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7 hours ago, Boothjan said:

This is a very good continuation of the High Republic saga and as with Light of the Jedi, I was entertained throughout and excited about the new characters, new antagonists and new adventures.

I think this was intended as a side story, with The Rising Storm being the actual "part 2", picking up with the LotJ characters. At least I hope that's true because I can't find an ebook version of this one. :seanr:

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8 hours ago, Mogster said:

I think this was intended as a side story, with The Rising Storm being the actual "part 2", picking up with the LotJ characters. At least I hope that's true because I can't find an ebook version of this one. :seanr:

 

Yes, that's correct. I treated it a bit like one of the anthology films as opposed to the next proper instalment. 

 

Got The Rising Storm on my bookcase which I will be starting after I've read a couple of other (non-Star Wars) books on my long list of shame.

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The High Republic is basically three trilogies, one for adults ;

Light of the Jedi

The Rising Storm

The Fallen Star

 

one for young adults;

Into the Dark

Out of the Shadows

Midnight Horizon

 

and one for kids;

A Test of Courage

Race to Crashpoint Tower

Mission to Disaster

 

I'm looking forward to reading the YA books most as they seem to be getting the best reviews so far. Got the adult ones on order from Out of Print in the States though, because pretty covers.

 

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On 09/10/2021 at 16:36, Boothjan said:

The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray

 

Huzzah! A new Star Wars book by Claudia Gray! Always something to look out for. With the High Republic series still in its infancy, I'm very pleased that she has been given the opportunity to introduce and flesh out some really interesting characters. Step forward the main cast of Into the Dark:

 

Reath Silas - a padawan Jedi

Cohmac Vitus - a seasoned, wise Jedi Master

Orla Jareni - a 'wayseeker' Jedi

Leox Gyasi - captain of The Vessel (a charter ship in the service of the Byne Corporation who the Jedi use to investigate a mysterious space station) - a bit of Han Solo 'scoundrel' about him, a loveable rogue

Affie Hollow - the young first mate of The Vessel

Geode - basically a rock and the 3rd member of The Vessel's crew!

 

All of these characters are excellent. Really well written, I really hope we see more of all of them as this series continues. So much more to them than the standard Skywalker Saga Jedi, with the supporting cast balancing things out brilliantly.

 

This book is set during the same time period as Light of the Jedi, with the aforementioned 'Great Disaster' being the catalyst that makes the Jedi take refuge at a mysterious Amaxine space station. But this station has a very dark past, and the Jedi sense the darkness as soon as they dock.

 

As with LotJ, Into the Dark explores more about the way Jedi use the force, and it's a lot more complicated that the original films have us believe. This is a good thing because it opens up so many possibilities. The story aligns well with LotJ, but I dont think its imperative to read that first. It probably helps but Into the Dark holds up well on it's own.

 

The action takes some time to get going but by the end, its enthralling with the introduction of some tremendous new bad guys, and a neat back story into a past incident shared by Orla and Cohmac, when they were padawans. 

 

The real star of this though is Reath - such a good character. I shall follow his progress with great interest....

 

This is a very good continuation of the High Republic saga and as with Light of the Jedi, I was entertained throughout and excited about the new characters, new antagonists and new adventures.

 

Very good overall.

 

8/10

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Stand-alone or do I have to have read others?

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12 hours ago, davidcotton said:

Stand-alone or do I have to have read others?

 

It *could* work as a standalone but its definitely worth reading Light of the Jedi first:

 

1. It's probably better overall anyway (not much in it)

2. As it's set at the same time as Into the Dark, you get a much better sense of context 

3. LotJ introduces a lot - wouldn't dream of spoiling it but the familiarity helps when you read Into the Dark 

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This is the first part of the Marvel Comics contribution to the High Republic stories and it's really good. It's set shortly after the events of Light of the Jedi (which I haven't read yet) but I didn't feel like I was missing anything by reading this first. The story centres around a young Jedi and her master who are sent to investigate a distress signal and get drawn into all kinds of trouble as a result. Because it's set 200 years before The Phantom Menace all the characters are brand new (apart from a fleeting cameo appearance by a certain Jedi Master) and the main ones are really well fleshed out, especially the central pair of protagonists. It's a very promising start and it's made me even keener to read Light of the Jedi and get properly immersed in this new era of Star Wars.

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Is that Keeve Trennis and Avar Kriss, alongside Jedi Master Sskeer?  (Trying to learn all these new characters!)

 

DEFINITELY give Light of the Jedi a go - especially now you'll be familiar with some of the characters.  I think it's massively helped by not being hindered by any of the movies.  Some of the new canon stuff is reluctant to delve too deep into characters because they obviously didn't want to tread on the toes of anyone writing for the sequel trilogy.

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Finished the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy today, I really enjoyed it and it clearly leaves implications for the upcoming Ahsoka series if she chasing after Thrawn

 

Ahsoka speculation 

 

Spoiler

I think we'll find Thrawn and Ezra as allies rather than enemies, working together against what's out in the unknown regions, really hoping we see the Ascendancy in live action as well. 

 

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Managed to bag myself the Out of Print pretty cover Fallen Star + bobble-hat.

 

Bit pricey but they are appreciating assets. The Star Wars book fandom are ravenous. They still have copies of this and The Rising Storm left if anyone’s a collector. No import duty on books either.

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https://outofprint.com/products/star-wars-the-high-republic-the-fallen-star-bundle

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Just finished Fallen Star and I thought it was great, it was pretty brave for a star wars book with a very dark and empire esque ending, a very Jedi centric story which again shows the Jedi to be these self righteous hypocritical tits.  My only complaint is not enough Marchion Ro but it's completely understandable why they'd do that, it feels as though they're building up the mystery behind this rather enigmatic bad guy. 

 

So any theories on

 

Spoiler

Who or what is Marchion really?

 

I think if he's not one of m or even working for the Sith who have to be about they'll be the ones to take him down simply because they'll feel like he's robbing them of their revenge

 

What is the Great Leveler?

 

It has to be some type of Sithspawn or beast that was made through Sith alchemy, the sense of dread and doom when it appears is really well done. 

 

So that's the end of phase 1 of the high republic, in phase 2 we're going back another 150 years, not really sure why. I still have to go through the comics to fill in the rest of the background though and they arrived today. 

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I seem to be taking a very long time to get through the second High Republic book, although I don't know why. I don't think it's as good as the first, but otherwise it's still decent so far. It's just not grabbing me in the same way.

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I've fallen out of the habit of updating this thread with every book or comic I read, so in summary, I've not read any of the novels for ages, I still haven't started the High Republic or the second Thrawn trilogy novels, but I've been keeping up with the comics, and the latest ones, which all cross over with each other in an event called War of the Bounty Hunters, are very good so far. They're following this with another similar crossover called Crimson Reign so I'm hoping they keep up the quality.

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Quite a lot of books being released pretty regularly this year.

 

Queen’s Hope just got released, the final part of EK Johnstone’s Padme trilogy. There’s a good interview with her here:

 

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/full-of-sith-star-wars-news-discussions-and-interviews/id591644330?i=1000554471025

 

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Mike Chen’s Brotherhood is out in May, a Clone Wars story with Anakin and Obiwan. Forbidden Planet are doing signed copies at rrp.

 

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Adam Christopher’s Shadow of the Sith is out in June, set twenty years after RotJ and focussing on Luke and Lando. There’s an excerpt up here:

 

https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-shadow-of-the-sith-cover-exclusive-excerpt

 

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Loads of other stuff, but those are the three I’m looking forward to most.

 

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Just finished War of the Bounty Hunters and all its crossovers/one-shots. As a whole it’s pretty patchy and chaotic, but there are some great highlights.


Issue 0 and 1 of Wotbh’s are great and real fun Boba Fett stories.

 

The one shots are also highlights, with the best being Boushh, which is a rather wonderful expansion of a character we all recognise but have never actually met. Also the Jabba one-shot which introduces Deva Lompop, who is a stand-out new character. Way better than I was expecting. The reintroduction of Qira is also handled pretty well.


Darth Vader as always is a treat and Aphra just about holds together.

 

Now the bad. As has been the case for years, the actual Star Wars title is really hit and miss, and I still find Bounty Hunters weirdly uninspiring. The wotbh’s mini-series kind of fizzles out before it’s over as well.

The constituent parts don’t gel for me. It ends up like some 70’s farce called Someone’s Nicked My Knickers, with everyone running round like headless chickens. 

 

It’s still worth reading the good stuff though, and would still make sense. The main mini-series, Vader, the one-shots and Aphra are great to pretty good.

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I'd agree with that. I've read nearly all of it, apart from the last few issues of Bounty Hunters.

 

Despite the occasional patchiness it's definitely the most successful (and extensive) crossover they've done so far - Vader Down and Screaming Citadel were both a bit rubbish IIRC. They've done a surprisingly good job of squeezing a lot of story into the gap between Empire and Jedi. I hope they keep up the (mostly) good work for Crimson Reign.

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They’ve gone all in on the crossovers for the next year or so. War of the Bounty Hunters is the first of a trilogy, Crimson Reign’s part 2, followed by the finale.

 

I’ll be exhausted by the end.

 

 

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The main Star Wars series has always been incredibly hit and miss but I dutifully read it. Every now and again it comes up with a lovely little Easter Egg though and the one I just read was a throwback to Solo from an Empire era Lando.

 

I’d completely forgotten that L3 was integrated into the Falcon in Solo, but there are several ways this works into the wider Saga. In Empire 3PO says, “Sir, I don't know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect.” I can just imagine some binary Fleabag innuendo. Also, there’s a bit in the OT where Han hits the Falcon to get it working, something L3 does to herself in Solo. Finally, you could also say that it’s L3 that gets Lando out of the exploding Death Star in RotJ when they almost don’t make it.

 

Anyway, there’s a lovely little scene in the comic where Lando talks directly to L3 (who can’t talk back but can make shit happen) which reminded me of all that. It also means the Falcon basically has a consciousness,

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I've only read two Star Wars books since the Disney takeover, both comics: a Han Solo one and that Road to The Force Awakens one.

 

Anyway, wanted something light to read whilst I also read Max Hastings Vietnam War book so started Master and Apprentice today, upto chapter 5 and already hankering for more Qui-Gonn stuff once I've read this.

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