Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived (Unabridged)
by Paul S. Kemp
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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.
Deceived is a novelization of the video game trailer for Bioware’s latest Star Wars game. At first glance you might think it would be a complete POS but incredibly this is one of the best Star Wars novels to be released in years. I don’t know anything about Paul Kemp except he is a great writer who does a brilliant job of creating characters. Star Wars villains are mostly evil for the sake of evil. They beat kittens to death and laugh about it – why? Because they are evil and that is what evil people do and they laugh about it.
I believe it was Akira Kurosawa who said that villains are heroes, who, when faced with the hard choices made the wrong decisions. Paul S. Kemp really drives this home in his writing. The Writer creates, in Darth Malgus, a believable villain who is intriguing and capable. He isn’t simply a plot device or puzzle for the hero to solve he is a driven character with real motivations and intelligence. Like the characters Deceived has few of the formulaic design patterns of Star Wars novels this keeps it fresh and unexpected if only because you are expecting the classic Star Wars 3 act plot formula and never really get it. Kemp’s writing style gives you rich believable heroes that aren’t just cardboard cutouts of previous Star Wars icons.
The action of Deceived is well paced and given an appropriate gravity without the aftermath being overly dramatic. He has an understanding of real martial arts and fighting and does a good job of portraying combat.
I will be reading any and all Paul Kemp novels I come across in the future and recommend him to anyone who is a fan of science fiction. Hopefully, he will gain a bigger role in the Star Wars expanded universe in the future.
This book is so interesting, it reveal so much! And who does not want to learn more about the Sith who brought down the mighty Jedi Temple! A MUST READ!
Just another SW book.
I tried. I did. I'm pumped for the game this novel is based on and decided to get into the SW novels starting with this and Fatal Alliance.
The plot of this book is not very interesting or original feeling. You can almost see everything coming a mile away. The characters are also generic and Malgus was never really defined or the focus of much of the read.
Yes, Malgus gets some face time but everything about him is boiled down and directly spelled out to the reader. This isn't his story and it isn't any kind of real character analysis. He isn't even that interesting of a villain. He hates everything and believes peace brings weakness.
This book also has a Jedi fall from a spaceship that has just entered atmosphere, free fall thousands of meters and land safely on the ground with minor bruises and scratches. I'm not a fan boy, just someone who watched the movies as a kid. But this scene is just an example of the attempts to bring excitement to a very shallow read.