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 ...
Title:Lords Of The Sith: Star WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.5 × 4.18 × 0.87 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:034551145X

ISBN - 13:9780345511454

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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

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