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Remember the old saying,
This review is from: Star Wars The Old Republic: Deceived (Kindle Edition)
This is definitely a case of "don't judge a book by it's cover" and for all the wrong reasons which is a shame, because the cover looks awesome. The cover character, Darth Malgus is far from the major bad-ass he appears to be and serves underneath another Darth and an emperor. After an auspicious, action-filled start, he meekly submits to being relegated to the sidelines, taking any scale of grandeur the plot has with him.
The whole thing is a bit of a conundrum: what there is of it rattles along at a decent pace, has some decently inventive moments, but nothing major seems to be going on. The plot shifts between the perspectives of 4 characters: Malgus, a Jedi, a smuggler and an assassin (note that I'd have to look back on the names, they're that memorable. The characters are thinly-realised with a very generic Jedi. There's nothing detestable about them: there's not enough characterisation to make you care. The smuggler is the only one given any form of background but they all seem to be minor players carrying out their minor lives against an epic backdrop.
It's such a jobbing effort, it's like the skeleton of a project that even the author didn't care about it. There's no description to flesh it out beyond a rough draft.
It just feels like it's an opportunity missed: perhaps the subsequent books will up the ante; perhaps it makes sense if taken in the context of the game of the same name, but it has to stand on its own merits and it's too underdeveloped to do so. When you're getting charged for a full book and only getting 317 pages you should get a complete story but this feels like Act 1 and an undercooked one at that.
Two minor details to add:
1. There are too many characters with names beginning with "A". There's an Arryn and an Arrya and the Sith twins Aldus and Aldus (or something so close it makes no difference). As they barely register as characters, it's hard to keep track of who's who.
2. The author doesn't seem to trust the audience to pick up on the subtleties of his language: he keeps following characters' speech with explanations that amount to "he was being sarcastic there" or "she was a wee bit angry there". It's nothing terrible, just symptomatic of how basic the book is.
Read SoylentPurple's one-star review: it hits the nail well and truly on the head.