Review: The Book of Sith — Daniel Wallace

Everyone who knows me knows I love Star Wars and in particular the Dark Side. When I stumbled upon these “lore” books I decided to start with “The Bounty Hunter Code”, followed by “The Jedi Path”. I also have “The Imperial Handbook”, but the one I was most eager to read was this one, “The Book of Sith”!

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More than just one book

What’s really cool about this book is the way it’s been printed. The book is actually a collection of several Sith and Dark Side writings from various Sith Lords, and the Nightsister leader Mother Talzin. All of these books shed light upon different aspects of Sith lore and the Dark Side of the Force. One of the most interesting aspects in all of Star Wars! What’s also really cool is that the pages have differently cut edges for every book that comprises the Book of Sith! This was also done with The Jedi Path, except that it’s done in a much better fashion with this book.

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Our cat Bobbie is aspiring to become a Sith Lord at some point

The book starts with a lot of history regarding how the Sith came to be and how they were actually “fallen Jedi” who sought to use form a new order, because they felt the Jedi were stuck in their traditions and didn’t dare to experiment with the Dark Side of the Force.

From a certain point of view…

What’s interesting is that the Dark Side isn’t necessarily evil, but rather just another part of the Force. One of the parts of this book that I liked best was the research of Darth Plageuis the Wise. He tries to take a scientific approach to the Force in order to seek eternal life. I thought this was one of the most intriguing pieces to read, although it has to be said I loved every single part of this book.

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The writings of Mother Talzin give a slightly different look at the Force and this was quite insightful, because we normally only know how the Jedi and Sith approach the Force. Bren really loves the Nightsisters, so I’m sure she’ll love this part of the book too when she decides to read it. What I found most interesting was how they approached life and death and the way the use the Force.

Join the Dark Side, we have cookies (and free Wi-Fi)

If you love Star Wars and you love lore, then this book should be an instant buy. Not only is is crammed full with information, history and lore, it looks great on your bookshelves too! They really put a lot of effort in the look and feel of this book and the artwork inside is great!

Overall I really enjoyed this book. From the writings of the first Sith Lords all the way to Emperor Palpatine, each part had its charms and interesting tidbits. The Emperor Palpatine part actually gave me an idea how and why he’ll be back in Episode 9, so it’ll be fun to see if I’m right! I decided to finish this one before Thrawn: Alliances, but only because this was a fast read and in all honesty, Thrawn: Alliances is so good, I just don’t want the book to end yet, haha.

Rating:

Cover art: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Paper smell: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Print/lettering: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Originality: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Content: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy reading and may the Force be with you!

Jeffrey

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