Book Revan I don t know about this one I really don t know This is far and away the Star Wars novel that I have most anticipated over the years and yet I wouldn t say I hated it but I thi
Book Revan I don’t know about this one. I really don’t know. This is far and away the Star Wars novel that I have most anticipated over the years, and yet... I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I think the word here is underwhelmed.I’m a long time Star Wars fan, but when iconic computer game Knights of the Old Republic came out, I was enamoured. You play as the main character, Revan, in a game that was not only fun, masterful and intuitive but which was driven by an absolutely epic plot as compelling and sweeping as any of the three original films. I could gush about the witty dialogue, the stunning visuals and the wonderful characterisations, but that’s not for here. In summary, the sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, failed to provide us with a satisfactory next chapter in Revan’s tale – Revan doesn’t feature at all, and we are merely told that Revan disappeared into the Unknown Regions some time back in search of something unknown to all – and plans for a third game which would wrap up Revan’s story were aborted in favour of an MMORPG set a century or two down the line. Instead, fans of Revan and KOTOR awaited the release of this novel to finally reveal to us what happened to our erstwhile protagonist. The choice of Drew Karpyshyn as the author seemed only natural – the author of several other Star Wars novels, Karpyshyn had also worked with BioWare on the computer game that brought Revan to life.It’s hard to be damning of this book because it’s not downright awful as such. The writing is competent, although I’ve seen Karpyshyn write better, there are some interesting episodes and I felt that the dialogue had Karpyshyn’s touch of wit. I didn’t mark the book down at all for having a male Revan – which is canon, although I played as a female – although I did think his marriage with Bastila was rather kitsch. The third main character, Lord Scourge was kind of interesting, but my problem was that I didn’t buy this book for him, I bought this book for Revan, and I’m betting so did a significant proportion of other readers. The book felt short too, and sparse, like there wasn’t enough time to really get into any of the main characters that deeply – Revan, the Exile or Scourge.At times I felt like Revan was walking around in a shallow daze and couldn’t help but wonder where was the compelling, forceful, gripping personality that I’ve come to associate so strongly with Revan? Revan’s side trips definitely had some interesting points, but I felt a lingering sense of computer game – go here, get the macguffin and retrieve the information in order to go somewhere else – KOTOR itself actually subverted that when I played the game, and almost felt like a novel I could read. I felt that the character of Revan had all the colour washed out here – grey and pasty – and he felt strangely underpowered. I couldn’t quite buy into (view spoiler)[Revan being captured and held captive for so long so easily (hide spoiler)], by characters I’d hardly had time to get to know, when the Revan I know had been through far worse and won out. I kind of figured when Revan disappeared in the game canon that it was something to do with (view spoiler)[the Sith – the race, not the order (hide spoiler)] – so I was rather looking forwards to finding out more about them through Revan’s eyes in this novel. Disappointingly we don’t learn too much about them at all, and from what little we do learn, (view spoiler)[the Sith society is structured along imperial lines that were far too similar to the Empire of the films for my liking – the imperial bodyguards, the confrontation in the throne room with a crazy emperor who hurls down lightning bolts (hide spoiler)] – this just didn’t bring anything new to the table and felt like Return of the Jedi recycled and regurgitated. I’d imagined (view spoiler)[the society of the Sith race (hide spoiler)] to be something truly weird and bizarre.The less said about the ending, the better. Not enough information is given about (view spoiler)[how this emperor accumulated such absurd levels of power, (hide spoiler)] so instead of being plausible it felt a like a cheat to me – god mode, anyone? And like many, I just couldn’t buy into (view spoiler)[the Exile and Revan going down as easily as they did (hide spoiler)] – not after what has been established about their powers in the computer games. Perhaps worst of all was Revan’s ending – (view spoiler)[not only does he go down so easily, but he’s captured again and kept in a perpetual weakened state for goodness knows how long, with no hope of rescue it’s heavily implied, a plaything of this emperor forevermore. (hide spoiler)] That just doesn’t seem like a fitting end for Revan. Seems to me (view spoiler)[like it would’ve been a whole lot harder to take Revan down, if anyone could take Revan down, seems like Revan would go out in a blaze of glory (hide spoiler)]. Another contrivance, I felt, was the construct that (view spoiler)[Revan and Malak only turned to the dark side because they were previously captured by this emperor and he somehow brain-washed them, mind-controlled them and then sent them back out into the galaxy. What?! Some tired, haggard brain-washing/mind-control explanation? (hide spoiler)] Not only cliché beyond belief, but somehow it destroys Revan’s mystery and darkness. One element of Revan’s story that really drew me in was that we never knew what Revan and Malak found in the depths of the Unknown Regions, what deep, dark terrors they found, and I had always imagined it had to have been something of such unspeakable horror that at once corrupted Revan whilst at the same time convincing him that the only way to defeat it was to fight fire with fire so to speak, and it was edge of the seat stuff to speculate about whether Revan would regain his memories of that time and if, having that knowledge once more, he would make the same decision again or be able to fight it off and stay true to the light side. This explanation just makes Revan a puppet, a victim – and lessens the significance of his actions whilst on the dark side, the burden of responsibility he held for that, and the darkness that forever marked him as a result.I haven’t even mentioned that fact that none of the other KOTOR characters get a look in apart from Canderous, T3 and Bastila – for utterly contrived reasons, the other characters couldn’t make it. What?! Why? It’s not like they’re actors and the budget ran out, this is a book, the author can write them in out of thin air! I wanted to see the crews from both KOTOR games making a return in all their badassery, but nope, we don’t even get that.Very disappointed. Revan just doesn’t seem like Revan, and the ending and explanations suck, frankly. Still, I’m going to give the book half marks because I enjoyed a few elements and the writing was competent, but it never shone and it felt like everyone was out of character and the plot was contrived and unacceptable.5 out of 10.. Revan is a Kindle 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 pricThere 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 powerful and diabolic enemy But only death can stop him from trying.. Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur s Gate series, and wrote the tie in novel for Baldur s Gate II Throne of Bhaal He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.This Star Wars connection gave him the opportunity to write Darth Bane Path of Destruction, his first hardcover Karpyshyn still works for BioWare where he is the lead writer for the Mass Effect series.. Good Kindle Revan A longer time agobut in the same galaxy far, far away …Revan, Drew Karpyshyn’s 2011 addition to the Star Wars Legends series, takes place some three thousand years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and so provides a considerable backstory to the adventures most of us are used to from the canonical film series. Still accepted by Lucasfilms for continuity, Revan is a part of the larger Star Wars universe.The character Revan, complex and intricately drawn with similarities with Annakin Skywalker / Darth Vader, was first introduced to Star Wars fans in a video game format, Knights of the Old Republic. In that game, and alluded to here, he was a controversial figure, both an extremely powerful Jedi and also a follower of the dark side.In this setting, the Sith are actually an alien humanoid species with a competing galactic empire from that of the Republic. There are frequent references to the great Hyperspace War some years before the events in Karpyshyn’s novel where the Sith and the Republic battled to an almost genocide of the Sith. Karpyshyn describes Revan’s attempts to thwart another bid by the powerful Sith Emperor to make war on the Republic and the narration is segmented between scenes of Revan and Lord Scourge, a Sith warrior.As fun as this story is, the poignant element of this experience for me was the illumination of Lucas’ great vision. By opening up licenses for various writers to contribute time and imagination to his creation, he has facilitated a pluralistic fantasy, almost an interactive universal storyline whereby a history of tens of thousands of years, with continuity, can be achieved.Revan’s place in that universe, thousands of years before the familiar events and representing a historical, somewhat mythical place in that universe, also reminds me of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. In that Old Testament of the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien had created a vast panorama of vision that enabled his more familiar narration to attain a greater depth than would otherwise have been possible. Here to does Karpyshyn (and by extension Lucas) produce a greater depth for the Star Wars system. And in a wider, and perhaps more obscure way, Lucas becomes this generation’s Tolkien, science fiction and technology replacing magic, but expressing the same form of good versus evil morality.
Revan Wookieepedia Fandom Revan Revan Jul , Redeemed Jedi Knight, Revan, has saved the galaxy from the threat of his apprentice, Darth Malak, and has brought peace to the galaxy and to his wife, Bastilla However, long forgotten memories from his once dark past convict him to search the galaxy for the evil threat that he and Malak ventured out to find once before. Revan Star Wars The Old Republic Wiki Fandom Revan, also known as the Revanchist and Darth Revan, was a male human Jedi Knight turned Sith Lord and Dark Lord of the Sith until, stripped of his true persona, he returned to the crumbling Jedi Order and helped defeat the Sith Empire he had established. Revan Wookieepedia Fandom Revan Character Comic Vine Revan was believed to have been born , years before the Battle of Yavin somewhere in the Outer Rim Territories He was taken to be a Jedi at an early age and was apprenticed to Darth Revan Villains Wiki Fandom Darth Bane