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Being a Jedi turned Sith and finding redemption, Revan has become one of the most powerful Force users by practicing balance between the light and dark sides. Learning how he broke free of the dark side but continuing to draw on its power of his own will puts powerful Force use into perspective.
This novel takes place after the Knights of the Old Republic video game, starting with Revan and Bastilla contemplating their future together. But a threat to the galaxy begins to reveal itself, forcing Revan to leave his wife and unborn child behind to make sure the world is a safe place for his family in the years to come. On the way he encounters Scourge, a Sith strong in the dark side of the Force who intends to break his willpower.
A storm is coming, and there is no escape.
Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians — and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear.
What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.
I read Revan the day after finishing Knights of the Old Republic for the first time, and I loved continuing the narrative of the character through this novel. The struggle between Revan's light & dark continues in this book, and following that journey while learning about the origins of the Sith race makes for a fantastic adventure.
Revan is a very unique and intriguing character from the Legends era, and so I grabbed this book in the hopes that I could experience more of his adventures after playing Knights of the Old Republic. In that aspect, this book hardly delivered. For a novel titled “Revan”, nearly every other character is featured more than him. Even though I think the title should be “Scourge” instead, the story itself has a few interesting and exciting parts and the ending effectively paves the way for the novels that follow it in the series.
A lot of people read the Old Republic books due to the popularity of Revan from the KOTOR games. Which, if you've ever listened to The Living Force Podcast, you will know I'm basically obsessed with. That being said, realize that this entire series of books was developed in conjunction with The Old Republic, the MMO and NOT KOTOR. So in many ways, the story developed in KOTOR vastly outshines any story about Revan that comes after. Overall, this book let me down. The plot becomes pretty convoluted and people tend to love or hate it. I wouldn't say I hated it, as I love all Star Wars. But the fact that we have so few Old Republic Books - and the few we have are of questionable quality - is a bit of a let down. Read "Revan" if you love the character, but go in knowing that KOTOR is a much better reflection of the character and overall a better depiction of the Old Republic Era as a whole.
There's always something special about your first. Not counting some of the Scholastic young readers that I occasionally picked up as a child, Revan was my first real foray into the literary EU. As a huge fan of KOTOR, it was a no-brainer starting point. There were some plot elements that felt odd to me (I didn't realize at the time the book was also setting up a Revan campaign in The Old Republic MMORPG). However, getting to pick up the story after both KOTOR games and revisit old characters was awesome. And the end of the book was... very memorable.
It's hard to live up to the hype when writing a story about Revan! Knights of the Old Republic has become sacred for many Star Wars fans, and I'm convinced that no book could have satisfied everyone. At its best, Old Republic: Revan is a sequel to both KOTOR games, tying their stories and characters together and venturing into new territory with them. Viewed more cynically, it's lackluster connective tissue setting the stage for the Old Republic MMO. For me, I find it a perfectly enjoyable return to the characters and locations I came to love in KOTOR, especially the way it handles Canderous.
The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith Lord’s attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.
But Karrid's ruthless determination is more than matched in the steely resolve of Theron Shan, whose unfinished business with the Empire could change the course of the war for good. Though the son of a Jedi Master, Theron does not wield the Force—but like his renowned mother, the spirit of rebellion is in his blood. As a top covert agent for the Republic, he struck a crucial blow against the Empire by exposing and destroying a Sith superweapon arsenal—which makes him the ideal operative for a daring and dangerous mission to end Ascendant Spear’s reign of terror.
Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff'ith, with whom he has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. But time is brutally short. And if they don’t seize their one chance to succeed, they will surely have countless opportunities to die...
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 Black Star Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian (Dao Stryver)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…
Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of the 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.