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Light of the Jedi

(Star Wars: The High Republic)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  19,865 ratings  ·  2,685 reviews
Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before the Clone Wars...Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in the High Republic.

It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the farthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Del Rey
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Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guerre-stellari

Charles Soule first came to prominence as a comics writer, including some Star Wars titles such as the extremely well received Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Lord of the Sith series but, as proven by his excellent The Oracle Year, prose novels are equally within his wheelhouse.

As the leadoff (adult) novel of Lucasfilm's High Republic publishing initiative he had a lot of responsibility with this one, both to the readers and his fellow Project Luminous authors, and he delive
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to the new era of the Star Wars. A lot of new characters, old worlds but in a new setting. I did find the book a bit slow, but that is understandable as they are creating a new world.

The Republic is expanding into the Outer Rim, however not everyone is happy the Republic is coming.

I do like that fact though there are a lot more Jedi they all have there one fears, wants and desires. This is a great introduction to the Jedi embarking on a new frontier.

Only one thing I did not like abo
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was awesome and adding it to my buy list!!

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Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars-canon
Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, was written by Charles Soule. He's written stories for the Star Wars Comics, and he's written his first Star Wars Novel.

This novel kicks off a brand new era in Star Wars canon, going back 200 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga.

SUMMARY: The galaxy is peaceful, war is a thing of the past. The Republic is strong. The Chancellor, Lina Soh coined the phrase, "We are all the Republic."

Peace is tested when an unforeseen event that stems from
This was a book I approached with great enthusiasm. A new era in Star Wars with substantial free reign to decide what galaxy-spanning adventures to tell. A Republic before the dark times, before corruption and evil reduced it to a shadow of what it once was. A Jedi Order devoid of their self-serving involvement in politics. It’s an idea with potential, and Lucasfilm certainly thought so because they created a series from it. Starting with this one.

Sad to say this is not a great start to a new se
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, sci-fantasy
4.75 stars.

“We’re all the Republic.”

Writing this review is somehow hard because I have so many feelings about it all that not sound like a mess is not gonna be easy. So bear with me.

I've been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I've been a huge fan for years. I've read a couple of the books centered on this universe and liked them well enough. In all that time, I had never encountered a book that enamored me and made me feel so immersed in the world as Light of the Je
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: guess what?! I've read it and I still rate it 5 stars so ya'll can stay mad about it.

Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Light of the Jedi is the first book set in the High Republic era, 200 years before The Phantom Menace. The Republic is in a state of peace, so much so that it doesn't even have its own military fleet. They are establishing Starlight Beacon in the Outer Rim as a way to connecting with the systems out there. When a tragedy happens to a ship in hyperspace it sets off a series of events that could threaten the whole galaxy. I loved all the focus on all of the Jedi at their peak and the sense of hope ...more
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, 2021
... the Coruscant skyline always felt like the Republic in miniature. Always moving, always changing and evolving, endlessly deep and strange and infinite. At that moment, the sun was setting, and the lights were coming up on the buildings. Stars in the heavens. Worlds in the Republic.

I really, really wanted to like this book. But ultimately it was a frustrating and disappointing read. Like the spore drive in Star Trek: Discovery, Charles Soule opts for a ‘magic reset button’ in the form of the
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing

I was about to give this book 4 stars, but then the epilogue came along and hit me like a truck.
Charles Soule just KNOWS how to use words, every comment is thoughtfully placed, no description is ever too much. And don't get me started on the metaphors. So beautiful.

Light of the Jedi introduces around 20 new characters which is honestly a little intimidating at first. Yet, somehow, Soule pulls it off and makes every one of those characters unique in their own way. The action pulls you right
Jim C
May 23, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the beginning of a series as the Disney Star Wars tackles the Old Republic era. In this one, there is an accident where a ship blows apart while in hyperspace. Parts of this ship enter different star systems and are a threat to planets. The Jedi respond.

I did not enjoy this book like many of my Goodreads friends and members of this site. First off I really like the concept of the story. What happens when something goes wrong in a hyperspace lane? And I liked how the Jedi as one respond t
Anne Lackley
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I want to preface this and say I was so excited for this book.

That being said, it was... a disappointment.

Things didn't get interesting till about halfway through the book. The first half felt like introduction after introduction to different characters, and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. It wasn't until the author focused on a few that I started to actually become somewhat interested. And even then... I still don't truly care about any of the characters. It felt like we on
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this one (have the audiobook also) and it kept me up late into the night to finish.

It's Star Wars so a well-known universe for me and with just enough new characters and locales to keep me interested. A terrifically easy read. I was surprised (but likely shouldn't have been) that I was so invested in the characters that whether they were of the Republic or Nihil, I cared when any of them met their end. My favourite characters were Captain Bright, Master Te'Ami, Kassav, Marchio
Neil R. Coulter
Jul 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
I’ve resisted diving into the High Republic books, mostly because Star Wars novels are so often terrible, and the idea of some so-so authors getting together and creating a new era of SW that exists only in books...I just couldn’t muster the energy to get started. But now that there are several books published, I figured I might as well take on a few books all at once, so I don’t have to try to remember the likely forgettable names of characters and events from previous books.

Now I’ve read the f
Dec 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-shelf, sci-fi
This is a surprisingly original and fascinating entry into the SW canon, avoiding much of the trap of old character pressure by simply giving us a rip-roaring space adventure during the height of the Republic, 200 years before Phantom Menace.

But wait, no fall of the republic? How could that be interesting?

Trust me, bro. It is. Mass tragedy suddenly brings out the best in people, and the ones who answer that biggest call are the Jedi, and they're smart heroes. You know, a bright and optimistic an
Jared Mayes
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star_wars
The ambitious and explosive new chapter in the galaxy far, far away comes out of the gate at a dead sprint with Light of the Jedi. As a longtime Legends EU fan, it reminds me in a lot of ways of the New Jedi Order in its sheer scope as it kickstarts a new multi-year, multi-author storytelling initiative. But there’s enough originality in Light of the Jedi to set it apart as a fresh take on familiar Star Wars elements. In fact, just about everything in Light of the Jedi is delightfully and boldly ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I was given access to the first three High Republic novels in exchange for an honest review. And let me just say that the future of Star Wars is bright. Set 200 years before the prequel era, Light of the Jedi is the first novel in the High Republic publishing initiative. Written by Charles Soule (Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith), this is a high intensity, high stakes novel. It's still Star Wars, but it also feels quite different. The Jedi are in their prime and they can do things we've n
Siona St Mark
A great story, that while slow in some parts, great expands the Star Wars universe. Also, finally, a novel with Jedi featured prominently in it lol, I know a lot of folxs like non-Jedi stories from the Star Wars universe, but they just aren’t for me. I think Disney has been really stingy with the Jedi since they bought out SW, but it seems like maybe things are finally changing.

There were many deaths in this book, some of which I wish hadn’t happened (a certain Jedi Master who died near the end
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/01/17/...

So, what is The High Republic? In publishing terms, it’s a new Star Wars franchise campaign spanning books, comics, and other print media exploring the stories set during the golden age of the Jedi. In the context of the Star Wars timeline, the period known as the High Republic occurred approximately 200 years before the “Skywalker saga” movies, a hopeful and optimistic time in which the galaxy experienced an idyllic epo
Mar 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
Ever since I suffered through The Last Jedi, I have been irritated with Disney because of what they did to Star Wars. If you know me, you may be surprised by that; after all, wasn't I known for fandoms such as Lizzie McGuire or Suite Life throughout high school? While I'm not going to completely boycott the House of Mouse, I'll stick to what Lucas' space opera was before they butchered it.

I didn't know before opening this book that it tied into the new movies; if I had, I wouldn't even have both
Mar 02, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
"Light of the Jedi" was fairly entertaining. 300 years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) it was the time of the High Republic.

At some point during the High Republic, certain member planets came under a devastating attack. This attack was led by a group calling themselves the Nihil. The Nihil have a special ability to just appear out of hyperspace using no known hyperspace lanes. The Jedi are called in to help fight the Nihil.

No more spoilers. A good story and I appreciated the way the Force was desc
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advance review copy from Del Rey. Thank you to Del Rey for sending me a copy of the book to read and review!

**Check out Friends of the Force for a nearly 3 hour spoiler discussion on this book! https://www.friendsoftheforcepod.com/...

We first learned about Project Luminous (which would eventually be announced as The High Republic) all the way back at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019. It's been a long road to get to the point of reading this book, but I'm so glad it's
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
They knew what they were doing when they had Charles Soule lead off The High Republic era in storytelling. In “Light of the Jedi,” he weaves a compelling plot with convincing villains and high stakes. In a previously unexplored part of the timeline, he puts on a clinic in world-building and introduces an entirely new cast of characters (well, almost – some Jedi live a long time, after all) who draw the reader in and don’t let go. A great story on its own, it also does an incredible job setting t ...more
Vinton Bayne
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect going in to this. I found the marketing a bit confusing. But I was immediately absorbed into the story, and I absolutely could not stop reading. I’ll admit I used a wiki a few times to keep characters straight in my mind, but I’m bad at that type of thing.

I loved the way this story came to a close and I’m beyond excited for more of this.
Feb 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopian
This was a fun book and a great glimpse at a new Star Wars era (for me anyways). It had a lot of exciting incidents, like the whole first act is about a hyperspace disaster and it really pulls in. There was a large cast of characters and I think my favorite was the villain honestly. I love a good meek, timid character who turns out to be a master manipulator and a true powerhouse! The villain has a sense of mystery and intrigue I found very exciting and appealing. Some of the other characters we ...more
Ben Brown
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-canon
Now THIS is how you write a “Star Wars” novel.

For the most part, I’ve found the majority of the “Star Wars” novels that have been published since 2014 – in or around when Disney first acquired the franchise and more or less rebooted the entire novel line – to fall into the “good, not great” camp: while there have been one or two that were decidedly less-than-impressive (*cough*cough*”Last Shot”*cough*cough), most have at least managed to be reasonably diverting, while also still never quite reac
Dani Lodhi
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure, I've not read any other Star Wars novels yet apart from the film novelisations. So perhaps I need to adjust my expectations. I didn't dislike this book at all - it was fine, but hasn't really left me wanting more. The plot is ok, the events described should have gripped me more than they did. I struggled to engage with any of the characters - Bell was probably the most interesting to me. I'm not sure I could name all of them at this point! The writing feels a bit more suited to ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, star-wars
A very fine opening to the High Republic! You can find my video review of it here: https://youtu.be/7k5M9hrsn04

The text is coming tomorrow, on the Fantasy Hive and here, as well!

Eric Eilersen
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
At first, there was a word.


For months following the announcement of the mystery publishing project, the Star Wars community questioned what it could possibly mean.

Is this all about Force ghosts?
Is this an Avengers situation?
Will Yoda be involved?
Is all of Legends Canon now?

On and on the conversations rambled as every single possibility was mentioned until all of our assumptions were laid to rest one fateful February evening.

A press event was called.
A livestream was convened.
The High Rep
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