Santa Kris was very kind to me,as usual.
Two books have dominated my free time over the holidays.
The first book was a bit of science fiction.
It has been a while since I have delved into the Star Wars saga. There was a time in which I followed the Dark Horse Comic Series and the companion books.
Somewhere after the Thrawn Trilogy and the Jedi Academy Trilogy, I grew bored of the re-cycle formula offered by the expanded universe.
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis tantalized me. It recounts the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise, a Sith Lord “so powerful and so wise that he was able to use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life.”
Plagueis created Chancellor Palpatine who became Darth Sidious.
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is one of the best Star Wars stories I have ever read. It would have made a much better movie than Phantom Menace.
There are tons of references to other events in the Star Wars mythology. The book drew me in to the history of Sith and unveiled the carefully orchestrated conspiracy of Sidious and Plagueis to bring an end to the republic.
All of the prelude to the original three movies in the saga is explained.
In particular, I enjoyed the back story of the Jedi (light) and Sith (dark) approach to bringing balance to the force.
The endless politics, machinations and conspiracies make this an engaging read for fans of the Star Wars mythos.