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
Many have seen the trailer depicting Sith warriors converging upon the Jedi Temple on Coruscant killing and ultimately destroying the Jedi Order and the Republic in one devastating swift surprise attack. This book which opens up the world that the Knights of the Old Republic MMO will be focused on takes you there with this audible book brought to you by Audible.com. The voice talent of Paul Kemp kept me thoroughly enthralled throughout. The sound effects were excellent and in keeping with the Star Wars tradition of sounds you would expect to hear from a Star Wars franchise. The surprises in this chapter of a galaxy far far away will keep you on edge and entwined for hours. This book is a must have for fans of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
This story has two protagonists. One is a hardened smuggler that is not a bad character. The other is a Jedi that is a shallow stereotype of a woman. She's young, attractive, self-centered, and she lets her emotions send her into bad decisions over and over again. She's also almost completely undeveloped as a character and I couldn't care less about her except to be repeatedly annoyed by her utterly unreasonable actions.
I plodded through the book, almost giving it up again and again. And by the time I finished it, I was completely unsatisfied with the story as a whole. I even felt pandered to by the cheesy ending.
I am usually throughly entertained by audiobooks, even being the guy who likes the ones others don't. But this book cut right through that optimistic barrier and brought me low. I've only listened to a few books in the Star Wars universe, and this one has me thinking of not returning for another.
A quick word about Marc Thompson: he is very, very good in this book. He does well in voicing the different characters, interacting with the audio effects and music, and keeping a timber and good pace. He salvaged a book that would otherwise be a ruin.
Very dark and grabbing book that keeps you held on. As always Marc Thompson's performance is top notch. Also with saying too much, this is the first Star Wars book I've read that welled tears in my eyes by the end. A definite read/ listen.
All I can say is Mehhhh. The story was predictable and I feel like it just didn't follow the other star wars novels I've read. No connection to other books. And a happy ending that shouldn't have happened.
Great Star Wars story, mildly generic and predictable though. Performance was good for one person, but the little girl voice the guy does is almost disturbing.
Very much one for Star Wars fans so I wouldn't recommend it if you aren't a fan. Assuming you are a fan, the novel develops its characters well and listening you do start to get engaged with what might happen to them which is an achievement in a book so full of scifi escapism!
The writing won't win prizes but is good enough not to distract from the story.
Like the previous one, Revan, it is a highly produced audio-book with sound effects. I don't like or dislike this especially, but it is a distinct style worth knowing about before you buy!
"Cheese Sandwich : )"
Everything is relative. I like the occasional cheese sandwich, and that's what this book gives you. The author and narration (and sound effects) are excellent. I expected the standard SW fare of crazy action and emotional battles and got it.
That said, there are several places where character motivation (or is that the SW universe) feels so corny that I found myself saying 'come on - surely you could have done better'.
"swtor done badly"
not bad....could be longer
weaker then the other novels swtor. its got very little history and the plot is below what i was hoping for.2.5 stars
Great trashy Star Wars listen. Enjoyed it. Loads of fighting and force usage. If you like SW buy it.
"Malgus' anger and passion captured wonderfully"
Thought the narrator done very well with all the different voices that he put on, his Malgus impression was my favourite....I could feel his anger as I listened in
A brilliant tale from the old Republic, excellently acted, with one of the best villains yet to be introduced by the Star Wars universe.
An excellent prequel to the SWTOR game, and some method behind the madness of Darth Malgus. The production values and the sound effects make it a true joy to listen to, and the writing immerses you in Star Wars beautifully.
"A must have for the common Star Wars fan! loved it"
Stunning, unexpected, and interesting. Loved it. a must read if you ask me ! !
It's great that I can take in these Star Wars books as audio... it saves a lot of time!! Don't you read then re-read chapters when it's in print? I liked this one by Paul S Kemp. It has scope, imagination and a couple of well drawn (if unoriginal) characters. Don't take that badly...he has done well here. I suspect strongly that he had to pass a committee and deal with a lot of flak to write this and it shows. It would have been a better book still if he'd been left to write what he wanted.
If you omitted the light sabre fights, a murderously angry Sith Lord but kept the revenge, morality and ethical wrestling. It almost felt like Star Trek of old. I don't mind the blending. This was a good story, watered down a bit (and a little predictable) but still enjoyable. I liked Fatal Alliance because those characters were a little closer to my idea of the Sith. The dedicated, devout, arrogant and damaged Dark Lord's who seek power at all costs and always exude the distinct impression that we light-siders don't understand the force. How could we?
Here... Paul drew the picture of a damaged and nuanced Sith who fought with his feelings relating to a love interest. Yes... you heard that right... a Sith Lord who was in a love relationship!! Okay... she WAS his slave, and he had murdered a similar Twi-Lek woman just like her as a teenager... but he actually loved her and she returned his feelings as best she could.
If that doesn't get you going; then there is the outrageous desecration of the Jedi Temple by fifty red sabre wielding Sith Warriors and a Mandalorian. I'd seen a short CGI video of it on Youtube and thrilled as I realised that this book is the counterpart of that story. Good ol' George Lucas must have been SO jealous when he saw THAT plot. I would have preferred more backstory to our Sith villain and more depth to the other characters but recognise that this is probably just my being spoiled by George RR Martin & Joe Abercrombie. It's exciting stuff, not as layered as some might like but still fun and still Star Wars.
The force is strong in this one.
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