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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  15,371 ratings  ·  1,096 reviews
There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republicâ,
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 th
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by LucasBooks (first published October 1st 2011)
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Ville Kokko This question is old, but for future readers: I haven't read this, but the problem I see is that this is probably one of the million places that will …moreThis question is old, but for future readers: I haven't read this, but the problem I see is that this is probably one of the million places that will spoil the best surprise in the game Knights of the Old Republic (not the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old republic). Of course, you don't have to play the game at all, but it really is awesome, and even better without the spoilers. (less)
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As you might have guessed from the rating I gave this book, I really enjoyed it. The thing is that Revan does not actually do much, but his charisma comes off the page. For a warrior Jedi he does not really do very much fighting but inspires other to greatness. He shows such loyalty in his partners that they are willing to risk everything including their lives. Some of the best passages in the book are the interaction between Raven and Lord Scourge, the mental chess game they play during Revan's ...more
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
A longer time ago

but in the same galaxy far, far away …

Revan, Drew Karpyshyn’s 2011 addition to the Star Wars Legends series, takes place some three thousand years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and so provides a considerable backstory to the adventures most of us are used to from the canonical film series. Still accepted by Lucasfilms for continuity, Revan is a part of the larger Star Wars universe.

The character Revan, complex and intricately drawn with similarities with Annakin Skywalker / D
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars

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
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard Core Star Wars Fans
So, I want to read all the Star Wars books. I have also tried some of the graphic novels. Legends, Canon, YA, movie tie-in, etc. - I want to read them all! If you have ever looked up a list of all the books released so far for Star Wars you realize this is easier said than done for a few reasons:

• There are a lot – and, they span from tens of thousands of years before the movies to about 40 years after the first Star Wars movie. Getting a chronological breakdown is a good place to start.
• They o
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction

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
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, star-wars, library
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Knights of the Old Republic (herein after referred to as KOTOR) was one of my all-time favorite video games back in the day, the Old Republic era of Star Wars a great landscape for the epic struggle of Revan, Bastilla, and their companions against the forces of the Sith. I can’t count the hours I sat in front of my television grinding away at the missions, unraveling the quests to finish KOTOR. It was great fun, wonderful memories. But that is exactly why I nev
Callum Shephard
Sep 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
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
Jes Reads
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book, because my husband has been telling me about how awesome it is for what feels like a millennia at this point. Also I've been playing The Old Republic online and naturally I decided to play a Sith and follow the Revan storyline. I felt like this book would give me a bit more information on his story because it is very interesting.

When it comes to enjoyment I would easily give this book five stars. It kept my attention throughout my entire read. Also the characters, both ma
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my way through the ‘Legends’ timeline with this being the third event in chronological order.
As the events take place in ‘3954 BBY’.
This is also the first of four The Old Republic books that focuses on characters from the popular video game ‘Knights of the Old Republic’.

Having not played the game I wasn’t previously familiar with them, so I was really grateful that the prologue gave a quick summary as to where the main character Revan is with he’s life.
Revan is living on Coruscant an
Catherine Stormblessed
Star Wars novels are just fun and spontaneous reads for me. They’re pretty light and alright to get into. I enjoy the ideas and expanded lore the novels provide to the Star Wars universe (even if they aren’t all explicitly canon). More and more have I been able to find the “better” Star Wars novels. Revan is definitely one of those better novels. I had already known about Revan and a little of Darth Nihilus (we love eating planets) and I’m so glad I finally read this book. There were parts that ...more
Iroh The Wise
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 stars.

I liked this one. Revan was a great character. The other characters were nicely done too. The world building was wonderful and it created a nice fit for both the characters and the plot. I loved that, especially when it comes to genes like sci-fi and even fantasy.

I also enjoyed the plot. It had a few threads going on at once and they were nicely woven together. There were even some well placed zingers. Relationships were also strong and detailed. They completely worked here.
Siona St Mark
I was going to write a long review about this book with spoilers, but I don't think I could do this book justice. The beginning was a little shaking for me, but that may have been because I've never played the KotOR games, and probably won't for the foreseeable future.

I will say, towards the end this book got a little philosophical, and that was pretty cool. One of my favorite things about Star Wars is the Force, and the many philosphies surrounding it. Personally, I think Revan and the Grey Jed
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
"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
Ken Hammond (kenzaz)
Revan Drew Karpyshyn double whammy Star wars fix abated fun honest BS ...Revan is a kick-ass jedi completely broken and now far more interesting.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, reviewed
Revan is an awesome character but this book dumbed him down almost the entire time.

But, the book as a book was okay. Things moved a bit too fast. But the ending was terrible (view spoiler)!

Actual Star Wars wise, the book was bad.
WARNING: if you liked KOTOR 1/2 or the character Revan at all, don't read this book. He is weak and so is the (view spoiler).
Matthew Borgard
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
*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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was not going to read what wasn't canon to the Disney Star Wars Universe? Yeah right. The Old Republic should be canon, it's better than the prequel trilogy and holds an unexplored history of the jedi. I'm think Disney has their vision but this happened during creator George Lucas's watch, this means it is more canon compared to what Disney are doing right now.
Drew Karpyshyn is a great storyteller and basically created my favorite franchise, Mass Effect. He is the only reason I read
Kelli Clark
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
B.J. Keeton
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Andrew Obrigewitsch
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
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. ...more
Jill Harkness
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a massive fan of Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic and to finally get closure to the Revan saga is everything I wanted. This is a really sad/beautiful ending to the saga. Kinda wish Disney hadn't decided to just destroy this from the timeline. ...more
Lance Shadow
When I first read Revan, I thought it was fantastic, one of the best books I ever read. However, I read it again definitely has some problems. I seriously got the vibe that this would be the result if Michael Bay did a Star Wars Film.

THE STORY: this book takes place in two distinct parts, so I will summarize each one.
Part 1: Two years have passed since Revan's triumphant victory over Darth Malak in the first Knights of the Old Republic video game and he is now a hero of the republic, h
Bradley Frederick
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book started out a little shaky, and it took me a while to actually appreciate the characters. For a science fiction novel I was surprised by the amount of philosophical debates brought up along the way, but the never ending battle between Jedi and Sith was to be expected. I am surprised there are not Star Wars movies based around this time period in the galaxy as it seems much more interesting both in terms of politics and military battles. All of the Star Wars movies seem to focus on figh ...more
David Farber
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
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
Ernesto Henriquez
Fantastic book! I am definitely a fan of Revan and everything he stands for. He was a very powerful being, however, his motivation was based off of his wife and son. I can relate to that and I feel it is what attaches me to the character. I am hoping to see if a novel is created based on what he did before he and Malak tried to take over the Republic, or perhaps when he went to war with the Mandalorians. Aside from that, this book was amazing!
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