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

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  6,415 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
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.

Paperback, 317 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Titan Books (first published March 22nd 2011)
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AJ Maese Revan isn't in this story, although he is still technically alive during the time period in which the events occur. Knowing what happened at the end…moreRevan isn't in this story, although he is still technically alive during the time period in which the events occur. Knowing what happened at the end of 'Revan,' the novel, does help in understanding why the Sith Emperor does what he does in 'Deceived.'(less)
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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
"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
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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
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
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
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audible
Absolutely fantastic performance by Marc Thompson and therefore fantastic audiobook!
Can someone please crown Marc as king of SW audiobooks? Thank you!
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Scott Firestone
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place against the backdrop of Big Things. A Sith plot wrests control of Coruscant from the Republic--and the Jedi Temple falls. A Jedi is killed in the battle, by a Sith named Darth Malgus.

Sound like the plot of a typical Star Wars book. Except this book makes the bold choice of ignoring the Big Stuff and bringing this entire story down to the personal level. That dead Jedi's padawan wants revenge. This book is about her quest for that--along with her friend, a former soldier a
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
David Fortier
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Mar 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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.
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. :)
There's something about Paul S Kemp's Star Wars novels. Even if I find certain things objectionable, I get drawn into the plot, start to feel things for the characters, and end up really enjoying it.
Katrin von Martin
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
This is based around characters from the Knights of the Old Republic video games, which I have never played. The author throws us straight in to an attack by the Sith Empire without any background information to help readers unfamiliar with the games. It makes sense that the main Sith character Darth Malgus want to destroy the Jedi - after all, that's what Sith always want to do - but the separate peace negotiations by *other* Sith are never explained or put into context. Clearly there has been ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Star Wars: The Old Republic (Chronological Order) (5 books)
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“Losing something she loved had ripped her open in a way she had not expected. The pain hurt, but the pain was right. The Order had wrought a galaxy in which good capitulated to evil, where human feelings—Aryn’s feelings—were crushed under the weight of Jedi nonattachment.” 1 likes
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