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VINE VOICEon 10 September 2004
THE STORY:
It is 5000 years before the destruction of the Death Star and the Galactic Republic is flourishing. However, the young hyperspace explorers Gav and Jori Daragon are not. Orphaned and bankrupt, they gamble everything on a random hyperspace jump, hoping to find a new trade route and earn their fortunes. But they stumble across something long-forgotten and dismissed as myth; the Empire of the Sith.
WHAT'S GOOD:
It's a great opportunity to see how the Jedi and the Sith originally came into conflict. The Sith Lord Naga Sadow, seeing his Empire begin to stagnate misdirects his people's attention to a nebulous threat (George Bush Jnr anyone?) represented by Gav and Jori. There's also a fair dose of cutthroat politics as Sadow shows the ruthlessness and cunning essential to a good Dark Lord. Although, due the time frame of the story, the only familiar face is Odan-Urr (who appears in 'Dark Lord of the Sith' and 'The Sith War') there is plenty of Star Wars elements to attract fans; including a fierce duel and a climatic space battle. Also, just in case you're interested, one of the Sith characters is a severed head in a jar!
WHAT'S BAD:
The artwork takes a bit of getting used to, sacrificing finesse for an overabundance of detail and colour. Another problem is that this is just the first half of a two-pat story, so you'll have to fork out for 'The Fall of the Sith Empire' too. Finally, and (to be honest) unimportantly, the Hutt character is generous and benevolent, which seemed a bit off compared to their usual money-grubbing double-dealing.
So far, the earliest Star Wars story (chronologically speaking of course), so a good place to start if you want to get the full picture of that Galaxy Far, Far Away.
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on 26 January 2006
This interesting book is the fourth book in the Knights of the Old Republic series. The series is a collection of graphic novels that takes the reader to the Old Republic, thousands of years before the events of The Phantom Menace.
This book takes a step back, another thousand years before the time of Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma. When Gav and Jori Daragon's parents are killed in a war, they are now free to roam the galaxy and discover interstellar routes. However, when they blunder onto the hidden empire of the Sith, they unleash a set of circumstances that will lead to either the return of the Sith empire, or its destruction.
My twelve-year-old son is a big Star Wars fan, and he picked up this series so that he could keep on learning about the Star Wars universe. Overall, we found this to be a pretty darn good book. I thought that the illustration work was very good, dark and yet realistic, and found the story to be gripping. We both enjoyed the action and the many different creatures and races that are the hallmark of Star Wars.
Yep, we both enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to you. We highly recommend the entire Tales of the Jedi series!
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on 8 June 2009
This one again has nice graphics but the story is fast, not 2 much atmosphere here, fast, fast. I would want more depth, yes, a bit more, is possile even in SW universe.
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on 31 May 2000
At first I was a bit wary about reading about characters in the Galaxy Far Far Away 5000 years before the ones we all know and love. However, this was an excellent story and the art is excellent too.
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on 16 October 2015
Product arrived on time, as described. Very happy.
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on 13 October 2015
great book
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