Del Rey Spectra 50 Page Fridays: James Luceno


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week we bring you an excerpt from a new Star Wars story featuring the legendary character: Darth Plagueis the Wise. Mentioned only very briefly in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Darth Plagueis is a powerful dark Lord of the Sith who’s story has thus far been unexplored in the Star Wars cannon. If you don’t recall Palpatine telling Anakin about Darth Plagueis’ dark history, a video is embedded after the break. But first, let’s hear from Del Rey Spectra editor Shelly Shapiro:

“I have to admit that whenever I’m asked to write something for one of our 50-page Friday specials, I tend to draw a blank: by the time we’re ready to excerpt 50 pages of a book, I’ve moved on from that title and through at least several others. But STAR WARS: DARTH PLAGUEIS is a no-brainer for me.

First of all, it’s a story I’m just not going to forget: two powerful Sith Lords working both with each other and against each other to bring the galaxy under their control…well, that’s just memorable! And then there is the tale of the story’s conception. After the film’s delicious hints about the relationship between Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Jim Luceno desperately wanted to tell the story in full. After disagreements with the source caused the project to be tabled, Jim still wouldn’t give up: He went out to see the top “Lucasfolk” in person with the goal of hammering out a tale that all would be happy with. And he succeeded.

Now, at long last, the book is a reality, and everyone can experience the dark desires and Machiavellian planning of two of the greatest Sith Lords ever. It’s a must-read for anyone who saw the movies and remembers Palpatine telling Anakin Skywalker “The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise,” and it’ll be a perfect set up for those of you who are planning to head out soon to the theaters to see The Phantom Menace in 3D. And the best part is that you don’t need to have read all of the gazillion other Star Wars books out there in order to understand and enjoy this book. Give it a shot: I think you’ll find it as riveting—and as memorable—as I did!”


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Please enjoy this excerpt of STAR WARS: DARTH PLAGUEIS on sale everywhere January 10th!