Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader is a young adult novel written by Ryder Windham. Scheduled for release in October 2007, it was released early in September of the same year. It re-tells the story of all six Star Wars films from the point of view of Darth Vader.
This is the legendary story of Anakin Skywalker as it's never been told before - through his eyes…
From rise to fall, from light to dark, and back again.
Born a slave.
Raised a Jedi.
Feared by a galaxy.
The book begins with Darth Vader dreaming for the first time in years while aboard the Executor shortly before it departs for the second Death Star about his son and his master and wonders if he is having a premonition of the future. He then thinks of the dreams he had as Anakin Skywalker and reminisces about his life. He and Shmi Skywalker are aboard a freighter being taken to Gardulla the Elder as slaves. Watto sees Anakin busy repairing a podracer and he says that he taught himself how to fix it. Watto is intrigued by this and takes Anakin and Shmi as payment for a lost bet.
The story continues with Anakin's life on Tatooine, his participation in the Battle of Naboo and his life as a Padawan. Anakin's motives for turning to the dark side. Eventually, events end with his death during the Battle of Endor and his passing into the netherworld of the Force.
Although most of the book references the six films, there are references to other works of Star Wars literature. These references include: