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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.

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©2011 Paul S. Kemp (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • Conrado
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 04-08-11

Another Great Old Republic novel

Yes, as the tittle of my review says, this novel was very well writen, placing great emphasis on the dualities of the Force. Darth Malgus gives a great explanation as to what being a Sith is, from a certain point of view. Paul Kemp makes the reader actually care about the characters involved and shows how useless dealing in absolutes is (light, dark, good, evil etc.) This is enjoyed even more when the reader has watched the trailers for the upcoming MMO. The scenes in the novel are actually depicted in all its action! Thumbs up!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Ibrahim
  • Springfield Gardens, NY, United States
  • 05-31-11

Excellent Story!!!

Best audio book so far in Star war series..Awesome… Can’t wait for the next saga of Darth Malgus.. For me It’s much better then the original Trilogy. Writer really did justification with all the characters…

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jt
  • casper, WY, United States
  • 11-22-11

Yeeeeaah.

Im very excited about TOR books. Star wars has had the same charactors scince the movies. This series is a fresh spin on an old favorite. I love the new charactors and storylines. If you are a SW fan I think you will love this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tedd
  • United States
  • 08-20-11

Excellent

Loses nothing relative to the other SW saga reads. Definitely adds an edge and a real psychological insight into the mind of a warrior absent from the others. The author's knowledge of the martial arts is particularly impressive. Looking forward to more from him in and out of this series.

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  • Pamela
  • Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 05-23-11

The Best 'The Old Republic' novel

this book sheds light on the TOR trailer reliesed by BioWear. The events that take place aftur the trailer are brilliantly dipicted in this novelization of 'The Old Republic'

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Pretty average Star Wars novel

It wasn't great. Acting and voice narration was stellar but plot of book was a bit eh. Just nothing compares to Bane novels. Listen to all of those first and got spoiled off of it. Also Allegiance was much better than this. Not enough action and view into inter-workings of philosophy of either side. Both protagonists were very out of the box, which I did not appreciate. When I read these I always want to get into mindset of how the mind of a Jedi and Sith operate and was disappointed with this book overall

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great story

awesome book couldn't stop listening
it really helps add to the storyline of the game

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  • CaseyHD
  • Rosemount, MN, United States
  • 10-04-11

He does it again! This narrator beats them all.

*Reposting my other review because I feel the same about this book and narrator.*

The audio book was excellent. The narrator, Marc Thompson, did an amazing job with this audio book and others! I have listened to many audiobooks, and this guy makes his work come alive. His studio puts some amazing B.G.M., sound effects, voices, etc. into their books! This is an absolute listen.

Only problem is when they announce each chapter, it bugs out a bit. There is no problem with the book or anything else. It's just the chapter announcement that is a teensy bit buggy.

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  • Jeff
  • Moncton, NB, Canada
  • 08-03-11

Better than expected

The Sith and the supporting non jedi cast steal the show. The Sith agenda and in-fighting was very entertaining. Novel had good pacing with minimal story line jumps {unlike the Jedi Outcast series}

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Excellent Entry to the SWTOR Canon

This book was much less heavy handed than Fatal Alliance with making obvious nods toward things in the game, but this story does focus heavily on characters from the game such as Darth Malgus, Eleena, and the female Mandalorian, Shae Vizla. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle a little when they introduced Lord Baras, a Darth my lighside Sith marauder has a long and storied history with in game. Yeah, you read that right. Lightside Sith, which shamed my husband for a whole mess of reasons. I deal in the incongruous even in my games. Not all her lightside choices have actually been that “good,” and she may have her own motives for going against the grain. She is a Sith after all, but I digress.

This book took things, even power moves we know from the games, and weaved it in much better than Fatal Alliance. It was fun naming the in-game moves used just by the description in action scenes. Some of the relationships mirror similar relationships in the game that the player’s character can have with their companions. Scenes from the cinematic trailer for the game show up here described in all their glorious details. It was pretty awesome and one of my favorites from the game to date. It was fun to get the blow by blow of one of my favorite fights from the trailer.

However, none of this was done in a way that would alienate readers who haven’t played the game (or those who started the game after that particular cinematic was no longer used to open the game), but it’s a nice nod for those of us who have played.

Aryn and Malgus offered an interesting dichotomy of each other as Aryn rebels against Jedi “nonattachment” and Malgus struggles with his passionate feelings that don’t serve his purpose. Ironically, despite differing beliefs, there is that one moment they can meet in the middle and admit that they’re disillusioned by the respective Orders.

This conflict with both Aryn and Malgus presented a compelling story, especially where Aryn was concerned. Readers are pretty used to Sith drawing on emotion, especially rage, so it was nice to see this delving into how some Jedi might really feel about this “Jedi nonattachment.” The exploration of Aryn realizing that emotions and emotional attachments were important to her really was fascinating, and while Malgus can come off as typical Sith, his struggles with the softer emotions he feels add a new layer to an old story. In this respect, there’s a bit of a romantic plot/subplot going on in this book that manages not to suffocate the story and adds to Malgus’ conflict with himself and emotions most notably, and I enjoyed this exploration of conflicting emotions in a Sith and a Jedi took center stage rather than trying to quell them. This presents them as human despite vows they’ve taken for their respective orders instead of making it easy for them to overcome emotions that make them “weak” and “vulnerable.”

I think it goes without saying that Marc Thompson did an excellent job with the narration as usual. I won’t rehash all his virtues since I think I pretty much exhausted that in my review of Fatal Alliance. What I really appreciated with this book is that it did better with the background ambiance. Where I sometimes had a hard time hearing Thompson over the din in the last novel, which is a common complaint I have about many full production books even though I enjoy the added touch, I can’t say that I had that issue with this book.

The story had more depth to it, and the action scenes were choreographed well with words. Yeah, this story still has its corny scenarios, cheesy dialogue, and contrived plot points like the last novel, but overall, this was a stronger, better crafted novel than Fatal Alliance.

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  • Sandy
  • 02-08-12

Great fun

Great fun. Can't wait to listen to the next one. Corny in places, no doubt, but it fulfilled its expectation to be fun. I enjoyed it so much I listened twice!

The one thing I didn't like was the rather graphic attention to detail during fight scenes. I felt it was superfluous to requirements and actually detracted from the plot rather than adding to it, as the description of the sound someone's arm makes as it is twisted and breaks takes rather a lot of print (and leaves me wincing). I wanted to get on with the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • 03-24-11

Fantastic for a first timer!

This is the first time i've ever listened to an Audio book and also the first ever Star Wars book. It's fantastic and clear to follow, the story is gripping and the characters make you feel for them. The reader's voice is brilliant and very easy to listen to.

Fantastic.

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  • Emma
  • 08-11-12

Fantastic easy listening but shallow

I really enjoyed this book, there is very little story (one might even say shallow) but the way it was written and narrated more than made up for the lack of grey matter needed to listen.
It felt like one huge lightsaber battle through the book (and lets be honest who doesn't watch Star Wars for those!)
The narration was probably the best I've ever had the pleasure to listen to!
The narrator handled the different voices brilliantly and was almost breathless with excitement, he really got into his role and I think his enthusiasm was contagious.
This is one of the few books I'd easily listen to more than once and can heartily recommend it if you want an action packed story with first rate exciting narration as well as the obligatory and oh so famous Star Wars universe sound effects that really bang the action home and make you feel really immersed.
Just don't expect a deep storyline, the book is an excuse for action and more action.
Luckily the action is great!
Just to add, I can't get enough of Marc Thompson's narration (after listening to Reven as well) and intend to work my way through all the books he's narrated.

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  • B. Coates
  • 09-27-17

Great Performance Slow Moving Story

As the headline suggests.

I struggled to get into the characters with this one and found areas a little slow and boring, however Darth Malgus was a very interesting character and I'd like to see an origins of him.

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  • Tommy Malcherczyk
  • 08-20-17

great in some bits, not so much in others

took me a while to finish this audiobook, it had it's ups and downs, although it pulled through in the end and was surprisingly good. the narration was suburb he was able to do Darth Malgus voice very well! all the characters had distinct accents which helped with immersion. if you enjoy the old republic era of star wars then it is definitely worth a listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-17

good story

i liked it, good story overall, of course drew and marc is a good combo! one of the best voices!

wish it was a bit longer tho and more sidestorys with sith but overall great. A more"human" type of star wars adventure. Malgus was a badass and the story is unpredictable even tho u might seem to know

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  • David O'Riordan
  • 07-25-17

Enjoyable story with Brilliant Narration

Marc Thompson is a fantastic narrator, and continues to impress here. The story of Darth Malgus was enjoyable, although still not as good as the Darth Bane trilogy.

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  • orkney buyer
  • 06-23-17

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived Review

This is my review of Star Wars the old republic deceived.
I loved it very much and I want more like these.
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  • Griffstar
  • 04-28-17

Gripping Story. Excellent Immersion.

A well written story. An excellent narrator does the voices so well and the sound effects make this a winning combination for a Star Wars story.

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  • Mr CG Pearson
  • 03-20-17

A gritty Star Wars journey

I've only just started using the medium of audio books but I thought this book was a perfect fit

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  • Loxton
  • 11-11-17

Absolutely fantastic immersive story telling

The narrator did an excellent job! each character was distinct and felt real.
The only thing I felt the story needed more of was expansion at the end.

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  • Daniel
  • 10-25-16

amazing

brilliant story and a brilliant ending, would definitely recommend, deserves 5 star. personally nothing bad can be said.

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  • Christopher
  • 08-23-16

Quite enjoyable.

Really enjoyed the story and how it was read. Happy with the purchase and will be listening to it again.

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 07-08-15

Great Book

Great read. Really engaging story line which really highlights the dark side. highly recommend. Good.