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[This story occurs during The Old Republic era]
Events occurring between 5,000 and 67 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[The Old Republic: Revan]

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Drew Karpyshyn
Del Rey
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2011)
Audio Book (2011)
e-Book (2011)
Paperback Novel (2012)

If you have read this book, please rate it:
4 reviews [Average review score: 4.4 / 5]

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 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 more powerful and diabolic enemy. But only death can stop him from trying.

This story occurs approximately 3,954 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2017:
From what I know, this book gets really mixed reviews, some people like it and some rather not. I think you really need to come with certain requirements to truly love it as I did. It seems being only a fan of Revan based on the first game is not enough.
I read it as a companion piece to a complete replay of both games and I believe the book is intended to be read as such. Part one of the book as the epilogue to game one, and part two of the book to game two. And you really should play light side choices, because those are the ones the book treats as canon. So if you liked your own (possibly dark side) Revan… well that dude is not in here.
The book does make an attempt at summarizing the games, but the page count is so small, that you will not really care for anyone based on this, so in order to get the full picture… again, play the games and read the corresponding book parts after those.
Another thing to keep in mind… this book is called Revan, but that does not mean that he is the constant point of view character. He has his appropriate page count, but bear in mind, that a character of his status needs to be examined also through the eyes of his allies, loved ones and maybe also his enemies. So he is a big part of the book, he just is not always present.
And the last thing… I think you also should at least have some history with the Old Republic MMO, because some locations, dreams and even characters come from that game.
If you meet most of the mentioned above criteria and treat Revan's and the Immortal Emperor's story as a cross-medium event told in books, comics and games, then you are in for a treat. The book does wonders to connect the three games, but also making Revan his own character instead of his rather empty shelf ready to be filled with player choices. We get also the point of view of the citizens of the hidden Sith Empire and the amount of scheming and backstabbing Is epic. I loved every part of it.
This is a great book… truly. But the tale it tells is only a part on a big multimedia canvass. If you give it a chance, then you are in for a true treat.
Rating: 5 / 5

Review by Russell M. Hossain, UK, 2014
Firstly, if you are unfamiliar with The Old Republic computer games as I am, this book will do little to fill you in on what you have missed. Other than giving snippets of what has happened before (not to be found in any other novel even, from what I can surmise), you will not be given a full and comprehensive understanding of the setting of this story nor The Old Republic times.
Indeed, it was clear from the first few chapters that what the reader is in for is a CONTINUATION of - I am assuming - events, and situations from the games - new readers be damned. I would have loved to have read about Darth Revan and Darth Malak and that particular story arc in substantial terms, but you will not find that in this book.
Going from Drew Drew Karpashyn's reputation as the author of the acclaimed DARTH BANE trilogy (which I have yet to read), I had high hopes , and while the characters within are quite well drawn, and the novel is an easy read with some terrific action set-pieces, I felt let down ultimately by the story.
Even the conclusion is one where the central characters' (three of them at least) storyline is left up in the air, as if to be continued elsewhere (I had a feeling this would be the case, as I was reaching the final few chapters in the story, and it was clear that the ending would either have to be rushed or not finished at all).
I can see if you are cross media consumer of the Star Wars games, comics, etc. this would have an appeal, but for those readers who want a good self-contained reading experience and be invited into the world of The Old Republic, you may be left wanting - and maybe even feel 'left out'.
Ultimately, an enjoyable, well written book but nothing 'meaty'.
Rating: 3.5 / 5

Review by "Mr. Tunk", USA, 2012
Drew paints a vivid picture of a post-Knights of the Old Republic galaxy, picking up in the life of Revan after his Dark Side allurement, and eventual Jedi redemption. The story starts off at a rolling pace, and summarily touches on previous Mandalorian War events. The story focuses on the jaded Jedi traitor turned hero Revan, as he searches to restore his stolen memories. As Revan assists one-time enemy and long time friend Canderous Ordo with the task of finding Mandalors' mask and reunifying the Mandalorians, a gradual return of Revan's stolen memories slowly begins. Desperate to re-establish his identity and atone for his past as Darth Revan, Revan confidently begins to follow the same dark path that led him to the Dark Side years before. The parallel story of the Sith Lord Scorge and his introduction to Sith politics, and his eventual encounter and subsequent alignment with Sith Emporer Marka Ragnos, is wickedly entertaining and darkly foreshadows Galactic events to come.
As a whole Revan was wildly entertaining, full of lightsaber action, and Sith history. This is a must read for Star Wars fans, and a great stand alone read in its own right. If you are new to the Star Wars books this is a great place to start.
Rating: 4.5 / 5

Review by "Master Nate Windu", USA, 2011
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan picks up sometime after the first Knights of the Old Republic videogame: Revan and Bastla are now married and expecting a child. I thought this was a wonderful place for Drew to start the book, I always wondered what happened with those two.
But getting back to my review of the book, I think this is wonderful work by Drew. When I started reading the book I could not put it down. It really does give you a little insight of the origin of the Emperor and how powerful he is. Revan still is an icon no matter what, I never thought a character in the EU will make such an impact, but Revan has opened my eye.
I don’t want to give nothing always in the book but I do have to say that if you plan on playing The Old Republic MMO, this book is where you need to start your journey.
Rating: 4.5 / 5

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