The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners "face-to-face" for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.
Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous - something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.
Her name is Aryn Leneer - and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him - even if it means breaking every rule in the book.
©2011 Paul S. Kemp (P)2011 Random House Audio
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
Story is unsurprising and a fine listen is you are a Star Wars fan. The narration was good, with each character easily identified. The sound effects and music could get in the way at times, but did add to the story in others.
I would recommend it for Star Wars fans, but for those just after a good Sci-Fi story I would have to say there are countless better options.
Where to start...narration was absolutely perfect again. Great job Marc - besides Marc Thompsone, and jonathan Davis, few narrators are able to consistently take the contents of a novel and make it even better simply by narrative.
story - was just awesome. you have a excellent blend of both action, introspection, character develpment, moral challanges and difficult decisions, all smoothly blended into an intense mixture of both jedi and human actions that made you feel not just for the protagonist but also for the antagonist in the story. I love the fact that unlike in other sci-fi series the bad guys are not made into one dimensional mindless idiots. the trick in the star wars series has always been th elevel and depth of character of all the players, their motives, fears, and idiosyncs are laid out in excellent detail. enough to allow an objective reader draw their own conclusions as to the rightfullnes or wrongfullness of their thoughts, choices and subsequent actions.
this story folows that great example and proves yet again why even if unsavory, the means by whoch the empires swords (the sith) are chosen, honned, sharpened and ultimately used, can be very very entertaining to read.
I truly hope that more books are made featuring the lead Sith in this book as he is already easily one of tehmost interesting villians contrived in star wars to date.
Great book, great narrative, and highly reccomended in my opinion. Your points are not wasted as the force truly is strong in this one :). Enjoy.
This one is just overall great. Not going to get all serious on you. If you like The Old Republic .. you will LOVE this book. If you play SWTOR you'll be finishing the entire series shortly. Wonderful detail and great insight into true Sith and Jedi nuance
This is the fourth book I own where Marc Thompson narrates the story and once again he didn't disappoint me. This man could read a phone book to me and I still would find it enjoyable.
Aside from that it's nice to see some more backstory on Malgus, as at least of the beginning of SW:TOR he's one of the main villains. It's nice to see his motivation for doing what he does and also how he deals with things. It was nice to see a more fleshed out Sith character.
The story about Z-man and why he does what he does. Between Jedi and Sith fighting it's nice to someone without the Force being awesome as well.
There was this very touching scene when Z-man and Aryn say their goodbyes.
The moment that Malgus had to make an ultimate decision was very well written. Also a scene where Z-man had to do something that would stick with him for the rest of his life. You could feel the characters emotions.
Even though the characters are good on their own the story does get kind of boring and aside from Malgus I don't find the Sith very interesting.
I would! the narrator Marc Thompson is a god among mere mortal book narrators, the way he does as the characters is amazing, nailing Malgus perfectly
SPOILER ALERT Malgus does some crazy stuff, its a good lead in to the story of the game
all of it
Can say without spoiling
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
Loved this book ... and Marc Thompson is AMAZING with his voices and his energy. So good. I thought, as it was getting started ... oh, well, this will take a while to get into a major Sith battle or lightsaber fight. WRONG! By the early chapters some serious crap starts going down ... Very fun to listen to this ...
I would. Marc Thompson is an amazing SW narrator.
None that come to mind.
He's excellent with voices and different accents.
Marc Thompson must narrate other SW books.
Its scenes move the storyline forward. Great acting and sound effects on every chapter!
Zeerid Korr and his imperfections, his right doings for his family and his character relationship with Jedi Knight Aryn Leneer.
Darth Malgus's killer voice behind his breathing mask!!
The Jedi Temple is destroyed, burying all of the Jedi with it.
The Old Republic novesl are well written, and Paul S. Kemp is one of the greatest Star Wars authors out there who should be assigned for writing more books 'In a galaxy far far away...'
Not sure, didn't read the book version. Marc Thompson is solid though.
Darth Malgus bringing down the Jedi temple and sacking the city.
Many varieties and colorful voice acting.
Was hoping it would deliver more knowledge to the Star Wars cannon regarding how the story plays out in how the Jedi were trapped within their roles of representing the republic.
Perhaps it was just because I was relatively disappointed in Fatal Alliance, but I picked up Deceived and was almost ready to be let down. I wasn't.
Paul S. Kemp is quite a good author, and maybe I should have gotten myself ready to be wowed just from that. The book started out much like most Star Wars books, and got moving really quickly. The story moved along quickly, and I was able to digest everything that happened as it happened, but there was enough ambiguity that readers can keep guessing as to what will happen right until the end.
Characters are well-defined, and have strong arcs that show their progression throughout. Although some might not be as drastic as others, each one does change, and the phases that each one goes through feel natural. You get the sense that these characters are living, thinking and breathing on their own, and the decisions they make are down-to-earth (pun not intended) and rational.
As for the performance, I can't say enough good about Marc Thompson. Maybe it was just the flawed writing in Fatal Alliance that made me have so many issues with it, but he seems to be hitting his stride with this new string of books. Voices are fantastic for each of the characters, and each is differentiated. The only negative thing I've heard anybody say about his narration is that he gets a little over-emotional during fight scenes. While he might overdo the emotion in parts, I don't think it's outside the realm of believability. And, as always, we get the complete Star Wars experience, including music, sound and the whole nine yards. In a word, the production is fantastic.
As a part of the bigger Expanded Universe, Deceived shows the growing trend for Star Wars books to tread more into the mainstream sci-fi genre, rather than sticking with space opera. While the book is still farily event-driven like most space opera, characters are deep and problems are closer to them, which are more closely associated with the overall sci-fi genre. Which brings us to the question of whether the EU is okay sticking with space opera, or if it should move into the realm of mainstream sci-fi. Regardless of which argument you choose, Deceived is a good candidate for either side of the debate. That being said, this straddling of the line in no way interferes with the story, or how much enjoyment you can get out of it. After Fatal Alliance, I didn't know if I wanted to keep going with The Old Republic, but now I know I want to. It's made a believer out of me!
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