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Sean Mason's 14 reviews

Star Wars - The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn

The Sith Empire is in flux. The Emperor is missing, presumed dead, and an ambitious Sith lord's attempt to seize the throne has ended fatally. Still, Darth Karrid, commander of the fearsome Imperial battle cruiser Ascendant Spear, continues her relentless efforts to achieve total Sith domination of the galaxy.But Karrid's ruthless...

7.5/10

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Star Wars - Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side by Daniel Wallace

The Sith have existed in the galaxy for centuries, lurking, waiting for their chance to seize control. In his quest for domination, Darth Sidious tracked down five pivotal Sith texts written by his most powerful predecessors. Then, drawing on the knowledge within the compiled pages, he wrote a sixth text his own manifesto. Together, these docume...

8.0/10

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Lenore: Swirlies by Roman Dirge

Everyone’s favourite cute little dead girl is showcased in all her morbid glory in this new collection of the timeless comic strip from Roman Dirge. Return once against to the dark, surreal world of Lenore, the girl with a knack for unintentional mayhem and occasional wanton destruction in this fourth volume that includes the extremely...

8.5/10

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Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade by Richard A Knaak

The 8th in the Dragonrealm series, Shade is an entertaining but thin entry to the genre, the first full length print novel for the series in over a decade.Plenty of concessions are made for readers new to the series and you get a good sense of the series history. Admittedly, I began to feel like I was being given too much. Characters know...

6.7/10

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Nest of Serpents by Curtis Jobling (Wereworld)

The fourth in the Wereworld saga continues to deliver action and adventure in abundance. There are twists and turns and some pleasant surprises. Jobling has found his stride, and we feel like we're slowly drawing towards the endgame.That said, for the most part the war between wolf and cat takes a back seat as another threat tries to ...

9.0/10

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Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling (Wereworld)

The third of four books (though Curtis Jobling has proposed a fifth) and things aren't going well for Drew Ferran and the Wolf's Council. Book 2 saw the vengeance of catlords of Bast upon the seven realms of Lyssia and Book 3 finds our heroes in dire straits.Jobling's influences are clear; the first half of the book has a feel...

9.0/10

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Revan by Drew Karpyshyn (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Here's the one we Knights of The Old Republic fans have been waiting for, finally the mysterious fate of Revan is revealed in a novel that bridges the gap between the first two KOTOR games and new Old Republic MMO. So, is it worth the wait?Well, initially, it’s hard not to feel slightly disappointed. When a great mystery is bein...

7.0/10

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The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force by Daniel Wallace

This ancient training manual, crafted by early Jedi Masters, has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi. It explains the history and hierarchy of the Jedi Order, and what Jedi must know to take their place as defenders of the peace in the galaxy from mastery of the Force to the nuances of lightsaber combat. A single copy of this manual has...

7.0/10

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Deceived by Paul S Kemp (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Like the trailers to the forthcoming game these novels seem to be being released in reverse chronological order. Whilst the previous novel Fatal Alliance is set roughly about the time the game is set to start (and was written to give a flavour of the different types of character classes and quests whilst also being a great adventure in its own r...

7.0/10

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Rage of Lions by Curtis Jobling (Wereworld)

Here’s the short version: If you’re not reading this series, you should be.And now, the long version: The second of Curtis Jobling’s Wereworld novels, Rage of Lions falls into the “Empire Strikes Back” sequel category. Things get bad for our heroes and then they get worse. The novel even shares a couple of na...

9.0/10

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Rise of The Wolf by Curtis Jobling (Wereworld)

I’ll admit that when Lee sent me my review copy I was sceptical about this book. Werewolves seem to have been defanged recently by the Twilight crowd, and when my friend saw my review copy in the pub he asked me why I was reading a “girly werewolf novel.” Rest assured that is not the case. I mention this because I wouldn’...

8.6/10

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Star Wars: The Force Unleased by Sean Williams

Despite this book and the game on which it is based being available for a while now, I'm going to avoid any major spoilers if I can on the off chance that you the reader are coming fresh to the story.The Force Unleashed was the Lucas empires latest cross media event - a major story told in different forms (game, comic, novelisation) t...

5.5/10

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Iron Man: Virus by Alex Irvine

Spin-Off novels from popular comics are a peculiar breed of book. They don’t really offer anything that a graphic novel wouldn’t except allowing writers to get into a characters head more than a comic might allow in this post “thought bubble” world. They are, more often than not, “just a paycheque”; passable b...

6.0/10

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Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Sean Williams' Fatal Alliance is a prelude to the forthcoming massively multiplayer online game The Old Republic which will be released in the last quarter of 2011. The last Star Wars MMO we saw was Galaxies which was met with general apathy. Lucas Books had previously experimented with tie in novels for that game as well (although only one ...

9.0/10

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