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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.

Hardcover, First Edition, 285 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Del Rey
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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.

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
Mar 07, 2014 Stuart rated it liked it
"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 et
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, look I apologize to the friend here who wanted me to read these. AND I apologize to all the fans of the Star Wars book franchise. I get it that you like these and I guess T can see why. I have a soft spot for what are usually called "men's action books". Total brain candy.

I'm about to say why I don't care much for these but I wanted to say first that I get why many love them and I'm not questioning your taste. I'm saying everyone's taste is different and these just don't appeal to me.

In th
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Narrator: Marc Thompson | Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins | Audiobook Publisher: Random House Audio (March 22, 2011) | Whispersync Ready: Yes

This book was much less heavy handed than Fatal Alliance with making obvious nods toward things in the game, but this story does focus heavily on characters from the game such as Darth Malgus, Eleena, and the female Mandalorian, Shae Vizla. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle a little when they introduced Lord Baras, a Dar
Alexander Draganov
May 24, 2012 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
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

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
May 24, 2012 Traci rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
May 11, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, sci-fi
Thoroughly enjoying this Old Republic series.

This book dealt mainly with the Sacking of Coruscant. This attack on the Jedi Temple by the Sith takes place at the end of the Great Galactic War, after the Sith kindly inform the Jedi they're not extinct but still alive by...well...trying to kill them.

There was a trailer of sorts made for this book and the KOTOR game it ties into. It's worth checking out. It gives you visuals for the first few chapters.

Basically Darth Malgus rolls up on the temple
Jun 11, 2014 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
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
Paul-Kaan Chulliat
Oct 14, 2015 Paul-Kaan Chulliat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-bookshelf
Now, the second book, which was my favorite,” Star Wars The Old Republic” number 2 “Deceived”. So first thing, why this book? Because I love Star Wars, and I was like, I want to read that book and I started, and could not stop. It does not talk about Star Wars much because it is part of the “The Old Republic” series, but we still have the Star Wars idea. So first thing people should know, if you don’t like Star Wars, don’t read it, it goes into very deep stuff that you cannot understand if you d ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, reviewed
Read this review and more on my blog.

Deceived is the second book in 'The Old Republic' series.

Deceived is based around Darth Malgus, a Sith Lord, a Jedi called Aryn Leneer, a smuggler called Zeerid Korr and mercenary called Vrath Xizor.

Deceived starts off really strong with an surprise assault on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, leaving only the Jedi neogiating on Alderaan alive. Once all the initial excitement of the Jedi vs Sith battle, things start to go down hill. Their was plenty of action, bu
May 24, 2012 Iset rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
May 24, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-wars

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

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
May 24, 2012 Droniac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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
Feb 13, 2013 Jon rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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,
David Fortier
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Daniel Alvarado
May 24, 2012 Daniel Alvarado rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
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
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
Nov 28, 2012 Syacelion rated it really liked it
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
Kelli Clark
Dec 29, 2012 Kelli Clark rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
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. :)
Jan 17, 2016 Jay rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
This book starts slow and very cliched. The good news is that it ends well with the characters in challenging and emotional places. I realize this book's entire purpose is to set up the future MMORPG, but Kemp wastes too much time rehashing game details to the extent of including a blow-by-blow recap of one of the video trailers. A lesser author would have left things there, but Kemp DOES rise above this to give readers a compelling story about three characters who enter the Star Wars universe a ...more
Trevor Kangas
Oct 05, 2015 Trevor Kangas rated it really liked it
This is a science fiction book based on the popular series Star Wars. This book was written by science fiction writer Paul S. Kemp. This books timeline takes place right before The Phantom's Menace in a time called the old republic. Paul S. Kemp Has written most of the old republic series including this book. Most of the books cover what lead up to the first episode of Star Wars that go unanswered in the movies.
This book is about a sith named Darth Malgus, and a Jedi named Ayrn and their confr
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it it was amazing
The last "Star Wars" book I read was "Annihilation," which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was quite excited to read another Old Republic era novel (yes, I've accidentally tackled this series out of order). Kemp's other Star Wars books ("Crosscurrent" and "Riptide") didn't particularly wow me. I didn't hate them, but didn't love them, either. Regardless, I was willing to give him another chance to impress in the Galaxy Far Far Away. Force, was "Deceived" amazing! I haven't eagerly torn through a "St ...more
May 11, 2015 Briny rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to lie, the basis of the story was very cliche. But I still think that the fact that it was well written, and had enough little changes, that it worked for me. Zeerid was one of the many Han Solos running around the STAR WARS universe, (You know how they call the hero archetype the hero with a thousand faces? STAR WARS has the scoundrel with a thousand faces.) which usually bores me, but I loved how he was really trying to help his daughter, and clearly admitted to having a normal ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Walt rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Dec 31, 2012 Kent rated it liked it
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.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) (4 books)
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