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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,821 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Luceno Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Draconia Ishino | 2/15/2014

    " This is by far my favorite Star Wars novel. It takes a in depth look at the turmoil in Darth Vader's mind after episode III ends. It brings in new characters as well and really takes a personal look at the man behind the mask. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James | 2/3/2014

    " Darth Vader has emotions?? That seems to be the consensus among many who have put their two cents in about this book. In much the same way that the prequels showed the dark lord as actually being human and flawed and yes even downright annoying at times (Sorry Jake Lloyd), This book explores the fact that just because he finally got the suit doesn't mean he was the cold menacing bad guy we all know and love right from the get go. I found those moments of uncertainty and pain to make Vader/Anakin to be a much more interesting character. The group of Jedi he tracks down, while moderately interesting characters, were really only filler for me. But lets face it. You don't pick up a book titled the Rise of Darth Vader, hoping for a big back story on a bunch of other characters. A good read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob Loftin | 1/25/2014

    " A fun book for Star Wars fans. A little weekend popcorn reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ed | 1/23/2014

    " I have tried - oh! how I have tried - to read novels from the Star Wars Extended Universe (EU). I had been neither able to finish nor stomach any of them. However, Star Wars: Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader finally broke that cycle! It was wonderful . . . and the first EU book I liked enough to finish. This novel also does a lot to fill the gaps and resolve the questions left hanging between Episodes III and IV of the feature films. "

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