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)
Great book/audiobook. Only thing I would've changed is to perhaps have a greater variety in the voices. At some points, especially early in the story, similar voices would be confusing. Some of the women sounded like boys, which was a little confusing and distracting as well. Storyline was pretty good. Climax and ending weren't as spectacular as the events leading up to it, but it worked. Definitely recommend it.
I was expecting a standard read but was happily surprised by a multi voice performance, sounds, and music.
I enjoyed the story especially the droid aspect (I won't say more and spoil it)
It was an interesting and intriguing story of cannon story line I will counting to follow the series with great intrest I'm very much impressed with the book very well done
As i said. kick ass Old Republic saga. can not wait until I start book two. This story is way better then episode 1 through 3.
I am very in the middle with this story...
I have and i would again...
Marc Thompson never disappoints
No...I was not in love with the story the first go
If you have the credits to burn and are a Star Wars fan it is worth it...if not wait or keep searching for something else.
An original plot, fast paced action and a few key engaging characters. Interesting to get a view of a different balance in the star wars political world. Is held back from 5 stars due to a number of flat, wooden and pointless characters who confuse the plot and hold the flow back and a lack of original imagination in adding new elements to the star wars universe.
"Got distracted a few times"
Really fun great great great performance but I got distracted at points so it does justify the full 5 stars. Happy I listened to it I just found the hexs a bit if a naff enemy.
"Very enjoyable experience."
I felt that the noises of the sound effects along with the telling of the story and the different voices added to the whole experience made listening of this audio book extremely enjoyable.
"Great audiobook! Very well read !"
A very enjoyable audiobook, a great story and very well told ! The author paints an excellent picture of the characters and locations that are further brought to life by the reader and the sound effects throughout.
"It was passable"
As far as Star Wars novels go, this is not the finest. It just needed a better story and characters, simple as that.
It just wasn't a particularly interesting story, and being set so long in the past didn't help.
I can't remember, none stick out really.
Only if you are a big Star Wars fan, and even then, not particularly.
I'd skip to the second book in the series, much better.
Can't get enough of these right now, fallen firmly back in love with Star wars recently thanks to the beauties.
"Intense & Engaging Story From The Old Republic Era"
As my 1st Sci-Fi Audiobook, the best! I would measure any other Sci-Fi Novels, especially Star Wars Novels against this book.
None just yet, as I need to read and listen to more Sci-Fi books, but I would compare the story and performance to any one of the Star Wars Movies.
Shigar Konshi, a Kiffar Jedi Padawan under the tutelage of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan. Marc Thompson's performances for all the characters were top notch but I was mostly intrigued and connected to the character of 'Shigar Konshi'. One 'meeting' sets him on a journey that truly expresses the character's thoughts, feelings and actions in every way and listening to this journey unfold in this audiobook is amazing!
No, for me listening to it in stages helped me to anticipate the next part of the story. Which made it more exciting.
For any Star Wars fans interested in 'The Old Republic Era', the events of this book are set near the end of 'The Cold War' between the Galactic Republic & the Sith Empire, one year (3643 BBY(means Before the Battle Of Yavin) before resumed hostilities between the two sides in the 2nd Galactic War (3644 BBY).
"very good star wars audio book"
it is a very good star wars audio book. the story is very good with well described characters. like most star wars auydiobooks there is really good sound effects.
"Decent, enjoyable listen"
I think this is a good introduction to a new Star Wars era. Despite no familiar charactres to work with, the author does a good job of introducing and making the characters interesting and that makes the story work out well
Its well written to my mind, this particular writer has a style or uses a style of telling the same time period from different viewpoints one after the other, which works out well.
I won't spoil the story particularly, but here you will find as in the latest Fate of the Jedi books that the Sith form a significant and important part of the story and are characterised well. Recommended.
"Possibly the worst Star Wars Book I have read"
I found this book very dull and could not finish it. The characters are two dimentional and uninteresting. I have read many Star Wars books and would recommend The Truce at Bakura, The Jedi Academy Trilogy and the Thrawn Trilogy as good books over this one. Unfortunatly Audible only have these as Abridged books.
Also note that this audiobook has sound effects which I did not enjoy and found distracting.
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