|Paul S. Kemp
|Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2011)
Audio Book (2011)
Paperback Novel (2011 [UK])
Paperback Novel (2012 [US])
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1 review [Review
score: 4 / 5]
Darth 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
This story occurs approximately 3,653 years before the
Battle of Yavin.
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It is by no means a perfect Star Wars book and maybe it never would
have had the chance to be one, but it is one hell of a exciting
book. Like the later
Lords of the Sith,
Kemp surely knows how to write captivating, but what seems to be his
"thing" is continuous writing. He almost never uses time jumps. He
is so deeply rooted in the now, the present of a situation, that you
yourself - while reading it - feel almost present. He only jumps
between characters, but the fact that he has a fair grasp on them is
another feat, that makes his work truly engaging.
deeply in the "now" means the sacrifice of the bigger picture in
favor of the present moment. Maybe, if you pull yourself out of the
book, and look at it from a distance, it might seem maybe small, not
very epic, definetly not like Zahn or Luceno, but this is in my
opinion a pro, as Kemp writes vastly diffrently from those guys, and
the effect is a vastly diffrent read. I also love his action scenes.
With other authors I get fastly bored with extended action scenes,
but here I really love how visually and almost rythmic he writes...
as if his words where edited like a proper movie action scene.
Why no full 5 stars?
Well, having a separate Star Wars era, having a bunch of new
characters and having a rather dark moment in the history of the Old
Republic as the backdrop, I think in one case the author should have
gone boldly into the darker side. Although I would never wish death
upon anyone, I think the end was a bit to clean, and while one
character could not die, another should not die, there was one,
whoes tragic demise would make this a better formed read. The way it
is now, it seemed the author had hopes for a sequel... but then came
Disney and canon it was no more.
This is a very good read,
especially for those who like this period, but even more so for
those who like the MMO. After two books I think I will watch out for
stuff written by Paul S. Kemp.