Monday, February 8, 2021

Review - Light of the Jedi (Star Wars: The High Republic) by Charles Soule



Title: Light of the Jedi (Star Wars: The High Republic)

Author: Charles Soule

Pages: 368

Publisher: Cornerstone

Release Date: 5th January 2021


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before even The Phantom Menace. . . Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in The High Republic.

It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the furthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm But the even brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbors a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi's heart.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone and NetGalley*

There is peace in the galaxy and it is the golden age of the Republic.

However, when a ship is torn apart in hyperspace, the fallout will threaten billions of lives. The Republic forces and the Jedi join together to prevent as much destruction as possible, but an emerging enemy won't make it easy for them.

Can the Republic and the Jedi prevail?

Is there more to this new threat than there seems?

As a big Star Wars fan I was excited when I heard that there would be a series of books coming out set when the Jedi were at the height of their power, so I jumped at the chance to read Light of the Jedi.

There were a lot of characters in the book, and it did take me a few chapters to wrap my head around who they all were. I was worried that the amount of characters might mean that there wasn't much depth to them, but I felt that there was good characterisation overall. There were some characters I liked more than others, because of their personalities, and I hope that we get to find out more about some of them.

The setting of the High Republic was really interesting but strange in a way, as I'm used to there not being many Jedi. However, it was nice to read about a time when Jedi were numerous, if a little sad knowing that it doesn't last. I also liked reading about the different ways that some of the Jedi used/saw the Force. I liked the idea of the Chancellor's Great Works and would be interested in finding out more about them.

The plot dove pretty much into the action straight away which was great and had me engrossed, but after a while my interest did wane a little. There were some very enjoyable scenes, but I definitely preferred the first half of the book. The epilogue definitely has me intrigued to read more of the High Republic books.

The writing style was easy to follow and explained things well, making the book fairly uncomplicated to read.

While I wasn't blown away by this book and I'm a little disappointed I didn't like it more, it was a decent read overall.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.



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