The ANH analogy mostly doesn't work cause that was once the first SW movie for everyone. Millions knew it as step one for 22 years. I think Revan stands on its own...sorta. We learn plenty about Revan which was cool for me, a non gamer. One problem for me is that the book is consistently playing catch up with the reader, either explaining KOTOR 1 events, or worse, the Kotor II events which were huge on a galactic level but are merely glossed over in a paragraph or two here. I've read no other SW book that does this. I don't think it's the fault of the author, really. Revan was his subject matter. It's not confusing but feels odd and really incomplete. If Karpyshyn was a more expansive author I think the book could have been more satisfying. I think the strange thing is that it seems to satisfy non gamers more than gamers. Those that have played Kotor I and II seem to feel a lot more cheated and unsatisfied than those of us that are meeting Revan for the first time in the book. I will say that the TOR Sith are utterly unsatisfying no matter how you approach it. Vitiate is a neat idea but his minions are a mass of illogical contradictions and cartoonish stereotypes. I'll also say that I thought Bastila, Revan's wife was one of the weepiest and weakest female characters I've read in a SW book. She didn't strike me as Jedi material at all. Was she once a powerful character in KOTOR I or was she actually as she was depicted in Revan? I would actually recommend against reading Wook until after you've read the novel. The books explains what you need to know for the novel itself. I would think the Wook pages would be more interesting after you've read the book. I hate the idea of having to do research before I enjoy a one shot novel.