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Star Wars: A New Dawn

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  10,331 ratings  ·  950 reviews
Ever since the Jedi were marked for death and forced to flee Coruscant, Kanan Jarrus has devoted himself to staying alive rather than serving the Force. Wandering the galaxy alone, from one anonymous job to another, he avoids trouble--especially with the Empire--at all costs. So when he discovers a deadly conflict brewing between ruthless Imperial forces and desperate revo ...more
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Published September 2nd 2014 by Del Rey
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Joe Hempel Considering I found Kenobi one of the best Star Wars novels written we have different tastes in what we want out of Star Wars novels. Kenobi was VERY…moreConsidering I found Kenobi one of the best Star Wars novels written we have different tastes in what we want out of Star Wars novels. Kenobi was VERY rich on characterization and was exactly what it set out to be, a western in the Star Wars universe. His characters were three dimensional and the inner conflict with a love interest really helped to grow Obi-wans character.

A New Dawn is interesting because again, he creates compelling characters in the setting. You won't find anyone you know in this book, but you'll get little inklings of how the rebellion started. While this book is a lead in to the cartoon on Disney XD, this is very far from a YA book.

This book felt more like your typical Star Wars novel than Kenobi did, so maybe this will be more your taste. Lots of action, space combat, ground combat, and really good character interactions.

They gave JJM the reigns to launch the new Star Wars canonical books, and in my opinion, they did it right!(less)
Michael Poteet Excellent jumping on point. A "prequel novel" to the new REBELS series, but much more than that -- a good, self-contained adventure in its own right…moreExcellent jumping on point. A "prequel novel" to the new REBELS series, but much more than that -- a good, self-contained adventure in its own right -- and nothing more than knowledge of the films required.(less)
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A long time ago in a galaxy, far far away...

...a new expanded universe is born...again!


For those who didn't know, let me explain that this novel, A New Dawn, is the first official book printed by Lucasfilms now under the control of the Disney Emp...Er, I mean... Company.

The official statement is that you don't need to have read any previous novel, only having watched the 6 films, to be able to understand what you read in the following novels to be prin
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Like many Star Wars fans, I was initially disappointed by the news earlier this year that Lucasfilm has pretty much nuked most of the franchise’s Expanded Universe, declaring all of it as no longer official canon. But after some thinking, I’ve come to terms with it and now actually believe that it was a wise decision. Having ballooned into this humongous bloated entity after all these years, if anything needed a hard reset it was the Star Wars EU. And h
Shawn Dawson
I kept falling asleep as I read this book. that speaks volumes. Yes, when it comes down to it, the plot is a total snooze fest.
It still felt like a story for kids or teens who don't read sophisticated science fiction.
The story was convoluted, with events happening conveniently, just so the plot would work, not because it would make sense.
You can tell the author tries to address the gender issues that have come up in the Star Wars universe by including female characters in impor
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just started watching Star Wars Rebels, and being intrigued by the formation of the SW Story Group earlier this year, I was excited to pick this up (read and listened to through Audible). I have to admit, having JJM's name on the cover helped - I actually didn't find the art on the cover that appealing at all; too "cartoony", despite the fact that I knew it was a tie in to Rebels - as I knew what kind of ride I was in for (I loved Kenobi).

And what a ride it was!

"A New Dawn" introduces us to the reboot of the Star Wars Extended Universe and features two characters of the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels.

The novel is set between the third and fourth movie during the glory days of the Empire. The focus is on a planet without rotation and its accompanying moon, which is one of the main provider's of thorilide, a resource the Empire needs to build its Star Destroyers.
Count Vidian, half man, half cyborg, is sent there on behalf of
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Kanan and Hera became perpetually exasperated space-parents to their motley crew of rebels, they were a brawling, drunken ex-padawan and a rebel spy looking for possible recruits to the cause.

This is a fun look at how Kanan and Hera met, and it reads a lot like an extended version of Rebels. It bogs down in a few places, but is especially tense and fun at the end.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, sci-fi, fiction
This book gets a solid 3 stars. Picked up an arc from sdcc and zoomed through it. I was also at the rebels premier screening so this is coming from the perspective of having seen the first episode of rebels before reading this.

The Good:
- It made me care more about Kanan, and he seemed in character with the cartoon. He definitely has the lovable rogue thing going on, more good natured than han solo but similar in ways. He likes the ladies which felt a bit annoying and objectifying at times
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read fanfic that was worth more than this book...

It makes me feel really old to say this but it's probably been eight years since I picked up and read a Star Wars book that wasn't for my kids. Growing up I had always liked Star Wars but honestly, I didn't become a fan until the 90's when I was loaned the Thrawn Trilogy. I owe my adulthood passion for SW to the Expanded Universe but once I hit the NJO I just lost my interest in it. Fast forward to the announcement that one of my favorite a
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone online on tvtropes noted, A New Dawn is a good title for this book in a meta-sense. In-story, this is about the beginnings of rebellion against the Empire, and of Kanan Jarrus taking his life in a new direction, but as a the first book in the new Star Wars "canon" since Disney took over, the title is quite apt.

The story takes place about eight years after Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and about six years prior to the start of the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. Since Kanan
Lance Shadow
As part of my quest to read The Rise of the Empire in order, I ended up getting the chance reread the first novel that is officially considered part of the Star Wars canon, John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn. Normally, when I update reviews, I would consider keeping the old review if my opinions changed significantly enough. However, I don’t need to do that with A New Dawn because my opinion remains largely the same: I love this book. Before Claudia Grey came along with her phenomenal Star Wars debut Lo ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like Both Rag & Tag Characters
A very entertaining audiobook, with a strong set of characters, a well-defined setting and exciting music and effects used appropriately to enhance the listening experience.

My main complaint? I'm quite disappointed that Count Vidian died at the end, I thought he was a terrific Star Wars villain for the 21st century- an unflinching, number-crunching psycho who presents both a mental and a physical threat to the nascent rebels.

If the intention behind this book was to spur m
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad...but I've read better. They should have left the Expanded Universe as it was.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've fallen down a Star Wars k-hole lately, and I'm not fighting it. That includes finally-FINALLY-tackling the Expanded Universe (or, Star Wars Legends if it's pre-April, 2014.) The only Star Wars novels I had read previously were novelizations of the original trilogy that I read around the time they came out.

This is a story in the Star Wars Rebels timeline, which means it's automatically in canon (at least, for now it is), and tells the story of how Kanan met Hera. This is before Sabine, Zeb and Ch
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A New Dawn is a great title for this book in a symbolic sense. It plays off the fact that this is the very first in a series of new canon Star Wars novels, and what with the very first released Star Wars film being titled A New Hope, the title of the book also plays off fan nostalgia. It's also the dawn of a new Star Wars franchise in that the characters introduced here will be further developed in the Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. But thematically, the title seems force
Chris Greensmith
"Or maybe it's time for people to be their own Jedi. They weren’t gods — just people like us, who saw a need. If they could find a way, I’m sure we can."
rachael ♡
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Or maybe it’s time for people to be their own Jedi. They weren’t gods — just people like us, who saw a need. If they could find a way, I’m sure we can.”

It took me FOREVER to get through this book, but I don't think it was the book's problem. I think it was just bad luck and exhaustion this month. But, the plot did move pretty slowly in this novel. Sometimes I finished a chapter and wasn't begging to read the next one.

However, this still was a really amazing read for me. Every time I began
3.5 stars

I have come to the Star Wars Extended Universe at the right time - just after its reboot. And, this is the first new cannon novel and the prequel to Star Wars Rebels, the series which I like very, very much.

The story of the first meeting between Kanan and Hera, A New Dawn will be interesting to all the people who enjoy sci-fi and adventure, not only Star Wars fans. The novel is set on the mining planet Gorse and its moon Cynda. Count Vidian arrives on the planet to increase the pro
Scott Rhee
If you watch Disney XD’s TV show “Star Wars Rebels”, you are probably a Star Wars fan. And a nerd. And someone who likes cartoons.

If that sounded insulting, it wasn’t meant to be. I happen to be all three of those things. (Strangely enough, though, I do NOT watch “Star Wars Rebels”, and I should. At least, according to most people I know. I’ve been told I need to watch it. I’ve been told I need to watch “Game of Thrones”, too, but I haven’t. Other TV shows I have been told to watch in the past:
Pretty solid. Reasonably entertaining, but not particularly compelling or memorable, with solid characters. Expected at least some lightsaber action based on the cover but nope, it stayed locked in a container the entire book and was only mentioned once or twice.

All told, A New Dawn didn't feel as Star Wars-y as I'd hoped, though maybe it's because it's based in a period I haven't read much into (between III and IV), where the Star Wars we know and love via space battles, different worlds, a
Brandon St Mark
I skimmed most of this book and read the Wookiepedia summary. I dunno what it is but a lot of the newer Star Wars books just aren't as interesting as the Legends books are/were. And I can understand this to an extent, but the lack of Jedi powers is really boring to me. Like obiously Kanan can't just go around using his powers willy-nilly, but it just makes the book boring for me if there are no Jedi/Sith/Force-user characters who're able to use their powers. I didn't expect this to be my favorit ...more
Arnold Corso
“Star Wars: A New Dawn” is an important entry into the Star Wars library for a few reasons. First, it is the first book in Disney’s new Star Wars canon. In other words, this book is just as much a part of the Star Wars saga as any of the movies. Second, this book introduces readers to a few of the main characters in the upcoming animated TV show “Star Wars: Rebels.”

To be perfectly honest, I had not been particularly excited about “Rebels.” I had some issues with “The Clone Wars” and the same cr
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kanan and Hera
Hera and Kanan

Shane Amazon
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

>>Minor plot and character spoilers ahead.<<

So, it's a New Dawn in the Star Wars universe. A new dawn that will bring big changes to Star Wars lore, but is it really? Well, to get straight to the point, no it isn't, at least not with this book.

Star Wars: A New Dawn serves one true purpose, to introduce the new line-up for the upcoming Rebels cartoon series. And in that sense it is successful. Kanan, the main character h
Shannon Flowers
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m one of those geeks that HATED the Star Wars prequels. I feel they’re kind of like Matrix 2 and 3 to me, they don’t exist. With all that said, I was wary of reading A New Dawn.

The story takes place on Gorse, a mining planet known for their harvesting of thorilide, a substance that the burgeoning Empire is using to build Star Destroyers. Gorse’s moon Cynda is a gold mine of thorilide. When the Empire decides they need more of it, they sent a human turned cyborg Count Vidian to insp
Cameron H
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the last few episodes of Rebels, I needed this :(
Stephen Richter
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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if you are watching Star Wars Rebels and have not read this book, shame on you. If you are not watching Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD channel, double shame on you! ( It is really good) This fast paced book by John Jackson Miller spins the tale on how Hera & Kanan first meet. Kana is the rogue, Han Solo type individual keeping his head done. Hera is a girl with a plan. The setting is a planet and its dependent mining moon where a new Imperial officer does what Imperial officers do, which is not in ...more
Read this review and more on my blog.

A New Dawn is designed to be a prequel to the Star Wars Rebels TV show.

As i have only seen the first couple of episodes of Star Wars Rebels, A New Dawn has helped me get to grips on what is happening after the creation of the Galactic Empire. A New Dawn focuses on Hera Syndulla and Kanan Jarrus, specifically on how they end up working together at the start of the Rebels series.

A New Dawn was an enjoyable read, although a tad dark a
Thomas Salerno
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Star Wars: A New Dawn takes place a few years before the events of the new animated TV show Star Wars Rebels and introduces us to two of that series’ main characters: Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla. Having watched a few episodes of Rebels and having enjoyed what I saw, I thought I’d check out this tie-in novel. Like the animated series that inspired it, the best thing about Star Wars: A New Dawn is in its dynamic and fun characters. While I’m going to avoid many major plot spoilers in this review, I will be discuss ...more
Allie // Kitasai
I picked this up due to my current Star Wars book binge.

I haven't seen Star Wars Rebels and vaguely know the two main characters, so I didn't really know much going into this. I think this was the main problem that I had with it because I feel like you kind of had to know how the characters are as people in order to understand their personality / reasons for doing things and this all felt like it had to be prior knowledge from watching the animated series.

In saying that I did enjoy
Joe Santoro
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm getting ready to give watching Rebels another try, and this was nicely packaged with the Tarkin novel, I thought I'd give it a shot.

I suspect if I was invested in the characters, I might have liked it more... Hera was a little too mysterious, and a little too perfect. Kanan tries too hard not to care in the way you know he's always going to do the right thing, every time. He even came with his own Obi-Wan type mentor. Hopefully they're better on the cartoon.

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