Book cover - Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader: Star Wars - Author James Luceno

Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader: Star Wars

Author James Luceno

  • Release Date: 2005-11-22
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Our score: 4.5
From 126 Ratings

Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader: Star Wars Summary

Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader: Star Wars - 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.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Dark Lord - The Rise of Darth Vader: Star Wars Review

  • Strong and Satisfying (a spoiler-free review)

    By Charizard4Prez
    Luceno knows how to deliver a well-rounded Star Wars novel. This is a compelling follow-up to Revenge of the Sith¬−even after being relegated to “Legends” status. In fact, this novel’s fall from canon is a good thing, from a certain point of view. Now it’s simply an interesting “what if” story. What if a few Jedi didn’t quite get taken out with Order 66? What if Vader isn’t real happy about his bulky black armor? Through this story frame-work, Luceno crafts a well-written but far from perfect chunk of Star Wars storytelling. Dark Lord: the Rise of Darth Vader is a good conclusion to the Darth Vader trilogy, a good insight into the defeat of the Jedi Order, and a little more meat to the conclusion to Revenge of the Sith. It feels like a significant step-down as opposed to Labyrinth of Evil and the ROTS novelization, but holds its own within the larger corpus of Star Wars literature.
  • Highly Entertaining!

    By Revan97ofSWAT
    Star Wars Dark Lord The Rise Of Darth Vader is among the most entertaining Star Wars novels I've read. There is a great story to be told about Darth Vader and the events unfolding just after (and some actually at the time of) Revenge of the Sith and James Luceno tells that story. Although this novel has a higher number of typos than any other Star Wars book I've yet read, I believe that simply doesn't deduct from the excellent story. Over all, this book is an easy read, contains a highly enjoyable story, and has an ending that couldn't be more perfect. I hugely recommend it!
  • Boring and long-winded

    By Squidbait
    A long drawn-out chase of three Jedi across the galaxy who WON'T use the force. A dark lord of the sith who CAN'T use the force. Way too much time spent explaining the spirituality, meta-physics and religion of the force; too much history of the rise of civilizations and over complication of the past lives of the characters. The entire text of the plot could be contained in 20 or 30 pages.


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