Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Darth Vader is struggling with his new identity from not just his transformation from the Jedi to Sith, but his new body functionality, and mentally the struggle of his loss of everyone he loved. Palpatine's is showing his new apprentice the ways of the Sith, and what it means to be a Sith Lord.
Most of the story takes place in similiar planets that most fans are familiar with Alderaan, prior to being subject to the technological terror of the Death Star, and the Wookie World of Kashyyyk. James Luceno does a great job introducing new characters to the story as well as interpreting characters that are the back bone of the story line. Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan and Chewbacca have very small parts in the story but have large impacts on laying the foundation for readers to tell how they became who they are in New Hope.
Obi-Wan's part was very minor (but very important) and pretty much a bonus part of the book for me. If you connect Episode 3 and 4, Obi-Wan would have believed Anakin / Vader to have died on Mustafar and no longer a threat to his hidden children. Obi-Wan questioned his duty on Tatooine, and was reminded by a familiar voice his true responsibility. No more spoiling Obi-Wan's part.....
The Jedi that, are one of the multi story lines, are only mentioned of this book and don't have any depth past this story, but Luceno leaves some of their legacy's open for continuation. You see traces of the beginning of the Rebel Forces and one of our favorite Wookie's is thick in the middle.
The Rise of Darth Vader brings the best of light saber fighting, Jedi hunting, smuggling, rejoining of long lost family, Sith deception, Wookie Fighting, and brutally hardcore Darth Vader. Should be purchased in the Dark Lord Trilogy, with includes also Labyrinth of Evil and Revenge of the Sith.
Enjoy the journey, until next time, may the Force be with you!
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