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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (24 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781165475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781165478
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author s appreciation of an established universe such as this is apparent, which makes the book an absolute joy to read. --Starburst --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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An exciting new novel set in the world of the blockbustster online video game,

Star Wars(TM): The Old Republic(TM) from BioWare and LucasArts, by

fan-favorite, bestselling author Drew Karpyshyn!

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This is another Star Wars novel inspired by the various Old Republic video games. When the novels set in this era began to be released they made for quite a change from the multitude of those that had primarily been set around the six films or during several decades that subsequently follow the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’. They have now become more numerous and, unfortunately, as a result become a bit samey.

‘Annihilation’ is not the most original of Star Wars plots. The Sith Empire have a super ship/weapon of mass destruction that could turn the tide of the war and, therefore, the Jedi and various Republic agents are devising a way to destroy it against all odds. During these events the various Sith Lords are continuously vying for power in efforts to ascend through their ranks. It’s all been seen before, but the novel does do this type of thing quite well.

Annihilation’ doesn’t feel like a very suitable title. There isn’t really any ‘annihilation’ involved and at this particular time in the war against the Sith Empire the Republic seems to somewhat have the upper hand. It certainly is less under a threat of annihilation than it appears in many other Star Wars novels throughout the various eras.

Some of the characters are already established from other media other than the various novels. This tends to mean their characterisation within this book isn’t as strong as it could be. Knowledge of various comics does, no doubt, enhance the story but it is not essential.

The main protagonist, Theron Shan, is descended from a prominent line of Jedi but has no aptitude for the force. His heritage is, perhaps, more interesting than he is himself. There is some effort in the book to indicate that he is a bit of wild card but it doesn’t quite come across.
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This story is Drew Karpyshyn at his best. This story takes place after the Immortal Sith Emperor is feared dead the Dark Counsel and Sith Lords are on the back foot in the war with the Republic. They have one major ace up their sleeves. The Ascendant Spear. The biggest, fastest, deadliest star ship ever created. It is an amalgam of engineering, Sith alchemistry (magic), and Human/Falleen interaction. Thanks to cybernetic enhancement a Sith Lord can take control of the ship and uses it as an extension of her own will.

Theron Shan is a Republic spy. He is a decedent of Star Wars The Old Republic - Revan but unlike his (secret) Jedi master mother he is not force sensitive, though is raised by another Jedi and taught methods of force meditation and other techniques. He believes in the Republic and has dedicated his life to protecting it, just not the Jedi way.

After being a maverick and compromising a secret Republic mission he is in the dog house, till he is called for a mission to destroy the Ascendant Spear, which could potentially end the war.

The great thing about the story is that you do not have to be a Jedi to make a difference. It is actually the little thing in this book that adds realism. All the characters know their limitations and have to make hard choices. I am looking forward to what happens next or before. I would love to know how the Emperor was actually killed (I mean this guy make Sidious look like a wuss), or even what is next for the Old Republic family.
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THE STORY:
(3,641 BBY) Set after the events of 'The Old Republic' computer game and following on from 'The Old Republic: The Lost Suns' comic books, this book reveals a galaxy where the Sith Empire is finally being defeated by the Republic but calls upon one last trump card; a near-invincible warship called the Ascendant Spear. Knowing that the Spear could turn the tide of the war once more, the Republic sets special agent Theron Shan and Jedi Master Gnost-Dural the task of taking the ship out of the fight.

WHAT'S GOOD:
I was a bit dubious about the idea of Theron Shan as this book's main protagonist but actually found it quite refreshing to read about a non-Force-sensitive who uses Jedi techniques whilst simultaneously scorning Jedi philosophy. He reads a little like James Bond, with a curious mix of morality and ruthless expedience. Gnost-Dural (the Jedi voiced by Lance Henrikssen in the online chronology for TOR) complements this well by being the sort of battle Jedi who doesn't agonise over every being he kills. I also enjoyed seeing the stuff going on behind the scenes in the war, with Darth Marr's desperate attempts to hold together the fragmenting Empire and the revelations about the history between Supreme Commander Jace Malcom and Grand Master Satele Shan being of particular interest.

WHAT'S BAD:
It's a little hard to quantify, but overall this book just felt a bit shallow. It lacked the depth and complexity of say a Timothy Zahn novel, coming over much more pulpy. That's not always a bad thing, but I just feel (as with Karpyshyn's 'Revan') that the subject matter deserved a more in-depth, sweeping epic.
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