Title: Star Wars: A New Dawn
Author: John Jackson Miller
Recent Release Date: September 2, 2014
Review of Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
“The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine
For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.
Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.
But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .
The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni.
Why?: The Star Wars universe recently went through an overhaul. All the books are now noncanon and considered a part of the Star Wars Legends banner. This is one of the first books that will be within the canon of the upcoming trilogy. The canon consists of the two movie trilogies, the most recent Clone Wars animated tv series and the upcoming Rebels animates series. This book is a prequel to that series, showcasing two of the main characters (Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus). I'm really excited to see what mood this book sets.
Expectations: I'm expecting this book to bridge the gap between the trilogies, while trying to stick with the feel of the original trilogy more. With the upcoming trilogy it seems that they want the aesthetic and overall feel of the classic movies. I'm also expecting a cool origin story for these two characters. I'm hoping it will give me a look into why they act how they do in the upcoming Rebels tv series. John Jackson Miller also wrote Kenobi, which i enjoyed. It took place in the same time period.
Judging a book by its cover: I like the cover. It has a similar feel to the Rebels artwork I have seen. The Empire is going to be a big threat in this book.