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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689009
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Mass Effect: Revelation, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. He lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Darth Bane series of Star Wars novels and Mass Effect: Revelation. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for computer games company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. He lives in Texas with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell Hossain on 15 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I'd like to give this book 3 and a HALF stars actually, but obviously there is no 'half' button.

Firstly, if you are unfamiliar with the Old Republic computer games as I am, this book will do little to fill you in on what you have missed.

Other than giving snippets of what has happened before ( not to be found in any other novel even, from what I can surmise ), you will not be given a full and comprehensive understanding of the setting of this story nor The Old Republic times.
Indeed, it was clear from the first few chapters that what the reader is in for is a CONTINUATION of - I am assuming - events, and situations from the games - new readers be damned. I would have loved to have read about Darth Revan and Darth Malak and that particular story arc in substantial terms, but you will not find that in this book.

Going from Drew Drew Karpashyn's reputation as the author of the acclaimed DARTH BANE trilogy ( which I have yet to read ), I had high hopes , and while the characters within are quite well drawn, and the novel is an easy read with some terrific action set-pieces, I felt let down ultimately by the story.

Even the conclusion is one where the central characters' ( three of them at least ) storyline is left up in the air, as if to be continued elsewhere ( I had a feeling this would be the case, as I was reaching the final few chapters in the story, and it was clear that the ending would either have to be rushed or not finished at all ).

I can see if you are cross media consumer of the SW games, comics, etc. this would have an appeal, but for those readers who want a good self-contained reading experience and be invited into the world of The Old Republic, you may be left wanting - and maybe even feel 'left out'.

Ultimately, an enjoyable, well written book but nothing 'meaty'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SmileyFace64 on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
(Some spoilers to follow)

I rather enjoyed this outing into the Old Republic. For anyone who has played KOTOR 1 and/or 2, this is a must-have.

It continues the journey of Revan, Jedi hero turned Sith overlord turned redeemed Jedi hero again. In my opinion he is the most interesting character in the expanded Star Wars universe and I would in fact rank him up there with the original trilogy characters in terms of appeal.

It answers a lot of questions and plot holes bought up in the KOTOR games, such as how Revan originally fell from grace to the Dark Side.

Karpyshyn sheds a lot of light on the mysterious Sith Emperor, who is mentioned in the shadows throughout the Old Republic saga but we do not really know who he is, where he came from or what his intentions are. The character Karpyshyn paints epitomises what I think Lucas intended the Dark Side to be at its most extreme. Unrestricted by the limitations of making a family-friendly movie, Karpyshyn brings to life a manipulative, evil and extremely wicked Sith Lord that makes Darth Vader look like Jar-Jar (I know I've probably just made dozens of old-school SW fans spit coffee over their keyboards, but whatevs!)

I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Scourge. He is very much a Sith loyal to the Empire and the Dark Side, but he thinks outside of the box and is prepared to team-up with two Jedi to achieve his ends. He's a "bad guy" but a bad-guy you kind of want to get behind.

Some people have criticised the fact that most of the KOTOR alumni do not make an appearance. Karpyshyn actually hangs a lantern on this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 16 July 2012
Format: Paperback
THE STORY:
After defeating his former ally Darth Malak, the Jedi Revan (from the 'Knights Of The Old Republic' computer game) is troubled by dreams of an unknown threat lurking beyond the edges of the Republic. He sets off to investigate and discovers the long-hidden Sith Empire. Meanwhile, the Sith Lord Scourge is thrown into the muddy political world of the Empire's Dark Council and discovers a plot to unseat the Emperor himself. Revan and Scourge are later joined by Jedi Knight Meetra Surik (the Jedi Exile from 'KotOR II: The Sith Lords') and they form an unlikely alliance to confront an unfathomable evil.

WHAT'S GOOD:
I found the middle section of this book thoroughly enjoyable, as we see Revan, the Exile and Lord Scourge each embarking on their own voyages of discovery. It was also great to see Canderous Ordo back in action with the Mandalorians and learn the story of how he became Mandalore between the two KotOR games.

WHAT'S BAD:
Curiously, considering this book was a marketing tool intended to link the classic KotOR games with the (relatively) new game 'The Old Republic', it is its links to those games which prove the most frustrating elements of the book. There is a trend with many recent Star Wars stories to tell a 'smaller, more personal story', as if that is in some way better. Look at the movies, the Thrawn trilogy and the original 'KotOR' itself and tell me that EPIC is not more suited to the subject matter! So here Karpyshyn shies away from telling us the story of the galaxy as a whole, and this means that the fates of most of Revan's original companions are brushed over and those of the Exile get no mention at all.
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