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FTN reviews Darth Plagueis by James Luceno

February 22nd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Darth Plagueis’ biggest strength is also the novel’s biggest weakness.
Anyone who is going to read this is going to know how it ends, as it’s based on a key part of the mythology of the Star Wars universe, the prequels in particular.
Luceno’s book opens with that key moment as Sith apprentice Palpatine takes the life of his master Darth Plagueis.
We’re immediately thrown back in time to a scene that’s almost a mirror image of the prologue, with Plagueis claiming the life of his master.
From here on in, we’re shown how Plagueis begins to exert his influence on the movers and shakers of the galaxy, until he comes across a suitable new apprentice in Palpatine.
The book’s main problem is that the early sections feel like the literary equivalent of treading water. It feels unnecessarily slow as we wait for the introduction of said apprentice.
But the second half of the book picks up the pace and is a much more satisfying tale, even though at times there is a feeling of box ticking to please the fans.
Novels about the Expanded Universe are on a hiding to nothing from the start so it’s to Luceno’s credit that he’s given us a tale that stands up on its own two feet.
Fans of the prequels will certainly lap up this book as the events leading up to, and including, The Phantom Menace are featured, creating a much richer mythology than before.
Non fans shouldn’t dismiss it though as Luceno’s story telling is strong enough on its own merits to warrant a read.

3 out of 5 Nerd
Paddy Ryan

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….