Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
This was the first full sized novel that I read on my BlackBerry Playbook with the Kindle app. It took me a while to get through the whole book, I think just because of the new format that I am not yet used to. The book itself, was phenomenal.
James Luceno does a fantastic job of combining the Darth Bane Trilogywith Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. I really enjoyed the continuity of this newest novel in relation to the Bane books. The author held true to the storyline and philosophies of the Bane trilogy, and we got to read some continued stories of the 1000 years that passed between Bane and Sideous.
The story itself was captivating also, taking us behind the scenes in the Sith hierarchy and eventually into the first movie, The Phantom Menace. The author’s job of reeling the reader into the story was genius also. Through behind-the-scenes looks at Sifo-Dyas, Dooku, the Geonosians, Chancellor Vellorum, Padme Amidalla, and many others in the movies that we’ve seen, the author was able to keep-true to the storyline we have all come to love.
I really can’t express enough my love of this book. It was almost perfect. In my opinion it would be very easy to make a movie out of this book, just as it is, and it would fall right into the other 6 widely accepted theatrical portrayals. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, I could certainly sit here and talk about the storyline and happenings to the characters in the book, but there is really only 1 that I want to share.
As you will see early-on when you read this book, Plagueis is obsessed with bringing people back to life and healing. There are also several references to Plagueis having dealings with Gardulla the Hutt, who owned both Shmi and Anakin prior to Watto, on Tattooine. I had long-thought that he would have some hand in Anakin’s creation, since Anakin is apparently a Force creation and doesn’t have a father. The book never eluded to this. In fact, when Anakin came upon the scene with his high Midichlorian count, Plagueis was actually surprised to see him. So the book doesn’t ever call Plagueis Anakin’s father, or Force creation of any sort.