Star Wars: The Old Republic - Deceived Paperback – 23 Dec 2011
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"The action scenes are clear, exciting and really easy to follow. Lots of Star Wars type explosions and action here! An enjoyable Star Wars novel." --Emotionally 14
"Paul S Kemp [is] quickly becoming the go to guy for Old Republic era Jedi and Sith battles with his fluid, well-described fight scenes and compelling characterisation." --Blogomatic3000
"Deceived should certainly keep Star Wars fans entertained, it's a little shorter than I would have liked but that's just a testament to the quality of writing and the attachment I felt to the characters." --Game-Pad
"Try this saga of a Sith war-fancier who tears down the Jedi Temple before he's even had breakfast." --Total Film --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Paul S. Kemp is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Star Wars: Crosscurrent, as well as nine Forgotten Realms fantasy novels and many short stories. When he's not writing, he practices corporate law, which has inspired him to write some really believable villains. He lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife, twin sons and a couple of cats.
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As a standalone novel, Deceived is largely okay, but there are a lot of good points that make me like it, but I couldn't help thinking that it was somehow flawed. Set in the Old Republic era, the novel ties into the MMORPG "The Old Republic", and the opening sequence of the novel has already been seen in one of the trailers for the game. That was a nice touch. However, I do have a slight issue with the Old Republic novels (that isn't limited to Deceived alone, I should add), insofar as they reference events that it is assumed we, the readers, know about, but which have not been "seen" by us, the real-world public. Fatal Alliance had the same problem, and I was left feeling a bit lost, like I'd missed something important, when things like the Battle of Alderaan were mentioned. I assume, though, this is nothing to do with the author, but by design of the publisher. I'm sure someone who has played the game would not have these same feelings, either, but nevertheless it did make me frustrated whenever such references cropped up.
The story is basically about one Jedi's desire to avenge the murder of her master during the sacking of Coruscant. Now, Star Wars fans the world over know that Jedi do not seek vengeance, etc etc, but this seems to be a disturbing trend of a lot of the EU literature to try to make Jedi more "human", but this is misplaced, to my way of thinking.Read more ›
What lets the novel down is its length, coming in at only 255 pages compared to usual of at 300. The rest of the book is just padded with filler designed to get you to buy the Fate of the Jedi novels.
Overall it is a good read but over too soon.
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".Read more ›
Right from the opening page, this book was a good read. Paul Kemp has a way of writing that makes you want to keep reading and almost makes the text come to life. Although I felt the plot was slightly predictable, it didn't take away from the enjoyment. I thought the book was just the right length for the story being told. Any longer would have made it drag on. The half happy/half sad ending was also a nice touch in my opinion.
My only real complaint - such that it is - is that Malgus was a little too much like Vader in terms of his appearance; the only difference seemed to be the lack of a helmet.
In all honesty, I don't think it was quite as good as his first book but it was still very enjoyable. I'd certainly recommend it to a fan of the books...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a story with massive implications on the galaxy but more focused on a couple individuals and there journey for revenge.Published 16 days ago by Christie
A very good read. A must for any Star Wars fan. I could not put it down!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyable enough book. Malgus is an excellent character. The ending of the book is quite nice too, as opposed to the end of the Old Republic Revan book which was awful.Published 15 months ago by Anthony Williams
I'm not a reader normally but playing the mmo and being a Star Wars fan I read it. Worth a read folksPublished 15 months ago by Lawrie
I thought the book was fast paced and easy to get into. It helped me remember all the stuff I loved about the original Star WarsPublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fills a massive gap. Not e best by far but still captivating. Very good characters and good sub plots. Bit Cinderellaish thoughPublished 21 months ago by J. Lewis
It was a good book overall, good characters and a good story as well. The only problem is th a t it is to short for me.Published 23 months ago by Alex Parsons