Star Wars The Old Republic #1: Fatal Alliance

Star Wars The Old Republic #1: Fatal Alliance

by Sean Williams


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“When I look into you, I see no loyalty. . . . I sense only tangled allegiances. . . . Given a choice, I would never trust you.”
From across the galaxy they’ve come: agents of both the Republic and the Sith Empire, an investigating Jedi Padawan, an ex-trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian. An extraordinary auction has drawn them all together—in quest of a prize only one can claim. Each is prepared to do what he must to possess the treasure, whose value may be the wealth of a world itself. None intend to leave empty-handed. All have secrets, desires, and schemes. And nothing could ever unite them as allies—except the truth about the deadly danger of the object they covet. But can Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire—enemies for millennia—join as one against the certain doom of the galaxy?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345511324
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Series: Star Wars: The Old Republic Series , #1
Pages: 429
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams was born in the dry flatlands of South Australia. He still lives there with his family, forty years later, and has no plans to move anytime soon. Author of more than sixty published short stories and twenty-nine novels for readers of all ages, he has been published around the world in numerous languages, online, and in spoken-word editions. He is a judge for the Writers of the Future contest, which he won in 1993. He is also a multiple winner of Australia’s speculative fiction awards and recently received both the Ditmar and the Aurealis for The Crooked Letter, marking the first time in the history of the awards that a fantasy novel has won both.

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Shigar Konshi followed the sound of blasterfire through Coruscant's old districts. He never stumbled, never slipped, never lost his way, even through lanes that were narrow and crowded with years of detritus that had settled slowly from the levels above. Cables and signs swayed overhead, hanging so low in places that Shigar was forced to duck beneath them. Tall and slender, with one blue chevron on each cheek, the Jedi apprentice moved with grace and surety surprising for his eighteen years.

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Star Wars The Old Republic #1 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 207 reviews.
Kyp_Constance More than 1 year ago
I have been a Star Wars fan for 20 years. Timothy Zahn sucked me in and got me reading. For years the only books I would read were SW books. This book I am sad to say reminds me of much of the bad years of the Bantam era - think Darksaber, Planet of Twilight, and Crystal Star bad. There is no character development and no original thought. The one thing it has is some pretty good fight scenes. This book reads like an RPG - lame dialogue, weak characters, and awkward scene transitions. If you are not a die-hard like me, do not read this book. There are many many others in the SW Universe that will capture your attention, your heart, and your budding obsession.
SMeyerDestroysBooks4ever More than 1 year ago
amazing book it rocks from begining to the very end i hate how people are bashing on this book it upsets that the other reviewers do not understand the old republic canon or the new charecters or the new vilians and heroes and jedi and sith
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty slow at the beginning. But thats only because it will make the characters familiar to you so that you can understand the things that they do when pressured or in trouble...things like that...this isnt the best star wars book, but it is pretty darn good
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This is not the worst Star Wars book ever written, but it is certainly not the best. I believe that most of the problem lies with the long pauses in the action and those long pauses do not do anything to keep the reader interested. Beyond the fact that the characters are not the traditional Star Wars characters that we have grown to care about (Luke, Han, Leia, etc), the characters in this story are not unique enough to care about. Sean Williams is a good Star Wars author, but his best work within the series lies with the Force Unleashed series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly not the best SW book out there, too much battles, the whole book is literally a huge battle, for those of you who liked how Darth Bane series was written, or Darth Plagueis, this book is NOT for you, then.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like star wars you will enjoy this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is really cool!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not an Old Republic fan, but this is a great read. It is a wonderful SW book. Great insite on how the sith work and think. Perfect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not understand why people dislike this book. It has plenty of action, politics and great characters. It ties into SWTOR and is a fun read.
BattleDrumz More than 1 year ago
If an author does his/her job, you shouldn't feel as though you are reading the story. You most definitely shouldn't feel as though you are being "told" it, but rather shown. Mr. Sean Williams fails in all aspects. His characters are paper-thin cliches, his plot predictable and unconvincing, but perhaps Fatal Alliance's biggest flaw is the very writing itself. The reader cannot delve into the story and the scene because they are constantly blocked by the writer's obtuse and forced voice. I would only recommend this book to the most diehard starwars fanboy, and even then, with some reservation. Cheers
stefferoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unless a book really hooks me, I know I can take much too long to read. So maybe I didn¿t devour Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Allliance in no time like I had expected, but at the same time I delighted in taking my sweet time to read it. I¿ll cut to the chase here ¿ if you can look beyond the faults that are so typical of novels based on video games, you will probably enjoy it. I¿d like to mention that I am a big reader and fan of Star Wars expanded universe books, and I can honestly say that Fatal Alliance can stand next to any of them. I¿d even go as far as to say it was better written than most of the Star Wars books I¿ve read. Sean Williams¿ writing style is easy to follow, without feeling like you¿re being talked down to. Dialogue can get cheesy and positively cringe-worthy at times, but it¿s made up for by the author¿s excellent handling of the characters¿ relationships with each other.The story, on the other hand, was a bit disappointing. I realize, however, that storylines that work for a game don¿t necessarily translate as well into book form, and I¿m sure much of characters and plots from Fatal Alliance were developed under such game-to-novel constraints. At times you may find the story predictable, and inevitably, you will come across parts in the book which will make you stop and think, ¿Wait, that doesn¿t make much sense!¿ Fortunately, it¿s fairly easy to look past these flaws if you can maintain appropriate expectations for an MMO tie-in of this nature.Fatal Alliance is also blessed/plagued with a large ensemble of characters, depending on the way you look at it. The novel follows the activities of no less than eight characters, no doubt for the sole purpose of showcasing all the classes of the SWTOR game. Consequently, you can expect to find the points-of-view constantly switching around between and even within chapters, sometimes rehashing certain events over and over again. This may annoy some readers, but I think most will end up appreciating the author¿s attempt to give equal attention to both the Republic and the Sith.I also found the character development sufficient, but perhaps die-hards will still find it unsatisfying. In some ways, I believe the book was written with the expectation that the reader is already familiar the Star Wars universe, as well has decent background knowledge of the SWTOR MMO. Indeed, the class archetypes (Smuggler, Jedi Knight, Trooper, etc.) and their traits are well reflected in the novel, and readers will greatly benefit from having existing knowledge of them. Otherwise, you may find the story background and characters¿ histories severely lacking and even confusing, and admittedly character development will not go that much further beyond what has already been established and/or understood about the archetypes.Nonetheless, I am impressed with the way Williams handled the characters and the classes they represent, especially considering how much of it is obviously required to correspond to the game. It¿s a challenge to create characters that are based on such prominent archetypes and still make them unique and interesting, but he manages well. Particularly, if you are interested in the Smuggler or Imperial Agent and are disappointed by the limited information Bioware has revealed on them so far, Fatal Alliance will be a treat. While reading, I also picked up on many hints regarding class abilities and other game mechanics, so SWTOR addicts might also have that to look forward to.While some of my criticisms of Fatal Alliance might seem a little harsh, I do want to make it clear that I enjoyed the book. I think most people who are looking for a fun, casual read will enjoy it too; just don¿t expect an epic tale. If you are a fan of Star Wars or the expanded universe, this book is worth checking out. And if you¿re a fan of SWTOR, this is a must-read.
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
That this is the best of the three Old Republic tie-in novels doesn't say much. Here at least I liked the characters somewhat (and they had personalities) and I was a little invested in the mystery and plot that takes them to Hutta and beyond, but like most tie-in novels, it's clear that its real purpose was to highlight a new franchise. You could almost see the checklist in their heads. Imperial Agent? Check. Jedi Knight? Check. Trooper, smuggler, appearances by major NPCs, check, check, check.I read it to get a better sense of the world, and I guess it worked for that. But books written to fulfill a list of criteria just-- aren't usually that interesting. It all falls flat.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes place sometime after the uneasy truce between the Republic and the Empire. Both sides are looking for the advantage and they think that they have found it in the form of a ship that was found by a smuggler by the name of Jet Nebula. The ship self-destructs and the data core is being auctioned off by the Hutts. Both the Empire and the Republic send envoys to procure it. There is a lot of double crossing in this novel and there are many characters whose motivations aren't clear. The issue with this novel is that there is too much happening, and it is hard to care about any of the characters. It is never made clear who the protagonist is and by the time the novel ends, nothing has changed. Essentially this reads like a 400 page introduction, which I guess it is since it is a video game tie-in novel. Because of this I found the novel unfulfilling and flat. I expected more from the Star Wars Universe.
Lostshadows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall, the book was okay. I've read far better Star Wars books, but I've also read far worse. In fact, if I'd simply read this book, I probably wouldn't have been moved to write a review for it. I'd have just marked it three stars and moved on.However, I "read" the audio version, which has two problems the print version wouldn't suffer from. The first problem was one that was probably unavoidable, and certainly unintentional. To differentiate the various characters, the narrator employed different voices, which seems standard in audio books. Unfortunately, his choice for one voice reminded me strongly of Kif Kroker from Futurama every time I heard it. He wasn't, nor was he suppose to look like him, so the continuing mental image was jarring.The second problem was avoidable, and responsible for the two-and-a-half star rating. They decided to use sound effects, I'm assuming to make it a more movie-like experience. Since this is my first SW audio book, I don't know if these are the norm, but they quickly went from "oh neat, sound effects" to seriously distracting in parts. At points they also seemed to not quite mesh with the description of certain scenes. Frankly, they would have done far better to leave them out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“When I look into you, I see no loyalty… I sense only tangled allegiances… Given a choice, I would never trust you.” Fatal Alliance is part of a long series of books based on the Star Wars movie series. The story takes place on several different planets in the past. It is in a fantasy world. It is not very realistic because of this. Williams does a very good job of drawing in the reader. In the book a new planet has been discovered and several people working for their governments are sent to auction to a crime organization for the coordinates to the planet and an unknown object. The owners of the item and the coordinates had blown themselves up in a attempt to prevent others from getting them. All of the people auctioning are on opposite sides of a war and some are spies, but they all have to stay near to one another. The book is very engaging and is hard to put down. The only bad parts were the sudden switches between the points of view and the energy problem in the book. Each character on their own was interesting and unique but when I’m so engaged in one character and suddenly ripped away at a cliff-hanger to read someone else I feel disappointed. I think Williams did well in doing what he meant to do because it covers every genre he tries. The book was very complete and left me satisfied at the end. Most of the book is believable but the usual problem with the main characters all being too strong was constant. There was also the problem of traveling through space even though the book takes place in the past, and this is a problem throughout the entire series. This problem is probably why during the whole book every character is complaining about a lack of resources. You can’t travel across an entire galaxy and not be low on resources let alone have a common civilian be able to do so whenever. The whole book actually revolves around the fact that they don’t have enough. That’s why they need to find a new planet. Aside from the problems, this book is for anyone who liked any of these movies as they are very similar. It is good for anyone that likes sci-fi and/or mystery and even books about war. The book is many different genres at the same time and does all of them well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting read. not the best in the series but still decent.
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JLMess More than 1 year ago
Very engaging writing and a plot that moves at a great, rapid pace from character to character and from setting to setting. The writing offers an ongoing switch-off between characters, forwarding the story by the individual experiences of each. I really enjoyed the progression of the story and the struggles that each character faced without acknowledgment form any of the others. Unlike other Star Wars novels, Fatal Alliance is less predictable and actually keeps the reader teased with certain mysteries throughout the story.  The story does drag in parts that segway between action-packed moments. 
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Its sch a good book because yesterday i went to bed at midnight. Bast book every!!!!!!!!!!#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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