BioWare and LucasArts—creators of the hugely popular Star Wars:® Knights of the Old Republic® video game—have combined their storytelling talents and cutting-edge technology for an innovative new massively multiplayer online role-playing game that allows players to create their own personal Star Wars adventure 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader. Now #1 New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams brings the world of the game to life in his latest novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance.
Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.
None of these guests—invited or uninvited—have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.
But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy.
A great read..
If you are a fan of the Darth Bane novels then check this one out too. It is certainly Sean Williams best book to date. Highly recommended.
Story is so-so, production is amazing
I've done a lot of audiobooks in my day but there haven't been any out there that even come close to the production quality of this one. The story itself is ok, I'm used to more challenging reads, but this provides decent entertainment. The characters are a bit one-dimensional, and the story doesn't really break free of the typical Star Wars archetype. Honestly for a book set in "The Old Republic" I wanted a bit more from the story. However, I gave this 4 stars anyway because it was a real joy to listen to. Having listened to so many audiobooks in my day it is surprising to me that this is the first one that I have found that seemed to put in that little bit of extra effort to immerse yourself in the story. Having lightsaber sound effects in the background while the narrator reads a duel between a Sith and a Jedi is extremely gratifying and yet this is only one example of many as far as what has been done to make the book engrossing for the listener. This honestly made me question why so many audiobooks have such crappy production when the narrator for this is actually one of the best I've ever come across. This book is sci-fi Star Wars fluff but it really changed my expectations for audiobooks in the future.
definitely worth listening to
stellar narration, great character development, and an engrossing and creative plot. includes political intrigue, great fights, and lots of unexpected twists. you get to follow the story line from the perspectives of several key characters. a must for fans of the darth bane novels. i'll be listening to this one again.