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)
While another great performance by Mark Thompson, the story feels like it lacks a portion of the Star Wars magic that draws a reader in. An entertaining story, one that is well-written and performed even better, but it nevertheless leaves you with an odd feeling at it's conclusion. One that carries a strange emptiness with it, like if you had a familiar dish served to you with a few new ingredients that were rather pleasant but one of your favorite ingredients was missing.
Characters in this story that should have had more impact seemed to be left on the sidelines, but aside from that this was a very good listen.
Not my first reccommendation, though.
This was the fourth book in the Old Republic series that I've read/listened to. I read Annihilation before this one. While this book is not a Whisper sync book, I read it while listening to the audio book version. This really improves the reading experience and the audio version was an excellent production, read by Marc Thompson, who is excellent at character voices, with great sound effects. I like this book better than Deceived. It started out a bit slow, since there were so many characters to introduce, but once the real action started it became more interesting. By the end of the book I felt like I had gotten to know most of them better. I think Sean Williams handled a difficult narrative well, there were many twists and turns and changed viewpoints by the end of the book. This book had a lot of ground to cover and there were payoffs at the end. I realize some may find this book confusing. To me, it makes it much easier to follow listening while you read along, particularly with Star Wars books, since the production values on the audio are so good. A much better book than I expected.
The audio featured lots of sound bits, effects, and even classic star wars music as the background to the narration. Each character in the book was given their own voice during diologue from the narrator, which I find as a nice touch. The book itself is a bit lengthy and at times it could be hard to follow, mainly in the early stages when a large amount of characters are being intriduced. (This was where the individual voices given by the narrator help.) The book, like many star wars books, flows between the individual stories of many characters that eventually intertwine making the larger story more clear. The ending of the story like many others, leaves cliff hangers as to what happens to each character after the end of the book. I think this is where the book looses a point, because I really only felt interested in reading on about 2 or 3 of the characters, instead of all of the remaining. Overall the book is well written and holds on to your attention well, especially from the end of part one on to the end.
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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