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Star Wars: Lords Of The Sith Book Review

Star Wars- Lords of the Sith Book

“Star Wars: Lords of the Sith” is a strong entry in the new canon.

After learning that Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Orn Free Taa are planning a business trip to the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth, a resistance group (known as Free Ryloth) hope to strike a major blow against the Imperial forces by eliminating these three powerful figures. Can freedom fighter leader Cham Syndulla (the father of “Star Wars Rebels” character Hera), a tough warrior (Isval) and a traitorous Imperial spy carry out this ambitious large scale trap or will the true power of the dark side rear its head?

Despite a rather simple story which primarily involves Vader and Palpatine being hunted by the Free Ryloth rebels, Paul S. Kemp’s novel leaves a lot of room for character. In fact, the characterization is what makes this SW book a winner.

Since we all know Palpatine and Vader will survive this ordeal, the most appealing aspect of “Lords of the Sith” is that the author further explores the Vader-Sidious Master-Apprentice dynamic. Without giving too much away, readers will get a glimpse at how the cold, calculating, and powerful Palpatine/Sidious trains and tests Darth Vader out in the field. More than that, however, “Star Wars” fans will get to see a truly menacing Darth Vader once again. After years of spoofs and Lego specials, it’s easy to forget how intimidating Darth Vader was, but with the story, you remember that he is a force to be reckoned with (apologies for the pun).

Aside from the iconic characters, Kemp also manages to create memorable new characters and develop an existing one with Cham. Cham, who was last seen in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” is really the heart of the story as the character represents the POV of a rebel. Through Cham’s eyes, we see the pain of defeat, the joys of victory, and the brutality of the Empire. He’s the hero who is facing formidable foes, but he gives it his all.

In terms of the new characters, Moff Delion Mors, Belkor, and Isval all make an impression. Moff Mors (who is rumored to be in a future film or show) is already the most talked about new character as she is the first official LGBT character in the “Star Wars” universe (it’s about time!). Without spoiling too much, she’s a very intriguing and strong leader who struggles to move on from her tragic past. Belkor, who is a power hungry Imperial that serves Moff Mors, proves to be a pivotal part of the story. The less said about him the better.  As for Isval, this anti-Imperial warrior character that works closely with Cham is arguably the most layered new character in the story.

Overall Thoughts: ‘Lords of the Sith’ is the book “Star Wars” fans have been waiting for. It’s dark, rich with character, and provides clear connections to the films and TV series. Pick it up on April 28, 2015.

Note: ‘Lords of the Sith’ concludes with an excerpt for the upcoming “Dark Disciple.” This Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Voss centric story is based on unmade “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” episodes.

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April 7, 2015 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Very intriguing. Were there any potential hints in the book as to what we might expect from episode vii’s villain?

    Comment by Shadow of Iris | April 7, 2015 | Reply

    • None that I could see.

      Comment by nicklyons1 | April 7, 2015 | Reply


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