Revan

Book Revan I don t know about this one I really don t know This is far and away the Star Wars novel that I have most anticipated over the years and yet I wouldn t say I hated it but I thi

Book Revan I don’t know about this one. I really don’t know. This is far and away the Star Wars novel that I have most anticipated over the years, and yet... I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I think the word here is underwhelmed.I’m a long time Star Wars fan, but when iconic computer game Knights of the Old Republic came out, I was enamoured. You play as the main character, Revan, in a game that was not only fun, masterful and intuitive but which was driven by an absolutely epic plot as compelling and sweeping as any of the three original films. I could gush about the witty dialogue, the stunning visuals and the wonderful characterisations, but that’s not for here. In summary, the sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, failed to provide us with a satisfactory next chapter in Revan’s tale – Revan doesn’t feature at all, and we are merely told that Revan disappeared into the Unknown Regions some time back in search of something unknown to all – and plans for a third game which would wrap up Revan’s story were aborted in favour of an MMORPG set a century or two down the line. Instead, fans of Revan and KOTOR awaited the release of this novel to finally reveal to us what happened to our erstwhile protagonist. The choice of Drew Karpyshyn as the author seemed only natural – the author of several other Star Wars novels, Karpyshyn had also worked with BioWare on the computer game that brought Revan to life.It’s hard to be damning of this book because it’s not downright awful as such. The writing is competent, although I’ve seen Karpyshyn write better, there are some interesting episodes and I felt that the dialogue had Karpyshyn’s touch of wit. I didn’t mark the book down at all for having a male Revan – which is canon, although I played as a female – although I did think his marriage with Bastila was rather kitsch. The third main character, Lord Scourge was kind of interesting, but my problem was that I didn’t buy this book for him, I bought this book for Revan, and I’m betting so did a significant proportion of other readers. The book felt short too, and sparse, like there wasn’t enough time to really get into any of the main characters that deeply – Revan, the Exile or Scourge.At times I felt like Revan was walking around in a shallow daze and couldn’t help but wonder where was the compelling, forceful, gripping personality that I’ve come to associate so strongly with Revan? Revan’s side trips definitely had some interesting points, but I felt a lingering sense of computer game – go here, get the macguffin and retrieve the information in order to go somewhere else – KOTOR itself actually subverted that when I played the game, and almost felt like a novel I could read. I felt that the character of Revan had all the colour washed out here – grey and pasty – and he felt strangely underpowered. I couldn’t quite buy into (view spoiler)[Revan being captured and held captive for so long so easily (hide spoiler)], by characters I’d hardly had time to get to know, when the Revan I know had been through far worse and won out. I kind of figured when Revan disappeared in the game canon that it was something to do with (view spoiler)[the Sith – the race, not the order (hide spoiler)] – so I was rather looking forwards to finding out more about them through Revan’s eyes in this novel. Disappointingly we don’t learn too much about them at all, and from what little we do learn, (view spoiler)[the Sith society is structured along imperial lines that were far too similar to the Empire of the films for my liking – the imperial bodyguards, the confrontation in the throne room with a crazy emperor who hurls down lightning bolts (hide spoiler)] – this just didn’t bring anything new to the table and felt like Return of the Jedi recycled and regurgitated. I’d imagined (view spoiler)[the society of the Sith race (hide spoiler)] to be something truly weird and bizarre.The less said about the ending, the better. Not enough information is given about (view spoiler)[how this emperor accumulated such absurd levels of power, (hide spoiler)] so instead of being plausible it felt a like a cheat to me – god mode, anyone? And like many, I just couldn’t buy into (view spoiler)[the Exile and Revan going down as easily as they did (hide spoiler)] – not after what has been established about their powers in the computer games. Perhaps worst of all was Revan’s ending – (view spoiler)[not only does he go down so easily, but he’s captured again and kept in a perpetual weakened state for goodness knows how long, with no hope of rescue it’s heavily implied, a plaything of this emperor forevermore. (hide spoiler)] That just doesn’t seem like a fitting end for Revan. Seems to me (view spoiler)[like it would’ve been a whole lot harder to take Revan down, if anyone could take Revan down, seems like Revan would go out in a blaze of glory (hide spoiler)]. Another contrivance, I felt, was the construct that (view spoiler)[Revan and Malak only turned to the dark side because they were previously captured by this emperor and he somehow brain-washed them, mind-controlled them and then sent them back out into the galaxy. What?! Some tired, haggard brain-washing/mind-control explanation? (hide spoiler)] Not only cliché beyond belief, but somehow it destroys Revan’s mystery and darkness. One element of Revan’s story that really drew me in was that we never knew what Revan and Malak found in the depths of the Unknown Regions, what deep, dark terrors they found, and I had always imagined it had to have been something of such unspeakable horror that at once corrupted Revan whilst at the same time convincing him that the only way to defeat it was to fight fire with fire so to speak, and it was edge of the seat stuff to speculate about whether Revan would regain his memories of that time and if, having that knowledge once more, he would make the same decision again or be able to fight it off and stay true to the light side. This explanation just makes Revan a puppet, a victim – and lessens the significance of his actions whilst on the dark side, the burden of responsibility he held for that, and the darkness that forever marked him as a result.I haven’t even mentioned that fact that none of the other KOTOR characters get a look in apart from Canderous, T3 and Bastila – for utterly contrived reasons, the other characters couldn’t make it. What?! Why? It’s not like they’re actors and the budget ran out, this is a book, the author can write them in out of thin air! I wanted to see the crews from both KOTOR games making a return in all their badassery, but nope, we don’t even get that.Very disappointed. Revan just doesn’t seem like Revan, and the ending and explanations suck, frankly. Still, I’m going to give the book half marks because I enjoyed a few elements and the writing was competent, but it never shone and it felt like everyone was out of character and the plot was contrived and unacceptable.5 out of 10.. Revan is a Kindle 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 pricThere 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 powerful and diabolic enemy But only death can stop him from trying.. 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 Knights of the Old Republic.This Star Wars connection gave him the opportunity to write Darth Bane Path of Destruction, his first hardcover Karpyshyn still works for BioWare where he is the lead writer for the Mass Effect series.. Good Kindle Revan A longer time agobut in the same galaxy far, far away …Revan, Drew Karpyshyn’s 2011 addition to the Star Wars Legends series, takes place some three thousand years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and so provides a considerable backstory to the adventures most of us are used to from the canonical film series. Still accepted by Lucasfilms for continuity, Revan is a part of the larger Star Wars universe.The character Revan, complex and intricately drawn with similarities with Annakin Skywalker / Darth Vader, was first introduced to Star Wars fans in a video game format, Knights of the Old Republic. In that game, and alluded to here, he was a controversial figure, both an extremely powerful Jedi and also a follower of the dark side.In this setting, the Sith are actually an alien humanoid species with a competing galactic empire from that of the Republic. There are frequent references to the great Hyperspace War some years before the events in Karpyshyn’s novel where the Sith and the Republic battled to an almost genocide of the Sith. Karpyshyn describes Revan’s attempts to thwart another bid by the powerful Sith Emperor to make war on the Republic and the narration is segmented between scenes of Revan and Lord Scourge, a Sith warrior.As fun as this story is, the poignant element of this experience for me was the illumination of Lucas’ great vision. By opening up licenses for various writers to contribute time and imagination to his creation, he has facilitated a pluralistic fantasy, almost an interactive universal storyline whereby a history of tens of thousands of years, with continuity, can be achieved.Revan’s place in that universe, thousands of years before the familiar events and representing a historical, somewhat mythical place in that universe, also reminds me of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. In that Old Testament of the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien had created a vast panorama of vision that enabled his more familiar narration to attain a greater depth than would otherwise have been possible. Here to does Karpyshyn (and by extension Lucas) produce a greater depth for the Star Wars system. And in a wider, and perhaps more obscure way, Lucas becomes this generation’s Tolkien, science fiction and technology replacing magic, but expressing the same form of good versus evil morality.
Revan Wookieepedia Fandom Revan Revan Jul , Redeemed Jedi Knight, Revan, has saved the galaxy from the threat of his apprentice, Darth Malak, and has brought peace to the galaxy and to his wife, Bastilla However, long forgotten memories from his once dark past convict him to search the galaxy for the evil threat that he and Malak ventured out to find once before. Revan Star Wars The Old Republic Wiki Fandom Revan, also known as the Revanchist and Darth Revan, was a male human Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord and Dark Lord of the Sith until, stripped of his true persona, he returned to the crumbling Jedi Order and helped defeat the Sith Empire he had established. Revan Wookieepedia Fandom Revan Character Comic Vine Revan was believed to have been born , years before the Battle of Yavin somewhere in the Outer Rim Territories He was taken to be a Jedi at an early age and was apprenticed to Darth Revan Villains Wiki Fandom Darth Bane

  1. 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 Knights of the Old Republic.This Star Wars connection gave him the opportunity to write Darth Bane Path of Destruction, his first hardcover Karpyshyn still works for BioWare where he is the lead writer for the Mass Effect series.

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  1. A longer time agobut in the same galaxy far, far awayRevan, Drew Karpyshyn s 2011 addition to the Star Wars Legends series, takes place some three thousand years before the Battle of Yavin BBY and so provides a considerable backstory to the adventures most of us are used to from the canonical film series Still accepted by Lucasfilms for continuity, Revan is a part of the larger Star Wars universe.The character Revan, complex and intricately drawn with similarities with Annakin Skywalker Darth Va [...]


  2. Bastards I m a big Star Wars fan I come from a family of big Star Wars fans I also love role playing games Knights of the Old Republic is a Star Wars role playing game And my favorite video game Period Combining the best of the rpg world with a story driven plot and the freedom to play as a female or male Jedi or Sith With a story that rivals most Star Wars movies If you like Star Wars you ve got to play this game Anyway, I became very attached to my Revan One of my favorite characters Period.Wh [...]


  3. I don t know about this one I really don t know This is far and away the Star Wars novel that I have most anticipated over the years, and yet I wouldn t say I hated it, but I think the word here is underwhelmed.I m a long time Star Wars fan, but when iconic computer game Knights of the Old Republic came out, I was enamoured You play as the main character, Revan, in a game that was not only fun, masterful and intuitive but which was driven by an absolutely epic plot as compelling and sweeping as [...]


  4. I just love it when people decide to take a steaming dump on things I ve spent years on Truly, I do sarcasmI m not going to waste your time stating how much I loathed this book, or how ironic I thought it was that Drew K decided to state in the acknowledgements that he appreciated the opportunity and is quite thankful to write Revan off.Nice.Just If you loved KotOR 1 and 2, I beg you to not read this Especially for you 2 fans out there You know that entire story that you built up, the plot line [...]


  5. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Knights of the Old Republic herein after referred to as KOTOR was one of my all time favorite video games back in the day, the Old Republic era of Star Wars a great landscape for the epic struggle of Revan, Bastilla, and their companions against the forces of the Sith I can t count the hours I sat in front of my television grinding away at the missions, unraveling the quests to finish KOTOR It was great fun, wonderful memories But that is exactly why I never re [...]


  6. Why Just why We didn t need this novel, we could have quite happily left the games alone, but then someone has to write this horrible mistake Couldn t they have at least given it to an author who doesn t apparently hate Knights of the Old Republic fans The overall plot of Revan is covering the mysterious years after Knights of the Old Republic, why he went missing and where the Exile is This didn t need to be expanded upon Part of what made his leaving so interesting was due to the brief hints a [...]


  7. I wanted to like this book, I really did A month ago when I was so eagerly anticipating the release of Star Wars The Old Republic Revan, I didn t expect I would be starting a review for it this way, and I really don t like having to be negative, but what can you do.Granted, it is possible that my high expectations may have clouded my judgment For one thing, I m a big fan of Drew Karpyshyn he wrote the Star Wars Darth Bane trilogy and also the Mass Effect novels that I found I really enjoyed But [...]


  8. I feel so helpless So useless Revan has had many titles and jobs savior of the Republic, Jedi, Sith, mercenary, etc But now Revan is content to be husband to Bastila Shan until strange dreams of his hidden past haunt him He teams up with Canderous Ordo to track down his past and hopefully destroy the evil before it destroys those he loves.I m going to just come out and say it I, a huge fan of Star Wars, have never played either of the Knights of the Old Republic games I know, I know, sacrilege B [...]


  9. Star Wars Revan A lengthy and ranty review Massive Spoilers inside, for the two games, book, and even Mass Effect 3 ye have been warned Well folks, we ve reached a new low Just when I thought that Star Wars couldn t get any lower after the holiday special, the Legacy of the Force book series, the various changes to established canon as of the new Clone Wars cartoon even though I still love it , and the various awfully written dark side endings to games The Force Unleashed I and II, KOTOR 1 AND 2 [...]


  10. White or black makes a shade of grey a colour Revan likes no doubt Recently I decided to have a nose through some of the newer Star Wars extended universe novels The only previous books I ve read are two of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of The Legacy of the Force series of novels Revan by Drew Karpyshyn seemed like a good entry point, having played both games The Knights of the Old Republic and The Old Republic at launch What really grabbed my attention to Revan s character is that he is one of [...]


  11. 4.5 stars I never read the Old Republic series My brothers have and they both raved about this book I understand why This is good writing, solid story telling, and the buildup leads to one of the most tense face offs I ve read Well done This book takes place waaaaay before Star Wars The Jedi are dealing with their own internal issues, the Sith have been defeated many years prior and are believed to be extinct Buuuuut of course they aren t, they re actually living undetected in space beyond the R [...]


  12. I am a huge Star Wars fan, and definitely a big fan of the video game Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic The main character in that game, Revan, was the protagonist in a story that left you hanging when it ended This book sheds so much light on the events after the game, and also continues to include characters from the first and second game Revan, Bastila Shan, The Exile, and even mentions the supporting game characters In this book Revan s memory is returning, and he is plagued by what he s [...]


  13. I was going to write a long review about this book with spoilers, but I don t think I could do this book justice The beginning was a little shaking for me, but that may have been because I ve never played the KotOR games, and probably won t for the foreseeable future.I will say, towards the end this book got a little philosophical, and that was pretty cool One of my favorite things about Star Wars is the Force, and the many philosphies surrounding it Personally, I think Revan and the Grey Jedi a [...]


  14. 4 5 stars because I am TEETH GNASHINGLY UPSET ABOUT THE OUTCOME UPDATE Lowered to 2 5 stars because I finished KOTOR2 and DISLIKE THE OUTCOME EVEN MORE The story is great until Revan leaves Canderous to his people, but then it falls apart trying to unveil the big reveal and the betrayal and Meetra s death.Ugh.


  15. These Star Wars books seemed a lot better when I was a teenager This really didn t do much for me The only thing I found interesting was the lore The characters were flat, the Dialogue contrived, and the plot was overly simplistic.


  16. Very minor spoilers follow While the exploration of the Old Republic era started in the comics, Bioware s original Star Wars game, Knights of the Old Republic, created a massive interest in the events that occurred thousands of years before the appearance of Luke Skywalker At the center of this story was Revan, the eponymous hero of Drew Karpyshyn s new novel Ever since the end of the original KOTOR, Star Wars fans have wondered what happened to the mysterious Jedi turned Sith turned Jedi And, i [...]


  17. Stars Wars books are always hit or miss One thing I couldn t stand was how whenever the authors or video games talk about the Sith or the Dark Side of the Force all we get are names and obscure legends, and Dark Side characters always seam interesting than Light Side characters Well, this book remedies that a bit This book is primarily about the Dark Side and characters, both good and bad, that deal with it It develops some of the obscure legends into actual stories and histories The writing st [...]


  18. Probably the best Star Wars book I ve read in years I m still mad about being burned by the NJO and Outbound Flight LotF and Revan have been great to rekindle my interest I listened to the audiobook of this one, and it was lovely I usually hate music and sound effects, but they truly enhanced the cinematic elements of this story.


  19. Mi mani tica intenci n es leer todos los libros de Star Wars en orden cronol gico para hacerme una idea del universo No soy muy fan, no he jugado a los videojuegos, es solo curiosidad.Revan es interesante, entretenido Profundiza demasiado en el pensamiento de los protagonistas como si el autor los psicoanalizara constantemente, pero ha sido una grata sorpresa Quiz en el conjunto todo cambie.


  20. WARNING Spoilers ahead When the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic came out I LOVED it It became my favorite game and I love it to this day The story writing was superb and it had one of the best plots I ve ever experienced in a video game A few years later, they came out with a sequel I was very excited I played the game all the way to the end and was left feeling underwhelmed Hmm I thought That really didn t give me closure and kinda screwed up the happy ending of the first game So when I f [...]


  21. I was pretty pumped when I saw they were doing a Star Wars novel based on my favorite Sith Jedi from the Knights of the Old Republic KOTOR RPG Although I had never read a Drew Karpyshyn novel before, I was familiar with his work on KOTOR and the Star Wars universe in general I can say that I was impressed with his writing and found him to be a very smooth and straight forward read Upon my finishing of Revan, my overall impression was pretty good It was really a page turner for me and I found mys [...]


  22. Like all good video gamers, I played KOTOR years ago But, honestly, I don t remember that much about the plot So I was fine reading this as a follow up, and to find out what happened to Revan But I wasn t like I felt compelled to find out what happened to him after the game Overall, this is a decent Star Wars novel It felt like a Star Wars novel, which is something But I have three major problems with the book First, much of the book felt like filler To use RPG verbiage, it was a bunch of fetch [...]


  23. Drew Karpyshyn seemed to me to be an unknown author, as I had never before heard of him in the realm of Star Wars literature To be honest, though, I hadn t read Star Wars novels in quite some time since New Jedi Order I was surprised to discover him via a wiki article about the recent Star Wars MMO, Star Wars The Old Republic, that as writer for several of my favorite games, and the one the article was written about, he had also begun writing novels for the Star Wars Saga I bought it and delved [...]


  24. As you might have guessed from the rating I gave this book, I really enjoyed it The thing is that Revan does not actually do much, but his charisma comes off the page For a warrior Jedi he does not really do very much fighting but inspires other to greatness He shows such loyalty in his partners that they are willing to risk everything including their lives Some of the best passages in the book are the interaction between Raven and Lord Scourge, the mental chess game they play during Revan s tou [...]


  25. Long ago in a city far, far away well 1977 in Knoxville I saw Star Wars and loved it Like so many others I loved the original trilogy and saw each of them as they came out.And I ve been at best lukewarm about everything from the Star Wars universe ever since And Jar Jar Binks may be one of the most pathetic characters ever in a movie I d dislike him if I didn t feel so sorry for him.I even offended one of my nephews inadvertently as when he was a kid he was very impressed by my science fiction a [...]


  26. I think i was lied to.I found myself completely unable to put this book down, fueled by my own insatiable thirst to know however, upon reflection in the end, it was quite a hollow experience.I kept going as Drew kept promising but in the end i didn t really feel the book lived up to the Legend that is Revan and left me wondering what really was the point in Drew writing this book It didn t really explore anything of any real consequence and even when scenes occurred that were meant to be incre [...]


  27. Fantastic book I am definitely a fan of Revan and everything he stands for He was a very powerful being, however, his motivation was based off of his wife and son I can relate to that and I feel it is what attaches me to the character I am hoping to see if a novel is created based on what he did before he and Malak tried to take over the Republic, or perhaps when he went to war with the Mandalorians Aside from that, this book was amazing


  28. I want to preface this by saying that the video games are a part of my favored collection I enjoyed this book because there were so many head nods to the games and the principle story I always love catching a glimpse of the dark side so that was an additional plus I wanted to give this novel less stars due the to ending because I was upset by it But, as an author, I totally get that if you elicit an emotion from the reader then you are doing your job.


  29. From the first page I was quickly sucked into the world of Star Wars the old republic This novel is the very definition of a page turner Once I got going I could not stop The introduction and development of the main characters was done flawlessly The author did a great job to blend good storytelling with some incredible action sequences 100% recommend is to any Star Wars fan, or if you re just looking to read something thrilling and exciting.


  30. When I first read Revan, I thought it was fantastic, one of the best books I ever read However, I read it again and definitely has some problems I seriously got the vibe that this would be the result if Michael Bay did a Star Wars Film THE STORY this book takes place in two distinct parts, so I will summarize each one.Part 1 Two years have passed since Revan s triumphant victory over Darth Malak in the first Knights of the Old Republic video game and he is now a hero of the republic, happily mar [...]


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