Remember when I said I don’t like Sith? Maybe I was a bit wrong. This book focused on two Sith, Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, aka Hego Damask and Palpatine. It was really interesting! I really enjoyed the background on Palpatine’s rise to power and how the Siths’ actions led directly to the events of Episode I.
But even before that, I liked Plagueis’s story more than I expected to. He was a believable character and I liked seeing how he taught Palpatine. I really liked Palpatine, especially when he was younger. I think I liked this book more than the Bane series because it focused on the Siths’ maneuvering and not just them saying “I am bad. Watch me be bad.”
There were a couple times when I felt like the story was a little slow, like towards the end of the second section and when Plagueis was in hermit mode. I also would have liked to have learned more about how Padme became mayor of Theed at 13 and why she was in politics so young, but I get that this wasn’t her story.