Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Star Wars The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

When you think of Star Wars, most of you probably think of the original Luke Skywalker movies that started it all. But is that where the story ends? Absolutely not.

Ever since those films have been released, Star Wars has taken over the entertainment industry, including books.

Literally hundreds of authors have created hundreds of novels to show America the life of Luke Skywalker and the history of the Jedi Council. This book is part of a series that helps explain the history of the Jedi.

Over three thousand years before Luke discovers his force abilities, a young Padawan is just preparing to control his. His master, the Grand Master of the Jedi, thinks he is prepared for the trials to become a Knight. The rest of the Council however, is not so sure. Shigar has a lot of issues with his powers and needs more work. With help from a "retired" special agent, he might be able to.

Meanwhile, a smuggler crosses over a mysterious ship with mysterious merchandise. But instead of stealing the goods, the ship blows itself up. Unfortunately for them, the technology wasn't completely destroyed. In fact the merchandise can lead to a new, valuable planet that both the Empire and the Republic could use. The question is, which one gets to the planet?

This book to me, started out fairly slow. The first hundred pages or so dealt specifically with the introduction of the main characters. I almost stopped reading the novel just because of the slow start. But after you plow through the character briefing, the book is worth your time. I do have to warn you however, the novel takes place during a cold war between the Republic, the Empire, and various middle parties. You might need to do a bit of research before you take on this book. It begins after a war between the two governments and it carries on into this book. I recommend Wookiepedia if you have any questions while you read. I give this novel a 3.75 out of 5. If you like the Star Wars kinda thing, then this book is for you.

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