16 June 2016

Book Review: Lords of the Sith

Title: Lords of the Sith (Star Wars Canon)
Author: Paul S. Kemp
Year of publishing: 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: I bought it

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

To tell you the truth, I am so not up to doing a review for this book. Not because it was bad. I think it's the summer heat that has finally taken its toll on my creativity. That's why I'm going to keep it short.

First of all, the blurb is a lie. Vader and Palpatine take up only about 25% of the whole story, and they only get stranded on Ryloth towards the third act of the book. For the most part, this book is about the Twi'lek resistance and the greedy and corrupt Imperial politicians.

So, we get a little bit of this

A lot of that

And even a whole chapter dedicated to this, for some reason

All in all, Lords of the Sith is an interesting political thriller, with strong characters and well-written action scenes. Kemp doesn't explore the relationship between Vader and Palpatine as much as I hoped he would. The bitter rivalry between Belkor and Moff Mors is far more interesting.

I'm going to give this book 3 stars out of 5, because I wasn't given enough Darth Vader.

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