“…there are degrees of war, just as there are degrees of peace.” – Star Wars: Old Republic Fatal Alliance

Posted: August 29, 2010 in Books
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one…a Jedi padawan, a Sith apprentice and a Mandalorian walk into a bar… (queue laughter). 

So, way back before Vader and Luke hugged it out on an exploding Death Star, the Galactic Republic was strong and secure with the Jedi as the Peace Keepers.  The Sith were in hiding, but growing strong.  They began attacking the outlying worlds and firming their Imperial rule.  When the Republic capital of Coruscant was finally sacked, the Republic Senate was forced to agree to an unstable truce with the Empire.  

It was during this uneasy truce time when a mysterious ship appeared from an unknown planet, carrying clues of its origin.  During the investigation, it is discovered that the galaxy is in danger of being overrun by hexagon shaped droids, too strong from either the Republic or the Empire to control alone. So the Imperial and Republic fleet are forced to work together…taking directions from a Mandalorian.  Wha? Yeah, it’s kind of a crazy story.

This book is a very specific story in the Star Wars Old Republic era, but is said to be based on the video game that will be coming out sometime next year from Bioware and Lucas Arts.  Sean Williams, author of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (another Star Wars book based on a video game), has once again created a very interesting story; with engaging characters that I want to know more about.  The difference between these two books is that in The Force Unleashed the game was completely clear when reading through the story.  During my read through Fatal Alliance, I have no idea what to expect from the game.  This is either a good thing, or a bad thing…I’m not really sure.

Overall I enjoyed the story, but I felt removed from the Star Wars universe. Typically the stories add pieces and information to the great puzzle that is George Lucas’s world.  However this story was different, and I was left feeling slightly unfulfilled.


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