Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S Kemp

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Books
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I picked this book with absolutely no regard for my 2015 Reading Challenge; sometimes I just need a Star Wars adventure. But as it turns out, I actually did achieve one of the challenges: A book by an author you’ve never read before.

The expanded Star Wars universe is chronicled by either BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) and ABY (After the Battle of Yavin). The Battle of Yavin was depicted in the movie Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope; Yavin being the planet where the Rebel’s hidden base. This is deemed Year Zero. The Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived takes place in the year 3653 BBY.

In the world of the Old Republic, the Empire trains Sith warriors in an academy on the planet Korriban much like the Jedi Academy located on Corusant. While many of the Jedi Masters are off world, attending peace negotiations with a Sith delegation, the Empire attacks Corusant. Lead by the Sith lord Darth Malgus, the Jedi Temple is destroyed, killing all of the remaining Masters, Knights and Padawans.

When Jedi Knight Aryn Leneer feels the death of Jedi Master Even Zallow, she know the peace negotiations had been a farce and leaves the delegation. Driven by hatred and a thirst for revenge, she risks everything her Master had taught her when she returns to Corusant in search of the Sith that killed him.

Aryn is hot headed and impulsive, and as such she is battling herself as much as the Sith that murdered Master Zallow. She walks a fine line between the Light side and the Dark side of the force, and must make an ultimate decision what she will do. Her character is strong willed and flawed, which makes her relatable.

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