I was a little unsure of how a series of short stories would go. In fact, I was only planning to read one or two and then move on to something else, rI was a little unsure of how a series of short stories would go. In fact, I was only planning to read one or two and then move on to something else, returning periodically to read another. However, once I got into the book, I just kept reading!
The premise reminded me of my favorite TV show about a group of eclectic people getting stranded somewhere and having to build their own society ("WAAAAAAALT!") The difference is that these people are Sith and follow Sith ideals. These stories turned out to be an interesting examination of the Sith philosophies and gave me some new insights into the ancient ideals.
The stories span 2,000+ years of history, but it all flows seamlessly, and I love that certain characters are still able to be further developed even centuries after they have died. It was almost like reading a history book of a civilization, as each time period visited highlighted a significant event in the tribe's history.
I have little interest in reading any Legends material beyond Return of the Jedi. There's so much of it and my understanding is that much of these books are really bleak and poorly written. However, after reading these stories, I want to pick up the Fate of the Jedi series, just to see what the state of the Lost Tribe is after the ending of these stories....more
While the book was great at expanding and exploring the world of the Je'daii as introduced in the comic book series, it does not stand well on its ownWhile the book was great at expanding and exploring the world of the Je'daii as introduced in the comic book series, it does not stand well on its own, as the characters and plot both left a lot to be desired.
The thing I enjoyed most about the first five issues of the Dawn of the Jedi comic book series was the world-building. The comic books introduced us to a world that felt entirely different, yet entirely familiar and it was believable that these were the ancient ancestors of the Jedi heroes we all know and love.
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void continued that world-building, offering much more in-depth looks at many aspects of the Je'daii society in ways that a graphic novel could not. Two separate but related stories were told: one set as "flashbacks" and one set in the "present" (some 36,000 years before the Battle of Yavin). Through the eyes of the protagonist, Lanoree Brock, we experienced the growth of young Jedi and their elaborate training procedures in flashbacks, and explored many of the planets and beings of the Tython System in the main story.
As the story started out, I was a big fan of Lanoree Brock, but she turned out to be increasingly unlikable as the story progressed. On top of that, I really wanted to get the perspective of her brother and primary antagonist Dalien Brock, because the more we learned about him, the more I felt that he had an equally valid perspective on the events of the story.
The most interesting character was Tre Sana, a Twi'lek that had been subjected to a series of experiments, leaving his physical form altered from the societal norm. If there were going to be any more novels published during this time-period, I would be interested in a "prequel" novel surrounding Tre.
Lanoree, Dal, Tre, and the other characters were pretty stagnant throughout the book. There was little to no character development and that resulted in a fairly stale story. Furthermore, the plot was generic and the McGuffin (a hyperspace device) was never properly explained, so I never felt the gravitas of the situation. After all, in present day "Star Wars," flying by hyperspeed is commonplace, so it was hard to wrap my mind around the idea that such a device could cause the END OF ALL HUMANITY!
As with the comic books, the characterization of the Force here is unique and it is present in every event described.
I would recommend this book to Star Wars fans interested in learning more about the world established in the comic book series. The descriptions of the setting, the different planets, and the society are the highlights of this otherwise lackluster novel....more