Delve into the Dark Side with Book of Sith

StarWars.com Team | October 13, 2011

Tired of lurking in the shadows of the Jedi, waiting for a chance to seize control? At long last, the secrets of the dark side are being revealed. Whether you are a master or an apprentice, you will soon be able to fulfill your destiny with Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side, a collection of Sith texts written throughout galactic history and gathered in one epic volume.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. Fragments of five essential dark side texts were passed among numerous Sith and Jedi — Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Asajj Ventress, Mace Windu, Quinlan Vos, and others — who added their comments to the pages. Through the years, Darth Sidious pilfered and secreted away these texts, along with various objects created by his most powerful predecessors. Using this collected knowledge, the Emperor wrote his own manifesto, a sixth text, as well as a preface for the compilation. Each original text sheds light on the plots, exploits, and philosophy of the infamous Sith Order.

For years these texts and various accompanying artifacts remained concealed within a mysterious pyramid-like case. But now, with this recovered collection, all students of the Force can unleash the power and the madness of the dark side.

Book of Sith and The Jedi Path, which preceded it, are the first Star Wars books that were conceived and developed as actual artifacts that originated in the Star Wars galaxy,” says Carol Roeder, director of publishing for Lucasfilm Ltd. “Now both sides, dark and light, have the chance to learn from the powerful Sith Lords and the Jedi Masters who came before them.”

The 160-page book features a faux-leather cover with debossing and heat stamping. Five removable artifacts — including a scrap of a Sith burial shroud, a battle map from the Great Galactic War, a diagram of Palpatine’s master plan, an Empire propaganda poster, and a note from Luke Skywalker — are tucked within the pages of the book. The book’s elegant design showcases original illustrations by acclaimed Star Wars artists, including Paul Allan Ballard, Jeff Carlisle, Chris Reiff, Chris Trevas, Russell Walks, Terryl Whitlatch, and the illustrators of Aristia/Hive Studios. The book and two accompanying mementoes — a Sith crystal and a Sith talisman — are enclosed in a mechanized blood-red and black Holocron case, which opens at the touch of a button with flashing lights and sounds.

“When we started this project, we really wanted to delve into the Sith side of the story,” says Jim Becker, president and publisher of becker&mayer! “We tried to imagine what kind of history lay behind their pursuit of absolute power. And how the Sith would hide their secrets over time. The innovative package our team came up with in collaboration with Lucasfilm, including the incredible Holocron case, is inspired.”

Book of Sith is written by New York Times bestselling author Dan Wallace and will be available February 10, 2012 from becker&mayer! Learn more at amazon.com, where you may also pre-order the deluxe special edition which will release in February to coincide with the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D.

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