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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The Old Republic (Quality Paper) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826466
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Talley on February 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's always interesting to read a Star Wars story told from the point of view of the Sith. Red Harvest, the Darth Bane books and several others show that the Sith can be just as compelling and interesting protagonists as the Jedi. With "Blood of the Empire" we get another entry into that list.

Teneb Kel is a Sith apprentice who's just has a terrible turn of luck but is given one last chance to redeem himself in the eyes of the Sith Lords. Teneb isn't the smartest or most powerful Sith around but he's certainly the most desperate which makes him more dangerous than he would be in normal circumstances. I'm not going to go into the plot very much to avoid spoilers. But as we follow Teneb we're treated to a story of pride, ambition, secrets and above all loyalty.

If I could sum up the theme of this story in one word it would be loyalty. "The Sith always betray each othere" is a well known Star Wars quote. This story asks a lot of questions about the Sith and loyalty. Can Sith be loyal? What does loyalty mean to a Sith? Can loyalty be violated in such a way that even a Sith might consider it unacceptable? This story asks these questions but it's up to you as to what they answers really are.

Moving on, if you've been following the the world of Star Wars: The Old Republic like I have in anticipation of the game, then the lore this story provides is some very heavy stuff. Especially as it relates to the mysterious Sith Emperor. We're getting some information here that's sure to play heavily into the game so if you want lore then dig in.

My only real complaint with the story is the art. Not that it's bad. It's more of a case of the style not really moving me and several panels that I thought were a bit sloppy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D Walter on March 31, 2013
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Volume 1 by Alexander Freed is well-paced and action-packed. His story of a young apprentice sent out on a dangerous mission provides a fascinating background to the SWTOR MMO's Sith Inquisitor storyline, and reveals more details of the Empire. The artwork is also good, displaying different "early" takes on much of the concept art that was used for the game. A great companion piece if you are a player. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 30, 2013
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Star Wars The Old Republic Volume One: Blood of the Empire is a graphic novel prequel to the Bioware/LucasArts video game. It's meant as a tie in but without the need to have played the game beforehand. Unfortunately, weak scripting and editing as well as poor characterization create a muddled, disaffecting mess that leaves the reader either bewildered or bored.

The story follows Sith apprentice Teneb Kel and his loyal companion maggot. Kel's master has betrayed the empire and the Sith - leaving Kel in a tenuous position. He is given the task of hunting down another Sith traitor (guess that was pretty common?) in order to avoid execution for his master's lack of vision. Wanton destruction and deaths ensue.

I am guessing that the point of the story is that Kel is not yet fully corrupted but his blind obedience to the Sith ideals take him down his eventual path of evilness. One one hand, he is protective of and saves his loyal companion. But then, he's quite happy to kill padawans or bystanders in order to protect the Sith goals. So the whole book is him calmly being evil or calmly being good - whiplash confusing to a reader since this happens within panels of each other. I get that the author wanted to pursue this duality of Kel's nature - but it's just so random without actually giving us any insight into Kel in the first place.

All of the characters were poorly defined, Kel especially, so we had no basis for understanding who he is, where he is right now with his idealism/fanaticism, or why he's always so calm and honest, and kind of boring in a resigned way. I just wasn't interested in him - I found the person he was hunting FAR more interesting, though she was sprouting mumbo jumbo just the same as every other character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Truett on May 31, 2013
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I won't give too much away, but this was great backstory for anyone who loves the lore of SWTOR, especially anyone who has played the Sith Inquisitor or Jedi Knight story lines (or just wants to know more about the Emperor in general).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tookie on March 30, 2013
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I've always been a fan of star wars, especially for the dark side for some reason. After I played the first KOTOR game, I became even more interested and started reading most of the books/comics that have been set in the old republic era. This first volume, Blood of the empire, was interesting to me. Not only is the main character a deeply troubled sith slave more or less(Teneb Kel), but he is ordered by his 2 superior sith masters to hunt down yet another emperor apprentice(Exal Kressh). There is of course a jedi in this story but its mostly just an introduction for the next two volumes. The story is compelling and loaded with action, but for some reason I found it harder to connect with the characters of this book more than the other books I've read. Maybe it just me, but overall I give this book 3.5/5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOS on May 1, 2013
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This is my first Star Wars graphic novel and I loved everything about it. From the art to story line. Would highly recommend it.
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