Some of you may remember Paul Kemp’s Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived that delved into the story of Malgus, one of the central characters of the game. Well, a little over a year later the more reasonably priced paperback version made its way to bookstores today. If you have yet to pick up Deceived, this may be the time to give it a chance. You can pick up the novel at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstores.
We have a review and interview with the author available if you would like to hear our opinion of the book.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived author Paul S. Kemp is hosting a live chat tonight at 6:30p ET / 9:30p PT on Star Wars Books' Facebook page. Get your Malgus on by liking Star Wars Books and ask him about the motivation behind the epic moment in the novel.
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As a reminder to those who have yet to preorder, tomorrow (March 22) will mark the release of the second Star Wars: The Old Republic Novel by Paul S. Kemp titled Deceived. You can pick up the novel at your local retailer or many of the online stores listed in the SWTOR Official Post. We also have a review of the novel in case you have yet to make up your mind about purchasing the book. If there is any final question in your mind about the novel there are also previews of three of the chapters linked in the review.
The upcoming issue of Star Wars Insider Magazine features a preview panel of a new Star Wars: The Old Republic comic titled The Old Republic: The Lost Suns to release in June:
The Old Republic: The Lost Suns. A five-issue series set during the timeframe of the highly-anticipated MMO The Old Republic, The Lost Suns is set approximately 3,600 years before the movies. It stars Republic spy Theron Shan, son of Jedi Master Satele Shan, and packs explosive revelations relating to the events of the game. For this tale the games senior writer Alexander Freed reunites with the Blood of the Empire creative team of Dave Ross (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Michael Atiyeh (colors), and Benjamin Carre (covers).
Scheduled for release in March 2011, Deceived is the second novel based around Star Wars: The Old Republic. We were lucky enough to get our hands on an early copy of the upcoming novel and quickly devoured each and every page. Hit the jump for our review and a special interview with the author of the book, Paul S. Kemp.
Update: Excerpts of Deceived chapters one and two are now online for those interested in getting a sneak peak before release.
Earlier today, we learned the eagerly awaited Star Wars: The Old Republic novelization Deceived will now be released March 2011. Speaking on his personal blog, the author Paul S. Kemp posted the following statement.
Some of you may already know this, but Deceived, my next Star Wars novel, will be released in March 2011, rather than December 2010. I understand the move was made because there is a desire to time the release of the novel nearer to the release of the Old Republic MMORPG.
This is unfortunate news for everyone patiently waiting to dive head first into the lore and narrative surrounding The Old Republic; just make sure to keep March in your calenders and an open spot on your reading list. Hat tip to Tim
Paul S. Kemp, author of Star Wars: The Old Republic novel Deceived, posted the following on his personal blog today:
I've received an affirmative from Del Ray, LucasArts, BioWare to post an excerpt from my forthcoming Star Wars novel, Deceived. As you know, the novel ties-in to the forthcoming MMORPG, The Old Republic, from Lucasarts/Bioware.
The excerpt features in prose a scene you'll recognize from the first cinematic trailer. Here, you get a sense of Malgus as a man. Note, this has not been copyedited and copyright belongs to the holder, all rights reserved, blah blah.
I'm hoping to get approval in July to begin posting excerpts from Deceived, my Star Wars novel set in the The Old Republic. But in the meantime, I thought I'd post the Dramatis Personae for the novel. There are four core characters (these four are either point of view characters, or characters with a lot of screen time) and several important, but non-core characters.
The Core Characters
Darth Malgus, male human Sith lord.
Eleena Daru, female Twi-lek, a trained combatant and Malgus's companion.
Aryn Leneer, female human Jedi Knight and Force Empath.
Zeerid Korr, male human smuggler, former Republic commando
The Non-Core characters
Master Ven Zallow, male human Jedi Master
Darth Angral, male human Sith Lord.
Lord Adraas, male human Sith.
A few of the names should be familiar to fans who have read the Threat of Peace webcomic and the Biographies. The most notable character on the list is Malgus' companion, Eleena Daru, who appeared in the Deceived trailer and until now remained unnamed. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is due out in hardcover on December 28, 2010. You can pre-order the novel from Amazon.com. Hat tip to r2d2arm.
New details about the second Star Wars: The Old Republic novel, Deceived, were revealed today on StarWars.com:
Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the cover to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance is this first look at another hardcover set in the time of the eagerly anticipated video game in development by LucasArts and BioWare.
In Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, readers will learn more about Darth Malgus, the Sith Lord who brought down the Jedi Temple. Star Wars fans first experienced the devastating might of Darth Malgus in last year's epic cinematic trailer to Star Wars: The Old Republic which depicted the Sacking of Coruscant. Readers will learn more about the man behind the mask in this novel by author Paul S. Kemp.
Deceived tells the story of Darth Malgus and gives fascinating insight into his rise to fame and glory as the Sith Lord who destroyed the Jedi Temple. This stunning narrative finds the dark hero battling a veteran Jedi Master, setting the stage for the affairs and betrayals surrounding the last battle of the Great War before the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant.
Also shown in this announcement was the cover art for the book. Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived is due out in hardcover on December 28, 2010. You can pre-order the novel from Amazon.com.
Update: Sean Dahlberg just announced the update -
You first experienced the devastating might of Darth Malgus on the day that changed the galaxy forever during the Sacking of Coruscant. Now you can learn more about the man behind the mask in the latest novel set in the same time period as Star Wars: The Old Republic!
LucasArts and BioWare are forging a new Star Wars era of epic adventure with their forthcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Set more than 3,500 years in the past of the far-away galaxy, the game occurs in a time when the Jedi and the Galactic Republic clashed with the Sith Empire. It is an era rich with storytelling opportunities not only for players, but for fans of Star Wars literature.
Already, online fans are aware of Threat of Peace, the serialized web-comic written by BioWare's Rob Chestney. This April, Dark Horse Comics begins collecting the comic into a 96-page trade paperback, Star Wars: The Old Republic Volume 1: Threat of Peace, with art by Alex Sanchez, and colors by Michael Atiyeh.
Threat of Peace author Rob Chestney is also slated to write a new, original The Old Republic short story for online publication here at StarWars.com.
Next July, Del Rey Books will publish in hardcover Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance, a novel by bestselling author Sean Williams. Now in the early planning stages is a second novel set in the Old Republic time frame, written by Paul Kemp, author of the forthcoming Crosscurrent.