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Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader [Kindle Edition]

James Luceno
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"A Star Wars adventure to chill and thrill" (Northern Echo)

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Focusing on Darth Vader, the newly created Sith Lord and epitome of evil, this exciting original Star Wars novel builds on the events of the movie Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith to chronicle Vader's coming into power

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Well Paced Read 23 Feb. 2010
I have to say that I am a big fan of James Luceno. He is probably one of my favourite authors and he once again does credit to the Expanded Universe. This has to be one of the best books I have read for a long time

I thought this book was an excellent sequal to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. I thought it was a very well written book and I liked the way that James Luceno focused on how Darth vader struggled in the early days in the suit.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was the way that the main Jedi characters survived Order 66. Personally I think that he could have come up with a better plot than he did. I also found the Jedi characters a little week but not enough to spoil what was essentially a good read! Definately five stars for me!
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Star Wars: Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader.

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Author: James Luceno.
Paperback Edition.
368 Pages.
Era: Set between Star Wars Episode III Revenge Of The Sith & Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope.

What's The Story.
The newly created Darth Vader flexes his Force-muscle as the Emperor's enforcer to maintain order & obedience in a galaxy reeling from civil war & the destruction of the Jedi Order.

To the galaxy at large, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker - the Chosen One - died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple & to some extent the true good of Anakin was dead.

But from the site of Anakin Skywalker's last stand - on the molten surface of the planet Mustafa, where he sought to destroy his friend & former master, Obi-Wan Kanobi a fearsome spectre in black has risen.

Once the most powerful Knight ever known to the Jedi order he is not a disciple of the dark side, a lord of the dreaded Sith, & the avenging right hand of the galaxy's ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged & destroyed by the machinations of the Dark Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is dead ... & Darth Vader lives ...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, Exciting Adventure. 6 May 2014
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First off a minor criticism that may be leveled by some readers is that for a book entitled 'The Rise Of Darth Vader', he doesn't appear nearly as much as one might expect ( to be fair, he is in at least half the book, but if you're a Darth Vader-phile, you may wish for more ).
That said, when he is present, the author goes to great lengths to convey Vader's inner turmoil and the repercussions of his new state as someone now "more machine than man". There is some extraordinarily vivid writing by Luceno that really encapsulates the horror of Vader's new cyborg body, stripped of his flesh and blood self - his humanity. It's probably this part of the book that has stayed with me the most aside from the excellent climactic battle on Chewbacca's home planet ).

Whilst initially I was not particularity enamored with some of the new characters created especially for the novel, their story was eventually woven deftly into to the bigger plot. Appearances from characters such as Bail Organa, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca and others also added to the excitement and authenticity, and felt integral to the story, not just shoehorned in.

Indeed with Bail Organa's introduction, I felt more engaged and invested with the novel, and the dramatic tension Luceno had built up developed nicely as the story progressed ( I would have actually preferred it if Bail Organa had been the primary foil to Vader in this story instead of jedis I have never encountered before, but that would have defeated the point of the book I guess).

The novel culminates in the impressively action-packed battle on Kashyyyk, which was handled far more deftly than the other battle we saw onscreen in the lackluster 'Revenge of the Sith' movie.

This being my first James Luceno STAR WARS novel, I shall certainly be exploring some of his other works. An excellent and engaging read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Skywalker to Vader! 10 Nov. 2013
By Marc L
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I really enjoyed this book, and though it was lacking some grandeur I was expecting, finally it revealed itself well written and logically explained the transition period for new Sith Vader, and his relation to his suit.
If you like the character, it is a "must have", though I really preferred "shadows of the empire".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING TOUR DE FORCE!!! 15 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This novel is set immediately after the events of Episode III Revenge of the Sith and from the outset to me it is a pity that Matthew Stover did not write both books. I say this because reading the novelisation of REVENGE OF THE SITH was one of the literary highlights of 2012 and it would have enhanced this story by the length of the Kessel run if it was written in the same style. In one sense the story of Anakin Skywalker ends on Mustafar and yet George Lucas himself has said that episodes 1 through 6 complete the story of his rise fall and eventual redemption (if such a thing is possible). So what I am saying from the outset is that the novelisation of ROTS and this one is really a two part story which would have been a better read if written by the same author.

(NOTE: I have come to realise that ROTS and this book are actually the final two thirds of THE DARK LORD TRILOGY so this criticism is clearly invalid. But I would like to leave this in my review as I refer to this paragraph later on. :-))

That out of the way, I can say that there are moments of pure star wars magic to be found in this book. This first one left me breathless early on in the novel when we entered the tormented mind of Vader as he begins to comprehend what has happened, what he is and what he has become. Regrets begin to form in his soul and rise to the surface of his consciousness when he remembers what he was and what he could have been. Little facts are raised in the book which are fascinating to some readers (me!) but possibly pointless trivia to others.

Part one of the book is compelling to say the least. We are on Murkhana when Order 66 is implemented and this is a well written but terrifying description of the mass murder of innocents under the guise of war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Fills in the blanks. A good read.
Published 23 days ago by Ian Whorwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise Of Darth Vader
A very good book taking place shortly after Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader gets use to the idea of being Darth Sidious's apprentice and being a leader in the Empire. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Josh Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 months ago by lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars If you ever wanted to know what happened next...
An easy & interesting read for any Starwars fan. The book gives a great insight to life behind that infamous mask.
Published 8 months ago by Adrian Case
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe this should be the new film
This is story keeps the stat wars story alive and should have been the next film. Well worth a read
Published 8 months ago by Paul Hodson - Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars An alright read but doesn't really add much to the back story
This was an easy book to read but I felt that it didn't really add much to Vader's back story.
Published 8 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I have read a few of James Luceno novels and he does a good job of capturing the feel of the films perhaps better then what we have seen in the cinema. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ahmi
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Book
I bought three Star Wars novels as a birthday present for my son who enjoys these science fiction type books.
Published 10 months ago by Happy Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting without being epic.
Some very neat set pieces and good use of other characters and events from the Canon. Vader develops a little during the story but the jedi that are fabricated for the story do not... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andy Winkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read - having read a Star Wars book before I am pleased to see they books are well written
Published 11 months ago by mr paul a gilburt
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