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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 Del Rey (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kelli Clark
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Chris Yorgason
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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.
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
Lance Shadow
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
For those that have been wondering why the only reviews I have been doing lately are for updates on books that I have already read, it's because I don't have the best access to new materials right now. Being a college student with no steady income outside of summer jobs leaves me with limited time and money, so I have been sticking with Star Wars because my interest in reading primarily stems from exploring Star Wars Lore.
Anyways, I decided to come back to Drew Karpyshyn's The Old Republic: Ann
R.C. Rejino
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm still new to the Star Wars Expanded Universe – whether it be the Legends material that teeters on being non-canon until Disney says it's actually canon again, or the new canon that is pretty much only covering the timeline from episode one through the new trilogy. I initially tried to enter the expanded works with the Jedi Academy series, but I just wasn't feeling it, despite liking the writing style itself. After that, I tri
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
Jason Hamilton
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dylan Mckeon
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good book with a small group of characters but reminded me much of the MMO
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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 sev
This was the closest in feel to a Wraith Squadron book I've encountered in the Star Wars Old Republic era. It doesn't have the humour, or the ensemble cast of Aaron Allston's X-Wing books, but it does revisit the theme of a small band of heroes coming together to take out a powerful enemy warship through guile and infiltration, as opposed to an all-out frontal assault.

The worst aspect: like all the BioWare Old Republic novels it suffers from dreary antagonists. Darth Karrid does nothing to make
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 (BOK)
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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jaime Krause
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: starwars
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
Justin Tyme
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, reviewed
Read this review and more on my blog.

Annihilation is the fourth book in The Old Republic series.

Annihilation is set 3640 BBY.

Annihilation follows Theron Shan, the son of Jedi Grand Master Stele Shan, with Jedi Master Gnost-Dural and smuggler Teff'ith on their mission to destroy the Imperial Battle Cruiser Ascendant Spear; the Sith Empire's most powerful weapon.

Like all of The Old Republic books, we get the perspective from both the Sith and the Jedi. Annihilation showed how lost the Empire is wi
Shannon Clements
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation was a really good book. Containing classic Star Wars elements and quite a lot of originality, this book was easy to read, though still engaging. I really liked the alternating POVs during the space battles. They described the situations perfectly and made the narration more lively.
Syahira Sharif
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Annihilation was set right after the SWTOR class events in the game and before/during the events on Ilum as Darth Malgus began his move against the Dark Council. The novel began with Satele Shan struggling with the birth of her secret child and the separation that was forced due to her allegiance to the Jedi Order. Theron was raised by Jedi Master Ngani Zho to be his padawan until it was obvious that Theron wasn't a force sensitive. Theron left only to serve the Republic as a SIS Agent and throu ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to admit straight up that this was better than I expected it to be. As a Revan fan, The Old Republic MMO has never found favour with me, and I find many of its stories disconnected (I don’t know the characters or what’s happening), or just plain dull (really? Another Empire? That just happens to basically be a clone of the one that we see 4000 years later? That’s the big secret Revan discovered? Way to create a boring recycled plot you guys!). And granted, my knowledge about the context i
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I have always wanted to read an Star Wars story but never had gotten around doing so. For a lot of people the Star Wars genre is something they grew up with and for me has left a definite impact. However screaming with a bit of young boyish delight, I still had some reservations, because with such a potential behind the series, a book really has to live up to something. But just a few pages into Annihilation, I knew I was in good hand
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is Drew Karpyshyn at his best. This story takes place after the Immortal Sith Emperor is feared dead the Dark Counsel and Sith Lords are on the back foot in the war with the Republic. They have one major ace up their sleeves. The Ascendant Spear. The biggest, fastest, deadliest star ship ever created. It is an amalgam of engineering, Sith alchemistry (magic), and Human/Falleen interaction. Thanks to cybernetic enhancement a Sith Lord can take control of the ship and uses it as an exte ...more
Marcin Kowalski
And so we have a big finale to the series of books accompanying the game The Old Republic, and what a finale it was. I must really congratulate Drew Karpyshyn on how well he handled a none-force-user and managed to make him equally capable and awesome. The story itself is rather classic, but it is Drews writing and those vivid characters that end up making this one of the truly good Star Wars books.
I cannot wait to see the end of this story in the final expansions of the game, but make no mista
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of SWTOR, especially those who love Theron Shan.
As a fan of Theron Shan, I loved Annihilation. There were a few emotional beats, but largely this book was just fun. The antagonist was delightful, the look inside SIS was equal parts amusing and frustrating, and Theron himself was endearingly Theron.

This novel is a must-read for anyone who loves this perpetually bruised, sometimes pantsless Republic spy. For those who just love SWTOR, this is a fun entry to the canon and expands in interesting ways on some game events, but you won't be the wor
Andrew Haile
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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It kinda felt like A New Hope in the Old Republic Era. The good guys trying to destroy another superweapon.... however it was unique, unlike Starkiller base in The force awakens. It also had a great blend of new very interesting characters as well as characters from the previous Old Republic novels. Drew Karpyshyn utilizing other Star Wars species was great! A few examples, a Kel Dor Jedi, (Basically Plo Koon) a "Sith" Sith, a Twilek Female bad@$$, and a Female Fallen Sith/ Ex Jed
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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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