Goodreads Book Review - Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis (Star Wars) Darth Plagueis (Star Wars) by James Luceno

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to give this book 2.5 stars as it really is average, but the system doesn't allow halves, so I rounded up to be generous. On the one hand, this tale of the Emperor and his training at the hands of his master, Darth Plagueis, is weighed down early and often by focusing on politics and midi-chlorian science, two of the most hated aspects of the prequel trilogy (aside from Jar Jar, of course). On the other hand, the few action scenes are thrilling, and it is fun watching the chess game the Sith play as the events in the book eventually include not just Plagueis and Sidious but Darth Maul, Sifo-Diyas, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Count Dooku as the story begins to dovetail with The Phantom Menace, ending at more or less the same time as the movie. Overall, not a great book but a recommended one for people interested in the details behind a lot of things only hinted at in the prequels.

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