Review of “Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived” by Paul S. Kemp

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The complete tyranny of the evil Sith Empire has struck the Republic with crushing force. In an unprecedented attack of ultimate terror, the Jedi Temple on Coruscant has been razed to the ground; an assault spearheaded by the cruel Darth Malgus. The beloved Jedi Master Ven Zallow was slain by Malgus himself while trying to defend the temple. And now, his apprentice, Aryn Leneer, sets out on a mission of vengeance to hunt down Zallow’s killer, willing to embrace a dark emotion that is anathema to the Jedi Order. Meanwhile, smuggler and ex-soldier Zeerid Korr runs into trouble with threats to his life and remaining family by shadowy underworld forces Both he and Aryn Leneer, sharing a past together, cross roads once again in an effort to bring freedom both to their own lives, and the galaxy………

Another great novel in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I didn’t think a novel based off an MMORPG title could be this good, usually novels based off of videogames are crap, but maybe that’s changing these days. I found “Deceived” to be even better than “Revan” that preceded it. And to be clear, the Old Republic novels aren’t really a series like I originally thought they were, but are different stories set within the timeline of the reign of the Sith Empire when it has conquered the Old Republic.
Paul Kemp really shines as a writer. He can write fight/battle scenes like nobody’s business and draw you right in to the action. It’s all beautifully choreographed. He also makes the characters ones that your not soon very likely to forget. Zeerid Korr, and Aryn Leneer were great and engaging characters, I thought, both with their own personal demons and conflicts to overcome. And Darth Malgus makes a great villain, but, without spoiling anything, I must inform you that he isn’t completely a black-hearted villain, and there are reasons why he commits the atrocities and dark deeds he does, even if they’re absolutely wrong. I enjoy this multidimensional approach to characters in stories and it makes me love them all the more. Certainly one of the greater Star Wars novels I have ever read.
I give “Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived” by Paul S. Kemp a 5 out of 5.

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