The Book of Sith is essentially the “Mein Kampf meets the Old Testament” of the Star Wars Universe. The book is a collection of ancient religious and scientific texts collected over a few thousand years and compiled by Darth Sidious, and later found by Luke Skywalker. It paints a fantastic history of the rise of the Sith Lords, as well as shedding insight into many other cultures and sects in the Star Wars universe. Weapons, fighting techniques, genetically engineered creatures and dark magic are all featured heavily too, as well as the interesting revelation that many people interpret the Force in different ways:- for example, one particular group who call themselves ‘The Nightsisters’ don’t believe in what we commonly know as the dark side and the light side of the force.
The Sith have existed in the galaxy for centuries, lurking, waiting for their chance to seize control. As various Sith Lords emerged and rose to power, they recorded their thoughts, exploits, and plots for Sith control of the galaxy. When they fell, their knowledge vanished with them forever. Or so it seemed. . . .
As we travel through the six ancient texts ( and in some cases, partial texts) the story gradually builds, as we get closer and closer towards the stories of Anakin and Luke that we know so well. We learn all about the origins of the religion from the first Jedi who rebelled, through the great Sith War and the inception of ‘The Rule of Two’ which we have come to know from the prequels.
For what is essentially a kids franchise, I thought this book was going to be far too dark, but they have lightened the darkness by providing notes and insights in the form of notes and annotations from Jedi such as Mace Windu, Master Yoda and Luke Skywalker. These little notes and comments all help to shed positive light on some of the errors that the Sith religion have made.
This book is definitely only for the die-hard fans, not because it’s bad, but simply because of the nature of what it is. It reminds me of the JK Rowling books that she wrote that are actually books IN the world of Harry Potter. There are no great characters or stories that are going to grab the attention and convert a non-fan here, but for the keen Star Wars-phile there is a lot to relish.
Probably the greatest joy in reading this though, is the way in which they subtly (or in some case, quite blatantly) reveal back stories and origins of characters we already know, such as Darth Maul and most importantly hinting at the secrets relating to Anakin Skywalker’s mysterious birth.