Lords of the Sith centers on a battle between Ryloth freedom fighters and the Empire. Cham Syndulla leads his fighters on three missions. They are to destroy the Perilous (an Empire battle ship), communication hub and kill the Emperor and Vader.
They do this to release themselves and their people from slavery, mining spice (a drug) and other degradation.
And although under attack, the Emperor remains confident of the freedom fighters defeat. He even uses these battles to teach Vader to wash himself in the Force and it’s evil side.
This is the first book I have read that relates to the Star Wars movies. Originally, I thought let’s skip the comic books, strips and the novels. I did not want to worry about what fits in the films or what does not. Also, I prefer seeing a sci-fi or fantasy film over reading a book. This is because sometimes the writing is not clear enough for me to imagine what the author wishes to convey.
This thankfully is not the case with Lords of the Sith, Kemp is able to use his words to build up the world his characters live in and who they are. There are little stumbles for example has Vader turn his saber on and off within seconds when it’s not necessary.
Other strong aspects of the novel is the relationship Cham Syndulla has with Isval a former slave turned freedom fighter; the double crossing/power grabbing Belker/Mors, and the bond/teacher/student relationship between the Emperor/Vader.
Overall this Star Wars book is very engaging, easy to read, and a joy.