BOOK REVIEW: Star Wars: The Old Republic – Revan

Author: Drew Karpyshyn
Publisher: Titan Books
RRP: Hardback: £17.99From the Cover:

Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left the planet of Coruscant to defeat the 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 well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

Veteran author and game writer Drew Karpyshyn returns to the Star Wars Universe with the story that most gamers have been speculating about for years. The novel takes place between and after the two Knights of the Old Republic games released by Bioware and also serve as another lead-in to the forthcoming The Old Republic online game. The novel follows three characters – Revan, Sith Lord Scourge and, later in the plot, Meetra – the hero of the second Old Republic game, previously known only as “The Exile”. While Scourge becomes involved with Sith duplicity and intrigue, Revan attempts to follow his previous steps beyond the outer rim to discover what threat awaits …

The novel manages to maintain a high level of interest in the reader – particularly one such as me who is a massive fan of the Bioware games. In addition to the main protagonists, we are re-introduced to familiar characters and get to learn something of what happened to Revan’s allies in the first game. Revan’s quest takes him to the Mandalorian worlds, where he sets a friend on his way to his own destiny before taking him once more beyond the Republic borders. Once this has happened, the novel jumps forward a few years to after the conclusion of the second game. This didn’t jar in anyway and the story manages to flow nicely throughout.

Both Action and introspection (via the Force) are dealt with in equal measure and a couple of the fight scenes are truly spectacular to read. New character Scourge is given a lot to do and really, he is the focal point for the entire story, becoming a pawn in Sith machinations before managing to come out on top himself. Both Revan and Meetra are dealt with with enough detail to make them “real” characters, without drawing too much detail so that those who have experienced their past adventures for themselves don’t feel cheated in any way.

This book is recommended reading for fans of Star Wars in any form. The final few chapters in particular are filled with enough twists, action and force use to keep any one entertained. For the first time in a long while, I found myself truly shocked when reading and even had a lump in my throat after the epilogue. Excellent stuff.

Rate It: 4.5 / 5
Dry Slaps: 0
GS Reviewer: WedgeDoc

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