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Star Wars: The Old Republic - Deceived Paperback – 23 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (23 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680921
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By spalanz on 21 Jan. 2014
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I've been a longtime reader of Star Wars novels, from the glory days of the Bantams right through to the present day. There are a fair number of turkeys in the run, and while I wouldn't necessarily say this should be among their number, I did find it lacking in some respects.

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.
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If you have read Paul Kemps previous Star Wars novel Crosscurrent like me then you will be pleased to hear he has done it again and created an action packed novel with strong well written characters. At its heart lies Darth Malgus who is shown to be anything but your typical Sith Lord, what with his code of honour and his love for his 'servant'. He makes a refreshing change from the usual Sith Lords featured in these novels.The other two main characters in book are likable, although the ex soldier forced to turn to crime to pay for his sick daughter's treatment is a bit of a cliche.
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.
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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".
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Since the first xbox ive been a very big fan of the knights of the old republic franchise and a big fan of revan.I bought a brand new pc purely for the old republic mmo and thought i would read a couple of the books based on the game to get a bit of backround on some of the charecters.Darth malgus is one of the main bad guys and iconic figures of the knew game as soon as i picked up this book i couldnt put it down malgus is a very deep and complexed charecter this book is a must read for anyone whos a fan of the game.
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Paul Kemp's first Star Wars novel, Crosscurrent, was a pleasant surprise and possibly one of the best Star Wars books I've read in some time. So it was with mixed feelings I picked up his second effort. Would it be as good as his first, or would he prove to be a one-hit wonder?

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...
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