I've just purchased a single e-book containing the four Old Republic novels. They are presented in order of their publishing date: Fatal Alliance, Deceived, Revan, & Annihilation, respectively. However, I've since learned the chronological in-universe order is Revan, Deceived, Fatal Alliance, & Annihilation.

Which order is recommended for reading the novels, chronologically or by publish date?

  • Related, pretty sure not a dupe: Where to start with the Star Wars books?
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 12, 2016 at 4:09
  • Yeah, I saw that question before I wrote mine. Only mentioned 3 of the Old Republic books and didn't necessarily indicate best reading order. Also added the suggested order tag. Thanks Amarillo
    – iMerchant
    Apr 12, 2016 at 4:11

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I asked my good friends Paul S. Kemp (author of TOR: Deceived), Sean Williams (Author of TOR: Fatal Alliance) and Drew Karpyshyn (author of TOR: Revan and TOR: Annihiliation) , what their thoughts were on reading order.

Some answers were more useful than others :-)

Q. There are 4 "Old Republic" novels now. Any thoughts on reading order (e.g published vs, in-universe chronological)?

PSK: They're all standalone, I think, so any order works. Pick your poison.

SW: Hmmmm. Tricky. Roll a 4-sided dice?

DK: I'd say in-universe chronology, though I think they all basically stand on their own.

via Twitter

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    Well, aren't we well-connected. Very nice. +1 for personally knowing one of the authors. I've decided to read them in order of publish date.
    – iMerchant
    Apr 13, 2016 at 10:38
  • @iMerchant - You'll be pleased to hear that only Drew Karpyshyn disagrees with you, and then only slightly.
    – Valorum
    Apr 14, 2016 at 10:27
  • I've read DK's Darth Bane trilogy several times. He is one of my favorite authors, not just in Star Wars lore, but favorite period. I was tempted to read his first (Darth Revan), but I figured I would read his book third, as sort of the 'main course' to anticipate and enjoy.
    – iMerchant
    Apr 14, 2016 at 12:22
  • @iMerchant Richard is well connected... I'm starting to think said connection is RJ45 (or possibly SFP+) with priority routing to the publisher's database and to SE.
    – T.J.L.
    Apr 14, 2016 at 20:56
  • @T.J.L. - You just gotta ask the question to the right people :-P
    – Valorum
    Apr 14, 2016 at 20:58

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