Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp
Release Date: April 28, 2015
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.
I’ve been a Paul S. Kemp fan for a long time, since his Forgotten Realms days. He wrote one of my favorite characters ever, Erevis Cale. I’ve also liked Kemp’s original sword and sorcery and his Star Wars books. So I was super excited to see he has a new Star Wars book coming out: LORDS OF HTE SITH.
LORDS OF THE SITH has me excited for three reasons: it’s a Paul S. Kemp book, it sounds like there’s going to be a lot of Imperial action, and there’s a lesbian Moff. Diverse characters in Star Wars has been a long time coming… I mean, Admiral Daala had to be pretty bored in the Maw, and I can’t see her getting it on with a random male solider after she was with Tarkin.
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