Lords of the Sith: Star Wars by Paul S. Kemp

Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

By Paul S. Kemp

  • Release Date: 2015-04-28
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4
From 229 Ratings
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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.


  • A Vader we’ve not seen before

    By Five 🌟, No doubt
    Terrific and at times utterly captivating insight into the mind of a Darth Vader who is still new to the iconic black helmet at this point in his tenure as a dark lord of the Sith. Interesting to see what keeps him going, how he channels his hate.
  • It’s ok

    By Rbcpd
    Some things were unresolved But an amusing read
  • Great Book!

    By Ice8617
    This was great overall! The detail of how things unfolding was like watching a movie. I recommend this book to any Star Wars fan, it is a fantastic stand book. I hope they come out with a part 2 of this series!
  • 😬😬😬😬

    By Tron1444
    Amazing. I never want to put it down so I could see what happens next
  • Thanks Disney for ruining Star Wars

    By Jedi master sims
    If you are against the LGBT or whatever it's called today don't read this book one of the main characters is gay!😡😠😤
  • Great outlook on the Star Wars universe

    By Matt 5327
    This is by far one of the best Star Wars books I have read so far. You get a great look on Darth Vader and the Emperor's relationship. You can also see some new aspects of the Emperor that weren't even in any of the movies. The only problem I had (trust me it's a small problem) was that they focused more on Cham Syndulla than you'd think (especially since this book is titled Lords of the Sith). But Cham Syndulla is an interesting character anyway and it's great to see more of him since his appearances in The Clone Wars and Rebels. Overall, if you are a Star Wars fan, DEFINITELY READ THIS AMAZING BOOK.
  • A dull, throw-away story. Don't bother.

    By Dracool47
    So boring and forgettable. Save your money. Wish I could have mine, and my time wasted reading this, back.
  • poorly written

    By 25845584558
    The author seems to think space is the same as the ocean. He makes frequent references to “the ship was listing” etc. as if all the battles are taking place in the ocean rather than outer space. He seems to have failed to realize there is little to no gravity in space and describes deep space ship maneuvers as if they were taking place in the atmosphere of a planet. Vader has zero personality and is an empty, one-dimensional cardboard character - the author made no effort on this book it seems. Don’t waste your time.
  • Guilty Pleasure

    By Nmcsquirter
    Regardless of how you felt about episodes 1 2 and 3, they deepened our understanding of Darth Vader and the emotional dynamics that led to his turn to the dark side of the force. This book explores the internal dialogue of Vader and his interactions with his Sith master, the Emperor. The story further reveals the struggles behind the suit and the unique dynamic between master and apprentice. It is so much fun to peak behind the curtain of the relationship between Vader and the Emperor, which was one of the most unique relationships in episodes 3, 4 and 5. We didn't get to see much of the dynamic through the movies. That makes this book worth the read. Oh and some other characters are there as well but don't really carry the story of the greater Star Wars universe much. Read it to enjoy the deeper nuances of the dark side power dynamics.
  • "Star Wars: Lords of the Sith" - Behind the Mask

    By Ferratho
    Unlike many Star Wars tales, "Lords of the Sith" tells a very narrowly-scoped story. Other than the very beginning, there are no plot devices on a galactic scale - no hopping from planet to planet which is so commonly seen. Nearly the entire story takes place in the Ryloth system - predominantly on the planet Ryloth itself. I can't rave about this book as nothing about it particularly knocked my socks off, but I can say that it was a good, fast read. The action is rather constant and the characters are engaging. What I enjoyed most was the interaction between Sidious and Vader. Having read the Darth Bane novels and more recently Darth Plagueis, I was quite familiar with the contradictory and bizarre nature of the Sith master/apprentice relationship. I had seen its complexities play out in several other forms, but never through Sidious and Vader. I was looking forward to it when I first cracked the pages of this novel and I found those portions to be my favorite as I read it. I've often wondered how Vader felt about Sidious during the years following "Revenge of the Sith." Did he ever feel resentment? Did he feel like he'd been lied to and tricked onto this dark path? Was he ambitious and eager to overthrow his master as is the duty of the Sith apprentice? What this novel tells me is that, in fact, after so many years by his side, Sidious remains as much an enigma to Vader as he was during the fall of the Republic. The man's mind is a mystery and this novel does nothing to clear that up for the reader or for Vader himself - except to make us all (Vader included) a bit more terrified of Sidious. He appears nearly omniscient which leads one to wonder how the events of Episode VI could ever have actually played out. While I enjoyed the insights into Vader's mind that this novel offered, I was a bit disappointed that similar attention wasn't given to Sidious. The novel is purposefully called "LORDS of the Sith" and yet the reader really only gets to see events through the eyes of one lord - Vader. After having read Darth Plagueis as well as Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, I enjoyed the glimpse into the mind of Sidious as a protagonist and was disappointed to seeing that door so firmly shut in this novel. He is little more than a supporting character. So, in short, this was a good book and an entertaining read into one of the many seeds of a galaxy-wide rebellion, but it left me wanting more. It didn't wow me but it was good enough for me to say I liked it. Though I don't think the end result was what the reader was promised by the marketing for the book.