Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It is a rare book in the Star Wars Universe that does not follow a Force user and so this book was a nice change of pace. It followed Theron Shan, the illegitimate [or at least abandoned child] of the Grand Master of the Jedi Order Satele Shan. He was raised by another Jedi Master and eventually worked for Republic Intelligence as a field agent. The novel is fast-paced, involves infighting on both sides, has very believeable characters who are well-developed. The action, and especially the sequence leading up to and surrounding the climatic battle, is described well, is engaging, and is surprising without being unbelievable. In my mind, it is easily the best novel in The Old Republic series and probably Drew Karpyshyn's best Star Wars novel as well, although I didn't know this until I read the next three books [in-Universe] chronologically.
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