Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived
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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) #2)

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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 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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Paperback, 317 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Titan Books (first published 2011)
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Stephen
AN OPEN AND ANGRY LETTER

TO: The Idiocracy of Brain-lacking ASStards responsible for drowning the Star Wars franchise in a sea of suckness from which all memory of the once great “space playground” is being choked out and transformed into a bloated, shit-logged, corpse of bad smelling cheese.

FROM: A ticking time bomb of pre-postal fanboyish SF RAGE whose timer has been moving towards 0:00:00 ever since George Pukus committed "franchise rape" on his fans by subjecting them to Jar Jar Binks.
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Crystal Starr Light
"Be true to yourself"

In light of the quote I've chosen for this review, I will be brutally honest (though, that is really no different than I am any other time I write a review). This book was LIGHT-YEARS better than Fatal Alliance. Despite that, I had some issues. But first, a summary of sorts.

NOTE: I received this ARC through the Amazon Vine program.

Zeerid "Z-Man" is an ex-soldier now gun-runner. He does this to supply his paralyzed daughter (actually she doesn't even HAVE legs, so she really...more
Stu - (Sequere me in tenebras)
"Gritty, dark, real with a loving Sith - what's going on?"

It would be nice to read a Star Wars novel that didn't either; tie in with the movies or games. Having played The Old Republic MMORPG at launch, I get this story. It really does two things, introduces the different types of classes to the reader/gamer (aka - Trooper, bounty hunter, Sith warrior, scoundrel etc) and also the main characters in the game. That being, Darth Malgus (Sith warrior), the Emperor, Satale Shan (Jedi Master) etc etc...more
Alexander Draganov
Possibly the best "Star Wars" novel since "Darth Bane - Path of Destruction", "Deceived" introduces us to the charismatic Dark Lord known as Darth Malgus, the man, who we saw to destroy the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a stunning cinematic trailer last year. With that destruction, the story begins and author Paul S. Kemp did a solid job to portray the breathtaking battles between Jedi and Sith, including the fateful duel between Darth Malgus and a brave, handsome Jedi Master. The invasion was a s...more
Michael Ramm
Paul S. Kemp's latest foray into the Star Wars universe takes him to a time LONG LONG ago...about 3500 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope in fact. He takes us back to the Old Republic (my personal favorite timeline in Star Wars) where the Sith were far more than a Master and their Apprentice.

The Sith was a 'race' of force wielders that were driven by anger and hate, much like the Sith we are used to...Vader, Sidious, Maul. This book is a precursor to the new Star Wars: The Old Repu...more
Scott Rhee
Video game afficionadoes ("gamers" as they like to call themselves) talk lovingly about a video game called "The Knights of the Old Republic", based on George Lucas's Star Wars franchise. I have never played it, know nothing about it other than it exists, and I will most likely never play it as i do not play video games. The setting is roughly 1,000+ years before the events of the first "Star Wars" film. I read the first in the "Old Republic" series, a book called "Revan", based on a popular cha...more
Jonathan

I personally liked this more than Fatal Alliance if simply because it seemed more like a 'Star Wars' book. The other reason I liked this more was that its action scenes gripped me a little more. It was shorter, more to the point thought just as poorly written as Fatal Alliance. In short a book designed to tap into the popularity of the video game The Old Republic.

The main thing that worked in this book for me was the major action scene at the start. Nothing beats a vivid description of villains...more
Traci
This is the sort of book I enjoy while I am reading and then forget about it after. I began reading Star Wars books when they first started to come out. And than got away from it because they followed a track of moving further and further away from what the original movies were. And than the prequels came out and I realized how much more wrong those books were than I even thought. Since playing the video game Knights of the Old Republic however I have found this is by far my favorite time period...more
Nicholas
Just about everyone has heard of or seen the original Star Wars Trilogy consisting of episodes 4, 5, and 6; the second trilogy that introduced episodes 1, 2, and 3 shows what happened before Episode 4 A New Hope. Paul S. Kemp's "Star Wars: The Old Republic" series of books is based off of the popular online game "Star Wars The Old Republic." This series of books does what the second Star Wars trilogy did, it showed what happened before. In this case it shows what happened from 6,000 years before...more
Isis
Another mixed bag on this one. I don't know what it is with Star Wars novels in the past few years but more often than not they seem to miss the mark rather than hit the target. I'll explore this in a moment, but first the good stuff.

It was far from all bad. The good news about Deceived was that I definitely felt that it contained some solid, enjoyable elements that I have felt were lacking in other SW prequels/sequels of recent years. Kemp was pretty good at creating imagery, bringing the story...more
Heather

When I first started this book I thought about giving it two stars, but something changed.


Let me start off with the things that I disliked. Some might seem like I'm nitpicking, but hey! it's my review. ;)


I felt like the first couple chapters were terrible. They didn't get me interested in the story and the battle scenes were awful. I started this book in July, got to page 28 and then just stopped until I picked it back up again as a part of my New Year's Resolution. That was pretty much the onl

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Norman
Deceived is one of three books that serve as lead-ins to the events of the new online game Star Wars: The Old Republic (or TOR). It's set some 3500 years prior to the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, and as you might expect its setting isn't quite what we're used to from the Star Wars movies. Jedi and Sith number in the thousands, and an intergalactic war sees two major forces: the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, in a deadly stalemate.

While this sounds like a fantastic setting fo...more
Jon
My biggest gripe about Star Wars authors: Complete lack of creativity. This book is no different. I wished I had seen the small print at the top of the cover, "Based on the epic new Star Wars video game." The first 2 chapters of the book are a retelling of the Star Wars: Old Republic opening cut scene. Usually movie makers (in this case, animators) take some license in turning well written text into interesting movie. This time an author took an interesting clip and wrote about it, leaving no d...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
We first met him in a Star Wars: The Old Republic game trailer — the mysterious masked Sith that brought down the Jedi Temple during the sacking of Coruscant. Darth Malgus, dark lord of the Sith, was the one who led this brutal assault and cut down countless Jedi on their own sacred ground. Now he is one of the main characters in Deceived, the second book in the SWTOR series by Paul S. Kemp, which tells the story of the attack as well as the calamitous events which came afterward.

On the surface,...more
David
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Daniel Alvarado
So I'm starting to realize that these books aren't very good. In fact, all the Old Republic "novels" could probably have made one decent book, instead of three fairly awful ones. He spends an ENTIRE chapter on "wheelchair girl" trying to drum up sympathy with groaners like "look daddy, I'm flyiiiing!"

This novel was based on a TRAILER for a video game. And I'm not a snob that says games can't inspire good books. I'm saying that I've seen these trailers (search for old republic trailers on YT: in...more
Barb
Paul S. Kemp’s second attempt at a Star Wars novel is an improvement over his first (no longer reads like a fantasy story with lightsabers), but unfortunately, that isn’t saying much. If this were a book marketed for 9 – 12-year-olds, then I couldn’t complain about the boring, simplistic prose; but it wasn’t, so I can. The story was predictable and unoriginal. Die-hard EU fans will be horrified by the name of one of the characters: Vrath Xizor. Really? Kemp couldn’t come up with another name? Vr...more
Syacelion
The unabridged audiobook version narrated by Marc Thompson, accompanied by the cinematics from The Old Republic video game, coupled with memories of moderately enjoyable time spent exploring the better written quests and story lines in that game earlier this year, all conspired to make me really enjoy myself while listening to this novel.
With certain contextual caveats (eg "for a StarWars novel" -yes, I'm that kind of snob), I'd give this a 5 star rating, not least for its plot resolutions. For...more
Kelli Clark
Based on The Old Republic mmorpg trailer by the same name, this book puts more detail to the events of the sacking of the Jedi Temple and Coruscant by the Sith. Not only does this epic battle get fleshed out, but it sends a shockwave across the Galaxy before anyone knows what's really happening. The main Jedi Master in the Temple battle has an apprentice who has accompanied other Jedi Knights who will discuss a peace treaty with the representatives of the Sith Empire. The apprentice feels her ma...more
Danielle
To be honest I thought the storyline was well done. It took me awhile to finally understand how I saw Eelena and Malgus as Anakin and Padme'. I did not expect Malgus to have a lover of any kind as most Sith lords didn't have them. But, overall I liked the book as a whole. :)
Ralph
This book was mediocre at best. It failed to really develop a connection between myself and the characters in this book. It really did not draw me in to a point where, while reading, I would be concerned of the fate of one of them during a combat scene or if one of their lives was in peril.

Darth Malgus, whom I was expecting to be cold and strike with deadly efficiency, showed a little too much compassion and love. I feel a little let down. When these books introduce the Sith, there is always tha...more
Walt
Most of what I wanted to write about has been covered ad nausea by other reviewers. The plot and the characters are fascinating and fit into the genre well. The action is fast and not over-done with vague references to imaginary fighting techniques. There is the one-on-one dichotomy between the hero and anti-hero, so common in twenty-first century American literature. There is also some creativity, although this is where the review becomes less positive.

Malgus is a fascinating character who give...more
Kent
Based on other reviews I thought this wasn't going to be that great, but I liked it quite well. The story is well written and there are a few twists here and there that keep it interesting. It's the not greatest of Star Wars novels, but it's a good read. I will admit, though, that Darth Malgus looks a bit too much like Vader to be considered an original character. But his character qualities are pretty good, though, as well as the others in the book. I took quite well to them.
Jane Higginson
I really enjoyed this book, I found the story nice and easy but also gripping, there was a twist towards the end of the book that I wasn't expecting. Loved the two main republic characters Arryn and Zeerid they were very believable and I liked that they were flawed not perfect. I enjoyed this book from a swtor aspect too and being able to picture certain planets/areas because of playing the game
Yves
Près de 3600 ans avant les événement de l'Épisode IV, la République se bat contre un empire dirigé par les Sith. Darth Malgus dirige l'attaque contre Coruscant. Lors de l'attaque contre le temple Jedi, il tu le maître d'Aryn qui décide de se venger malgré les pourparlers de paix qui sont en cours entre les deux factions.

Il n'y a rien de vraiment nouveau dans ce roman. Cependant, j'ai adoré les méchant qui, contrairement à la plupart des autres romans de Star Wars, est tout en nuance. Malgré son...more
Ari
AWESOME Book! It had the usual SW formula (can't get enough of it) but great in depth characters. I came to really like them all even feel for Malgus. The final showdown in the last chapter and epilogue are really good. Enjoyed it immensely and I am looking forward to the next in the series as well as the next SW from Kemp.
Tripp Moultrie
Okay, so I'm a huge fan of Star Wars, that might lead you to believe I would go easy on a Star Wars novel just because. Not true. In fact, quite the opposite. So trust me when I say, this is a good book.

So, what's the big deal? The four star rating should give you a clue, but I thought it might be cool to delve beneath the surface a little and let you know exactly what you're getting.

Synopsis - Darth Malgus arrives on the steps of the Jedi temple with one thing in mind, to burn it down. With him...more
Collin
This was an interesting read for me. I have enjoyed the "current" timeline of Star Wars stories involving Han, Leia, Luke, etc. This is the second Old Republic novel I read (the first being "Fatal Alliance").

There is a decent amount of action in this novel, but the main theme throughout is regarding the internal struggle of Jedi Knight, Aryn, and Sith Master, Darth Malgus. This portion of the story is what kept me wanting to see how it was going to turn out with the climax of the meeting between...more
Mike
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Marly
I really enjoyed this book. I read it on the heels of Drew Karpyshyn's Revan, which is set in roughly the same time period of the SW universe (the Old Republic, though 300 years separate the books) and are roughly the same page count (289 for Revan, 255 for Deceived). However, the difference between these books is like night and day.

Deceived starts with three separate plot threads that eventually entwine. The novel begins with Darth Malgus, a Sith Lord who is even more angry than most, strolling...more
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