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Revan (Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  5,131 ratings  ·  408 reviews
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.

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 pric
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2011)
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Chad Bearden I haven't played the games, and felt that the book mostly holds up on its own. I wasn't confused by anything, but since so much characterization and…moreI haven't played the games, and felt that the book mostly holds up on its own. I wasn't confused by anything, but since so much characterization and history come from the games, there is a very disjointed feeling to the novel, particularly the first half, where Karpyshyn endows several situations with a lot of tension and importance he never really earns, banking on you knowing a bunch of stuff from the games.

His second Old Republic novel, "Annihilation", is much better, in my opinion, and holds up much better as a self-contained story, despite also utilizing characters and relationships from pre-existing source material.(less)
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I'm a big Star Wars fan. I come from a family of big Star Wars fans. I also love role playing games. Knights of the Old Republic is a Star Wars role playing game. And my favorite video game. Period. Combining the best of the rpg world with a story driven plot and the freedom to play as a female or male Jedi or Sith. With a story that rivals most Star Wars movies. If you like Star Wars you've got to play this game. Anyway, I became very attached to my Revan. One of my favorite characters

I don’t know about this one. I really don’t know. This is far and away the Star Wars novel that I have most anticipated over the years, and yet... I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I think the word here is underwhelmed.

I’m a long time Star Wars fan, but when iconic computer game Knights of the Old Republic came out, I was enamoured. You play as the main character, Revan, in a game that was not only fun, masterful and intuitive but which was driven by an absolutely epic plot as compelling and sweepi
"White or black makes a shade of grey - a colour Revan likes no doubt!"

Recently I decided to have a nose through some of the newer Star Wars extended universe novels. The only previous books I've read are two of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of The Legacy of the Force series of novels. Revan by Drew Karpyshyn seemed like a good entry point, having played both games The Knights of the Old Republic and The Old Republic at launch. What really grabbed my attention to Revan's character is that he i
I just love it when people decide to take a steaming dump on things I've spent years on. Truly, I do.
I'm not going to waste your time stating how much I loathed this book, or how ironic I thought it was that Drew K. decided to state in the acknowledgements that he appreciated the opportunity and is quite thankful to write Revan off.

Nice. If you loved KotOR 1 and 2, I beg you to not read this. Especially for you 2 fans out there. You know that entire story that you built up, the
Kelli Clark
I am a huge Star Wars fan, and definitely a big fan of the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. The main character in that game, Revan, was the protagonist in a story that left you hanging when it ended. This book sheds so much light on the events after the game, and also continues to include characters from the first and second game: Revan, Bastila Shan, The Exile, and even mentions the supporting game characters. In this book Revan's memory is returning, and he is plagued by what ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
These Star Wars books seemed a lot better when I was a teenager. This really didn't do much for me. The only thing I found interesting was the lore. The characters were flat, the Dialogue contrived, and the plot was overly simplistic.
Callum Shephard
Why? Just why?
We didn’t need this novel, we could have quite happily left the games alone, but then someone has to write this horrible mistake. Couldn’t they have at least given it to an author who doesn’t apparently hate Knights of the Old Republic fans?

The overall plot of Revan is covering the mysterious years after Knights of the Old Republic, why he went missing and where the Exile is. This didn’t need to be expanded upon. Part of what made his leaving so interesting was due to the brief hin
B.J. Keeton
Probably the best Star Wars book I've read in years. I'm still mad about being burned by the NJO and Outbound Flight. LotF and Revan have been great to rekindle my interest. I listened to the audiobook of this one, and it was lovely. I usually hate music and sound effects, but they truly enhanced the cinematic elements of this story.
I was pretty pumped when I saw they were doing a Star Wars novel based on my favorite Sith/Jedi from the Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) RPG. Although I had never read a Drew Karpyshyn novel before, I was familiar with his work on KOTOR and the Star Wars universe in general. I can say that I was impressed with his writing and found him to be a very smooth and straight forward read. Upon my finishing of Revan, my overall impression was pretty good. It was really a page turner for me and I fou ...more
Revan ties up the loose ends left after the Knights of the Old Republic games. That would be some 3500 years prior to the events of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Revan is also the final of three books intended to serve as an introduction to the setting of the new Star Wars: The Old Republic online game. While it was published later than the other two books (Deceived and Fatal Alliance), this is not only chronologically the first book, but also the definite book to start with if you want to read
David Farber
Drew Karpyshyn seemed to me to be an "unknown" author, as I had never before heard of him in the realm of Star Wars literature. To be honest, though, I hadn't read Star Wars novels in quite some time (since New Jedi Order). I was surprised to discover him via a wiki article about the recent Star Wars MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, that as writer for several of my favorite games, and the one the article was written about, he had also begun writing novels for the Star Wars Saga. I bought it and ...more
Matthew Borgard
*Very minor spoilers follow*

While the exploration of the Old Republic era started in the comics, Bioware's original Star Wars game, Knights of the Old Republic, created a massive interest in the events that occurred thousands of years before the appearance of Luke Skywalker. At the center of this story was Revan, the eponymous hero of Drew Karpyshyn's new novel. Ever since the end of the original KOTOR, Star Wars fans have wondered what happened to the mysterious Jedi-turned-Sith-turned-Jedi. An

If, like me, you were anxiously awaiting Knights Of The Old Republic III, you're SOL. This book is it. Or what passes for it.

It's bloody short.

Frankly, I expected better from Karpyshyn. The first Darth Bane book was excellent, as were the plots and writing he was involved with from the two KOTOR games. This novella (I don't count 50+ pages of excerpts and timelines of the Star Wars universe as real book) is weak, and reads like what it probably is: the aborted plot of the third KOTOR game.
Iroh The Wise
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F. Omar
We waited 8 years for that ending... Really?

Potential spoilers after this point.

Now, if you're following the comics and whatnot, you know the Sith Emperor probably lives past the ending of this book. Therefore, we can assume Revan does not succeed. We can assume he dies. After all, the games pretty much set that up with the whole "We never hear from him again" bit. So we are reading this book to see how this character who we guided through the first game meets his end. We are looking for the tra
Kyle West
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Kelsey Hanson
WARNING Spoilers ahead!

When the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic came out I LOVED it. It became my favorite game and I love it to this day. The story writing was superb and it had one of the best plots I've ever experienced in a video game. A few years later, they came out with a sequel. I was very excited. I played the game all the way to the end and was left feeling underwhelmed. "Hmm. I thought. That really didn't give me closure and kinda screwed up the happy ending of the first game.

Zackary Johnson
I thought Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn was a great book despite many people's beliefs. Many people disliked Revan because it didn't reflect the prequel video game, Knights of the Old Republic. However, I believe that this game did not properly represent the Old Republic. Revan, who had had most of his memories wiped by the Jedi Order in order to stop him and his Sith Apprentice Malak from destroying the Republic. Revan defeated his apprentice and destroyed the Star Forge, ...more
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Adam Wilson
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I watched the first (or fourth) Star Wars film with a man who was my father and, as it turned out, I rather enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much that I watched the next two and then saw the prequils when they were released and I actually enjoyed those, too. I guess this means that I am not a true Star Wars fan but who asked you, Darth Hollowbollocks? Anyway, imagine my massive pleasure when I learned that the story of Star Wars is not only the six excellen ...more
Crystal Starr Light
"I feel so helpless. So useless."

Revan has had many titles and jobs - savior of the Republic, Jedi, Sith, mercenary, etc. But now Revan is content to be "husband" to Bastila Shan - until strange dreams of his hidden past haunt him. He teams up with Canderous Ordo to track down his past and hopefully destroy the evil before it destroys those he loves.

I'm going to just come out and say it: I, a huge fan of Star Wars, have never played either of the "Knights of the Old Republic" games. I know, I kn
John Carter McKnight
I can't remember a novel with a less satisfying ending. I know I've read several, but for sheer plot-us intteruptus, Revan is a winner.

My impression of this book was heavily colored by having read it on Kindle: I wasn't prepared for it to end at the 68% mark: I went into what turned out to be the last section expecting another third of the book yet to come, and was thrown by the sudden wrap-up.

A nice treat for KOTOR fans, with shout-outs to the characters and plot points, as a standalone novel,
Jan 24, 2013 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Stars Wars books are always hit or miss. One thing I couldn't stand was how whenever the authors or video games talk about the Sith or the Dark Side of the Force all we get are names and obscure legends, and Dark Side characters always seam more interesting than Light Side characters. Well, this book remedies that a bit. This book is primarily about the Dark Side and characters, both good and bad, that deal with it. It develops some of the obscure legends into actual stories and histories.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I wanted to like this book, I really did. A month ago when I was so eagerly anticipating the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan, I didn’t expect I would be starting a review for it this way, and I really don’t like having to be negative, but what can you do.

Granted, it is possible that my high expectations may have clouded my judgment. For one thing, I’m a big fan of Drew Karpyshyn — he wrote the Star Wars Darth Bane trilogy and also the Mass Effect novels that I found I really enjoye
Knights of the Old Republic I and II come together in this... unsatisfying... conclusion to the video game series, and unabashedly paves the way for the "Star Wars: The Old Republic" MMORPG. I have read "Fatal Alliance" and I'm reading "Deceived" and the one thing all three books have in common so far is the merging of two or more separate plotlines. This book's B-story was so long I was honestly beginning to wonder if the two would actually merge. And while this was the conclusion to the KOTOR ...more
Peter Ohaver
If it was a standalone book, it could have been okay, but, as I posted elsewhere,

Personally, I think it is a terrible continuation of the KotOR storylines. I agree with the Amazon reviewers who have posted so far. It's going to be hard to give an accurate description of this book without spoilers, so...


The "Revan" Book

Postby Ads-Gop Flif » November 17th, 2011, 4:21 am
If you read it, what did you think? If you haven't, are you considering it? If you have, would you recommend it?

Dominic Licorish
As a longtime fan of Star Wars and a huge huge fan of Karpyshyn's earlier work (including the original KOTOR as well as his work with Mass Effect and the Darth Bane books) I was really looking forward to reading the conclusion of Revan's story.

After reading this I felt nothing. It was ultimately a very bland, albeit well-written story with no satisfying central narrative and few interesting characters. Revan and Meetra are video game characters from role-playing games after all and the whole dra
Jason Jorgenson
I found this book to be riddled with problems: poorly developed characters, thin plot, and a book that is far too short for the price. Aside from the title character, few other characters had any depth or rounding. A good example is a character named Murtog who is essential to the Dark Side plot. But he is never developed, has perhaps three lines of dialogue, and is casually discarded as a character. Bastila is another example. If you have little experience with the video games on which this wor ...more
Not so much a novelization of the never-to-be-created Knights of the Old Republic III as a bridging volume between KotOR II and the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO. It was nice to see old friends from the first two games again, but a significant portion of the book was the story of Darth Scourge (even the other Sith occasionally mock his name) on Dromund Kaas in the remnant of the Sith Empire before it reestablishes contact with the Republic.

Generally, the story did what it needed to, for better
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Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer. After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer. He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur's Gate series, and wrote the tie-in novel for Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars: ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) (4 books)
  • Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #2)
  • Fatal Alliance (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #3)
  • Annihilation (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #4)
Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #1) Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #2) Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #3) Mass Effect: Revelation (Mass Effect, #1) Mass Effect: Ascension (Mass Effect, #2)

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“I am Revan reborn. And before me you are nothing.” 6 likes
“Destroying your enemies—even destroying a planet—was understandable. But this wasn’t simple destruction. It was annihilation; obliteration. The very fabric of the Force had been shredded. Anyone capable of turning an entire planet into a nihilistic abomination had to be completely mad.” 1 likes
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