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Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void (Star Wars Legends)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  7,356 Ratings  ·  434 Reviews
On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by LucasBooks
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Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This ought to be 3 stars but I'm doe rating because no Star Wars book should take me nearly half a year to finish and fill me with such dread every time I pick it up.

I don't know that Tim Lebbon gets Star Wars; Lanoree is one of the most incompetent Force Users I've ever read (albeit still more interesting that the dull as dirt, Kerra Holt of Knight Errant). This story was completely pointless and failed utterly at answering the big question of "What are the origins of the Jedi?"

Apr 05, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
Tim Lebbon’s 2013 Star Wars novel Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void is difficult to rate or review.

First of all, this is a Star Wars novel, because we explore the Force and an early version of the Jedi, called the Je’daii. That’s why I chose this work, I like ancient history, I like Star Wars, so how far back in the series can we go? This is it, look on the Star Wars timeline and this is as far back as any writer has ventured in Lucas’ interactive vision.

But is this really a Star Wars book?

It remi
Jun 30, 2016 Matthew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle, library, 2016
Really probably 2.5 - this book for me was rather mediocre and here are a few reasons why:

- This was the first Star Wars book I have read that does not include characters and storyline related to the original. You might say "Matthew, you went into this knowing it is long before the original trilogy". To that I say that the author then should have worked harder to make it entertaining on its own so I didn't care so much about the lack of connection.
- The book goes back and forth between time peri
May 22, 2013 seak rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review, audio, 2013
The "Dawn of the Jedi" series was first produces in comic form and of course the logical progression is novelization. It takes Star Wars back to its roots. As the title says, it's the origin story to the Jedi, the beginning of our favorite protectors of the universe, users of the force (and lightsabers!), and purveyors of piety.

(It was radioactive spiders that created the Jedi!)

And you'll never believe how they began. In fact, if I gave you infinite guesses, you'd never get it. And it's not for
Eric Allen
May 19, 2013 Eric Allen rated it did not like it
I can't read this book. It's just written too terribly to even get past the first chapter. The writing is beyond amatuerish and it uses present tense, which I absolutely HATE. Examples of this would be The Hunger Games and I Am Number Four. I'm sorry, but I just cannot stand the use of present tense. I absolutely despise it. Not to mention the fact that few people who use it in their writing are able to do it well. Some Star Wars fans may be able to get past the terrible writing and the present ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I have a a lot of friends who like the Star Wars books, so I hope I don't annoy them. I just read a review of a book I like immensely where the reviewer said she found the characters whiny and the dialogue wooden... I listed the entire series among my favorites. Obviously I disagree. So, some of you will disagree here.

On the plus side I don't plan to greatly "trash" the book. Mostly I just couldn't get into it. I may go back and try it again later when I'm in a different mood. I've read several
Jacob Berry
Jul 24, 2013 Jacob Berry rated it did not like it
I can't believe this was published.. this book is just badly written and half of it isn't close to cannon. the species mentioned here shouldn't be there at all.. Wookiees, Noghri and Sith!? Did anyone check if this book lined up to the lore and history of the Star Wars universe? I'm a huge Star Wars book nerd and got so frustrated with this guys book. I expected a book that sets its time as early in the history as anyone ever has to have had much better lore. it doesn't explain anything! why are ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Don rated it it was ok
Okay, would it have killed Lebbon to have written the book in one tense? It really made the flashbacks kind of annoying. I was actually thinking of just skipping them because they really didn't add anything to plot.

The rest of the book was just okay. Problem #1 is that Lanoree Brock really isn't all that likeable of a hero. None of the Je'daii are, in fact. Second, Dal isn't really evil. So you have a weak hero chasing a bad guy who isn't bad.

Another of the problems is that Lanoree doesn't reco
Nov 10, 2014 Iset rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars

Meh. I’m struggling to decide how to rate this book. There were things I liked about it… and things I definitely did not like. I’ve come to this book after something of a hiatus. I collected all the Expanded Universe books in my teen years, saving up my pocket money to make a new addition once a fortnight, reading each book multiple times over, arranging them all neatly in chronological order on a dedicated shelf… And then I went to university and the only time I had for reading was spent readin
Milo (BOK)
Read the Review Here:

“A fun look into a Star Wars before such a time as even the Old Republic. Action packed and page-turning.” ~The Founding Fields

I’ve been reading a lot of new Star Wars releases recently and there seems to be a trend of one thing happening - they’re fun, action packed and page-turning, but they’re rarely anything more. Crucible and The Last Jedi both prove my point, but nonetheless, it’s Star Wars, even if Tim Lebbon has picked an e
Apr 24, 2013 Mersini rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars, netgalley
Definitely one of the best Star Wars books I have ever read. If you've ever wondered about the history of the Jedi, about their origins, before their temple on Coruscant, before their wars with the Sith, in fact, about a time where the Sith were simply a species, their name not yet a synonym for terror and the dark side of the Force, then this is the book for you.

Packed with the usual action sequences and struggles between two opposing forces that usually appear in Star Wars novels, it follows L
James Floyd
Aug 06, 2013 James Floyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
In a time when the Jedi aren't quite the order we know them later as, and lightsabers haven't been innovated yet, Lanoree Brock wields a sword and the Force, and is sent on a dangerous mission - track down the whereabouts and put an end to a cult leader whose plans may endanger the system -- and who is her brother, long believed to be dead.

It took me a little while to get into the story. Tim Lebbon does a good job of flipping back and forth between the present, with Brock and her ally, the forme
Josh L
Jun 30, 2013 Josh L rated it liked it
In high school I read nearly every Star Wars book ever written, and I have great memories of Jedi adventures across the universe. Every now and then — particularly when I am in need of some easy fiction reading — I like to pick up one of the new Star Wars titles. I was given a free digital copy of Into the Void in exchange for an honest review, and I jumped at the chance.

Into the Void focuses on the beginnings of the Jedi, to their historic roots. In fact, the few force-sensitive individuals in
Oct 18, 2014 Cameron rated it liked it
Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi by Tim Lebbon, is a great story relating to The Star Wars movies. The novel takes place on a planet strong in the force called Tython. Throughout the book brother and sister, Lanoree, and Dal constantly fight and experience the "sibling rivalry." Lanoree is very strong in the force, and has a bright future ahead of her. Dal, on the other hand does not understand the force and doesn't want to become a Jedi. Years later the siblings find themselves meeting each other as ...more
Nov 04, 2013 TK421 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Dear Goodreads:

Immersion in the dark side of the Force can seem stronger, more freeing, more triumphant than existing within balance. But only from the outside. Do not be tempted. Those who are swallowed by the darkness lose not only balance and control. They lose their souls.

--Master Shall Mar, "A Life in Balance," 7,541 TYA
Apr 17, 2013 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans, fans of space opera
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Science-Fiction, Space Opera
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Star Wars, space opera
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, fighting, treachery, deceit

My Thoughts: This book is set about 25 thousand years prior to the dawn of the Empire, and is the first book in a proposed new series called Dawn of the Jedi. There is not as of yet any word on how many books will be in this series, or when the next one will be out, or indeed anything at all about the series other than it
May 07, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing
An old diary hinting of long lost technology in a forbidden city, kept secluded by the Je’daii. A secret they want kept at all costs…one that falls into the hands of a Je’daii Ranger. Welcome to Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. The star of this book is a reclusive Je’daii Ranger named Lanoree Brock, a character apt to wanderlusting and skilled at alchemy. She has a balance in the Force. Her life is one of contentment and happiness. But now her past is coming back to haunt her. Can she maintain h ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Abhinav rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews the latest Star Wars novel from Del Rey, set in the old, old era known as the Dawn of the Jedi.

“A flawed but entertaining look at the Jedi in their infancy that also promises to be quite fun overall.” ~Shadowhawk

Last year saw a resurgence in my reading of novels and comics set within the galaxy far, far away. I’ve only read a handful of the books and comics, but they have served we
Jan 05, 2017 Khurram rated it really liked it
This book is a prequel to Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1-Force Storm (Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi). Let me rephrase that it is a Prequel to the main story of Force Storm. Issue 0 & 1 offer a much more comprehensive history about the Dawn of the Jedi era. Luckily for me I had already read this so I understood much of the history which was alluded to but not explained in this book.

The basic history is huge pyramid shaped ships (called Tho Yor gathered up many different force sensitive,
Jaime Krause
May 11, 2013 Jaime Krause rated it really liked it
Welcome to 25,000 years before ANH. When Jedi were Je’daii, intergalactic travel was in the “idea” phase, and where planets had different names (if they’re the same) (which is one of the best things about the storyline, because names change throughout the ages – though race and religious names may not). Here are the days when sentients who want to travel beyond the Tython System (to determine if they truly come from elsewhere) are coined with the name “Stargazers.”
(The Tython Sytem, I later lear
Brandon St Mark
Not terrible, but boring and slow. I liked the Darth Revan book a lot more. I might should've read the comic series before going into this one, but alas it is too late for that.
Окей, это одна из самых крутецких книг по вселенной Star Wars, что мне встречались. По одной простой причине: тут никого не заставляют соблюдать целибат или снижать популяцию сторонников согласно устаревшей догме.

Меня всегда расстраивал однобокий подход к вопросу приверженности Светлой/Темной стороне Силы. Форсюзерам был дан выбор – самоотречение и соблюдение свода дурацких правил, либо тяга к запретным чувствам и сопутствующий статус «плохиша». А как же равновесие, о котором сто раз упоминалось
May 29, 2013 Kenneth rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this addition to the Star Wars mythos, and I was most of all struck by one major difference between the Jedi and the Je'daii, the use of metal-bladed swords rather than lightsabers. The difference in technology and the relatively primitive consequences of using a metal blade instead of one composed of searing light requires a shift in approaching the violence depicted. While the lightsabers we have seen in the movies and in other graphic pieces can be far more destructive, in a ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Danial rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
Ultimately, this novel was a mediocre, but enjoyable look into life on the Core Planets before they were discovered by the rest of the Star Wars Universe. It follows Lanoree, an unremarkable and straight forward Je'daii, as she embarks on a quest to stop her Force insensitive (and hating) brother, Dal, in his plot to reawaken a hypergate which could destroy their system.

Unfortunately, the author spends a lot of time (approximately 1/3 of every chapter) flashing back to their "Great Journey" depi
May 12, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
(posted to the Audible website)

What, no Marc Thompson?!? He pretty much makes or breaks any SW audiobook. He's like that familiar security blanket. And he's dang good.

But so was January LaVoy. Though she's no Marc Thompson, she rises to the challenge and exceeded my expectations, and quite frankly, I enjoyed her more than other non-Marc Thompson SW narrators. Not only that, it was fitting to have a female narrator with a novel that featured a female Jed'aii front and center.

Now, the story. I've
The rating says it all. Not a great book but the nonetheless I enjoyed it. As a Stars Wars fan I really had no expectations in regards to how the books would translate to someone who is primarily a fan of the movies.

I was pleasantly suprised to find that my enjoyment of the book was the fact that the plot and characters bore no relation to the movies.
Having taken place 37,000 -25,000 years before A New Hope I was pleased to see that the Jedi or Jed'ai if you prefer bore very little resemblance t
Jul 08, 2014 Shehreyar rated it really liked it
This is the first Star Wars novel I've read, and it didn't disappoint. I don't know much about Star Wars beyond what I've learned from watching the movies years ago, so almost everything I read expanded the verse substantially. It wasn't until I was half-way through that I realized that is perhaps the earliest book (with respect to the internal chronology of the novels) dating back to times before the 'modern day' Jedi.

So no light sabers.

Great book otherwise. Hope to read more. Darth Bane?
Mar 19, 2014 Jasper rated it really liked it
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Just last year I was introduced to the Star Wars fiction books and they have been treating me very well. All the books that I have read so far were written by different authors but they all have one thing in common they do a great job in showing the Star Wars universe in full color. Tim Lebbon does exactly the same but had perhaps a more difficult job.

Into the Void takes place 26.000 years before Star Wars IV: A New Hope and focuses n
Joe Hempel
Jun 12, 2013 Joe Hempel rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of

With Into the Void, a new time in the Star Wars universe is explored. No lightsabers, no Jedi/Sith factions, how does this hold up as being a “Star Wars” novel?

This review will also cover the audio book, read by January LaVoy.

Tim Lebbon is in the unique position of this well known franchise of creating something completely new. He’s given the task of exploring a time in the Star Wars history that hasn’t yet been touched in the novel universe. However to
Jason Duran
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