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Old 01-05-2021, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hi,

With Lucasfilm's new book initiative launching today, I thought it would be a good idea to kick off a dedicated discussion thread. This can be whatever we want it to be-- an anticipation thread or a review thread, as long as proper etiquette with spoilers is maintained.

Here is the original announcement trailer from last year:

A new trailer for the book series:

And here's the launch event video from January 4, 2021:

From Wikipedia, here's the breakdown for
PHASE I: LIGHT OF THE JEDI

Short stories
  • "Starlight: Part 1 - Go Together" (December 15, 2020), written by Charles Soule, and published in Star Wars Insider #199 from Titan Magazines. It acts as a prequel to the event, and is the first in a serialized story.
  • "Starlight: Part 2" (February 10, 2021), written by Soule, and published in Star Wars Insider #200. The final part of the "Starlight" story, acting as an epilogue to his novel Light of the Jedi.
  • "First Duty" (March 17, 2021), written by Cavan Scott for Star Wars Insider #201. The story will feature the character Velko, the first aid to the head of Starlight Beacon, meant to act as a view into the High Republic outside of the Jedi.
Adult hardcover novels
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – Light of the Jedi (January 5, 2021) by Charles Soule, published by Del Rey. The novel features the Great Disaster, the inciting incident of the event, when a ship was destroyed while in hyperspace, resulting in pieces of it threatening to destroy an entire system.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – The Rising Storm (July 6, 2021) by Cavan Scott, published by Del Rey. The novel features the Republic Fair, a gathering to celebrate the great things and new inventions of the Republic, and involved the Jedi Stellan Gios, and a monster hunter named Ty Yorrick.
Young adult novels
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – Into the Dark (February 2, 2021) by Claudia Gray, published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press. The novel features Padawan Reath Silas, whose ship is knocked out of hyperspace, forcing him to take shelter in a mysterious abandoned space station.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – Out of the Shadows (July 27, 2021) by Justina Ireland, published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press. It continues the story of Vernestra Rwoh from A Test of Courage.
Middle-grade novels
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – A Test of Courage (January 5, 2021) by Justina Ireland, published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press. The novel shows fifteen year old Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh as she escorts a group of children to visit Starlight Beacon, until a bomb disables their ship, and they must survive on a jungle moon.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – Race to Crashpoint Tower (June 29, 2021) by Daniel Josť Older, published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press. Taking place at the same time as The Rising Storm, it features Padawans Ramjo Maram, a gifted mechanic from a small planet getting his first glimpse at the largest galaxy through the Republic Fair, and Lula Talisola from The High Republic Adventures.
Young reader novels
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – The Great Jedi Rescue (January 5, 2021) by Cavan Scott, published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press. It serves as a young reader adaptation of Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule.
  • An untitled novel to be released on July 6, 2021, published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press.
Comics
  • Star Wars: The High Republic, an ongoing comic book by Cavan Scott published by Marvel Comics. The first issue is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2021. The series takes place directly after the novel Light of the Jedi and features young Padawan Keeve Trennis.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, an ongoing comic book by Daniel Josť Older and published by IDW Comics, in which Yoda is set to appear. The first issue is scheduled to release on February 21, 2021.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – The Monster of Temple Peak, a graphic novel written by Cavan Scott with art by Rachel Stott. The novel expands on Ty Yorrick, a character introduced in The Rising Storm.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic – The Edge of Balance, an original manga written by Justina Ireland and Shima Shinya with art by Mizuki Sakakibara published by Viz Media. It will focus on Jedi posted on smaller planets, emphasising on their role as a protector of the people.
Web series
  • Star Wars: The High Republic Show, a behind-the-scenes web series hosted by Krystina Arielle on the official Star Wars YouTube channel and website. The series will release on a bi-monthly basis, and feature guests from the initiative discussing the works and what went into making them. The first episode premiers on January 27, 2021.
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So much to get through.
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So much to get through.
And this is just the first phase!

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I just bought the first two releases as e-books, Light of the Jedi and A Test of Courage. The High Republic comic series launches tomorrow, and Amazon says The Great Jedi Rescue young reader book will be out on Thursday, not today as listed above.
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The deluxe hardcover edition of Light of the Jedi. Tempting!

EDIT: Seems to be sold out now. Dank farrik, I threw away my shot!

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Starts January 27th on the Star Wars YouTube channel!

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Starts January 27th on the Star Wars YouTube channel!

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Maybe we can post YT links here as each week's video is released.
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Got my (Light of the Jedi) hardback copy, got my audiobook... got life in the way to stop me getting straight into it... lol... SOON though.

New Star Wars! Well, I guess technically old Star Wars...

NEW Old Star Wars! Yay!

On a less great note I can tell this is already going to partly be another geo-restricted load of nonsense because Disney can't sort to their publishing arm(s) properly still. Oh well. I'll get what I can get, it's not like there won't be a lot of it.
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I preordered Light of the Jedi a while back. It should arrive today but isn't here yet. I keep looking out the window. lol

The "Protection and Defense" style of lightsabers from Savi's workshop in Galaxy's Edge definitely match up well with the High Republic concept art. They've been thinking a lot about all this for a while.

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I've stuck to the adult and young adult novels with Star Wars so far but I'm tempted to read the junior novels for the High Republic. Will you guys be reading them as well? Even the young readers stuff?
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I've stuck to the adult and young adult novels with Star Wars so far but I'm tempted to read the junior novels for the High Republic. Will you guys be reading them as well? Even the young readers stuff?
I think I will. Of course I have a kid so that helps make it an easier decision.
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Got my (Light of the Jedi) hardback copy, got my audiobook... got life in the way to stop me getting straight into it... lol... SOON though.
Let us know how the audio book version is, please!
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I've stuck to the adult and young adult novels with Star Wars so far but I'm tempted to read the junior novels for the High Republic. Will you guys be reading them as well? Even the young readers stuff?
I'm going to start with adult and young adult. That could be enough, but if I really like the era or a certain character, I may check out the others.
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Thought I would post a few concept art pics for Light of the Jedi.
















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Say, just wondering, could
[Show spoiler]the Great Disaster
help recontextualize
[Show spoiler]the Holdo Maneuver
? In other words, the reason why
[Show spoiler]the Holdo Maneuver
isn't done more regularly is because of
[Show spoiler]the devastation that such a collision would cause
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Say, just wondering, could
[Show spoiler]the Great Disaster
help recontextualize
[Show spoiler]the Holdo Maneuver
? In other words, the reason why
[Show spoiler]the Holdo Maneuver
isn't done more regularly is because of
[Show spoiler]the devastation that such a collision would cause
?
Maybe at some point
[Show spoiler]navigational computers are even made to compensate against doing such a thing for that reason. Holdo just knew a workaround
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Light of the Jedi audiobook was great, I highly recommend it.
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Hello my fellow SW canon nerds. What novels have yall read so far? My completed book list is below!

-Thrawn
-Thrawn Alliances
-Lost Stars (My Fav canon novel by far)
-Master & Apprentice
-Rebel Rising
-Most Wanted
-New Dawn
-Lords of the Sith
-Heir to the Jedi
-Battlefront: Twilight Company (least fav canon novel so far)
-ROTS Expanded Edition
-Light of the Jedi (Currently reading)
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