Book Review: Star Wars – Lords Of The Sith by Paul S. Kemp

Published: April 28, 2015

“Seventy percent the perfect Star Wars novel.”

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What Is ‘Lords Of The Sith’ About?

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.

In the Star Wars timeline, ‘Lords Of The Sith’ takes place between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ & ‘A New Hope’.

Why Did I Read ‘Lords Of The Sith’?

If I was honest, I read this purely as an appetiser before the release of Rogue One. A Star Wars novel wasn’t on the list but the opportunity came up and I couldn’t resist.

What I Liked About ‘Lords Of The Sith’

I think this was the first time where I could start a story and immediately be able to visualise everything clearly. The surroundings, the characters, I was instantly on board. But that’s to be expected, and is as much a test for the author as it is for the reader.

For a Star Wars novel, this is really dark in parts. Betrayal, revenge, anger, the graphic detail of beatings and characters being choked to death are all present. But it’s not as clear cut as good versus evil, the rebels are given back story and depth in a way that’s lacking for many of them in the films, and we see how they can be reckless and overly aggressive at times.

The first two thirds of this novel are fantastic. This is seventy percent the perfect Star Wars novel.

What I Didn’t Like About ‘Lords Of The Sith’

It’s difficult to conjure up any real sense of danger for Vadar or the Emperor, especially considering where the characters are in the timeline of the overall story.

The book is called ‘Lords of the Sith’, which is a great title, but this isn’t a story devoted to the dark side. You spend as much time with the rebels. ‘Lords of the Sith’ is just a title.

There’s quite a few lines of dialog with Vadar where he seems out of character. He doesn’t sound like the Vadar you know from the films.
I also found the final third of this novel really disappointing.

Good Or Bad?

Was it any good? Considering we’re now in an era where more Star Wars films are to be expected, novels of this nature suddenly have a new relevance to them within the Star Wars universe. That being said I don’t think this is a film waiting to happen. This isn’t a bad novel, I was just disappointed by the ending. At a point when the novel should have come together, it sort of fell flat for me.
Would I recommend it? I don’t know if this is one of the better Star Wars novels. I’d like to think there were better ones out there.
Would I read it again? No.

Here are some other reviews:

Looking For Alaska by John Green
The Hidden Legacy by GJ Minett
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Paper Towns by John Green
Parable Of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What’s on the list?
Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK by Federico Pistono
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Perks Of Being A Wallfower by Stephen Chbosky
Lie in Wait by GJ Minett


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