Lords Of The Sith: Star Wars by Paul S. KempLords Of The Sith: Star Wars by Paul S. Kemp

Lords Of The Sith: Star Wars

byPaul S. Kemp

Paperback | January 26, 2016

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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.

Praise for Lords of the Sith
 
“A compelling tale [that] gives us new insight into the relationship between Darth Vader and his master, Emperor Palpatine.”—New York Daily News
 
“Endlessly fascinating . . . a tale [that is] not just compelling but completely thrilling.”—Big Shiny Robot
 
“The best novel so far in this new era of official canon Star Wars stories.”IGN
 
“Packed with action . . . hard to put down.”—Seattle Geekly


From the Hardcover edition.
Paul S. Kemp is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Star Wars: Crosscurrent, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, and Star Wars: Riptide, as well as numerous short stories and fantasy novels, including The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel. Paul S. Kemp lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his ...
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Title:Lords Of The Sith: Star WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from So fun Vader had a lot of cool moments and readers can learn more about things going on in the galaxy
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read! I mostly bought this book to better understand just how powerful Vader and Sidious are, since from what I've read, they're among the greatest sith. I never really cared too much about the other characters such as Cham, Isval, Belkor, and some others, but I don't think there bad at all. They just didn't interest me too much. The book itself is a simple read, not too many complicated words, and i enjoyed the descriptions of the action scenes. They were simple to visualize in my head. While not nearly as descriptive as Tolkien, Kemp does a good job for me here. So get this since it's not expensive, and enjoy reading about how badass Vader is!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sith Relationship Just like "Heir", the story is weak on Sith substance, though not as much and is set against a better backdrop and story with the Free Ryloth movement and rebellion. This brings to the forefront a hint of the birth of the rebellion with Cham Syndulla, and, by the end, sheds new understanding on the relationship between Vader and the Emperor and the reach of Palpatine's power.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good old fashion Star Wars fun This book is great for the person who loves the nostalgia of the older Star Wars films, while not being overwhelmed my the hard and fast attempts to bring back the classic characters. Darth is portrayed in a particularly tasteful way, in that the reader gets a point of view perspective of his though process and mentality surrounding the dark side and what it provides. The Star Wars universe is often filed with dichotomies of darkness and light, but in this novel, you get a very complex perspective of the Sith, and what their political and social perspectives are aimed towards.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darth Vader has unlocked a new level of badassery Must read for all Star Wars fans specially Vader fans! Even though the book is more focused on Cham Syndulla's resistance we get many passages showcasing Darth Vader's power, his philosophy, and psychology. We have a nice look at the special apprentice/master relationship Palpatine and Vader have. the book is populated by well defined and fleshed out characters. i found Moff Mors and Isval most interesting. the ending is somewhat rushed, but other than that it is an exciting page turning novel filled with action.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book Right from the opening couple of chapters, I felt that this would be a great book for a Star Wars fan, and I wasn't disappointed. Lots of action, and when there wasn't action, there was suspense and a great atmosphere. You will come to know Ryloth well through this book, and gain some insight into the Vader - Emperor relationship as well. The only possible negative thing I can say about the book is that if you wanted a book 100% about "the lords of the sith," this isn't that -- A great deal of time is spent with the Free Ryltoth movement, but that is a pretty good time as well.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Awesome book! highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book kicks ass! I love this book! Darth Vader and the Emperor in all their glory! Cham Syndulla was an engaging character to read! It really goes into detail just how desperate some rebel cells are! A must-read if you loved Darth Vader's scene in Rogue One.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great SW book I really enjoyed this one. You know the out come (kind of) but you are still hoping the rebels can win. I found the book to be a fun read, loved the new characters and some old ones too. I did find the cover and title to be a bit off the mark. It's not really about the Vader / Palpatine dynamic, but more about a group of Twi'lek freedom fighters lead by Cham Syndulla, which I thought was cool. If you've watched the CW and Rebels cartoons you'll know who he is. I thought it was a neat tie in.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sure, Darth Vader is in it, but... Don't be fooled into thinking this is a story focused solely on Darth Vader - it's actually about a group of Twi'lek freedom fighters who attempt to assassinate Vader and the Emperor when they pay a surprise visit to the planet Ryloth. It's not a bad story by any means, but it's also not the story that's being sold to you by the title/cover/back of the book. Vader does appear as an antagonist, and his scenes are suspenseful and intensely fun, but it's a shame he's not featured more prevalently. Original characters like Isval, Belkor Dray and Moff Mors are all extremely interesting and nuanced, however. If you're wanting a Star Wars novel about rebellion (but not THE Rebellion), political machinations, and watching other characters react in horror to Darth Vader's extreme power... you will probably love "Lords of the Sith". But, if you are only interested in Vader and his relationship to Palpatine, you might be better off checking out the "Darth Vader" comic instead.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some Inconsistencies with the Major Themes of the Empire Overall a solid book. Interesting perspective where aside from some minor characters from other Star Wars series the characters most familiar were the bad guys and because of this you knew going in that the ending would not be a happy one. There were a couple of points that I would like to make. 1. Kemp had an interesting take on Vader's combat ability. I found that it ranged from unstoppable to merely good depending on the situation. That is, I found it to be fairly inconsistent. 2. The subtle mention of Moff Mors being gay. That in itself is good. I'm all for inclusion and the way in which he brought that aspect of her character into the story was very well done. He didn't beat the reader on the head with it which is much nicer than Wendig did in "Aftermath" as sexuality is not meant to be an issue in Star Wars one way or another (the only real times you ever see it come up are within the Skywalker family and that is merely a way in order to continue the story line of the operatic theme of family issues). If a writer wants to mention it great, but do so in a subtle manner. With all that being said my issue lies in that it was an Imperial Moff who he decided to incorporate this characteristic in. This bothers me because the Empire is not supposed to be accepting. That's their whole purpose; to be a fascist, racist, sexist, totalitarian system embodying the dark side of ourselves, the evil within us. I think that making a member of the rebels gay instead would've fit much better into the larger philosophy of Star Wars, making it feel like an integrated part of the story rather than a piece of side information in a half assed attempt (from a thematic standpoint, again the actual writing of it was well done) to include minorities into Star Wars. In conclusion, good job from a technical standpoint of subtly introducing a gay character but I think that you put her in the wrong faction as it tends to contradict with the whole them of an evil, unaccepting Empire terrorizing the galaxy.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun to read Dark Disciple is my favourite but Lords of the Sith is a close second! You know the outcome (due to the time line) but you are cheering for it to change the whole time. I really like how they tied Cham Syndulla into this. Cham is Hera's father. Hera is from Rebels. Was a really great read. I would read this again in a heartbeat!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sith Lords at their finest. If you're a fan of the old and new books, you'll love this addition to the ever expanding Star Wars universe. Getting to read about Palpatine and Vader fighting side by side was a real treat. As was the appearance by a certain Clone wars character. Read this book. You won't regret it.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Vader book we deserve! I've been reading Star Wars novels for over 20 years now, and during that time there have been a few attempts at telling the story of the Dark Lord. This novel succeeds in a big way where others have not. Paul Kemp knows this character and it's clear from page one. This book is jam-packed with action and well written characters. There is a lot of first hand interactions between the Emperor and Vader that ultimately adds a significant amount of information to the mythology and lore of the universe. I highly recommend checking this novel out! And the paperback edition also includes the short story Orientation.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved the read of this book. Loved the story! Great canon book!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally Vader as I have always thought of him I have been a Star Wars fan for over 30 years, and even more so a Vader fan. I have read many SW books hoping to learn more about Vader. There were several good books such as the Dark Lord:Raise of Dart Vader , but this book blew them all away. In this book you see the true Monster Vader had become. You get to see Vader in full action while drenched in the Dark Side. The movies have made us see him as a young boy, while this book lets us see him as a powerful, and unstoppable force, a predator. At the same time we get to see Sidious actually being a Sith. Using all his powers, and calling on the Dark side in was we have only dreamed of. We see first hand the strange, yet powerful relationship between Darth Vader and his Master. Thank you Paul Kemp!
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lords of the sith The book was very well written. It was fast paced and full of twists. It explored the world's of the past and future combining them together. I feel it could have done more with the emperor but they did a great job with the rebels.
Date published: 2015-06-30

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CHAPTER ONEVader completed his meditation and opened his eyes. His pale, flame-­savaged face stared back at him from out of the reflective black transparisteel of his pressurized meditation chamber. Without the neural connection to his armor, he was conscious of the stumps of his legs, the ruin of his arms, the perpetual pain in his flesh. He welcomed it. Pain fed his hate, and hate fed his strength. Once, as a Jedi, he had meditated to find peace. Now he meditated to sharpen the edges of his anger.He stared at his reflection a long time. His injuries had deformed his body, left it broken, but they’d perfected his spirit, strengthening his connection to the Force. Suffering had birthed insight.An automated metal arm held the armor’s helmet and faceplate over his head, a doom soon to descend. The eyes of the faceplate, which intimidated so many, were no peer to his unmasked eyes. From within a sea of scars, his gaze simmered with controlled, harnessed fury. The secondary respirator, still attached to him, always attached to him, masked the ruins of his mouth, and the sound of his breathing echoed off the walls.Drawing on the Force, he activated the automated arm. It descended and the helmet and faceplate wrapped his head in metal and plasteel, the shell in which he existed. He welcomed the spikes of pain when the helmet’s neural needles stabbed into the flesh of his skull and the base of his spine, unifying his body, mind, and armor to form an interconnected unit.When man and machine were one, he no longer felt the absence of his legs or arms, the pain of his flesh, but the hate remained, and the rage still burned. Those, he never relinquished, and he never felt more connected to the Force than when his fury burned.With an effort of will, he commanded the onboard computer to link the primary respirator to the secondary, and to seal the helmet at the neck, encasing him fully. He was home.Once, he’d found the armor hateful, foreign, but now he knew better. He realized that he’d always been fated to wear it, just as the Jedi had always been fated to betray their principles. He’d always been fated to face Obi-­Wan and fail on Mustafar—­and in failing, learn.The armor separated him from the galaxy, from everyone, made him singular, freed him from the needs of the flesh, the concerns of the body that once had plagued him, and allowed him to focus solely on his relationship to the Force.It terrified others, he knew, and that pleased him. Their terror was a tool he used to accomplish his ends. Yoda once had told him that fear led to hate and hate to suffering. But Yoda had been wrong. Fear was a tool used by the strong to cow the weak. Hate was the font of true strength. Suffering was not the result of the rule of the strong over the weak, order was. By its very existence, the Force mandated the rule of the strong over the weak; the Force mandated order. The Jedi had never seen that, and so they’d misunderstood the Force and been destroyed. But Vader’s Master saw it. Vader saw it. And so they were strong. And so they ruled.He rose, his breathing loud in his ears, loud in the chamber, his image huge and dark on the reflective wall.A wave of his gauntleted hand and a mental command rendered the walls of his ovate meditation chamber transparent instead of reflective. The chamber sat in the center of his private quarters aboard the Perilous. He looked out and up through the large viewport that opened out onto the galaxy and its numberless worlds and stars.It was his duty to rule them all. He saw that now. It was the manifest will of the Force. Existence without proper rule was chaos, disorder, suboptimal. The Force—­invisible but ubiquitous—­bent toward order and was the tool through which order could and must be imposed, but not through harmony, not through peaceful coexistence. That had been the approach of the Jedi, a foolish, failed approach that only fomented more disorder. Vader and his Master imposed order the only way it could be imposed, the way the Force required that it be imposed, through conquest, by forcing the disorder to submit to the order, by bending the weak to the will of the strong.The history of Jedi influence in the galaxy was a history of disorder and the sporadic wars disorder bred. The history of the Empire would be one of enforced peace, of imposed order.A pending transmission caused the intercom to chime. He activated it and a hologram of the aquiline-­faced, gray-­haired commander of the Perilous, Captain Luitt, formed before him.“Lord Vader, there’s been an incident at the Yaga Minor shipyards.”“What kind of incident, Captain?”The lights from the bridge computers blinked or didn’t as dictated by the pulse of the ship and the gestures of the ragtag skeleton crew of freedom fighters who staffed the stations. Cham stood behind the helm and looked alternately from the viewscreen to the scanner as he mentally recited the words he’d long ago etched on the stone of his mind so that he could, as needed, read them and be reminded:Not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter. Not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter.Cham had fought for his people and Ryloth for ­almost a standard decade. He’d fought for a free Ryloth when the Republic had tried to annex it, and he fought now for a free Ryloth against the Empire that was trying to strip it bare.A free Ryloth.The phrase, the concept, was the polestar around which his existence would forever turn.Because Ryloth was not free.As Cham had feared back during the Clone Wars, one well-­intentioned occupier of Ryloth had given way to another, less well-­intentioned occupier, and a Republic had, through the alchemy of ambition, been transformed into an Empire.An Imperial protectorate, they called Ryloth. On Imperial star charts Cham’s homeworld was listed as “free and independent,” but the words could only be used that way with irony, else meaning was turned on its head.Because Ryloth was not free.Orn Free Taa, Ryloth’s obese representative to the lickspittle, ceremonial Imperial Senate, validated the otherwise absurd Imperial claims through his treasonous acquiescence to them. But then Ryloth had no shortage of Imperial collaborators, or those willing to lay supine before stormtroopers.And so . . . Ryloth was not free.But it would be one day. Cham would see to it. Over the years, he’d recruited and trained hundreds of like-­minded people, most but not all of them Twi’leks. He’d cultivated friendly contacts and informants across Ryloth’s system, established hidden bases, hoarded matériel. Over the years, he’d planned and executed raid after raid against the Imperials, cautious and precise raids, true, but effective, nevertheless. Dozens of dead Imperials gave mute testimony to the growing effectiveness of the Free Ryloth movement.Not a terrorist, but a freedom fighter.He put a reassuring hand on the shoulder of the helm, felt the tension in the clenched muscles of her shoulder. Like most of the crew, like Cham, she was a Twi’lek, and Cham doubted she’d ever flown anything larger than a little gorge hopper, certainly nothing like the armed freighter she steered now.“Just hold her steady, helm,” Cham said. “We won’t need anything fancy out of you.”Standing behind Cham, Isval added, “We hope.”The helm exhaled and nodded. Her lekku, the twin head-­tails that extended down from the back of her head to her shoulders, relaxed slightly to signify relief. “Aye, sir. Nothing fancy.”Isval stepped beside Cham, her eyes on the view­screen.“Where are they?” she grumbled, the darkening blue of her skin and the agitated squirm of her lekku a reflection of her irritation. “It’s been days and no word.”Isval always grumbled. She was perpetually restless, a wanderer trapped in a cage only she could see, pacing the confines over and over, forever testing the strength of the bars. She reminded him of his daughter, Hera, whom he missed deeply when he allowed himself such moments. Cham valued Isval’s need for constant motion, for constant action. They were the perfect counterpoints to each other: her rash, him deliberate; her practical, him principled.“Peace, Isval,” he said softly. He’d often said the same thing to Hera.He held his hands, sweaty with stress despite his calm tone, clasped behind his back. He eyed the bridge data display. Almost time. “They’re not late, not yet. And if they’d failed, we’d have had word by now.”Her retort came fast. “If they’d succeeded, we’d have had word by now, too. Wouldn’t we?”Cham shook his head, his lekku swaying. “No, not necessarily. They’d run silent. Pok knows better than to risk comm chatter. He’d need to skim a gas giant to refuel, too. And he might have needed to shake pursuit. They had a lot of space to cover.”“He would’ve sent word, though, something,” she insisted. “They could have blown up the ship during the hijack attempt. They could all be dead. Or worse.”She said the words too loudly, and the heads of several of the crew came up from their work, looks of concern on their faces.“They could, but they’re not.” He put his hand on her shoulder. “Peace, Isval. Peace.”She grimaced and swallowed hard, as if trying to rid herself of a bad taste. She pulled away from him and started to pace anew. “Peace. There’s peace only for the dead.”Cham smiled. “Then let’s stick with war for at least a bit longer, eh?”His words stopped her in her pacing and elicited one of her half smiles, and a half smile was as close as Isval ever got to the real thing. He had only a vague idea of what had been done to her when she’d been enslaved, but he had a firm sense that it must have been awful. She’d come a long way.“Back to it, people,” he ordered. “Stay sharp.”Silence soon filled all the empty space on the bridge. Hope hung suspended in the quiet—­fragile, brittle, ready to be shattered with the wrong word. The relentless gravity of waiting drew eyes constantly to the data display that showed the time. But still nothing.Cham had stashed the freighter in the rings of one of the system’s gas giants. Metal ore in the rock chunks that made up the rings would hide the ship from any scans.“Helm, take us above the plane of the rings,” Cham said.

Editorial Reviews

“A compelling tale [that] gives us new insight into the relationship between Darth Vader and his master, Emperor Palpatine.”—New York Daily News
 
“Endlessly fascinating . . . a tale [that is] not just compelling but completely thrilling.”—Big Shiny Robot
 
“The best novel so far in this new era of official canon Star Wars stories.”IGN
 
“Packed with action . . . hard to put down.”—Seattle Geekly