Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader is a novel set in the non-canonical Star Wars Legends continuity, written by James Luceno, that was published by Del Rey  Series‎: ‎Canon C. For the first time in one thrilling volume, three novels–Labyrinth of Evil, Revenge of the Sith, and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader–that. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Based on George Lucas's original screenplay and story, Stover's smart, efficient novelization isn't as humorous as.


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The major weakness of this novel is that it is a mystery story structured around a mystery that most readers are going to be privy the dark lord trilogy already: Nonetheless, the action and tense pursuit of clues by the heroes manage to maintain some degree of suspense, but the author's purposeful avoidance of Sidious' identity feels a little bit like cheating the reader, forcing a mystery out of nothing.


It's okay for the characters not to know, but the author does not really have a reason to pretend like the readers are still in the dark. For those readers who pick up the book without enough Star Wars knowledge to be aware of Sidious' identity i.

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However, the dark lord trilogy that this is a Star Wars book, I would hope that readers would at least have had a prior interest in the franchise to know enough to carry them through. The alternative would be terrible writing bogged down in exposition.

The Dark Lord Trilogy by James Luceno

As it is, Luceno has a very engaging, smooth writing style that manages to move from near-lyrical insights into characters to the dark lord trilogy action prose.

I would like to go ahead and say that in Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Luceno really triumphs with his description of lightsaber combat--and I tend to find sword combat poorly described in text, often too focused on over-explaining individual movements and swings.

Luceno finds a balance between description and summary, rarely over-specific or too vague. The middle book, the adaptation, was enjoyable and relatively fast-paced, but I felt that the prose was perhaps too casual and conversational at times.

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Something rubbed me the wrong way about descriptions of characters in the midst of action, set off with things like, "Here's how it feels to be Overall, the adaptation sticks true to the events of the movie, embellishing on some elements and excluding others.

I thought that the addition of the rebellion plot line and the increased interaction between Obi-Wan and Padme was definitely a plus, showing the start of the Rebellion against the soon-to-be Empire and giving more of a reason for Anakin's growing paranoia.

Anakin himself is a disturbing character here, especially in the dark lord trilogy to Padme: This is not in poor taste on Stover's part, I think; in fact, it really gave me a greater understanding of Anakin and Padme's relationship, made me understand more the dynamics the dark lord trilogy their interactions, made me foresee how their tragic ending could conceivably play out.

Rise of Evil with cover art commissioned by well-known artist Steven D.


For the handful of scattered Jedi hunted across space, survival is imperative if the light side of the Force is to be protected and the galaxy reclaimed. Fearing for safety the dark lord trilogy the infant The dark lord trilogy Skywalker whom he is watching over, he communes with the spirit of his late master Qui-Gon Jinnwho tells him that Luke will grow to confront his father when the time is right and that Darth Vader will never return to Tatooine ; as Qui-Gon explains, the planet is the whole of everything that was Anakin Skywalker, someone Vader wants to forget forever.

It is revealed that the general public of the galaxy believes that Anakin Skywalker perished in the attack on the Jedi Temple which Skywalker led as Darth Vader.


Reception[ edit ] The novel received largely positive reviews among the Star Wars fan communities, and was described as a successful narration of Vader's emotions and perspectives.