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Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation – AKA the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – REVIEW March 17, 2013

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wow.

just wow.

Some Star Wars books are good.

Some Star Wars books are great

and then there is Annihilation, which redefines the word: Awesome.

From beginning to end, author Drew Karpyshyn, weaves a tale of intrigue and amazing action that just kept us turning page after page.

This book really could have simply been called the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – instead of Annihilation, cause that’s what it’s all about. Well that, and the final reunion of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan, her baby’s daddy and Theron Shan.

This of course, continues on the Lost Suns storyline from the Dark Horse comics series that premiered in 2011.

Instead of the typical three concurrent storylines merging into one approach of most Star Wars books, this mostly a one or two storyline book, making the action easier to follow and the chronology very fluid. We have Theron’s plotline – and then we get bit of what is going on in the Sith Empire. Yeaah we’re maybe a little shortchanged on the Sith bits, but it makes for a better story this way.

The amazing Theron and how he gets into and out of trouble with his brains and (non-Jedi) skills along is something to behold.

Easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read so far in 2013.

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Star Wars Darth Bane The Rule of Two (Review) February 10, 2008

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 Darth Bane the Rule of Two is easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read all year (mind you we’re only 5 weeks into 2008 at this point).

Drew Karpyshyn continues the tale he began in Darth Bane Path of Destruction . Whereas the first book had some basis in well known Star Wars canon and Dark Horse comic books – this book really carves out some very new and unkown territory.

 Karpyshyn is a gifted writer and his prose is smooth – leading to an incredibly satisfying page turning experience.  Bane is still the dark brooding Sith lord as always, but now we get insight into his apprentice Darth Zannah.

As opposed to most other Star Wars tales where the Jedi are the heroes — here the Sith are the ‘heroes’. The Jedi are seen as weak. Their lightsaber skills inferior. Their command of the Force – incomplete.

The final confrontation in the end of this book (without giving away too much) is AWESOME. But also dissapointing in some ways too. At some points in the story we get the story told from the Jedi point of view. But when it comes to the final battle – it’s very one sided — in more ways than one.

The first book Darth Bane Path of Destruction is still a superior book to this one – the plot in that book is richer, the Sith more complete and Darth Bane’s transformation is among the best Star Wars tales ever told…as such this book Rule of Two had a tough act to follow.

That said..Rule of Two is a MUST READ for all Star Wars fans. It expands the expanded universe in a critical era and most importantly…it’s a great read.