50 Page Fridays: Drew Karpyshyn


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week’s excerpt comes from ANNIHILATION: STAR WARS, an exciting new addition to the Old Republic series. The author, Drew Karpyshyn, is a well known Star Wars writer. He tells us more about this story below:

“This is my fifth Star Wars novel, and like the others before it has an Old Republic setting. Annihilation has a few tie-ins with the Star Wars: The Old Republic online game, but it is a stand alone story. You don’t have to play the game to enjoy the book, and you won’t be lost or confused if you didn’t play the game. There are a few characters from the game that appear in the novel (Jace and Satele primarily), but the focus is on Theron Shan – an operative working for the Republic SIS.

Theron was first introduced in the Lost Suns comic series by Alex Freed, and he’s very different from most of the other protagonists I’ve worked with in the Star Wars universe. For starters, Theron isn’t a Jedi; he’s not even Force sensitive. He’s a highly trained and deadly special agent, but unlike Revan or Bane, he isn’t one of the most powerful individuals in the universe. That means Theron has to rely on his wits and a little bit of hi-tech equipment to even the odds when he goes up against a Sith, which brings a whole different perspective.

Theron was a really fun character to write; he’s not as grim or serious as Bane or Revan. He knows the stakes are high, but he’s got an irreverant vibe about him that sets him apart from some of my other characters. As much as I loved writing about all-powerful Sith and Jedi, I honestly think this book is my best Star Wars work to date because the character has to work so much harder to succeed.”

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Please enjoy this excerpt of ANNIHILATION: STAR WARS, on sale now, wherever books are sold.

ANNIHILATION: STAR WARS by Drew Karpyshyn, Excerpt