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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Luceno Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/23/2014

    " This was an OK book - at times hard to follow, but predictable and not anything new here. Not nearly as good as the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, which in my opinion was better than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Perry | 1/12/2014

    " A good little book giving a little perspective into the beginning of Darth Vaders new life, from the inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adolfo | 1/4/2014

    " I think it will be awesome "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darren | 11/21/2013

    " Very quick and easy to read but lacking in any memorable characters. The moments with Vader and Palpatine were interesting but the memorable lines from the films being rehashed were distracting. Could be better but could be a lot worse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Hurst | 11/16/2013

    " Had Katie and me listening earnestly as they described Vader from a perspective that we've never see in the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/30/2013

    " Very fast paced and hard to put down, very good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 10/7/2013

    " The begining of the dark times and a fantastic read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/7/2013

    " Not too bad. Decent filler that gives a reason as to Vader's plodding fighting in the older movies. Amusing at parts, if not impressive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/27/2013

    " Everything about Darth Vader and his transition from Anakin Skywalker to the dark side was interesting. Everything about the interchangeably faceless Jedi hunted down was uninteresting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlos Arboleda | 7/5/2013

    " To all the HATERS, may Vader choke you at a distance. To all the lovers, Vader IS the daddy of evil! This book is so dope, it even debuts Vader's infamous moves, ie, throwing stuff around, ripping the floors out from under you... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aric Smith | 9/23/2012

    " I liked this story more then I thought. It had surprises and gave me a new insight on Vader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/19/2012

    " I can't believe I read this. I can't believe I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Shaw | 4/22/2012

    " A vulnerable witness to Vader. This is a side of the Dark Lord that is rarely experienced as the plot drives you through the excursions of the estranged Jedi who perilously plod the universe to ensure their survival. Fluid read; fantastic discovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dakota | 2/29/2012

    " Worth the time to read if you enjoy space opera. A good look into the development of one of the most iconic cinema villains of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/25/2012

    " The first three quarters of this book left me unimpressed with the creative imagination of the author. It really felt like he was repeating what the 3rd SW movie was saying but by the end of the story he started to scratch at some interesting character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 5/5/2011

    " The sound effects and spot on voice work by Marc Thompson make this otherwise not-a-bad story a whole lot of geeky fun. Great drive-time listening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 2/11/2011

    " Completely geeked-out over this book. A bunch fun for me. Hated the ending, or "treasure." Not worthy of all the cool ship history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene | 1/23/2011

    " Its an interesting read so far, tells the story if the ship from when it was built. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stormy | 1/9/2011

    " These are fun to read. I don't get tired of Han Solo and his friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 11/5/2010

    " The story of the Millenium Falcon, presented in many pieces (and in the context of a minor adventure), with the various owners and operators telling the ship's story as others try to track down the ship's history. An enjoyable read if you like this sort of thing. Personally, I do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duane | 10/19/2010

    " A lot of people seem to have found this book tedious. I enjoyed the history & the story-telling. Very entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 9/2/2010

    " This book was good up until the end. The end of this book really ticked me off and ruined the whole book. Why? Why? Why? .. lame.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/21/2010

    " Loved the book but the b-story was really boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riker | 6/11/2010

    " Interesting plot line. Han, Leia, and Allana search for the Falcon's previous owners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 4/28/2010

    " I thought this was an entertaining Star Wars book. The book was about Han Solo trying to find the history of the Falcon. I liked how James intertwined the history of the Falcon into the story.

    Don't read this book unless you've finished the Legacy of the Force series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 4/3/2010

    " It wasn't a bad story. Kind of a change of pace. The ending was well built up, but the delivery at the end was a huge let down (and that is being nice...it was downright stupid). Lost a star because of that, but as far as Star Wars books go, it's on the better side of average. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leo | 3/27/2010

    " It was a look at the history of the Millennium Falcon, as Han, Leia and Allana seek to find where it came from, but the story was kind of toned down and the wrap up was a little hurried. Not a great read, but ok for killing some time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/1/2010

    " The story was quite intriguing. Nice storyline, nice build-up ... but a disappoiting ending though.

    Oh, after reading the book, I find the "synopsis" at the back cover "misleading" somewhat. "

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About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.