As I mentioned in this post, I’m embarking on reading the Star Wars canon. The next installment is Lords of the Sith. Chronologically, this occurs just after the events of the film Revenge of the Sith. Anakin, now Darth Vader, has teamed up with Darth Sidious and is now flying around the galaxy shoring up the power of the newly formed Empire. But not everyone is ok with the Empire’s un-weakening grasp of power. On the planet of Ryloth, there’s a growing rebellion against the empire. Due to their determined rebellion, they have made it on the Emperor’s radar and he makes his way there to quell their rebelliousness. Fighting ensues.
This was a too predictable read. Characters were saved from what should’ve been their death only so they could make it to the final showdown. From the beginning I could tell who was going to be saved for later and who was going to be thrown to the wolves, i.e. droids. It wasn’t good story telling. And while I know that the Emperor and Vader are super-Siths, there was just too much chaos for both of them to be so ho-hum about everything. But then it hit me; maybe they are the first hipsters. And if they are, does that make all true hipsters Sith lords? Or are they just cranky Jedi? I digress…
Then there was the martyr who was set up too early in the novel. I can’t use gender because it would give it away, but before you’re a quarter of the way through, you know to whom I’m referring. It was just a countdown before it happened. And as we drew nearer to the final show down, you knew what the outcome was going to be.
The world and the story were entertaining, but not as good as the previous novel in the series. Don’t set you’re expectations too high for this one.