Star Wars The Old Republic #3: Revan

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There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic—
unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior—the man called Revan has been all of these. He left Coruscant a Jedi, on a mission to defeat the Mandalorians. He returned a Sith disciple, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price...

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Overview

There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic—
unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it.

Hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior—the man called Revan has been all of these. He left Coruscant a Jedi, on a mission to defeat the Mandalorians. He returned a Sith disciple, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was the loss of his memories. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear. What happened beyond the Outer Rim that Revan can’t quite remember or entirely forget? One thing he’s certain of: Something dark is plotting to destroy the very existence of the Republic. With no idea how to identify the threat, let alone stop it, Revan may be doomed to fail. For he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.
 
“An excellent book . . . [Karpyshyn] really draws the reader in.”—Eucantina
 
“Full of adventure, danger, and revelations.”—TheForce.Net

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Based on the blockbuster online videogame, this Stars Wars: The Old Republic installment pits a hero with an unpleasant history against a threat against the very existence of the Republic. Revan is a Jedi who became a traitor to the Dark Side. He was only accepted back by having his memories erased. But what were memories return as living nightmares and now Revan must grapple not only with the dangerous present, but also the forbidding past. A strong tie-in to a fan favorite game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345511355
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 67,493
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Karpyshyn

Drew Karpyshyn is the bestselling author of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan and the Star Wars: Darth Bane trilogy: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, and Dynasty of Evil. He also wrote the acclaimed Mass Effect series of novels and worked as a writer/designer on numerous award-winning videogames. After spending most of his life in Canada, he finally grew tired of the long, cold winters and headed south in search of a climate more conducive to year-round golf. He now lives in Texas with his wife, Jennifer, and their cat.

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CHAPTER ONE

LORD SCOURGE RAISED the hood of his cloak as he stepped off the shuttle, a shield against the wind and pelting rain. Storms were common here on Dromund Kaas; dark clouds perpetually blocked out the sun, rendering terms like day and night meaningless. The only natural illumination came from the frequent bursts of lightning arcing across the sky, but the glow from the spaceport and nearby Kaas City provided more than enough light to see where he was going.

The powerful electrical storms were a physical manifestation of the dark side power that engulfed the entire planet—a power that had brought the Sith back here a millennium before, when their very survival had been in doubt.

After a crushing defeat in the Great Hyperspace War, the Emperor had risen up from the tattered ranks of the remaining Sith Lords to lead his followers on a desperate exodus to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Fleeing the Republic armies and the relentless revenge of the Jedi, they eventually resettled far beyond the borders of Republic-charted space on their long-lost ancestral homeworld.

There, safely hidden from their enemies, the Sith began to rebuild their Empire. Under the guidance of the Emperor—the immortal and all-powerful savior who still reigned over them even after a thousand years—they abandoned the hedonistic lifestyles of their barbaric ancestors.

Instead they created a near-perfect society in which the Imperial military operated and controlled virtually every aspect of daily life. Farmers, mechanics, teachers, cooks, janitors—all were part of the great martial machine, each individual a cog trained to perform his or her duties with maximum discipline and efficiency. As a result, the Sith had been able to conquer and enslave world after world in the unexplored regions of the galaxy, until their power and influence rivaled those of their glorious past.

Another burst of lightning split the sky, momentarily illuminating the massive citadel that loomed over Kaas City. Built by slaves and devoted followers, the citadel served as both palace and fortress, an unassailable meeting place for the Emperor and the twelve handpicked Sith Lords who made up his Dark Council.

A decade earlier, when Scourge had first arrived on Dromund Kaas as a young apprentice, he had vowed to one day set foot inside the citadel's exclusive halls. Yet in all his years of training at the Sith Academy on Kaas City's borders, he had never been granted the privilege. He had been one of the top students, marked by his superiors for his strength in the Force and his fanatic devotion to the ways of the Sith. But acolytes were not permitted inside the citadel; its secrets were reserved for those in direct service to the Emperor and the Dark Council.

The dark side power emanating from within the building was undeniable; he had felt the raw, crackling energy every day during his years as an acolyte. He had drawn on it, focusing his mind and spirit to channel the power through his own body to sustain him during the brutal training sessions.

Now, after almost two years away, he was back on Dromund Kaas. Standing on the landing pad, he could once again feel the dark side deep inside his bones, the sizzling heat more than compensating for the minor discomfort of the wind and rain. But he was no longer a mere apprentice. Scourge had returned to the seat of Imperial power as a full-fledged Sith Lord.

He had known this day would come eventually. After graduating from the Sith Academy he had hoped for a posting on Dromund Kaas. Instead he had been sent to the fringes of the Empire to help quell a series of minor rebellions on recently conquered worlds. Scourge suspected the posting had been a punishment of some type. One of his instructors, jealous of the star pupil's potential, had probably recommended that he be stationed as far from the seat of Imperial power as possible to slow his ascent to the upper ranks of Sith society.

Unfortunately, Scourge had no proof to back his theory. Yet even exiled to the uncivilized sectors on the farthest borders of the Empire, he had still managed to forge his reputation. His martial skills and ruthless pursuit of the rebel leaders caught the notice of several prominent military leaders. Now, two years after leaving the Academy, he had returned to Dromund Kaas as a newly anointed Lord of the Sith. More important, he was here at the personal request of Darth Nyriss, one of the most senior members of the Emperor's Dark Council.

"Lord Scourge," a figure called out over the wind, running up to greet him. "I am Sechel. Welcome to Dromund Kaas."

"Welcome back," Scourge corrected as the man dropped to one knee and bowed his head in a gesture of respect. "This is not my first time on this world."

Sechel's hood was pulled up against the rain, covering his features, but during his approach Scourge had noticed the red skin and dangling cheek tendrils that marked him as a pureblood Sith, just like Lord Scourge himself. But while Scourge was an imposing figure, tall and broad-shouldered, this man was small and slight. Reaching out, Scourge sensed only the faintest hint of the Force in the other, and his features twisted into a sneer of revulsion.

Unlike the humans that made up the bulk of the Empire's population, the Sith species were all blessed with the power of the Force to varying degrees. It marked them as the elite; it elevated them above the lower ranks of Imperial society. And it was a legacy that was fervently protected.

A pureblood born without any connection to the Force was an abomination; by custom such a creature could not be suffered to live. During his time at the Academy, Lord Scourge had encountered a handful of Sith whose power in the Force was noticeably weak. Hampered by their failing, they relied on the influence of their high-ranking families to find them postings as low-level aids or administrative officials at the Academy, where their handicap would be least noticed. Spared from the lower castes only by their pureblood heritage, in Scourge's eyes they were barely better than slaves, though he did have to admit that the more competent ones could have their uses.

But never before had he encountered one of his own kind with as feeble an attunement to the Force as the man huddled at his feet. The fact that Darth Nyriss had sent someone so vile and unworthy to greet him was unsettling. He'd expected a more substantial and impressive welcome.

"Get up," he snarled, making no effort to conceal his disgust.

Sechel quickly scrambled to his feet. "Darth Nyriss sends her apologies for not coming to meet you personally," he said quickly. "There have been several attempts on her life recently, and she only leaves her palace under the rarest of circumstances."

"I'm well aware of her situation," Scourge replied.

"Y-yes, my lord," Sechel stammered. "Of course. That's why you're here. Excuse my stupidity."

A crash of thunder nearly drowned out Sechel's apology, heralding an increase in the storm's intensity. The driving rain started to come down in stinging sheets.

"Were your Master's instructions to leave me standing here in this downpour until I drowned?" Scourge demanded.

"F-forgive me, my lord. Please, follow me. We have a speeder waiting to take you to the domicile."

A short distance from the spaceport was a small landing pad. A constant stream of hovercabs was landing and taking off—the preferred way for those of the lower ranks who couldn't afford their own speeder to traverse the city. As was typical at a busy spaceport, a thick crowd surrounded the base of the landing pad. Those just arriving quickly fell into the queues waiting to hire a driver, moving with the disciplined precision that was the hallmark of Imperial society.

Of course, Lord Scourge had no need to step into the line. While some in the crowd cast sharp glances at Sechel as he tried to force a path through, the throng quickly parted upon catching sight of the towering figure behind him. Even with his hood drawn against the rain, Scourge's black cape, his spiked armor, his dark red complexion, and the lightsaber prominently displayed at his side clearly marked him as a Sith Lord.

The individuals in the crowd showed a wide variety of reactions to his presence. Many were slaves or indentured servants out running errands for their masters; they wisely kept their eyes fixed on the ground, careful not to make eye contact. The Enlisted—the ranks of ordinary individuals conscripted into mandatory military service—snapped smartly to attention, as if waiting for Scourge to inspect them as he passed by.

The Subjugates—the caste of offworld merchants, traders, dignitaries, and visitors from planets not yet granted full status in the Empire—stared with a mixture of wonder and fear as they stepped quickly aside. Many of them bowed as a sign of respect. On their homeworlds they might be rich and powerful, but here on Dromund Kaas they were well aware that they ranked only slightly above the servants and slaves.

The only exception to the rule was a pair of humans, one male, the other female. Scourge noticed them standing at the foot of the stairs leading up to the landing pad, stubbornly holding their ground.

They were wearing expensive clothes—matching red pants and tops trimmed with white—and both clearly wore light armor beneath their outfits. Dangling from the man's shoulder was a large assault rifle, and the woman had a blaster pistol strapped across each hip. However, the two humans were clearly not part of the military, as neither displayed the official Imperial insignia or any indication of rank on their garb.

It wasn't unusual for Subjugate mercenaries from other worlds to visit Dromund Kaas. Some came seeking profit, hiring their services out to the highest bidder; others came to prove their value to the Empire in the hope of one day being granted the rare privilege of full Imperial citizenship. But mercenaries typically reacted with deference and humility when confronted with someone of Scourge's rank.

By law, Scourge could have them imprisoned or executed for even a trifling offense. Judging by their confrontational behavior, they were blissfully unaware of this fact.

As the rest of the crowd parted, the mercenaries remained in place, staring defiantly at Scourge as he approached. The Sith Lord bristled at the continued lack of respect. Sechel must have felt it as well, because he quickly rushed ahead to confront the pair.

Scourge didn't slow his pace, but neither did he make a move to catch up with the scurrying servant. At this distance, he couldn't hear what was being said over the wind and rain. But Sechel was speaking frantically, gesturing and waving his arms while the humans stared at him with cold contempt. Finally, the woman nodded, and the pair slowly moved out of the way. Satisfied, Sechel turned and waited for Scourge to arrive.

"A thousand apologies, my lord," he said as they mounted the steps. "Some Subjugates lack a proper understanding of our customs."

"Perhaps they need me to remind them of their place," Scourge growled.

"If that is your wish, my lord," Sechel said. "However, I must remind you that Darth Nyriss is expecting you."

Scourge decided to let the matter drop. They climbed into the waiting speeder; Sechel at the controls. Scourge settled into the luxurious seat, pleased to note that the vehicle had a roof—many of the hovercabs were open to the elements. The engines engaged, and they rose to a height of ten meters before the speeder accelerated, leaving the spaceport behind.

They rode in silence, drawing ever closer to the massive citadel that stood at the heart of Kaas City. But Scourge knew this was not their destination today. Like every member of the Dark Council, Darth Nyriss was allowed access to the Emperor's citadel. In the wake of two recent assassination attempts, however, Scourge fully expected her to stay within the walls of the personal stronghold she maintained on the outskirts of Kaas City, surrounded by her most trusted staff and servants.

This didn't strike Scourge as cowardly in any way; Nyriss was simply being practical. Like any high-ranking Sith, she had many enemies. Until she discovered who was behind the assassination attempts, exposing herself unnecessarily was a foolish and unwarranted risk.

Yet her practicality had to be balanced against the understanding that her rank was based solely on strength. If Nyriss appeared weak or ineffective—if she was unable to take firm and decisive action against whoever was plotting her death—others would sense it. Rivals both off and on the Dark Council would prey on her situation, leveraging her vulnerable position to their own advantage. Darth Nyriss would not be the first of the Emperor's inner circle to lose her life.

That was why Scourge was here. To root out the secret masterminds behind the assassinations, and destroy them.

Given the importance of his mission, he couldn't understand why Nyriss hadn't sent a full honor guard to escort him through the city. She should want everyone to know of his arrival. He was proof that steps were being taken to solve her problem; a warning to any other rivals who might be emboldened by the recent attempts on her life. Keeping his arrival almost secret served no purpose . . . at least none Scourge could see.

They passed by the Emperor's citadel and made their way to the western edge of the city. After several more minutes, Scourge felt the speeder begin to slow as Sechel brought it in for a landing.

"We're here, my lord," Sechel said as the vehicle touched down.

They were in a large courtyard. High stone walls stood to the north and south. The east end was open to the street; the west was bordered by what Scourge assumed was Darth Nyriss's stronghold. In many ways the building resembled the Emperor's citadel, though on a significantly smaller scale. The architectural similarities were more than just an homage to the Emperor. Like his citadel, this building would serve both as Nyriss's dwelling and as a fortress she could fall back to in times of trouble, and it had been designed to be simultaneously ornate, imposing, and easily defensible.

The courtyard itself was populated by half a dozen large statues, each several meters wide at the base and easily twice as tall as Scourge. The two largest depicted humanoids in Sith robes—a male and a female. They stood with their arms raised slightly forward, their hands palms up. The man's face was hidden by a hood—the common depiction of the Emperor. The woman had her hood thrown back to reveal fierce Sith features; if the sculptor's work was accurate, Scourge knew this was his first glimpse of what Darth Nyriss actually looked like.

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Interviews & Essays

1. Your new novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan, introduces a new Sith Emperor who will play a part in the game Star Wars: The Old Republic. How does he differ from other Sith Emperors, such as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars movies?
One of the interesting things about the Emperor as depicted in Revan is his longevity. While many followers of the Sith teachings have sought immortality, few have come as close to achieving it as this particular Dark Lord. The Emperor has ruled over Imperial Sith society for centuries, using the power of the dark side to extend his life far beyond its natural limits.

As a result, he has transcended a typical mortal existence. His wants, needs, desires and goals have grown ever more distant from those of the subjects who worship him, and he has removed himself from the day-to-day concerns of the Empire he helped to create. And while his prolonged life has allowed him to delve deep into the dark side to achieve almost unimaginable power, his endless struggle to ward off his own death has become an obsession bordering on paranoia.

2. In addition to Revan, you've also written for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Darth Bane trilogy of Star Wars novels which are set at the end of the Old Republic era. What is the appeal of writing in the Old Republic era, and what is the draw for fans?
I think one of the great appeals of working in the Old Republic era is the freedom. Because we are so far removed from the films, we have more leeway to do things in the Star Wars universe without worrying about how it ties in with the characters and events from the era of the films. There's also a great sense of mystery about it; when we first started working on Knights of the Old Republic there was mostly only hints and some vague references to that era. It felt like we were opening an ancient vault to peer into the secrets of the past.

For fans, I think there's a similar sense of mystery and discovery. The era is still largely unexplored, and fans want to know more about the history of the Republic, the Sith and the universe as a whole. The Old Republic era is still Star Wars, but it provides a unique experience not found in the films or the contemporary novels.

3. Describe your job as a writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic. How does it compare to writing this novel?
Working on TOR is a very collaborative experience. In addition to the other members of the ten-person writing team, I also work closely with the level designers, the artists, the animators and the cinematics team to make sure the story and gameplay support each other to enhance the overall experience for the player. It's a constant give-and-take, with everybody bouncing ideas back and forth to make the game the best it can be.

The game is also a much more visual medium than a novel. With full voice over and digital acting, it's closer to writing a movie or television script. There's a greater focus on dialog and the subtext provided by the voice actors and the digital acting.

Writing a novel is a much more isolated, personal and introspective experience. In the novel I feel like I can really get into a character's head, I can explore their motivations and their unspoken desires in ways you can't in a game (or film). The scope of the game is much broader - we have hundreds of hours of content and millions of words of dialog. A book is much more focused, allowing me to draw out little details and moments that would probably rush by unnoticed in the game. It's a bit of an oversimplification, but I view games as wide, whereas a novel is deep.

4. Do you think The Old Republic novels and the upcoming game are a good starting point for people new to Star Wars?
It's hard to imagine there are people who don't have at least some understanding of what Star Wars is; it's the most ubiquitous pop cultural phenomenon of my lifetime. But if you are new to Star Wars, or new to the books, the Old Republic era is a great place to start because it lays the foundation for everything that comes later. Chronologically the Old Republic predates the films, so if you're new to Star Wars it makes sense to start at the beginning.

5. Does it help you as a writer to be able to see some of your characters in The Old Republic game trailers?
I tend to have a very visual style; much of my writing is focused on kinetic action. So seeing the characters in the game or in the trailer makes it much easier for me to imagine them as I plot out the events of the book. As a writer, it's vital to have a firm grasp on who a character is, and a significant element of that is visual. How a character looks - even how he or she moves - is a part of that identity, so having a touchstone I can refer to makes it easy for me to build on the physical aspects of a character as I layer on the more internal elements, like personality and motivations.

6. In what ways is Revan different from Darth Bane? In what ways are they similar?
I think both Revan and Darth Bane were seeking an understanding of the Force that went beyond the conventional philosophies of their time. They both rebelled against the orthodoxy; Revan by defying the Jedi Council and Bane by defying - and eventually destroying - Kaan's Brotherhood of the Sith. They both sought new interpretations of the Force, and Bane's creation of the Rule of Two sprang from the seeds of Revan's teachings as preserved in a Sith holocron.

However, a key difference between the characters comes in how they view the light and dark sides of the Force. Bane embraced the darkness fully; he saw the light side as a tyranny of the majority; the mediocre holding the exceptional back. Bane saw the dark side as the key to freeing himself from the chains of society so he could achieve his full potential, and he rejected the light side and everything it stood for.

Revan, on the other hand, walked both paths. He was a Jedi, he fell to the dark side, and then was eventually redeemed. But even though he returned to the light, Revan realized there were elements of the dark side that should not be rejected out of hand. Bane was an absolutist, but Revan is a more fluid character: he exists in a twilight between the two extremes, seeking the best of both worlds.

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Expected Ending, Great Book

    Drew Karpyshyn is easily the best writer for the Star Wars Franchise. Revan is a great book that picks up from the end of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and ties in with Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. People give it flack for the ending not being what they wanted, however these people are vastly ignorant. This is a tie in book with the new MMORPG by Bioware and Lucas Arts, Star Wars The Old Republic. If you've played the original Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2, as well as know anything about The Old Republic, then you can predict the ending. Anyone saying anything bad about the book because the ending isn't lollipops and unicorns should be ignored. If you don't like the ending it should be because it was poorly written, not because you wanted rainbows and mermaids.

    This is a great book and a must read for any Star Wars fan, especially fans of Drew and the original Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic series.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2011

    Ending was a Major let down.

    Drew Karpshyn has a talent of writing incredible stories no doubt. The Knights of the Old Republic brand as well as Revan as easily my favorite Star Wars brands due to their stories. However, I felt as if the ending was a major let down in how you would want to see such an incredible figure such as Revan end his story.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

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    PROs : Action packed. Lots of great info on Sith culture. Exc

    PROs : Action packed. Lots of great info on Sith culture. Excellent Mandalorian scenes. Interesting characters. Never boring. Quick read. Well written. I liked how each chapter it swapped back and forth between Scourge and Revan.

    CONs : Odd ending. I would have liked more scenes with Jedi knights. Not too many "good guys" in this story.

    CONCLUSION : Very entertaining. If you are at all interested in the ancient history of Star Wars, definitely pick this one up. Chronologically, this is one of the first Star Wars books you should be reading. 4 stars. 12/19/12

    (SIDE NOTE : It disgusts me how many spoilers are blatantly revealed in some of the reviews for this book. Be VERY careful reading some of the reviews here. )

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Let down

    I am sorry to those who enjoyed this novel, but for me this story seemed like a slap in the face. I've been aching for a novel or game that would continue the story for Revan, but this just felt rushed, and also seemed to disregard the value of these well established characters in favor of setting up a new mmo game.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Small story

    THe story ended without using the total book. It is like a short story. After Raven was finished, there are several short intro stories (star wars) that I have already read. this was a waste of gift card if I could get a credit for the book I would. don't buy.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    269 Pages of Pure Satisfaction.

    Revan is amazing from beginning to end, and fills in a lot of the gaps of the Old Republic storyline. It also brings Revan's saga to a conclusion. My only disappointment is that the copywrite page says that there is an excerpt from the new Darth Plageius novel included, which there is not. Maybe it is only found in the print edition, since all the ebooks have the "introduction to..." excerpts at the end. Worth the money and a MUST BUY!!!

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    this book is amazing its awesome from begining to the very end

    awesome way to end a amazing trilogy of books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    amazing book amazing charecters amazing storyline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book seriously is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    revan and malak is a great story. but when you take away the mys

    revan and malak is a great story. but when you take away the mystery it makes it intrusting and ruins the story. the old republic video game ruins star wars and the revan story it should stay the same way. revan is one of the best story's ever told but i think the story of revan is fun an many mysteries it really is great but this book na its just to get people to buy it when you stamp revan on it.(die hard revan fans keep revans story a mystery and make it up yourself much better that way)

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Overall I thought this story was decent but disappointing. Not

    Overall I thought this story was decent but disappointing. Not being a huge Revan fan, I found the way his story was handled to be pretty well done. They gave him some personality, delved into his relationship with Bastila and Canderous and told a decent story if a bit rushed in a lot of places.

    I am an Exile fan, though and I wish they had not bothered to include her. She was a prop. She lacked personality, motivation or ANY sort of non-generic Jedi cookie cutter crap. About the most we get out of her personality wise is that she feels a little jealous that Bastila and Revan have something that she could never have with him (eye-roll). I could have dealt with her fate a lot better had she or her story been fleshed out at all.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Where to begin? ***Spoiler advisory***

    Before I made this purchase I read a review that stated "Revan deserved better." I couldn't agree more. I loved Knights of the Old Republic. Now, I'm not one of those fans who demands perfection, and I try judge individual works upon there own merits.

    Here are my issues. Lord Scourge did not seem to be your typical Sith Lord. For someone of his status he was unsure of himself and his abilities, and at times even cowardly. I understand the writer's take on the character's thought of self-preservation but I expected more from Scourge.

    The untimely death of Meetra Surik, the Exile from KotoR II, seem undeserving as well. For her to be strucken down in the manner in which she was seemed unfair to fans and readers. With her abilities she should have sensed the attack on her coming. Even with the situation the were facing.

    Now finally to Revan. From what I understand he is making a appearance in the online game The Old Republic. Giving the time difference of this story and TOR this is an obvious way to get him there. I know the Emperor was more powerful than Revan, but it seemed unlikely that he would have let Revan alive or even in the state he did.

    I loved all three Darth Bane books written by the author, but it seems to me this book was written as filler. Many of us wondered what happen to Revan after KotoR and now we have an idea. I would have rather seen a third game. Over all I enjoyed it, but it could have been so much better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    AMAZING BOOK

    Revan is, by far, my favorite Star Wars charcter of all time and I thought that the book was, from beginning to end, AMAZING!!! It incoperated charaters from both Kights of the Old Republic 1 and 2 which made it better including The Exile, now named Meetra Surik. The ending was also very nerveraking and suspensful.

    The one and only reason someone would give it a 1 or 2 star rating is if they took no intrest in the video games. This book helped answer questions after KOTOR 1 and before and after KOTOR 2. Other than that it shouldn't be ratedless than 3 stars. Overall, AMAZING!!! Great job Drew!!!

    I really hope that Drew writes books on Revan before and during the Mandalorian wars and during his time as Darth Revan. Drew is the only author that I can see writing any books on either Revan or Darth Revan and I think he did an amazing job. I never wrote a review before, but this one was worthy of one. I also highly recommend Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, very good book goes right with the Darth Bane Trilogy.

    Biggest Revan/DarthRevan fan EVER,

    Andrew Jordan

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Doesnr Doesnt follow the game

    This was a very disapointing book. Yet another author that thinks good scifi involves killing everyone for the shock factor. It barely follows the games. Starts out ok but ends in the predictable "Ill kill everyone and shock the fans" way. These characters had soooo much potential and soo much more could have been done with them. How it got approved this way as a one book deal is a mystery.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Cant wait. Always wanted to know his final fate.

    As for length, it will probably be close to around 350 pages like the other two books in this series.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    Cant wait for it to come out.

    Ive been reading star wars books for a while and all the time ive heard stuff about hyperspace wars and darth revan. Its about time they did a book on darth revan.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    amazing book from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    This isn't the Revan you knew and loved.

    After spending so much time with Revan and Exile, we needed a fitting end - Either go down in a blaze of glory or save the day. This story did neither. To say the least, the ending was unsatisfying. The main conflict resolves with a fizzle, and many KOTOR fans will feel that they were better off not knowing.

    The book also suffers from, oddly enough, a lack of Revan. The book is about Revan. Sort of.

    All in all, it's an incredibly lackluster novel for what was a terrific character. I can only hope for a Jedi mind wipe so I can remember Revan as a force to be reckoned with. Not this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    This book has a much lower rating on amazon, the reviews here are Jaded

    Don't waste your time, the book ends in a gaint diablo ex machina (the force itself forces the good guys to all die for shock value)

    Then if you wanna know what happens next you gotta buy a $60 game which then costs $15 a month.

    Now you know why this book only has a three star rating on Amazon. Oh btw, it had a one star rating for the first week until the paid 'reviewers' showed up since the game you gotta buy cost $550 million dollars... so yeah their is money to make back so they overwhelmed the reviews with hundreds of fallacy reviews 'like best book ever' with no details or 'drew wrote other great star wars books and now these' clearly implying since the last where good these MUST be too. Anyways the fans of Revan who just had him rectonned in this book fought back those reviews on amazon with a passion and have kept the reviews there kinda in check but on BN less people did so... so the reviews here are mostly copy pastes of the 'great' fallacy reviews on amazon

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Everything a KOTOR Fan needs.

    The fans of Knights of the Old Republic will not be dissappointed with this beautiful novel as it continues the story they never wanted to end. It bridges the two games and shows the fate of the Savior of the Galaxy, Revan, and Republic hero, The Exile, of which finally gets an OFFICIAL name! T3, HK, Bastila, Canderous and many other classic characters are either mentioned and/or seen in this novel and all the nostalgia will send the reader into what feels like a KOTOR 3 adventure. Having played both KOTOR games, I finally feel closure in knowing exactly happens in their final chapter. This is a must-read, it is Revan's finest hour!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Drew does it again!!

    Drew Karpyshyn has never let me down from mass effect to star wars his books are so entertaining and so well written Darth Bane is a classic trilogy and this book is too the plot is so well thought out and extremely intricate I am excited about annihilation because all of his books are GREAT reads not to mention some of my favorite video games are bc of him would give it 6 stars if i could

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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