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.
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, Padme Amidala. Separated after Padme'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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Many Star Wars fans might enjoy this story - especially those who have not yet seen Revenge of the Sith. There are some interesting moments between Vader and Palpatine, but that was it.
There was so little originality in it. It was mostly a rerun of much of Revenge of the Sith, from the moment order 66 took place, but featuring different characters in slightly different situations.
The characters were neither original nor particularly interesting or easy to care about, sticking to very established Star Wars types.
It added almost nothing to the Star Wars Universe, preferring to rehash what had already been seen.
I've heard his narration of Star Wars 'Kenobi' where the story allowed him much freer reign. it's because of his narration of that story that I bought this one. His narration is the one highlight of an otherwise overly familiar tale and I would happily seek out more work by him.
See above. Disappointment. 'Dark Lord :The Rise of Darth Vader' was little more than a collage of previous phrases, characters and situations.
Several books in the Expanded Universe also suffer from this syndrome, preferring to give authenticity to their story by echoing what has gone before, rather than creating something new in the same spirit.
If you've watched Revenge of the Sith, you really do not need to read this book.
yes, adds a bit more depth to the story
the struggle of Vader
over 2 days
I love Jonathan Davis's narration of this audio book & I hope this audio book gets adapted into the Darth Vader anthology movie if they do decide to do one.
By Orkney islands
I found the voice acting surprisingly good along with the voice effects. I would recommend this for anyone with an interest to learn more about Darth Vader.
Amazing I've always wanted to hear more of Vader before a new hope (rogue one now) and this book fills the blanks in really well. If there was ever to be a Vader film this story would be perfect.
"Why abridge this story"
Why abridge so many of these books grrrrrrrre I hate that they do that bah bah bah bah bah at bah
No. It's in abridged form. I didn't see that before I hit the buy button. Why would I recommend an incomplete book? Why did Luceno agree to abridge this book? It ruins the story.
It was an interesting look at at Vader's personal world, but not near enough. I kept wanting to delve deeper into what makes him tick, but we'd just scratch the surface. I like Luceno and his character point of view stories. I'm looking forward to Tarkin. Also, I'd like a longer shot of each character's history instead of a short period. Plagueis was good because it spanned so much time, and the reader got a broader view of the characters life and motives.
"The Force Lives!"
As one of the premier authors of the Star Wars series, James Luceno is known for the depth of his insights and the skill of his storytelling. In "Dark Lord" he demonstrates his skills at their finest. The story brings the Star Wars fan into new revelations about the development of critical characters and the abridged story moves smoothly, holding the listeners interest throughout. The production value of the story is a treat, providing plenty of "extras" to enhance the listeners enjoyment of the audio and nothing to get in the way.
"Dark Lord" is a true triumph in the Star Wars pantheon.
"Solid, wish it was Unabridged though."
Yes. Luceno didn't disappoint. Would like the unabridged version.
The best part of the book was the inner dialogue of Vader. I never realized how much pain he was going through inside the suit.
Narrator was fantastic.
"Favorite Star Wars Audiobook"
I have listened to I think 80% of all the available SW Audiobooks and this is my favorite book. I don't know exactly what it is, but I just LOVE it! I got this audiobook when it came out in 2005 and I have listened to it at least a dozen times since then. Whether it was at college, commuting/road trip, or at work this book is just so entertaining. It has everything I love about the movies and what I love about the clone war. The time between Episode 3 and 4 is my favorite time period in Star Wars. I just love this book!
When I first. Heard this I couldn't imagine anyone else doing Star Wars books. I love Marc Thompson but Jonathan Davis is fantastic.
"The story needed to be told"
For all the star wars fans who were left with an empty feeling after Revenge of the Sith. Dark Lord gives you an inside look at Darth Vader! His Feeling his towards his new self and the jedi. Includes sound effects, a must for all star wars fans.
"The bridge between Anakin and Vader"
I know some didn't like how whinny Vader was in this story and to be honest at first I didn't either, however, Vader has only existed a short time when this story starts and this story shows Vader going from the whinny Anakin Skywalker to the infamous Darth Vader many have come to fear and love over the years.
I do like the bridge stories because they fill in the gaps when cannon throws a wrench into everything many authors wrote and I am sure The Force Unleashed will throw even more wrenches into things we have all come to accept as fact within the star wars universe. Expect more bridges. To date my favorite bridge books are the Darth Bane trilogy.
"It's about time!!!"
For years, I yearned for Star Wars audio to be added to Audible and noticed that finally, they are. The narrator is clear and conscise; sound effects are as always, "Lucas approved perfection" and James Luceno has written another great addition to the saga. For those listeners who are not avid Star Wars readers, this book is a great listen. However, people like me who have read just about every book, the abridged addition is a bit of a disappointment. The numerous characters, weapons and "other stuff" in this book can be confusing to some, since there are many but it is a definite must listen especially with the cool sound effects.
I downloaded this book as a casual Star Wars fan simply wanting to be entertained while I exercised. I thought the story line sounded pretty interesting and this book certainly delivered in that respect. For me, the sound effects and "radio-play" feel of the reading worked. It helped me escape and lose myself in the SW universe.
I would recommend this for someone who simply wants to be entertained, pure and simple. No deep thinking necessary. Just sit back and enjoy it.
By the way, it seriously whetted my appetite for the next book in the series, if there is to be one. Something to fill the gap between the end of Dark Lord and the beginning of A New Hope would be great.
"This should have been unabridged."
I am really enjoying Jonathan Davis's narration of the Star Wars galaxy. This should have been included in the official Star Wars Cannon.
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