What can I say?
Well, if I had that question there is no point in this log post..but I can say something, so I will.
What is is about?
This book, set in the Old Republic era of the SW universe is based around the razing and sacking of the much loved and important (for lack of appropriate adjectives) Jedi Temple on the Republic capital world of Coruscant at the hands of the dreaded Darth Malgus.
When a Jedi Master is killed, an empathic Jedi student feels a disturbance and the death of said master and goes looking for answers.
She meets up with an old adversary and they team up to seek revenge.
Who is in it?
The main protagonists are: Aryn Leneer and Zeerid Korr
The main antagonist is: Darth Malgus
There are other characters, but they are quite insignificant to the main plot.
Why was it so good then?
Okay, well like most people on this planet, Star Wars and its universe is a very special being (that’s right) and like most fans, I like to indulge myself in it’s many resource pools.
I have however found that I prefer the Old Republic era better than the era many have come to know very well,
So when I saw this book online, I wanted it immediately – also, it’s worth pointing out that I play the MMO and so I like the lore – so I got it but didn’t start reading until I got WoW out of my system.
So I picked it up and within the first couple of chapters I was hooked. The Imperials had sacked the Jedi Temple and we had a possibly rogue Jedi seeking seeking revenge.
I’ve also been a huge dark-side, Sith enthusiast and have never really accepted the Jedi way into my heart, but this book almost had me questioning my beliefs.
As Malgus brought death and destruction to the Republic and battled the inferior fight with the politics that have surround the Imperial Empire, I begin to wonder if the Sith were any different to that of a really shitty government. Like, an actual government that I will not name.
That’s the impression I got and it was a whole new concept to me.
Of course, I know wars cannot just bewon with fighting, everyone and their dog knows that. But what I mean, is that I was expecting the Sith to take control of the planet and rather than just grab the Jedi/Republic by the balls and threaten to chop them off, but to actually start squeezing.
I don’t think I liked the tactics that much.
Having said that though, as I read it, I could feel Malgus’ pain. I mean, we have all been there when something has happened to someone we love and we have just burned with white-hot hatred. Who hasn’t eh?
But the way his emotions and sense of self was described, it was like as though Eleena was my partner, love, slave and I wanted Aryn to have a slow and painful death.
One thing that stood out though, was a quote from the Twi’lek slave girl Eleena when Aryn had confronted her at the spaceport.
she said: “Anger is just pain, renamed.”
That, is a brilliant quote.