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The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ ramps up the action and brings readers face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords—Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.MalguThe second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ ramps up the action and brings readers face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords—Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers.Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book....

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Number of Pages : 285 Pages
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Deceived Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-01-08 17:45

    AN OPEN AND ANGRY LETTER TO: The Idiocracy of Brain-lacking ASStards responsible for drowning the Star Wars franchise in a sea of suckness from which all memory of the once great “space playground” is being choked out and transformed into a bloated, shit-logged, corpse of bad smelling cheese. FROM: A ticking time bomb of pre-postal fanboyish SF RAGE whose timer has been moving towards 0:00:00 ever since George Pukus committed "franchise rape" on his fans by subjecting them to Jar Jar Binks.Dear Snapper Heads:A few things to know about the medium in which you are operating:1. Lightsaber duels and a character named Darth are not adequate substitutes for an actual PLOT. 2. It takes a special and unique lack of talent to be able to take a promising story premise like (a) the Sith Lords invading and taking over Coruscant and blowing up the Jedi Temple, plus (b) a revenge mission by a Jedi Knight against the Sith Lord who killed her master, plus (c) a sub-plot involving a Han Solo-like smuggler named Zeerid trying to finish one last score so he can buy his handicapped daughter a better life....and making it so BORRifically full of lame that even with the audio-book added special effects were not enough to keep a “fanboy” interested for a mere 250 pages....250 PAGES.3. Writing a BOOK with dialogue dialogUGLY of the same clunky, ham-fisted quality as you use in the various “set up scenes” of the Old Republic video games...not gonna cut...so don’t let the game programmers near the word processor next time. 4. Watching a 6 year old fight a light saber duel on the video game and then transcribing that into the book’s fight scenes is NOT an effective writing style. HINT: if the reader can actually visualize the fight in terms of XX O AB triangle XO OO triangle jump, X square jump, jump, XO square triangle, special weapon, jump, jump, XO while reading the fight scene...than you have well and truly screwed the pooch. 5. Sucklord Douche Malgus should be edited out of society’s collective memory, never to be mentioned again...Nuff said.Please take the above criticism to heart (once you find yours) and do some searching in that blackened chunk of evil you call a soul so that this wonderful and beloved franchise can be saved. The collective timers of your fans continues to countdown towards an Alderaanian-like catastrophe....so do the right thing.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-01-20 14:05

    "Be true to yourself"In light of the quote I've chosen for this review, I will be brutally honest (though, that is really no different than I am any other time I write a review). This book was LIGHT-YEARS better than Fatal Alliance. Despite that, I had some issues. But first, a summary of sorts.NOTE: I received this ARC through the Amazon Vine program.Zeerid "Z-Man" is an ex-soldier now gun-runner. He does this to supply his paralyzed daughter (actually she doesn't even HAVE legs, so she really isn't paralyzed, is she?) with the basics, in the hopes that someday he can get her real legs. He has been given a dangerous assignment: evade the Sith blockade of Coruscant to deliver spice. On the way, he meets renegade (of course) Jedi, Aryn Leneer, who is out for...wait for it...REVENGE!!Okay, so, let me say, after reading Fatal Alliance, I wanted to leave Star Wars books far behind. But I am an Admin of a Star Wars book club and the next book on the list was "Deceived", so I had to read it (well, I am sure I coulda found a way to cop out, but that would be a little Sithy of me, don't you think?). Fortunately, it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. Unfortunately, it could have been MUCH better.My favorite character was, oddly enough, Zeerid. I was shocked when I figured this out, because Zeerid and his story has been told SO many times, I'll bet an 8 year-old would know the archetype. I don't know how Kemp did it, but he made me involved in Zeerid's story, interested in his outcome, and cheering for him to make it out in the end. Even if he was an ex-soldier with a crippled 7 year old girl who lives in a crappy apartment with her impoverished, overworked aunt. (By the way, the ex-soldier bit in this story works MUCH better than the ex-soldier in Fatal Alliance--instead of making his departure from the military another "The Man did me wrong, boo hoo", he leaves because of his *gasp* family!) I found myself reading his sections quickly, desperate to find out how he survives. As I read, I was also reminded of Lorn Pavan in Michael Reaves' Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter: both are competent men who don't have to resort to using the Force or wearing a bucket on their heads to be 100% awesome.I wish I could say I was as fond of the other characters as I was of Zeerid, but I wasn't. Malgus had some interesting conflicts and on one hand, I liked his relationship with Eleea, but let's face it: Malgus is your typical Sith baddie. He spouts rhetoric about "Anger" and "getting rid of peace", like all good Sith. Eleena is a plot device, or what I've seen called in other places as a "Plot Moppet". She is wise, wonderful, caring, blind to Malgus' abuse, spouts all the right stuff at all the right times...and serves only to create conflict and results in others. There is no nuance in her character whatsoever. She has no desires, no ambitions, no likes, no dislikes. All she is is a sexy female Twi'Lek (because what female Twi'Lek isn't?) whose sole purpose is to make a reaction in the other characters or to be a weakness to other characters. This resulted in my not caring what happened to her, and hoping desperately that she would get a point of view scene that would show her completely different from what the Malgus' sections showed her to be (they didn't).Representing the Jedi is the stereotypical hero-turned-Dark Sider (at least for 2.8 seconds before realizing that, d'oh, maybe revenge ISN'T what your master would have wanted), Aryn Leneer. While she is WAY more interesting than what's his face from--you guessed it!--Fatal Alliance, her character has been done to death. Kemp really does try to bring some conflict to her, tries to make it different (I liked the subtle romance between Aryn and Zeerid, I liked how Aryn was a woman--and not just a cliched female--and yet had a decent story arc), and I admire his attempt, but it didn't work for me. Aryn is just another Jedi who, when a loved one dies, immediately goes out for REVENGE. The results are lackluster, as always.Rounding out the cast is Vrath Xizor, a mercenary on the tail of Zeerid. He certainly isn't bad--I really liked the fight scene between him and Zeerid, in which both are equally skilled--but other than that, nothing about him stands out hugely. I was surprised at his outcome, however.The writing was so much better than that other book I keep mentioning in this review. I think I literally sighed with relief after reading the first page. It was descriptive, beautiful, without being too frilly. In places, sometimes Kemp's writing tended to slow the action to a halt, but other times, it gave a great idea of the destruction of the temple or an amazing fight scene in the cargo hold of a drop ship.I did receive this as an ARC through the Amazon Vine program; I am desperately hoping that this goes through a final stage of editing, because, gorrammit, there are a ton of errors in here. From wrong word choices to incorrect grammar to using the wrong character, there were so many errors, I almost wanted to grab a red pen and give Kemp and his editor a hand.And now, for my favorite section and yours...the newly debuted, Nerd Nitpicks!!1. Zeerid spends 87 THOUSAND CREDITS on a hover-chair. This is MORE THAN A VEHICLE (at least on earth). It is more than what Han Solo demands as payment for transport to Alderaan (10,000) and it's more than what Obi-Wan promises Han for the same trip (17,000). It is also barely more than the JK unit from The Cestus Deception. And yet Yoda has one in the prequels. How much IS the average income of these people? Isn't this a hugely bloated figure? Why does a hoverchair cost more than a trip to Alderaan or a JK unit (weapon of war)? If HOVERCHAIRS cost this much, why is Yoda being such a scum bag and zipping along on one in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith? He's wasting good money that could have been used freeing Anakin's mother from slavery!!!2. I do not believe, in my wildest nightmares, that you can get from Ord Mantell to Vultar to Coruscant in ONE DAY. I just don't believe it. This whole book should have taken a WEEK or MORE, not a whopping TWO DAYS. RIDICULOUS! And, might I add, this is supposedly OLD technology...that means that during the days of the Death Star, Luke and Ben should have been at Alderaan before they left Tatooine!!3. Speaking of the whole "days of old" thing...this doesn't feel, in the slightest, like a story 3000 years before Luke is born. Coruscant is built to the same extreme levels; space travel is the same (no, wait, faster...); technology is apparently the same (prosthetic legs).4. With the exception of ONE character, the ENTIRE Character List is human. This is a pet peeve of mine about SW EU; in the movies, we see all these aliens in the cantina, have all these aliens encounters in the prequels, and then in the books, all the main characters are human. It gets so bad, that I wonder what the point of having them in a galaxy far, far away is. Just make it Earth in the year 3000, and the story might be the exact same.5. Why the kriff put Ven Zallow in the Character List when he is going to be dead for 75% of the novel? Here is this character that is very interesting, and he dies within the first 50 pages. Hopefully, a book will come out about his exploits before being skewered.And thank you for joining us for yet another...Nerd Nitpicks!Honestly, when I started reading these Old Republic tie-in books, I wasn't very excited. I am not a big fan of this era, I don't really care for how everything is almost exactly like the classic trilogy with the inclusion of Sith and Mandalorians, and I just don't care for the video games that much (and to answer your question: No, I've never played KotOR, I can't get it to run on my stupid Vista system). After reading The Book That Shall Not Be Named, it seemed like my suspicions had been confirmed.Kemp's "Deceived", however, busted those suspicions. I'm not saying this is perfect--it has flaws up the whazoo--but I found parts that I enjoyed and Kemp was a decent writer. If you are interested in this era or are playing the TOR MMORPG, check it out. All others, well, check out if it sounds interesting, but don't feel bad if you pass it over.

  • Stuart
    2018-12-29 18:42

    "Gritty, dark, real with a loving Sith - what's going on?"It would be nice to read a Star Wars novel that didn't either; tie in with the movies or games. Having played The Old Republic MMORPG at launch, I get this story. It really does two things, introduces the different types of classes to the reader/gamer (aka - Trooper, bounty hunter, Sith warrior, scoundrel etc) and also the main characters in the game. That being, Darth Malgus (Sith warrior), the Emperor, Satale Shan (Jedi Master) etc etc. From a literacy point of view, it must have been difficult to be creative and bring your own twist to such a novel, when you are hamstringed by the lore, canon and beyond that, a game. Having said that, Deceived ties in well with one of the trailers that was released beforecame out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4iL5u...). The beginning is rather explosive. From then on however, the novel fades to smaller embers of that explosiveness. This is one of four novels that represent the era of The Old Republic and the second I've read (the first being Raven). This was the first to come out in the series and possibly the most difficult to get into. Darth Malgus is so far removed from being the standard 'bad arse' Sith. He loves to much and doubts himself (much like Darth Scrouge from Revan which I've mentioned in that review). I'm not sure if there was a conscious effort to try and portray a different archetypal Sith, but it seems a trend that runs through this series. The main story is centred around a Jedi Knight, called Arrya, who thirsts for revenge against Darth Malgus (I've not given anything away from the story itself, see the trailer copied and pasted above). It's rather amusing to seeing a 'caring' Sith and a bloodthirsty Jedi. A trend which seems to be fairly A-typical lately "let's go full-circle" sorta-thing. Then you've got Malgus hunger for power and conflict within his own order, something not unusual when a Sith. What didn't sit too well with me was his battle with his perceived weakness; love for someone else. Why would a Darth so openly show his weakness to his fellow Sith, especially in battle? Why show a weaken side of yourself for other to exploit? It didn't feel right to me, and felt very convoluted when Malgus's story progressed with his obsession with Eleena throughout the prose. The final player in the 3-pronged tale is a very stereotypical-Star-War-y smuggler. A rogue, a spice runner and a nice guy. Hmm. It was a nice touch to see how he was with his daughter, but other than that - the usual lustful awkwardness with Arrya was rather amusing and clumsily handled in my opinion. I've spent my time revealing my difficulty with the three-dimensional characters and potential issues with the 'isms' of those characters. What I enjoyed; well Malgus does have his moments "I just want to watch the world burn" when referring to the sacking of Coruscent. His easy dismal of his peers amused me - his directness, avoiding politics and subtleties and just coming out with what he wished to say - which was a good foil for some of his, detractors within the Sith order of hierarchy. Z-man (aka the smuggler) touching moments with his handicapped daughter showed a different persona from the generic character, which was a joy to read. The gritty environment almost made me feel dirty, Malgus with his clear distaste of anyone, Arrya wishing harm on other's and Z-man being a drug runner; it made me feel dirty, DIRTY! This was a fairly good introduction into The Old Republic series of novels. Sadly it looks like there won't be any more in the future after the first four, as the game has flopped. There is such rich potential here for future content. After all The Knights of the Old Republic really started the pre-Skywalker era. Give it a try if you're interested in a different feel to the Star Wars universe.

  • Tiara
    2018-12-25 12:03

    Read more reviews @ The BibliosanctumNarrator: Marc Thompson | Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins | Audiobook Publisher: Random House Audio (March 22, 2011) | Whispersync Ready: YesThis book was much less heavy handed than Fatal Alliance with making obvious nods toward things in the game, but this story does focus heavily on characters from the game such as Darth Malgus, Eleena, and the female Mandalorian, Shae Vizla. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle a little when they introduced Lord Baras, a Darth my lighside Sith marauder has a long and storied history with in game. Yeah, you read that right. Lightside Sith, which shamed my husband for a whole mess of reasons. I deal in the incongruous even in my games. Not all her lightside choices have actually been that “good,” and she may have her own motives for going against the grain. She is a Sith after all, but I digress.This book took things, even power moves we know from the games, and weaved it in much better than Fatal Alliance. It was fun naming the in-game moves used just by the description in action scenes. Some of the relationships mirror similar relationships in the game that the player’s character can have with their companions. Scenes from the cinematic trailer for the game show up here described in all their glorious details. It was pretty awesome and one of my favorites from the game to date. It was fun to get the blow by blow of one of my favorite fights from the trailer.However, none of this was done in a way that would alienate readers who haven’t played the game (or those who started the game after that particular cinematic was no longer used to open the game), but it’s a nice nod for those of us who have played.Aryn and Malgus offered an interesting dichotomy of each other as Aryn rebels against Jedi “nonattachment” and Malgus struggles with his passionate feelings that don’t serve his purpose. Ironically, despite differing beliefs, there is that one moment they can meet in the middle and admit that they’re disillusioned by the respective Orders.This conflict with both Aryn and Malgus presented a compelling story, especially where Aryn was concerned. Readers are pretty used to Sith drawing on emotion, especially rage, so it was nice to see this delving into how some Jedi might really feel about this “Jedi nonattachment.” The exploration of Aryn realizing that emotions and emotional attachments were important to her really was fascinating, and while Malgus can come off as typical Sith, his struggles with the softer emotions he feels add a new layer to an old story. In this respect, there’s a bit of a romantic plot/subplot going on in this book that manages not to suffocate the story and adds to Malgus’ conflict with himself and emotions most notably, and I enjoyed this exploration of conflicting emotions in a Sith and a Jedi took center stage rather than trying to quell them. This presents them as human despite vows they’ve taken for their respective orders instead of making it easy for them to overcome emotions that make them “weak” and “vulnerable.”I think it goes without saying that Marc Thompson did an excellent job with the narration as usual. I won’t rehash all his virtues since I think I pretty much exhausted that in my review of Fatal Alliance. What I really appreciated with this book is that it did better with the background ambiance. Where I sometimes had a hard time hearing Thompson over the din in the last novel, which is a common complaint I have about many full production books even though I enjoy the added touch, I can’t say that I had that issue with this book.The story had more depth to it, and the action scenes were choreographed well with words. Yeah, this story still has its corny scenarios, cheesy dialogue, and contrived plot points like the last novel, but overall, this was a stronger, better crafted novel than Fatal Alliance.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-10 17:58

    Okay, look I apologize to the friend here who wanted me to read these. AND I apologize to all the fans of the Star Wars book franchise. I get it that you like these and I guess T can see why. I have a soft spot for what are usually called "men's action books". Total brain candy.I'm about to say why I don't care much for these but I wanted to say first that I get why many love them and I'm not questioning your taste. I'm saying everyone's taste is different and these just don't appeal to me.In the end here I skimmed to the end of the book, wrote the end off and don't plan to read the third in this series.I give it 2 stars...barely. Okay..criticisms coming so if you don't want to read them you might want to stop here.Back in 1977 I saw Star Wars. In 1978 I read a book called Splinter of the Mind's Eye. You see Alan Dean Foster had been contracted to write 2 novels. One was the novelization of the film and the other was to be a novel that could be used as the outline of a low budget sequel in case Star Wars bombed.In case you have been under a rock for the last (almost) 40 years Star Wars did not bomb...Buthad already been published, though it was scrapped as the outline for a new movie and a "somewhat" higher budget alternative took it's place.The book itself was not all that was scrapped. In the book Luke is striking back with the force as an aggressive weapon. There are force fights so to speak. In the films we would learn that this is the DARK SIDE. In the book the "MacGuffin" is a crystal which is a "force amplifier". Lucas decided to make the force a more mysterious almost ethereal...well force. Now lets look at the original 3 films (in my opinion the only ones worth seeing. I am reserving judgement on the new one[s] of course.) Lucas set them up based on a loose model of the old movie serials that people would go to see at the Saturday movies. Flash Gorden, Captain America, Buck Rogers, The Black Claw and others. We began at EPISODE 4.And everyone made millions (and millions) of dollars. Then GL decided to go back and do the first 3 episodes...which were frankly a...well let us be generous and say a disappointment. There were some huge problems (I've mentioned Jar Jar elsewhere) but then there was the change in the "understanding" of the Force.He decided to/came up with "Midichlorians"...in my opinion probably one of the biggest screw ups in cinema history.Star Wars is (in spite of frantic and furious arguments to the contrary) fantasy, possibly science fantasy, but fantasy all the same.We have a warrior princess kidnapped by an evil Warlord who has a powerful evil sorcerer in his service. They are challenged by a young hero with a magic sword who in instructed by an old wizard (wise man) who has "served good" for many years and seen the old "good kingdom" (Republic) fall. A rogue and a muscular fighter join him in his "quest". The young man's heritage is revealed and eventually he and his "band" must overthrow the "evil emperor". The attempted building of a complete history and prehistory coupled with the attempts to make the mythology more "science fiction" than "science fantasy" has (every time I've tried to get into it" left me cold. I just find that FOR ME that's FOR ME it does not work.So if you like it enjoy. I think I've made my last foray into the Star Wars books...Just me I assure you.Oh by the way...I really like the Babylon 5 novels.

  • Alexander Draganov
    2018-12-25 12:06

    Possibly the best "Star Wars" novel since "Darth Bane - Path of Destruction", "Deceived" introduces us to the charismatic Dark Lord known as Darth Malgus, the man, who we saw to destroy the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a stunning cinematic trailer last year. With that destruction, the story begins and author Paul S. Kemp did a solid job to portray the breathtaking battles between Jedi and Sith, including the fateful duel between Darth Malgus and a brave, handsome Jedi Master. The invasion was a success and it should have been the moment of Malgus' greatest triumph. Instead of that, the Sith Empire and the Republic continue to negotiate for peace, something which is heretical to Malgus, a purist in his belief in the dark side. Adraas, a Sith Lord, who is his rival for influence, is conspiring with the powerful Darth Angral, as they want political power. Malgus, on the other hand, wants to see how the galaxy burns. Yet he has a fatal weakness - a woman, a Twi'lek slave, who he saved years ago. Who he loves deeply, and this makes him vulnerable.In the same time, we meet Aryn, the Jedi Padawan of the Master, slayed by Darth Malgus. She is maddened with grief and wants vengeance. And to get it, she will leave the Order and everything in which she believed, to ally with a pilot, who bears drugs... in order to buy a better life for his daughter.These are the characters in "Deceived" - deep, complex, imperfect in their good... or evil. They are not grey, as in some other stories, yet Kemp manages to make us see the good in the bad guys... the bad in the good. He faces his characters with tough choices, in which all answers are sometimes wrong. I have liked his previous novel, "Crosscurrent", but here he does much, much better. I hope that he will continue to write more stories about "The Old Republic", the epilogue certainly leaves an opened door.

  • Igor
    2019-01-21 11:03

    Absolutely fantastic performance by Marc Thompson and therefore fantastic audiobook!Can someone please crown Marc as king of SW audiobooks? Thank you!

  • Traci
    2019-01-07 14:50

    This is the sort of book I enjoy while I am reading and then forget about it after. I began reading Star Wars books when they first started to come out. And than got away from it because they followed a track of moving further and further away from what the original movies were. And than the prequels came out and I realized how much more wrong those books were than I even thought. Since playing the video game Knights of the Old Republic however I have found this is by far my favorite time period of the Star Wars universe. Even though this book takes place long after that game does. I keep hoping for a Star Wars Old Republic book that includes characters from the game but I'll take what I can get.

  • Kevin
    2019-01-19 19:06

    I'm a fan of the Old Republic. I particularly like when sources (books, games, etc.) are able to flesh out the Sith philosophy into something intelligible and relatively coherent, and to show the unique variations among its practitioners, including the pain they inflict on themselves; this book does that well.

  • Iset
    2019-01-19 11:56

    Another mixed bag on this one. I don't know what it is with Star Wars novels in the past few years but more often than not they seem to miss the mark rather than hit the target. I'll explore this in a moment, but first the good stuff.It was far from all bad. The good news about Deceived was that I definitely felt that it contained some solid, enjoyable elements that I have felt were lacking in other SW prequels/sequels of recent years. Kemp was pretty good at creating imagery, bringing the story to life in my mind. And whilst the stories of characters like Zeerid and Aryn have been done to death, Kemp manages to pull it off without proceedings descending too much into cliche or tired tropes. Malgus' growing desire for change, and his feelings for Eleena, were an interesting twist and I genuinely didn't know how that strand would turn out. The first half to two thirds of the novel I felt were a good, strong, well-established premise that made me want to continue reading to the end to see what happened. This was enough to earn the novel just over half marks from me.However, there were problems.1) Aryn's actions subsequent to arriving on Coruscant suddenly became all too predictable. Her avoidance of crossing over a line, in her first face off with Malgus, is way too contrived, and then in their second encounter she takes the predictable Jedi route. I must have read this a thousand times before. How disappointing that a character I found fairly interesting and had begun to invest in followed the same old resolution.2) Malgus' plans for Aryn seem to get left by the wayside with no explanation. (view spoiler)[So, Malgus lets Aryn and Zeerid get to Coruscant because he's rebelling against his superiors and it seems like he's got some kind of plan to use this windfall of a Jedi in his lap to his advantage. Then he changes his mind and orders their ship blown out of the sky... for no apparent reason. But of course they survive and make it down and Malgus doesn't seem to unhappy about this. He orders Eleena to undertake some kind of secret mission collecting up people and technology, which because of its secrecy appears to be linked in somehow, whilst he goes to the ruined Jedi Temple because he's figured out that Aryn will go there. I expected Malgus to do something super-sneaky like team up with Aryn in line with his changing principles and doctor the recordings to frame Adraas as Zallow's killer... but no... he's just there to kill her and that's it. For goodness' sakes, why didn't he destroy them in the first instance then instead of letting them even make a run for the planet?! This doesn't make sense to me, and whatever Malgus' plan was to do with Aryn, and the technology and so on, this is never explained. (hide spoiler)]3) The Imperial attack on Coruscant was too easy. I get that the intention was to really shock and change things up by creating this Imperial assault on Coruscant and (view spoiler)[getting this team of Sith infiltrating the Jedi Temple and bringing it down, but it was too easy by far. What kind of population must the Jedi Temple have in residence at any one time? Tens of thousands would be my guess. Even accounting for an elite Sith team and a reasonably high proportion of inexperienced Padawans, there's gotta be a lot of foremost Jedi Masters hanging around as well, and the sheer numbers of Jedi alone would, you'd think, be enough to overwhelm a team of say, 50 Sith. Also, how in the heck were Coruscant's defences brought down so easily? There's vague talk about a Mandalorian agent but I'm not buying it. Where was their backup defence grid? And their detection systems? And their scrambled military? If modern states can do it, super-futuristic states with highly advanced technology can put up a better defence than a single, easily disabled defence grid. (hide spoiler)]4) The Empire is modelled way too closely on the Empire from the films. This is supposed to be 3650 or so years before that period in Star Wars canon, right? And in Revan's eponymous novel, we were talking about (view spoiler)[an Empire dominated by the Sith race and in which Humans were second class citizens, even if it too had adminsitrative structures and bureaucracy way too similar to the Empire of the films too (hide spoiler)]. What the heck has happened between then and now to make this a Human dominated empire JUST LIKE IN THE FILMS? Sorry but this makes it way too overused/tired. Okay, I accept that there can be more than one empire in the long SW history, but make them different from one another, will ya?! This empire seemed to have the same racial policies, the same command structure (bar multiple Sith Lords running around), even the same flipping grey uniforms. This is NOT what I envisioned when several years ago it was hinted that (view spoiler)[Revan had disappeared in order to rediscover the Sith Empire that he/she had stumbled across once before (hide spoiler)]. No carbon copy empires, thank you! Oh, and Malgus looks just like Darth Malak but with a differently shaped respirator. I'm begging the powers that be to create a Sith that DOESN'T look like either Vader or Malak in appearance.5) All these prequels/sequels in recent years are too short. 250 pages in hardback. I mean, really?! That is seriously pushing it. And you know what it does seem to have a connection to the apparent recent decline in quality. The novels have felt so sparse, their stories thinly sketched, stretched over little more than a frame of a hardback cover. Even Deceived, which felt a bit more in depth and which I started to really get into, was two thirds over at the point I thought to myself "this is a really interesting, solid start - first few chapters of what could be a really meaty epic". But no, it tails off and wraps up in a hurry because it's just so short. I miss the SW chunksters of old like I, Jedi and the Thrawn trilogy.So, there you have it.Random thoughts: Did anyone else notice Zeerid Korr and Vrath Xizor's surnames and wonder if they were ancient ancestors of Prince Xizor and Jaden Korr?6 out of 10. Best I can do. I genuinely liked this one much more than I have other recent SW publications, but I can't give it more than that due to the inherent problems.

  • DiscoSpacePanther
    2018-12-23 12:53

    Fairly average game tie-in Star Wars Legends novel. You can read it without reading Revan first, as there are no important characters that appear in both. The plot is straightforward, but since it is essentially providing a backbone for MMORPG gameplay it is all setup and no pay-off. Neither hero or villain is defeated, they just sort of mellow off into the sunset. Sith Lord gets a bit more sithly, and the young jedi ends up as a ronin. Next stop... shenanigans! (Next stop being after the end of the novel).Lightweight, but not painful. Save The Ruins of Dantooine for your prime masochistic experience.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-01-01 12:05

    We first met him in a Star Wars: The Old Republic game trailer — the mysterious masked Sith that brought down the Jedi Temple during the sacking of Coruscant. Darth Malgus, dark lord of the Sith, was the one who led this brutal assault and cut down countless Jedi on their own sacred ground. Now he is one of the main characters in Deceived, the second book in the SWTOR series by Paul S. Kemp, which tells the story of the attack as well as the calamitous events which came afterward.On the surface, Deceived might just be another novel based on a video game, but after reading it, I admit the quality of the storytelling took me by surprise. Even as Star Wars novels go, I have to say it is better than most. Granted, it is still your standard Star Wars fare — you have your archtypal tale about a Jedi and her comrade pitted against a Sith Warrior and the dark side and such. But still, it was refreshing to read a game book for once and get the sense that the author is actually more interested in telling a good story rather than trying to write a blatant MMO marketing piece that attempts to showcase every single player class and their abilities (which, incidentally, was my main complaint about the first SWTOR book).That is not to say Deceived is completely devoid of references to the upcoming MMO, just that I feel they are much less pronounced. In fact, in true BioWare fashion, what I think the book attempts to do is to set the stage for the type of light-side/dark-side interactions we can expect to see in TOR. Deceived does this by delving deeper into character motivations and ambitions, and treading the line of morality.Instead of hobbling the story, the addition of this interplay actually made things better. Subsequently, I felt the characters of Deceived were more fleshed out than I would have expected from a video game tie-in or Star Wars novel, because of the personal reasons and internal conflicts that drive them. The angry and hate-filled Darth Malgus, for example, may surprise you with his tenderness towards the woman he loves. Similarly, the Jedi protagonist Aryn Leneer has her own reasons for turning her back on the Order and going rogue. The reader will also find the smuggler Zeerid struggle to make some difficult decisions, in the name of keeping his family safe.As such, even though this book can be read as a standalone novel, if I have to relate it back to SWTOR, I want to say Deceived prepares us for the kind of moral dilemmas and questionable choices and we will no doubt face in-game. In the context of the novel, however, this also serves to provide in-depth characterizations for the heroes and villains, and helps readers connect to characters who are otherwise new to the Star Wars expanded universe and are thus relatively still unknown. It’s a win-win situation, really.There were a few things that annoyed me about Deceived, and I feel I need to mention them. One of them pertains to Darth Malgus, who was the one I was most looking forward to reading about, but unfortunately he also turned out to be the weakest character for me. I felt that his evilness, anger, hate, and all that lust for destruction and melodrama was just a tad over-exaggerated, making him just another broody Sith Lord in the Star Wars line-up, overshadowing what depth he could have had. Aryn and Zeerid, on the other hand, were much more interesting to me.The book also changes points-of-view very frequently, bouncing around, sometimes only after just a few paragraphs at a time. Word of warning, it can get taxing if you are unused to that. Thankfully, there are blessedly few subplots in this novel, which made the constant shifts bearable. I liked how the storyline in Deceived has a clear focus, and Kemp follows through with it very well.I would recommend this book to fans of Star Wars, fans who are looking forward to the MMORPG, and even those who are just looking for a quick but fun video game-related read. If you enjoy scenes of lightsaber combat and space encounters, you will not be disappointed — in fact, you can even expect to read about the Sith attack on the Jedi Temple in all its glorious detail and appreciate it anew. However, there is also more to Deceived than just constant action; there is also a deeper poignancy and intensity behind the events that I honestly didn’t think I would find in a Star Wars game novel. Perhaps other readers will be pleasantly surprised as well.

  • Scott Rhee
    2018-12-27 19:09

    Video game afficionadoes ("gamers" as they like to call themselves) talk lovingly about a video game called "The Knights of the Old Republic", based on George Lucas's Star Wars franchise. I have never played it, know nothing about it other than it exists, and I will most likely never play it as i do not play video games. The setting is roughly 1,000+ years before the events of the first "Star Wars" film. I read the first in the "Old Republic" series, a book called "Revan", based on a popular character in the video game. I was not impressed. I was, actually, extremely disappointed with that one.So, you may be asking why, if I found the first in the series to be less-than-stellar, I would choose to read the second, my answer would be three-fold: 1) I am always willing to give anyone or anything a second chance, especially book series. 2) This second novel, "Deceived" is NOT written by the same author as the first. In this one, Paul S. Kemp mans the literary helm. 3) It's a "Star Wars" book. I'm pretty much a sucker for anything "Star Wars".I'm actually glad I gave this series a second chance because I liked the second book much better. It's better written, for one. (Not by much, to be completely honest, but immensely more readable than the first.) It's also a stand-alone, so there is no need to read the first one, nor is there a need to actually read the third. "Deceived" is its own beginning, middle, and end.The plot involves three main characters, all of whom are pretty prototypical characters for a "Star Wars" novel: *Zeerid Korr: a smuggler working for gangsters, rugged and deadly when he has to be but, deep down, he's a soft touch. (Sound familiar?) His motivation is his young daughter, being cared for by his sister. Their lives are being kept secret because he knows that his ruthless employers would use them as leverage against him. He wants out of the smuggling trade, but he knows he could never find another (legitimate) job that pays as well.*Darth Malgus: a Sith Lord who gleefully envisions the destruction of all Jedi Knights. He leads a full-frontal assault on the planet Coruscant, the capital world of the Republic, and specifically against the Jedi Temple. His attack is a success, but a contingent of other Sith Lords wants to negotiate peace with the Jedis. Malgus just wants endless war.*Aryn Leneer: a Jedi Knight away on Alderaan for peace negotiations. She senses a disturbance in the Force when her Jedi Master Ven Zallow is killed by Malgus. Against all her Jedi training, she rushes back to Coruscant to avenge his death.Within the "Star Wars" universe, this has probably all been done before, but for geek fans like myself, it never gets old.

  • Heather
    2019-01-01 15:49

    When I first started this book I thought about giving it two stars, but something changed. Let me start off with the things that I disliked. Some might seem like I'm nitpicking, but hey! it's my review. ;)I felt like the first couple chapters were terrible. They didn't get me interested in the story and the battle scenes were awful. I started this book in July, got to page 28 and then just stopped until I picked it back up again as a part of my New Year's Resolution. That was pretty much the only thing pushing me. It took me a whole week to get to the part where I actually started to enjoy it. That was pretty much my main gripe about this book. Also, what kind of nickname is Z-man? That bothered me so much. While I was reading I was thinking, "Maybe I should pretend I read the rest and just give it two stars". Obviously I ran across some things that made me change my mind and add a star.My mind first changed when (view spoiler)[in Chapter 5 Zeerid sees his daughter in the park. Some emotions started rolling over me, and my throat started to get tight. This also happened when later in the book they ran into T7 and it gives Aryn Zallow's lightsaber. I'm not someone who normally gets emotional, so that's definently going to bring my rating up. (hide spoiler)] Also, later on in the book I started to love some of the characters. You couldn't just say, "Oh, he's just another Sith Lord, or Oh, she's just another Jedi". They differentiated from the pack, and that really made their stories interesting.But the whole way through, I was definently rooting for Zeerid. I wanted to see him make his daughter proud.

  • Nicholas
    2019-01-09 13:58

    Just about everyone has heard of or seen the original Star Wars Trilogy consisting of episodes 4, 5, and 6; the second trilogy that introduced episodes 1, 2, and 3 shows what happened before Episode 4 A New Hope. Paul S. Kemp's "Star Wars: The Old Republic" series of books is based off of the popular online game "Star Wars The Old Republic." This series of books does what the second Star Wars trilogy did, it showed what happened before. In this case it shows what happened from 6,000 years before the events of A New Hope, all the way to the Star Wars we know today.This book is the second book in the series and introduces my personal favorite Sith Lord, Darth Malgus, who was a Juggernaut class Sith Marauder, a true warrior born for battle. What really made me enjoy the book was all of the action and that I love Star Wars. Most science fiction books skim the surface of battles, futuristic weaponry, and tactics; however, this book stands out because it goes deep into detail of the individual battles, the weaponry, and shows each leader's mindset and plan of action. The author writes the book in a way that helps the reader to understand each individual main character's point of view and see what they have to go through. The book is written in 3rd person, but it switches what character it focusses on in different sections of the book. This helps the reader to get a better understanding of the plot and it helps to prevent the reader from forgetting some characters.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction, action, or books about war. Every true Star Wars fan has to read this book.

  • Paul-Kaan Chulliat
    2019-01-17 15:57

    Now, the second book, which was my favorite,” Star Wars The Old Republic” number 2 “Deceived”. So first thing, why this book? Because I love Star Wars, and I was like, I want to read that book and I started, and could not stop. It does not talk about Star Wars much because it is part of the “The Old Republic” series, but we still have the Star Wars idea. So first thing people should know, if you don’t like Star Wars, don’t read it, it goes into very deep stuff that you cannot understand if you don’t like Star Wars or have not watched the movies. If you don’t know much about Star Wars, watch the movies minimum 2 to 3 times each and go for it. If you are a Star Wars fan you probably already read it, but if not go for it. Personally I watched each of the movies more than 50 times. My record is episode 6,2 or 3, which I watched about 75 times. The story is really based on a Sith lord( one of the bad guys) who was a Jedi master( One of the Good guys) and became a Sith. He had an apprentice who decided not to become a sith, and Malgus(the bad/good guy)decided not to kill her but to protect her from his master by hiding her somewhere only he knows. He is able to protect her by being a Sith, because if he was a Jedi, they would both be dead. I said that it would be good to wach the movies, but they also refer to series based on Star Wars, like the Clone Wars series, and video games. The “The Old Republic” video games senario is represented a well. What I really liked about this book is that, every thing a character says can be found in the original series, and if not well most things are pretty similar.

  • Daniel Alvarado
    2019-01-06 12:10

    So I'm starting to realize that these books aren't very good. In fact, all the Old Republic "novels" could probably have made one decent book, instead of three fairly awful ones. He spends an ENTIRE chapter on "wheelchair girl" trying to drum up sympathy with groaners like "look daddy, I'm flyiiiing!" This novel was based on a TRAILER for a video game. And I'm not a snob that says games can't inspire good books. I'm saying that I've seen these trailers (search for old republic trailers on YT: in chronological order, they are "return," "hope" and "deceived") and they were so beautifully executed that I welled up with emotion at how much better they are than the prequel films. They really "get it" when it comes to what makes Star Wars great -- not the visual diarrhea of thousands of CG pixels squashing together, but the personal struggles between light and dark we all face in the real world, both internally and externally.This book does NONE of that. It is caught up with the logistics of combat, instead of the heart behind why it happens. "He leaped and twisted 180 degrees in mid-air, landing on his right ankle while swinging the lightsaber in his right hand counter-clockwise to parry the red blade which his force sense told him was headed toward his face." I'm paraphrasing, but expand that to 250 pages and you get the idea of how tedious this is.I had this dream to start chronologically and consume every piece of the Star Wars expanded universe. In my mind, it seemed like such a fun journey, but once I started, books like this are making it seem more like work.

  • Jon
    2019-01-07 16:43

    My biggest gripe about Star Wars authors: Complete lack of creativity. This book is no different. I wished I had seen the small print at the top of the cover, "Based on the epic new Star Wars video game." The first 2 chapters of the book are a retelling of the Star Wars: Old Republic opening cut scene. Usually movie makers (in this case, animators) take some license in turning well written text into interesting movie. This time an author took an interesting clip and wrote about it, leaving no detail out and changing nothing. The rest of the book felt completely untrue to the nature of the characters. This book is supposed to be based on an MMORPG, which are notorious for being pointless, repetitive, unending games with no story or plot. This book definitely captures those aspects of the game its based on. The story felt more like a setup for a perpetual conflict than what you would expect from a full scale war. No one was trying to win or outmaneuver the other. The main character, a Sith Dark Lord, goes from wanting to burn an entire planet to having mercy on key main characters, back to murdering loved ones. It just doesn't make any sense. I was looking forward to this book because the previous book, Old Republic: Revan, did such an amazing job setting up the 'Emperor' character and preparing you for the inevitable invasion. Unfortunately, this book is a huge letdown. At least he doesn't try and finish the story started in Revan. I have hope that the next book picks up where Revan left off.

  • Danielle
    2019-01-17 14:03

    Read this review and more on my blog.Deceived is the second book in 'The Old Republic' series.Deceived is based around Darth Malgus, a Sith Lord, a Jedi called Aryn Leneer, a smuggler called Zeerid Korr and mercenary called Vrath Xizor.Deceived starts off really strong with an surprise assault on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, leaving only the Jedi neogiating on Alderaan alive. Once all the initial excitement of the Jedi vs Sith battle, things start to go down hill. Their was plenty of action, but the entire book is based of Aryn wanting to get revenge.By having 4 different point of view's, i felt like i got confused about what was going on. It was almost like by having these 4 different POV, as a reader i understood what was going on too early. Personally i think that taking out Vrath's POV would have added much needed suspense to Deceived by making you guess what is going on, instead of knowing.Also, the ending was weak. It just doesn't do the book justice. I am sure that it was meant to show a different side of each character, but it felt like they were almost forced. Just too far from how they acted throughout the entire book.I have no clue how accurate Deceived is to The Knights Of The Old Republic game it is as i have not started to play it yet, but i beleive that it should add some context to each of the players within the game.Even though the writing may not have been as strong as i would have liked i still enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone who plays KOTOR, or any Star Wars fan.

  • Scott Firestone
    2018-12-24 13:55

    This story takes place against the backdrop of Big Things. A Sith plot wrests control of Coruscant from the Republic--and the Jedi Temple falls. A Jedi is killed in the battle, by a Sith named Darth Malgus. Sound like the plot of a typical Star Wars book. Except this book makes the bold choice of ignoring the Big Stuff and bringing this entire story down to the personal level. That dead Jedi's padawan wants revenge. This book is about her quest for that--along with her friend, a former soldier and now spice runner. He's looking for one last run to get the money to help his daughter. It's a bit of a cliche, but it works. Apparently this entire series of The Old Republic was commissioned to support a series of games coming out. For this book, at least, you don't have to have any knowledge of the games for the story to make sense. As an aside, I have no idea what makes the Old Republic different from the Star Wars universe we know from the movies. Supposedly this happens thousands of years beforehand, but it's basically just like it is in our movies. Look how much the world has changed in just the last 100 years. Why would things be the same after 1000 years? Maybe someone who's a bigger fan than me knows. But whatever. The writing is good, and the ending was both surprising and inevitable. The whole plot manages to feel like a Star Wars novel, while simultaneously throwing aside the Star Wars stuff in favor of a highly personal story. It works.

  • Christina
    2019-01-08 13:56

    Thoroughly enjoying this Old Republic series. This book dealt mainly with the Sacking of Coruscant. This attack on the Jedi Temple by the Sith takes place at the end of the Great Galactic War, after the Sith kindly inform the Jedi they're not extinct but still alive by...well...trying to kill them. There was a trailer of sorts made for this book and the KOTOR game it ties into. It's worth checking out. It gives you visuals for the first few chapters. Basically Darth Malgus rolls up on the temple. Jedi die. One Jedi killed's Padawan is so angry she decides to hunt the Darth out of revenge. The Jedi don't do revenge. Problem number one. Darth Malgus though has his own problems. The Sith have no loyalty, as such, Malgus' position, is in jeopardy. And he's kinda in love with his girlfriend. The Sith don't do love. Problem number two. The third subplot was the weakest part of the story. The book takes a right turn into whatthehecksville by expecting us to believe an interstellar smuggler who smuggles drugs and arms does it cuz he's trying to buy his daughter a wheelchair. Her rehab has almost bankrupted him. And he couldn't make enough money doing honest work. Apparently healthcare insurance is a problem even in the Star Wars universe. Not that it's not a topic worth addressing, just incongruous with everything else about the novel. Other than that hiccup, the story moves along nicely, with well written action.

  • Anime Mage
    2019-01-06 12:50

    Although poorly paced, "Deceived" provides just enough action and compelling storylines and characters to end up being a decent experience. In fact, the book ends up being good enough that it that people can find enough reason to read in multiple times. In fact, I reread this book this year and still found plenty of enjoyment in it. With that said however, I feel that this book is really overhyped. It markets itself as the best thing "ever"...but it isn't. There are part that just bored me and I ended up feeling like (especially when I reread it this year) I slugging through a bunch of slow sections just waiting to get to "the good stuff." Unfortunately....the other problem I have with this book is that you have to play the game to get closures on this book. You have to watch the "The Old Republic" lore videos and played "The Old Republic" Jedi Knight and Sith Warrior storylines (along with the "False Emperor" flash-points) to get the most of this novel. Without this...the novel will feel incomplete. Nonetheless....I found this book to be good. There was enough action and good writing/story to make it worth it. Final score - 3.56/5 - a good but not quite an excellent experience

  • David Fortier
    2019-01-01 15:06

    First off, I'm not a regular reader of the Star Wars tie-in books. This is my first. I am a fan of Mr. Kemp's Erevis Cale Realms stories and so read this book with no knowledge of how SW books are written but certain expectations on storytelling. Deceived was a fast-paced romp in the SW 'verse with plenty of well-choreographed action. True to form, Mr. Kemp's characters are substantially conflicted and straddle the lines of the moral compass. The Sith Lord shows compassion and other 'weaknesses' while the Jedi MC is often emotionally super-charged and not Jedi-like. Both are intriguing and make for great opponents. I would read about them again. What really impressed me was the authors's use of empathic skills as a character trait. Too often I find empathy just a cheap way for the character to understand what others are feeling without having to read body language and make mistakes in judgement. The typical result is that empaths are denied the ability to experience the human condition as the real people and that leaves me detached from the character. Not so here. In Deceived, empathy is not a crutch or a short cut, but rather a hinderance because it drives the MC further from her Jedi path and closer to the dark side.

  • Barb
    2018-12-24 13:44

    Paul S. Kemp’s second attempt at a Star Wars novel is an improvement over his first (no longer reads like a fantasy story with lightsabers), but unfortunately, that isn’t saying much. If this were a book marketed for 9 – 12-year-olds, then I couldn’t complain about the boring, simplistic prose; but it wasn’t, so I can. The story was predictable and unoriginal. Die-hard EU fans will be horrified by the name of one of the characters: Vrath Xizor. Really? Kemp couldn’t come up with another name? Vrath is neither related to Prince Xizor nor a Falleen and nowhere near as cool. And the description of Darth Malgus, if the book jacket is anything to go by, looks exactly like Darth Vader without his helmet. Awesome. I don’t mind LucasArts giving new authors a chance – Karen Traviss and Matthew Stover, though no longer new, are particularly wonderful – but I wish they’d set a higher standard. Otherwise, they might as well publish fanfic.

  • Syacelion
    2018-12-29 14:54

    The unabridged audiobook version narrated by Marc Thompson, accompanied by the cinematics from The Old Republic video game, coupled with memories of moderately enjoyable time spent exploring the better written quests and story lines in that game earlier this year, all conspired to make me really enjoy myself while listening to this novel. With certain contextual caveats (eg "for a StarWars novel" -yes, I'm that kind of snob), I'd give this a 5 star rating, not least for its plot resolutions. For all the predictability that comes with the format, I was surprised and impressed how well this one pulled off certain crucial moments and that it dared go through with some of them, all of which I can't justify without major spoilers. The author conformed to a StarWars formula arguably better than anything Lucas ever did with it after Empire Strikes Back, and delivered.

  • Kelli Clark
    2019-01-18 15:44

    Based on The Old Republic mmorpg trailer by the same name, this book puts more detail to the events of the sacking of the Jedi Temple and Coruscant by the Sith. Not only does this epic battle get fleshed out, but it sends a shockwave across the Galaxy before anyone knows what's really happening. The main Jedi Master in the Temple battle has an apprentice who has accompanied other Jedi Knights who will discuss a peace treaty with the representatives of the Sith Empire. The apprentice feels her master's death through the Force and alerts the other Jedi of the Sith's betrayal. The treaty with the Sith hangs in the balance upon this new knowledge, but this apprentice will not let the Sith responsible get away with what was done to her master. A good read filled with action and Jedi vs. Sith combat.

  • Kent
    2019-01-15 11:58

    Based on other reviews I thought this wasn't going to be that great, but I liked it quite well. The story is well written and there are a few twists here and there that keep it interesting. It's the not greatest of Star Wars novels, but it's a good read. I will admit, though, that Darth Malgus looks a bit too much like Vader to be considered an original character. But his character qualities are pretty good, though, as well as the others in the book. I took quite well to them.

  • Jane Higginson
    2019-01-03 12:42

    I really enjoyed this book, I found the story nice and easy but also gripping, there was a twist towards the end of the book that I wasn't expecting. Loved the two main republic characters Arryn and Zeerid they were very believable and I liked that they were flawed not perfect. I enjoyed this book from a swtor aspect too and being able to picture certain planets/areas because of playing the game

  • Ari
    2019-01-06 16:07

    AWESOME Book! It had the usual SW formula (can't get enough of it) but great in depth characters. I came to really like them all even feel for Malgus. The final showdown in the last chapter and epilogue are really good. Enjoyed it immensely and I am looking forward to the next in the series as well as the next SW from Kemp.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-24 18:10

    To be honest I thought the storyline was well done. It took me awhile to finally understand how I saw Eelena and Malgus as Anakin and Padme'. I did not expect Malgus to have a lover of any kind as most Sith lords didn't have them. But, overall I liked the book as a whole. :)