Adult Novel

Lords of the Sith

Paul S. Kemp
Apr 28, 2015
Artwork by
Narrated by
Jonathan Davis
Takes place in
14 BBY
In the
Reign of the Empire
Full of Dark Side power, not so much Dark Side lore. This is a fun read, but doesn't dive quite as deep as other Sith-centered novels.
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The most iconic Sith duo is that of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. When it comes to the films, the immense power of their strengths combined remains to be seen. Lords of the Sith offers the display of unrivaled power that we deserve, and Paul S. Kemp delivers those brutal moments in vivid detail.

The magnitude of chaos and destruction unleashed by the Sith Lords is emphasized alongside the sheer terror and hopelessness of the rebels attempting to fight against them. Their despair is even more apparent through the eyes of Cham Syndulla, Hera Syndulla’s father and rebel leader of Ryloth, showing that even the most courageous minds are no match for the dark side.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Full of Dark Side power, not so much Dark Side lore. This is a fun read, but doesn't dive quite as deep as other Sith-centered novels.

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Heather Goldman - Lords of the Sith - Adult Novel
Heather Goldman
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If you’re looking for some Vader/Palpatine badassery then make sure to grab Lords of the Sith. The story moves back and forth between the Sith duo and Cham Syndulla, rebel leader and Hera Syndulla’s father. There is less Sith action than I expected due to that structuring, but the moments that we are given is definitely worth the time you put in. Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are shown in their prime, and every bit of it is glorious. If anything, Cham’s perspective was most likely thrown in to show how terrifying the Sith are from the other side.
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Charles Hanckel
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Lords of the Sith deals with big time characters, namely Darth Vader and the Emperor, but their on-screen personas don't quite translate to the page. This books skips back and forth between the Sith attempting to survive on the planet Ryloth after crash landing and the group of resistance fighters attempting to hunt them down. Where it excels is in the frankly jaw-dropping displays of Force power that the Sith use. Where it falls short is the dialogue between Vader and his master.
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Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
Lords of the Sith gives us a glimpse into Darth Vader’s black heart as he fights inner demons alongside his Sith master, Emperor Palpatine. Kemp utilizes a broad cast featuring Imperials with rich backstories and Twi’lecks driven by their hope for a brighter future without the Empire’s tyranny. While not the best Star Wars book I’ve ever read, Lords of the Sith will have you hearing Vader’s labored breathing even when you’ve put the book down. The real brilliance of the book involves the dynamics of Vader and Palpatine. I think this is a really good book to pick up after you’ve watched the prequel trilogy or have finished watching the Clone Wars. Sometimes Star Wars books don’t acknowledge that Anakin is under the helmet at all, and with the prequels existing for better or for worse, Kemp actually uses Anakin’s backstory to his advantage in telling a character-driven story. But the book isn’t all about characters, either. The action is well-written – particularly the portions involving lightsabers, Force-lightning, and Ryloth’s native monster population.

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