“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise?”: “Star Wars: Darth Plagueis: Book Review

Posted in Screening Room by - July 12, 2017
“Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise?”: “Star Wars: Darth Plagueis: Book Review

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is a book that is part of the Star Wars Legends collection and is brilliantly written by James Luceno. The book starts from the last moment of life of Darth Plagueis in the prolog and it goes all the way back to sixty-seven years before the Yavin battle with the master and his apprentice.

The characters I’m referring to are Darth Bane and Darth Plagueis, Plagueis at this point on the story is no more than a Sith apprentice and Bane is his master. From the beginning the differences in the relationship of these two Siths is very apparent; Plagueis is shown as a character that believes that the Sith rule of two can be broken just like the fine line between life and death. He is a character with a more entrepreneurial thinking towards the dark side, while Bane is shown as somewhat lost and blind in his pursuits for power.

During the development of the story, you see not only the fall of Darth Bane, the public masked life of Plagueis, the childhood and training of Plagueis as well as running into famous characters from the saga. Some of these characters including Count Dooku, Sifo-Dyas, Qui-Gon Jinn, Palpatine, Darth Maul, Yoda, Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

All of the characters are shown in amazing depth including the corruption and fragmentation of the Jedi order that instigates the turns of Count Dooku and Sifo-Dyas. It also shows certain characters put into scenarios that determine the whole saga only due to the scheming of the Sith Lords. The relationship between Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious (Palpatine) is also explored in-depth including their first meeting, the years of training and planning of the duo, and the eventual downfall of Plagueis.

The book is as much about Darth Plagueis as about Darth Sidious; it even focuses entire chapters only on the personal Sith projects and development of Palpatine.

The one thing that can be terribly frustrating is that you watch the whole Sith master plan come together piece by piece perfectly during the whole book all the while the Jedi order couldn’t be more oblivious. Even extremely powerful and important characters like Yoda are completely blind to the development of the events even as they are part of them.

Darth Plagueis doesn’t even show concern towards the Jedi order during the construction of his Sith master plan he tries to stop their attempts he only focuses on becoming stronger within the force. He wants to become stronger so that he can shape the galaxy as he wants including dealing with the Jedi in ways normally unfamiliar to the Sith.

Plagueis only considers the existence of the Jedi as a means to corrupt and use them at no point being concerned by the possibility of a resistance. He views the Jedi order as a bunch of peons he could use and manipulate at his own will when it’s convenient. They are only viewed as a problem if the Sith were unable to hold the Senate.

The book is a lengthy but worthwhile read as it is a worthy fix for anyone with a Star Wars addiction that cannot wait for the new film. It explores corners of the universe only mentioned previously in passing while also giving some much-needed backstory to Darth Sidious and Plagueis.

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