By James Luceno
In the course of the galaxy, it used to be believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker–the selected One–had died on Coruscant throughout the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some degree, that used to be real. Anakin used to be dead.
From the location of Anakin Skywalker’s final stand–on the molten floor of the planet Mustafar, the place he sought to wreck his pal and previous grasp, Obi-Wan Kenobi–a fearsome specter in black has risen. as soon as the main robust Knight ever recognized to the Jedi Order, he's now a disciple of the darkish part, a lord of the scary Sith, and the avenging correct hand of the galaxy’s ruthless new Emperor. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by way of the machinations of the darkish Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is useless . . . and Darth Vader lives.
Word of the occasions that created him–the Jedi Council’s failed mutiny opposed to ideally suited Chancellor Palpatine, the self-crowned Emperor’s retaliatory command to exterminate the Jedi Order, and Anakin’s bloodbath of his comrades and Masters within the Jedi Temple–has but to arrive all quarters. at the Outer Rim international of Murkhana, Jedi Masters Roan Shryne and Bol Chatak and Padawan Olee Starstone are prime a cost on a Separatist stronghold, unaware that the tide, purple with Jedi blood, has grew to become unexpectedly opposed to them.
When the 3 narrowly elude execution–and develop into the determined prey in a hunt throughout space–it’s neither clone squaddies, nor the newly deployed stormtroopers, nor even the wrath of the power-hungry Emperor himself they have to worry such a lot. The deadliest danger rests within the hideously speedy and deadly red lightsaber of Darth Vader–behind whose brooding masks lies a shattered middle, a poisoned soul, and a crafty, twisted brain hell-bent on vengeance.
For the handful of scattered Jedi, survival is primary if the sunshine facet of the strength is to be safe and the galaxy by some means, sometime reclaimed. but extra vital nonetheless is the future health of the dual babies, Leia and Luke Skywalker, the kids of Anakin and his doomed bride, Padmé Amidala. Separated after Padmé’s loss of life, they need to be made secure in any respect charges, lest the wish they characterize for the long run be grew to become to horror by means of the hot Sith regime–and the unspeakable energy of the darkish side.
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Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader (Star Wars) by James Luceno