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Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic) (udgave 2021)

af Charles Soule (Forfatter)

Serier: Star Wars: Canon - chronological order (232 BBY, High Republic Era), Star Wars: The High Republic (Adult, Phase I, wave 1), Star Wars Universe

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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? 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
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Titel:Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic)
Forfattere:Charles Soule (Forfatter)
Info:Del Rey (2021), 400 pages
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Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi af Charles Soule

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Loved this book. Listed to the audiobook version on a road trip and was in love with the descriptions of the force and how alive it felt. The final push to save the system nearly had me in tears. Loved it thoroughly. It was refreshing after so many misses in the Star Wars franchise. ( )
  TheDragonHoard | May 27, 2024 |
The first adult novel in a new, unexplored era of Star Wars history. This is set during the High Republic period, two centuries before A New Hope. The Republic and the Jedi Order are at their prime. It's a time of peace for the galaxy, but even in a general situation of peace, there is a lot of room for conflict, tragedy, formidable enemies and adventure.

And this novel is... quite good. Better than I was expecting. I like how it shows a positive, optimistic version of the Jedi order and the Old Republic. It tries to tell a different kind of Star Wars story, which I appreciate and enjoyed.

The enemies are not force users, which means that you shouldn't expect lightsaber duels. That's a pity, but a new kind of story will have to find new hooks. I thought that all in all Soule did a good job selling the Nihil as a credible threat.

I like that it's (mostly) about the Jedi. For me, they are one of my favorite parts of Star Wars, what distinguishes the franchise from other space fantasy adventures.

The novel is coral, jumping frequently from character to character. That allows the author to tell a grand story. It feels like Star Wars, big. However, we don't really get enough time with any character to really love them. There were certain characters that I liked, but at some point I would like to spend more time with them, without the constant jumping around. Soule has this style which makes this kind of story work better, because he takes a bit of time to humanize each character even if we spend little time with them, so we do care what happens.

Even though the image of the galaxy is positive and optimistic... the story is also dark. Many, many deaths and suffering, and probably more to come.

I had a good time reading this, and I'm going to follow the High Republic. I would give this five stars, except that there were some details that occasionally pulled me out of the story. Like the author's lack of understanding about how grid processing works... that part was a little cringeworthy because of how ignorant the portrayal was. Same about some details about movement and battles in space. Well... this is Star Wars, not Physics 101, but sometimes I found it a bit distracting.

Overall, a really solid effort. I had a good time and I want more. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Le tenia muchas ganas y al final se me ha atascado un poco la lectura.

El concepto de base me gusta y la introducción a todo el conflicto me enganchó lo suficiente, pero los diversos saltos en el punto de vista y un ritmo irregular han hecho que me cueste rematar el libro rápido. No he conseguido conectar demasiado con los personajes incluso siendo carismáticos, y el villano parece un don nadie hasta casi el final.

Me gusta el periodo que parece que introduce y todo lo que parece indicar que sucedera en la High Republic, pero esta novela ha sido un inicio agridulce. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
Project Luminous was the name given to the top-secret project at Disney/Star Wars that, for several years after J.J. Abrams’s “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” hit theaters, was only talked about in hushed whispers. It was going to be big.

In 2021, it was announced that Project Luminous was the code name for the next phase of the Star Wars franchise, after “Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” officially concluded the nine-film arc started way back in 1977 by George Lucas.

Set hundreds of years before the original films, “The High Republic” imagined a pre-Empire galaxy when the Jedi Knights held the peace during a time of prosperity and exploration for the galaxy.

(For those, like me, who grew up in a pre-J.J. Abrams, pre-Disney-owned Star Wars world, there was a similar setting called the Old Republic, presumably set several hundred years prior to the High Republic. The Old Republic is considered “old canon” and is not talked about, despite the fact that to a lot of fans—-especially gamers—-the Old Republic was the best thing to ever happen to Star Wars. Sadly, though, like the misunderstood weird older brother in “Encanto”, we don’t talk about that Bruno.)

Charles Soule had the honor of writing the first published novel in the High Republic series, “Light of the Jedi”. Part of a huge publishing event that simultaneously saw the beginning of a series of young adult novels, middle reader chapter books, children’s books, and graphic novels, the High Republic series carried the hopes of many excited Disney executives.

Fans, not so much.

Not that it stopped them from going out to Target and buying them all up. I admit it: I did.

Granted, it took me this long to read them, but whatever.

“Light of the Jedi” starts out strong. A space freighter accident while in hyperspace results in the fragments of the ship popping out of hyperspace and becoming missile-like projectiles that lay waste to anything in its path. A large portion of these killer fragments pop up in the Hetzal system and on an extinction-level collision course toward Hetzal Prime, a large farming planet that produces a large percentage of crops for the entire galaxy. If it is destroyed, the consequences—both economically and in terms of food distribution—would be catastrophic.

Thankfully, Jedi Knights from the newly-created Starlight Beacon answer the distress calls. They rush to the Hetzal system to protect the planet and other inhabited moons and stations.

I admit: the first hundred pages of this book are pretty intense and action-packed. It reads like a classic Tom Clancy techno-thriller based in outer space. This is, hands down, Star Wars at its best.

The rest of the novel was, sadly, a bit of a let-down. The villains of the novel—a motley arrangement of multiple alien species devoted to piracy and bad life decisions called the Nihil—-don’t appear until the half-way mark. They are annoying and not that threatening. They remind me of the Pirates of Caribbean in space, minus any interesting characters like Captain Jack Sparrow to rally behind. They mostly want to wreak havoc and cause lots of death and destruction. That’s pretty much it for their motivation.

The other major problem with the novel is that there are way too many characters and none of them are given any time to develop into actual three-dimensional people. They are all just stock cardboard cut-out Jedi heroes. When several of them die throughout the course of the novel, I was left with a rather embarrassing feeling of utter indifference. Was I supposed to feel bad and shed a tear? All I knew was their name. Soule’s idea of character development is telling us what their favorite food is and that they like to listen to Star Wars-y rock music. Then they die.

What separates “Light of the Jedi” from the original Star Wars movies is characters that were, at the very least, interesting and, over time and several films later, lovable. But you can’t forcibly duplicate that. It has to happen organically.

Soule is info-bombing us with an entire cast of characters that we are suddenly supposed to give a shit about, but it doesn’t work that way.

I’m disappointed with “Light of the Jedi” but I can’t say I’m totally shocked. I have felt this kind of disappointment with a lot of the new canon stuff. The only new canon stuff that I have actually thought was great has been the comic books, including the High Republic comic book series.

Actually, “Light of the Jedi” has the feel of a story that was probably supposed to be in graphic novel form but then novelized. I’m sure if “Light of the Jedi” was adapted into graphic novel form (and I’m honestly surprised that it hasn’t yet, that I know of), it would probably work a lot better. ( )
  scottrhee1972 | Jun 29, 2023 |
This is the first in a series of books set in the Star Wars galaxy two centuries before the time period seen in the films. The Galactic Republic has ushered in an era of peace and prosperity and is expanding into the territories of the Outer Rim. The book begins with a bang as a freighter called the Legacy Run breaks apart in hyperspace with pieces emerging throughout the galaxy and threatening to destroy the Hetzal system. Several Jedi arrive to not only attempt to stop the annihilation of planets but save passengers still trapped in the fragmented compartments of the ship.

The crisis leads to the closing of hyperspace lanes which are necessary to connecting the various far flung planetary systems threatens the stability of the Republic. A group of marauders known as the Nihil take advantage of the crisis. Marchion Ro, known as the Eye of the Nihil, has found a unique way to navigate paths through hyperspace, allowing the raiders to continue their attacks. But Ro has even bigger plans to consolidate his power that the leaders of the Nihil are unaware of, including facing off with the Jedi.

It's refreshing to have a piece of Star Wars media that is completely unconnected from the Skywalker Saga (although Yoda is mentioned). That being said, there are a lot of new characters in this book and I don't think I ever got a handle on the significant characteristics of each one. I do like that the Jedi seem more independent from the Republic than they were in the prequel movies, and also a bit more mysterious. My favorite character is Burryaga Agaburry, a sensitive Wookiee padawan. ( )
  Othemts | Feb 15, 2023 |
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Fiction. Literature. Science Fiction. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? 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

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