Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic #2) by Paul S. Kemp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 readers 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.
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A well written Star Wars story set during the Old Republic era (around 3500 years before the days of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, etc.) and is centered around three main characters, Sith Lord Darth Malgus, Jedi Warrior Aryn Leneer and smuggler pilot Zeerid Korr. Each character is sufficiently developed to discern their inner motivations and see what drives them in their respective lives. I particularly liked following Malgus and, although generally very dark in nature, found myself enjoying his character immensely. It has a definite military sci-fi vibe within the classic space opera envelope and a story line which is nothing spectacular which ended exactly as I thought it would. But, this is totally fine and is what I was hoping it would be, that being an easy-flow, fun and action filled story set within one of the most fascinating fictional universes ever created. The world-building is good enough, but is possibly best enhanced by a prior knowledge of key Star Wars elements, ie. what an Imperial cruiser looks like, the various alien species and the planet Coruscant (where most of the book is set). I referred at times to an online Star Wars encyclopedia during my reading to gain some of the visuals. I imagine this book is read by most Star Wars fans due to the significance of Darth Malgus and his exploits in Sith folklore. It would surely also be enjoyed by the less ardent fan and general sci-fi reader, and overall it's a great fun read.
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