To anyone who is a fan of the Old Republic in the Star Wars Universe, Revan is a larger than life character. One of the few people who have been well versed in both the Light and Dark Sides of the Force, Revan has done both great and terrible things in the years (and games) that precede this book. You’d think he’d have a chance to retire and relax, kick his feet up and train a few padawans … or at least enjoy life with his wife and child. But that’s not the destiny of this greatest of heroes and worst of villains in this fast-paced adventure that connects the Knights of the Old Republic game with the online Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR).
Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
Narrated by Marc Thompson
(Star Wars the Old Republic #1)
Published by Random House Audio on November 15th 2011
Page Length: 289 pages
Audio Length: 10 hours and 55 minutes
How I got my copy: Purchased
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There’s something out there:
a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic—
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 the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares—and deep, abiding fear.
What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. With no idea what it is, or how to stop it, Revan may very well fail, for he’s never faced a more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.
- In the Star Wars universe, both Jedi and Sith tend to feel a bit two-dimensional. Entirely good or entirely evil – the dichotomy can make connecting with any of the characters difficult. Revan is one of the few characters allowed to go beyond the strictures and have a more complex life and outlook. But the presumed antagonist, Lord Scourge, turned out to be a multi-dimensional character who surprised himself on several occasions. This book changed my opinion of the character … and I will probably be more sympathetic with the character in SWTOR as I play through the storylines that involve him.
- It’s a rollicking adventure in true Star Wars fashion. I listened to the Audible recording while commuting, and the time flew by. In fact, I snuck in listening sessions whenever I could.
- Male narrators often have trouble with women’s voices, and that was one thing that really annoyed me while listening to the audiobook. Meetra and Bastila just sounded weak and uncertain whenever their voices surfaced in the dialog.
- I also didn’t particularly care for the way the author portrayed Bastila Shan. One of the toughest Jedi of her era, gifted with the rare ability of battle meditation, she spends the book waiting for her husband’s return and running from rogue Jedi. The message seemed to be that mothers, especially soldiers, have to give up their careers for the sake of their children, which I thought demeaning and unrealistic.
Revan was definitely entertaining and a good addition to the early history of the Star Wars Universe. If you play the games set in this time period, it definitely is worth reading to get more detail on the stories of Revan and Lord Scourge.
Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
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