenge of the Sith was spectacular. Even the littlest details added so much more depth to the character. I really appreciated this book.