BioWare and LucasArts—creators of the hugely popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game—have combined their storytelling talents and cutting-edge technology for an innovative new massively multiplayer online role-playing game that allows players to create their own personal Star Wars adventure 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader.
Now, number-one New York Times best-selling author Sean Williams brings the world of the game to life in his latest novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance.
Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.
None of these guests—invited or uninvited—have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.
But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy.
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"This novel is tied in to the Star Wars universe at a stage in its history that is still being explored in print fiction, and it is also the prequel to what promises to be the largest, most ambitious electronic role-playing game yet to be spun off of that universe. With so much riding on its shoulders, the book demands an unusual gift for cracking-good space opera, and that Williams possesses in full measure." (Booklist)
Not really. I didn't particularly enjoy the story and felt that there were some major plot holes.
The reader was ok - my wife read this book and I listened to it. Our opinions of some of the characters' personalities was wildly different - we eventually realized that it's because Thompson adds a lot of personality through his voice. For some characters, it really complimented what was written... but the Sith spy's voice reminded me strongly of LaMarche's Kif voice from Futurama. As such, I found the character whiny and annoying, whereas my wife found him heroic in his struggle to maintain his morals despite his roll with the Sith.
This story had 2 major plot issues in my opinion. Firstly, it takes place thousands of years before the movies and yet the technology is significantly more advanced than we saw in the movies. My other issue is with the Jedi's morality - at one point, he's breaking into a Hutt's palace, literally trespassing in the home of a paranoid crime lord. The security force finds him and he remorselessly slaughters them, disregarding them as simply being gamorian. I was taken aback at the Jedi's inconsistent disregard for life in this story.
New, different era. brand new characters..... a little slow at the beginning but man did it pick up!!!! Loved the sound effects and Marc Thompson does great girl voices!!! HA!!!!!!
Just like many I am looking forward to the upcoming online game. The desire to submerge into this universe influenced my decision to check this audio book out.
Now that I have enjoyed this book I think I can say with confidence that it is a good read for any Star Wars fan. I believe the story stands on its own quite well and I think everyone should consider book for their library. Even if you have little interest in the game.
The plot and dynamics of this book are engaging and the reader is easy to follow.
The only negative remark is that the ambient transitions are overpowering and need to be less prominent.
Other then that I really enjoyed this book and wish there where more with these characters.
I bought a book and couldn't read it so slow it was. Then I bought audio-book and already on chapter 11. This is definitely one of the slow ones and I bet I wouldn't ever finish it by just reading the book. There is a lot of characters in this book and everyone is going after this sindzia. And the author gives a bit of story and biography of every character. I think that its a bit boring-slow for me because book has so many characters and only few of them stand out - Jedi, his companion and the Sith.
Its a great audible book and I am glad its unabridged. But there are so many character that narrator fails to differentiate some of them sometimes. Marc Thompson is definitely doing great job, but I'd rather prefer a woman voicing over female characters.
Because the story is pretty slow I give this 4 stars. Other than that everything is great. All the background sounds, blaster fire and lightsaber sounds are all great and fitting. And Dramatization is pretty good as well. Marc's "thousands voices" really does a great job here differentiating male characters, but as I've said already I wish there was a woman behind female characters.
I actually own the hard back and it was so good i decided to get the audio version as well. The story starts off a little slow.. of course it has to introduce characters and what not. but when it picks up.. it just keeps going. I love the relationship between the Darth Chratis and Ax as well as the Jedi master and her apprentice. All the main characters in this book are great. They each have their own personality and I love how they relate to each other. Definitely a good read / listen. I can't wait for Sean's next book The Force Unleashed 2 to come out. Last note, If you are a Star Wars fan then you should definitely get this book. If you're not a fan...well I think you should pick it up and give it a shot anyways.
This book started out very slowly and I almost (for the first time ever) decided to not listen to all of an audio book. Towards the end of the first part of the audio book it picks up a little but still not enough. There just isn't much of a story here.
First, Mark Thompson's narration is impeccable. I love listening to him and would probably love any book that he narrates. Having said that I wasn't sure if I'd like these books because they were in the Old Republic-but I'm starting to really like the story arc
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