Star Wars EU Review

The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn

Revan has quickly become one of my favorite books, not only in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, but among mainstream fiction as well.

This Jedi turned Sith Lord, turned Jedi again plays a pivotal role in The Old Republic as well as the broader Star Wars Universe itself. In fact, Darth Bane (a series also penned by Karpyshyn) later discovers Revan’s holocron which spawns the reinstitution of the Rule of Two among the Sith.

Perhaps it is author, Drew Karpyshyn’s history as a game developer that gives his writing another dimension. At times it feels like you’ve entered the gaming world instead of merely picked up a good book. His imagery is strong and his characters are visceral. In fact, a lot of Revan’s story plays out in the Bioware game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

After fighting in the Mandalorian Wars, Revan and his friend Malak get caught up in a series of mysterious trails taking them far beyond the Outer Rim to the ‘Unknown Regions,’ where they discover the Sith waiting patiently for a chance to strike back at the Jedi Order. Malak and Revan are confronted by the evil Sith Emperor, and are turned to the dark side through his powerful influence.

Able to finally break away from the Emperor’s control, Revan and Malak begin to “establish their own Empire. Resulting in the Jedi Civil War. Revan is betrayed by Malak and is captured by a young Jedi Knight named Bastila Shan.” (Wookiepedia) Eventually Revan’s memory is wiped and he returns to the Jedi fold and marries Shan.

Karpyshyn’s novel begins after these events, once his memory has been wiped and he has been married to Bastila.

If there is a story that I would love to see played out on either the big or small screen, it is Revan’s story! A definite must read if you are at all interested in (obsessed with) the Star Wars Universe.

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