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Annihilation (Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) #4)

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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
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chris Yorgason
FREE BOOK FROM GOODREADS FIRST READS. Good book. It has been a long time since I have read a Star Wars book, but this was a good one. One nice thing is that the book was very clean (no language, sex, etc). The story is a good one and while the expectation is that good will defeat evil, you still wonder how it is going to happen. Entertaining read.
Kelli Clark
Theron Shan is now one of my favorite non-Force user characters. He's sarcastic and sly, and often considers given orders more like guidelines for his actions. Despite being pushed to become a Jedi like his famous mother, Satele Shan, Theron has blazed his own path in life. This book really goes into detail about Theron's relationship with Satele and his father. The reader also gets insight on the relationship between Theron's parents and how they work together to help their son. This book did a ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Theron Shan may be the son of Satele Shan, Grand Master of the Jedi, but that doesn't mean he's a Jedi or even a Force Sensitive. He's a spy, an intelligence agent, a loner, now that his father-figure is dead.

He has been given a new assignment. The Sith have what could be their ultimate weapon: the Ascendant Spear, a ship so powerful and controlled by Darth Karrid. Together with Jedi Master Gnost-Dural, Theron has to do whatever possible to destroy this ship.

NOTE: I received this through the Ama
Mogsy (MMOGC)
This is probably one of the better Star Wars books by Drew Karpyshyn, which is quite a relief after the train wreck that I thought was Revan. It's amazing what a good writer he can be when he's not being rushed. Now that he has left BioWare, I'm glad he left us with this before moving on to his future endeavors.

For a while we've known that Satele Shan, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order during this time in the Old Republic, has a "secret son." Theron Shan first appeared in The Lost Suns comic a
Jason Hamilton
Annihilation with the possible exception of Revan also written by Drew Karpyshyn is quite possibly the best novel based around the Old Republic video game mini-franchise. While it is not free of it's flaws it is very enjoyable to read and easy to do so. It was one of the few Star Wars books that I have read recently that kept me turning pages.

The best part about the novel is its characters. Theron Shan, first introduced in a the Old Republic comic series, is an intriguing character considering h
John Carter McKnight
An entirely adequate bit of adventure fluff. I picked it up hoping for a fleshing out of The Old Republic MMO's storyline and era, and didn't get that: it's set about a generation after the events of the game, as the main character is the adult son of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan, a key figure in the game era.

The book is a good example of the downside of transmedia storytelling: it's branded as an Old Republic story, but doesn't connect either to the game or the other Old Republic novels. The
Justin Tyme
An entertaining story on the level of a season finale, not made for the big-screen. I would give it a 3.5 star rating, but, alas, there are no half-stars in the known universe.

Pros - Good action scenes and military strategy. Nice to see a novel in the Star Wars universe not based on a force wielding protagonist. It was clean (no language, sex, etc.). It was character driven with a flawed protagonist who comes to grips at the end. Good story arc.

Cons - A little sappy, and predictable. (Just a tou
Dylan Mckeon
Very good book with a small group of characters but reminded me much of the MMO
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Like many Star Wars books, Annihilation was a mixed bag of good and bad, but for the most part, the good won (it is Star Wars after all) and Annihilation made a fine, solid chapter in the EU. It falls during the Old Republic era which means lots of Sith Lords and just as many Jedi. It occurs almost directly after the events of Star Wars: Fatal Alliance and nearly 2,600 years before Karpyshyn’s accoladed Darth Bane Trilogy.

The part of the story I struggled with was Theron Shan’s upbringing. I und
Milo (Bane of Kings)
So this is another NetGalley title, and I’m really starting to get used to this now. As long as I don’t resist the urge to request loads of titles, I think I’ll be okay. Anyway, NetGalley statement over, let’s cut to the chase. Drew Karpyshyn’s debut to the Old Republic Universe is not just the best novel that I’ve read in that setting, but one of the best Star Wars novels that I’ve read, anywhere.

Okay, maybe I haven’t read anything by Timothy Zahn yet, but my point still stands. Annihilation is
You don't have to be a Jedi to fall to the Dark Side (or follow the Sith). Hate poisons the soul no matter who you are.
Even a non-Force sensitive can use Force techniques to calm themselves and in their own lives in general.

From page 195: Jedi aren't soldiers and don't approach conflict with such a mentality. And yet there is always the danger that they will succumb to the temptation of revenge and hatred

Theron Shan, Satele's son, is snarky, intelligent and a great asset to the Jedi and the Repu
Very enjoyable read, and works better as a stand-alone than most of the SW:TOR books. Well paced story, likeable original characters. And I was so very happy about there being plenty of women on all levels and both sides of the conflict in a perfectly casual way, no Smurfette Principle :) Very minor quibble -- I read the comic preceeding this book and found it very refreshing to have the protagonist being non-angsty and entirely mentally balanced about being adopted. A rare thing to see! I get t ...more
Shannon Clements
This was a great and fast read. I loved the backstory on Theron Shan and wouldn't mind reading more about him. The book never touched much on what Theron did after being turned away from the Jedi Order as a kid, but it filled in plenty about his relationship with Satele Shan and his father. The plot moved along at a good pace and the author captured the personality of Theron perfectly from that shown in the Lost Suns comics. If you like the Old Republic era, it's a good read, but what this book ...more
It's a mess. Mostly an entertaining mess, but a mess nonetheless. If you can set your suspension of disbelief to maximum and ignore the problematic bits with Satele Shan, it's a good popcorn read. If implications that women, or at least mothers, are irrationally emotional about their children bother you (it could be read as just Satele being that way, I suppose, but it's kind of presented like that's just how it is), you're probably going plant the book in your wall if you try to read it.

Going i
Katrin von Martin
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Juli Rahel
Drew Karpyshyn is one of my favourite Star Wars authors. His Darth Bane books were fascinating and whenever I see a book by him I am confident in his ability to make the books feel like Star Wars.

From the beginning of this book, I absolutely enjoyed it. Theron Shan is a very interesting character, from his unusual origins to his general attitude. In some ways Annihilation is like a Russian doll. There is a very simple plot, which surrounds a whole range of smaller stories without which the main
This book was just fun.

We are still pre-a New Hope. The Great Galactic War has ended, ushering in a Jedi/Sith Cold War wherein everyone is still fighting. This book takes place from the standpoint of the Republic version of the CIA. I liked seeing the Republic government's involvement. Our main character is NOT Jedi and not force sensitive. So we see capable people getting it done without moving things with their minds.

Apparently, the Sith have constructed a large Destroyer like ship that hook
Star wars the old republic Annihilation is a very good book for star wars enthusiast like me. This book is about a smuggler and in this book this smuggler named Theron Shan. Theron has a mom and his mom is a Jedi Master who is named Satele. Satele didn't want anyone to know that she had a son so she had her Master named Master Ngani Zho who raised Theron from when he was just a boy. This is just some things that are in this book and allot more so get this book you will not regret it.
Chad Bearden
The best word to summarize Annihilation is 'half-baked'. It's not terrible, and contains a handful of well-written actions scenes and likeable characters. It merrily rolls along until it's finished, but its plot is so paint-by-numbers and perfunctory that the impression you're left with is an overwhelming "Hm. Okay, that's done."

Drew Karpyshyn has written better Star Wars books, most notably his Darth Bane trilogy. Having now read a few of his non-Bane novels, I can see that his early successes
I loved the Darth Bane series and I think Drew Karpyshyn outdid himself with this book. The story is engaging and Theron is easily one of my favorite characters in the EU. I love how he's so fiercely loyal to the Republic, and also to his friends and family. It could only have been difficult to grow up knowing your mother is the Grand Master of the Jedi Order... knowing that she chose the Republic and the galaxy over you. It's no wonder Theron has issues. And when he finds out who his father is. ...more
Drew Karpyshyn knows how to write a Star Wars novel. His Darth Bane trilogy clearly proved that. Star Wars: Revan however lacked the same tension and build up his previous books had. Luckily, with Annihilation, Karpyshyn got his groove back.

Annihilation is densily written. We get the perfect amount of background tot he characters, just enough info about surroundings to picture the setting. Extra words that could possibly extend the story too much are cut out. This makes the book a very fast rea
I grew up with Star Wars and am willing to grab and read anything about it. I was so glad when I got this book to add to my collection and happy to see that it ties in with the game, it's just another thing my nephew and I can discuss together. Old and new fans should get this because the bottom line is, it is well written.
Jeremiah Johnson
Drew Karpyshyn is a fantastic author. He packs more action into the first three chapters of this book than existed in entire 600 pages of Fatal Alliance. All while still building great characters.
This really felt like it belonged in the Star Wars universe. Empire vs Republic. Jedi vs Sith. One man against an army.
The only downside for me was the "dark side energy" powered ship. Not sure how they could figure that amazing technology out, but nobody else could replicate it in the ensuing 5000 yea
Lance Shadow
After I finally finished the painful snore fest that was Fatal Alliance, I was really looking forward to reading this one because it is written by Drew Karpyshyn, who got me captivated when I read Revan for the first time. I was far from disappointed. Of the Old Republic novels, this one is definitely the best.

THE BAD: Not really anything, honestly. The villain was a little weak, but she was still quite a badass so this is more of a nitpick.

THE GOOD: Theron and Gnost-Dural are great characters.
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Background: The Old Republic: Annihilation was released in November 2012. It was written by Drew Karpyshyn as the final tie-in novel in "Old Republic" series. It is Karpyshyn's second Old Republic novel after Revan (my review).

The Old Republic: Annihilation is set 3,640 years before the Battle of Yavin, after the conclusion of the main storyline of The Old Republic game, but before the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion. The main character is Theron Shan, and at sever
Edward Cheer
Being totally honest, this is probably the best book of the whole "The Old Republic" series (And I'm trying very hard to say "series" with a straight face). But most of the characters are pretty interesting. I enjoyed Theron Shan and his inner conflicts between his parentage, not like how the parent-problem was handled in "Knight Errant" so lazily. I also liked Satele Shan a bit more than she was portrayed in the previous novels, because she just seemed to have more... personality about her. And ...more
Jürgen Willmann
Der Roman Vernichtung ist der vierte Roman zum Online-Rollenspiel „The Old Republic“ von Bioware. Er spielt im Jahr 3641 vor der Schlacht von Yavin und handelt nach dem Spiel und vor dem Update „Aufstieg des Huttenkartells“. Er bindet gekonnt die Ereignisse aus dem Comic „Verlorene Sonnen“ ein und zeigt erstmals in einem Roman die Figur Jace Malcom. Jace Malcom, bekannt aus dem TOR „Rückkehr“ und „Hoffnung“-Trailer, der auf Alderaan eine Granate vor Darth Malgus gezündet hat, ist nun Oberbefehls ...more
Ian Reay
I have read previous Drew Karpyshyn novels, I was a tad bit hesitant about pre-ordering this book--after all, I'm still relatively new to the Star Wars universe, so it would have been a simple matter to make a note of this one for later and pursue a different novel while I waited for mass-market paperbacks to hit the shelves.

Boy, am I glad I didn't. This book is outstanding.

I found the characters to be believable, relatable, and enjoyable to read about. They have real problems, regrets, expectat
Albert Nguyen
Theron Shan: son of Jedi Grandmaster Satele Shan, descendent of the famous Jedi-turned-Sith-turned-back-to-Jedi Revan and Bastila Shan, and (wait for it) NOT Force sensitive. That’s right, despite his rich lineage in the Jedi Order the hero of Annihilation lacks any ability to use the Force. On top of it all, his mother has effectively disavowed him as the secret of his parentage would be the biggest scandal this side of the Hydian way. Not surprisingly, Theron, accustomed to secrecy, chooses a ...more
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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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