This review will touch on some plot points that some readers may not want to know in advance. So consider this a minor spoiler warning.
Written by Charles Soule, the new novel Star Wars: The High Republic – Light of the Jedi kicks off the entire transmedia experience known as The High Republic. Set a couple of hundred years before the events of The Phantom Menace, the entire High Republic era is designed to give us a view of a more frontier-like galaxy, and of Jedi who are at the height of their powers before the decay and destruction of the Skywalker Saga.
The initial wave of novels begin with a central conflict that is established in this first book. There is a disaster in hyperspace. A ship called The Legacy Run suffers a catastrophe and breaks up into hundreds of pieces. The resulting wreckage slips out of hyperspace seemingly at random, causing destruction everywhere in its wake. Of course, the Jedi are called in to help mitigate the disaster and they get into more than they bargained for. Hyperspace lanes are closed until the cause of the accident can be determined, and the opening of the Jedi’s Starlight Beacon is delayed. The Starlight Beacon itself is an outpost in the Outer Rim where the Jedi can be stationed to expand the influence and justice of the Republic to those territories on the frontier of space.
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Star Wars: The High Republic is the bold new transmedia initiative from Lucasfilm that takes Star Wars hundreds of years into the past. Set a couple of centuries before the events of The Phantom Menace, The High Republic shows us a Republic and Jedi Order at the height of their power. The Republic is expanding its reach into the Outer Rim with the Starlight Beacon, a sort of Watchtower for the Jedi Order to keep their eye on the furthest fringes of the known galaxy.
Each of the initial novels deal with a catastrophe in hyperspace, a cataclysmic event that sets the Republic and the Jedi against the Nihil, a mysterious group with even more mysterious motives. And each of those books, Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule, Star Wars: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland, and Star Wars: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray, suggests that this new era of the Star Wars universe will be one worth exploring.
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In January 2021, Lucasfilm and Del Ray Books will usher in a new era of Star Wars content with The High Republic, a multi-platform publishing initiative which will tell stories across books, comics, and potentially even video games, TV shows, and movies. Set 200 years before the events of the prequel trilogy, the books follow mostly new characters and should expand the universe in way we haven’t seen in quite some time.
The first entry in The High Republic story is a book from author Charles Soule called Light of the Jedi, and Lucasfilm has published the entire second chapter of his forthcoming book online in advance. You can read an excerpt below. Read More »
Earlier this year, back when the future was virus-free and full of promise, Lucasfilm announced a major new publishing initiative called Star Wars: The High Republic. Set 200 years before the Skywalker saga began in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the multi-year program will span books and comics that follow an era when Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at the height of their power, serving as true guardians of peace and justice around the galaxy. The High Republic was intended to launch in August with two books, and a third following in October, but now they’ve all been delayed to early 2021. Read More »