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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance (Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) #3)

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BioWare and LucasArts—creators of the hugely popular Star Wars:® Knights of the Old Republic® video game—have combined their storytelling talents and cutting-edge technology for an innovative new massively multiplayer online role-playing game that allows players to create their own personal Star Wars adventure 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader. Now #1 New York Tim ...more
Published July 20th 2010 by Random House, Inc. (first published July 2010)
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Crystal Starr Light
I have good news and I have bad news.

The good news is, of all the Sean Williams books I've read (The Force Unleashed, and the NJO Force Heretic trilogy), this one is the best.

The bad news is that isn't saying much.

A Sith, a Jedi, and a Mandalorian walk into a bar...oh, right, I'm supposed to give a summary not a joke!

Through some crazy circumstances, an "eclectic" bunch of people all want the same thing. We have a Jedi Padawan, a Sith Apprentice, an Imperial spy (no, this isn't a spoiler), a dru
2.5 stars. I am not a prolific reader of Star Wars EU books so this review is coming from the perspective of a casual fan of the genre. As far as the book goes, this is not one of the better Star Wars books I have read. I would call it an okay "popcorn" book as it kept my interest for though most part but there were no real "wow" moments either. Basically, the book was okay but not quite up to the level where I would say I liked it.

That said, I do need to give significant kudos to the productio
TL;DR Review:

3 stars. It was fun. Kooky, but fun.

Long Review
Fatal Alliance is a tie-in/lore novel based mainly on Bioware’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). This is also the first Star Wars novel that I have read. I consider myself more of a casual fan who mainly enjoys the movies, comics, and games, but I wanted to give the novels a try. As I said on my review of Patrick Weekes’ The Masked Empire, I refuse to let books based on video games off the hook simply for the fact that they’re b
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Unless a book really hooks me, I know I can take much too long to read. So maybe I didn’t devour Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Allliance in no time like I had expected, but at the same time I delighted in taking my sweet time to read it. I’ll cut to the chase here — if you can look beyond the faults that are so typical of novels based on video games, you will probably enjoy it. Keep reading for further thoughts, though I’m not going to go into the plot too much (if you want that information ...more
Lance Shadow
Aug 29, 2015 Lance Shadow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance is so far the only star wars novel I can truly say I hate. Of all the old republic novels, heck star wars novels i have read, this one is definitely the worst by far. I haven't even read Annihilation, but i know it will be better for two reasons: First, it's written by Drew Karpyshyn, the same person who wrote Revan(which, at least, I adored on my first read). Second, there is no way it could be worse than this.

THE STORY: A reviewer on this website nam
Chad Bearden
Apr 19, 2011 Chad Bearden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-novels
Sean Williams overcomes a bland cover, a generic title, and a shoddy video game premise to write what turns out to be a pretty satisfying foundation for the new line of Old Republic novels. What's more, Williams makes far more of an uneasy Sith/Jedi alliance in one novel than the entire braintrust has managed to do in six 'Fate of the Jedi' books.

While Allston, Denning, and Golden (shudder) just toss some Skywalkers and Sith together for ambiguous reasons that serve the plot but ignore common se
Ranting Dragon
Dec 17, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garrett

Three and a half millennia before Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side and the rise of Palpatine’s Galactic Empire, the Republic finds itself on the brink of war with another threat: the Sith Empire. However, when a third party comes forward with a proposition neither side can refuse, things begin to heat up. Centering around a Jedi Padawan, a Sith apprentice, a disgraced commando, and an undercover operative ultimately looking out for number one, Fata
Scott Rhee
Sean William's "Fatal Alliance", the third novel in the Star Wars Old Republic series (although all of them are stand-alones, not connected in any way with each other other than the fact that they are set in the Star Wars universe), is a surprisingly decent action thriller that has somewhat restored my faith in the Expanded Universe series, specifically the Old Republic series-within-a-series. Based on a popular video game series that I have never played nor will I ever play, the Old Republic bo ...more
Sacha Valero
Dec 19, 2016 Sacha Valero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams

4 – Stars

Another installment based on the MMORPG and we finally see the Mando's in action. Well, one of them at least.

So at this point in the time line it hasn't been long since the sacking of Corellia. Many of it's citizens blame the Jedi and much of the senate is distrustful of them as well. Then they receive word of an auction by a Hutt. Both the Empire and the Republic are asked to send representatives to bid and are allowed to see some of what's on t
G.D. Vidrine
I was quite disappointed with this book. I have read very nearly every Star Wars EU book, and this was one of the worst.

I wasn't too worried about it at first, because I did enjoy The Force Unleashed, another novel by the same author and also based on a video game (with the same title). Having played the game, I thought the book did a good job.

Not this one, however. The writing was stilted, there was little to no description, and the ending seemed to be sort of like went on and on and o
Nov 05, 2010 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this two stars only because it is a Star Wars book and I like Star Wars a lot. It's based on a video game that may very well be fun and enjoyable but the book pretty much wasn't. In the story a jedi. a sith, a mandalorian, an envoy and a smugggler have to team up to stop some killer droids. I didn't find the premise very believable. Or I should say I found it more beleivable when Captain Picard and the Klingons had to team up to stop the borg. It's more or less the same story. But th ...more
May 12, 2017 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too bad. I actually liked the story. I wanted to see more of the characters at the end. Jett Nebula was awesome and I really want to know his story.

I didn't want to throw it across the room like some star wars novels (*looks at Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void*). I liked it a lot. I decided to read these in published order even though apparently that is not the timeline order. I dont care. It's all good.

Overall, the story follows a Jedi apprentice who hasn't mastered one of his abilities so
Dec 21, 2010 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Garrett Jones

Three and a half millennia before Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and the rise of Palpatine's Galactic Empire, the Republic finds itself on the brink of war with another threat: the Sith Empire. However, when a third party comes forward with a proposition neither side can refuse, things begin to heat up. Centering around a Jedi Padawan, a Sith apprentice, a disgraced commando, and an undercover operative ultimately looking out for number one, Fata
Sep 05, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars: Fatal Alliance wat he first book published for the release of the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic. It is however the third chronological book after Revan and Deceived. While the first one is situated many years before the game, the last one takes place during the Treaty of Coruscant, a pivotal event in the Star Wars Universe.

Fatal Alliance takes places a few years after the signing of the treaty. The peace between the Republic and the Empire is very fragile and can be called a cold
Jan 25, 2012 Marko rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, I must say that I am no devourer of Star Wars novels. I used to read a few of the EU novels back in the day Timothy Zahn wrote his trilogy, but, aside from Zahn's relatively OK trilogy and later additions, found most of the novels to be rather unpalatable. Hastily written money-grabbers, to put it bluntly.

The only reason I decided to give Fatal Alliance a chance was that I was interested in the MMO game that it was released in conjunction with. I thought I might find some depth in the nov
Aug 21, 2011 Joey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The overall story in this book could have been great; Jedi, Sith, Empire, Mandalorian, and Republic are forced to join forces to overcome an incredibly powerful, mysterious enemy that threatens to wipe them all out. How could an author fail at telling such a compelling story? Unfortunately, this book fails on many fronts. The most obvious flaw was the writing. Aside from many grammatical errors, there were several, obvious mistakes in the book. At one point, the author identifies the species of ...more
Jaime Krause
Oct 14, 2012 Jaime Krause rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jedi have moved their Academy to Tython, after the Sith invaded (and then left) Coruscant.

Satele's Padawan is Shigar, who is denied Knighthood, but not fully told why. His behaviour is, overall, what I consider to be the embodiment of what a Jedi should be. He meets up with Larin, a former Republic Trooper, who survives a short fight against a Mandalorian, Dao Stryver.

Stryver is looking for a woman named Lema Xandret, a name which piques the interest of Jedi, Sith, Republic government, and
Benjamin Thomas
I've been a Star Wars fan ever since the first movie came out back when I was in High School. But I have not been a big fan of most of the SW novels I've read with the exception of Timothy Zahn's work. It always seems like the authors expect their readers to have complete, encyclopedic knowledge of the various races, cultures, and technology of the era they are writing about. Maybe many readers do but an author should never count on it. So after the last SW book I read a couple of years ago, I m ...more
Overall, the book was okay. I've read far better Star Wars books, but I've also read far worse. In fact, if I'd simply read this book, I probably wouldn't have been moved to write a review for it. I'd have just marked it three stars and moved on.

However, I "read" the audio version, which has two problems the print version wouldn't suffer from.

The first problem was one that was probably unavoidable, and certainly unintentional. To differentiate the various characters, the narrator employed diffe
Aug 09, 2013 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars and The Old Republic fans
Shelves: star-wars, reviewed
Read this review and more on my blog.

Reading Star Wars books is the best way to prepare for the new Star Wars movie, even though Fatal Alliance is Legend.

Fatal Alliance is the third book in The Old Republic series.

Fatal Alliance is set 3643 BBY. The Hutts hold an auction of an unknown item to both the Republic and the Empire. Both the Republic and the Empire send in official and unofficial parties, and things start to get crazy.

The actual item was an amazing concept which worked perfectly with t
Jun 06, 2012 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I took many years away from the Star Wars books, I returned after receiving two free at the 2011 Comic Con International. I'm not sure what I was hoping for, but this book is typical of the other Star Wars books-

A Jedi and a sidekick walk in to a ____. They get hooked up with a smuggler and his sidekick. They then proceed to fly around the galaxy together, with an Imperial conflict looming.

A Sith and his apprentice work within the Empire to further the Emperor's goals and their own.

To be
Jul 28, 2010 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the point of this book is to introduce the character classes of an upcoming $200 million+ game that is being developed by LucasArts and Bioware. It's going to be unlike anything made before and should be a good story and game (it was over 40 novels worth of fully voiced dialogue in the game).

This book was written to give a little insight to the time period (thousands of years before the regular movies...couple hundred after the original game) and to let people see what type of character they
Michael Garner
I found this book boring, uninteresting and a total waste a time. I basically skimmed through the last 200 pages of this book because I hate, hate, hate to start a book and not finish it, regardless of its content. It has been sometime since I last read a star wars book. I gave this one a shot due to it being related to the Knights of the Old Republic games which I played and enjoyed. This was generic Star Wars - Jedi vs Sith, bounty hunters interferring, and the Hutts trying to make a buck. You ...more
Wayland Smith
This was a decent, not great, Star Wars book. I read it because I'm a big Star Wars fan, and tend to real all of those books I can. It certainly wasn't bad, it just could have been better.

There's a grouping of random character types who come together reluctantly. Initially mistrustful (and it stays that way for most of them), they band together because of a larger, overwhelming threat.

It's a bit stereotyped, but they have a few different types of characters, some decent action, and a minor roma
John Carter McKnight
What a terrific story! A caper, spy vs. spy, compromised double agents, Sith and Jedi apprentices, great characters, constant and believable plot turns - this book has it all.

Masterfully handled, engaging, a thrilling adventure ride marred only a tiny bit by a bit of deus ex machina at the end. Fatal Alliance doesn't have the moral and psychological depth of Karen Traviss's Republic Commando stories, but Williams does a great job of delivering nonstop adventure in a compelling, satisfying way.
Georgina Brandt
Jan 13, 2016 Georgina Brandt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best Science fiction books I have read about robots, although not as scientifically written as Asimov it has lots of action, and if ever turned into a movie it will definitely be a fast action bestseller. It is also a very well written Star Wars novel by comparison to other novels dealing with Star Wars. The game is totally alien to me since it is totally incompatible with my computer, so I cannot compare this book with the game that generated its story. It has one of my highe ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay, not great. I thought the enemy the Sith and Republic and Mandalorian forces had to unite with to stop was not very well described (I had a hard time picturing them) and they weren't that scary. The first two-thirds of the book were pretty good, but after we get all excited for the final battle, it's over with mostly a whimper and then it's a lot of loose ends unraveling. Very unsatisfying.
Sep 01, 2010 C.J. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly insipid on all points--prose, portrayal of Star Wars backstory, and characters. Fairly is putting it much too fair. Williams is rote in his conventions, his narrative arc and his tone. It really hasn't anything to recommend it. Unbelievable conflict; eyebrow-quirking inanity in Jedi-Sith relations; dead-end dearth of subtlety. Da. That's sums it.
Ernesto Henriquez
This book was very good overall. The fact that the Jedi and Sith needed to be teamed up was definitely a twist. The only issue I had was the outcome on Sebaddon, it was a bit strange and there was no clear detail on the outcome.
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#1 New York Times bestselling Sean Williams lives with his family in Adelaide, South Australia. He’s written some books--forty-two at last count--including the Philip K. Dick-nominated Saturn Returns, several Star Wars novels and the Troubletwister series with Garth Nix. Twinmaker is a YA SF series that takes his love affair with the matter transmitter to a whole new level. You can find some relat ...more
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