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Into the Dark

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,251 ratings  ·  418 reviews
Not everyone who hears the call to adventure wants to answer it....

Jedi Padawan Reath Silas loves adventure—reading about it, that is, not living it. Content to spend hours browsing the Jedi Archives on Coruscant, Reath dreams of being one of the great scholars of the Jedi Order. But Reath's master, the well-respected and virtuous Jora Malli, has other plans: she's taken a
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Into the Dark is a 2021-release within the Disney Star Wars Canon, set during the era of The High Republic; known as the golden age of the Jedi.

The events in the three recent High Republic books all take place concurrently in the year 232-BBY.

As you discover in this novel, this is the year of the Great Disaster, a catastrophic event that caused numerous ships galaxy-wide to be suddenly launched out of hyperspace.

It also destroyed moons and created a great amount of debr
Feb 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi-to-read
My nerdy ass is quivering with anticipation, like we are BLESSED PEOPLE. WE’RE GETTING CANON BOOKS SET DURING THE HIGH REPUBLIC.

*uncaps purple lightsaber* I’m fucking ready.
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. Claudia Grey and Rae Carson have been the gold standard of the new Star Wars authors for me. This book is a great companion to the Light of the Jedi book, but adds a great deal to the High Republic era.

The book focuses around 4 new Jedi characters and the crew of frontier "vessel". The characterisation and character development is great. For continuity as well I really like how the event of this book fit together with other book in the series and the honorable mention of ch
Eva B.
Feb 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
As if I wasn't already hyped for the High Republic, the Queen of Star Wars Novels is writing one! ...more
I'm 90% sure I get to say I've read this now and AAAHHHH

Claudia Gray is just. really good at writing Star Wars. Also I want to hug Reath Silas because boy deserves it--the most relatable Archivist-who-Hates-Adventure Introvert since Bilbo Baggins, he's the perfect lens for a story about a new frontier, about exploring an abandoned space station and learning how to be excited about a new era for the Jedi order. Learning what it means to be part of the High Republic and reach out to the stars. Thi
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, star-wars
This took me FOREVER to read.

Its plot is fine. The characters are fine. Overall, I wasn't too invested. The most important thing here was that they RECANONIZED THE SITH SHRINE AT THE HEART OF THE JEDI TEMPLE.

Sometimes I think "maybe I should stop reading EVERY new Star Wars title and just concentrate on the ones I'm really invested in." But then I would miss out on all the important tiny details I NEED to know, such as the addition of new canon rooms of the Temple, and more light shed on nuance
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Space Dudes and Dudettes Who Abide
Shelves: guerre-stellari
The reigning doyenne of Star Wars YA novels enters the High Republic era with a stirring adventure/survival story set more or less concurrently to the events of Light of the Jedi that introduces an atypical Padawan in Reath Silas, a young human male who would really rather just hang out in the Jedi Archives thank you very much, and a supporting cast of Force users and everyday Republic citizens alike.

Reath Silas Didn't Sign Up for These Outer Rim Shenanigans

All and sundry find themselves caught
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, sw
Into the Dark was a pretty fast and action-packed read, but there were too many POVs sections for me.
I have been very excited about the opening of a new era in Star Wars history, and the idea of the High Republic – that we’re in a Republic and Jedi Order that are working fine thank you – is one that seems like it could expand into new types of stories that we haven’t seen before. And the idea that the authors are creating the type of setting they want to write stories in is promising. But I found Light of the Jedi (the opening novel) to be tedious and overly concerned with setting up the big pi ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Into the Dark was my fifth Star Wars book by Claudia Gray, but it’s probably the first one I didn’t love. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it well enough, but I was also lukewarm about a lot of it. Unfortunately, I just don’t do as well with large casts when it comes to media tie-ins with their multitude of subplots and character perspectives.

Our story takes place in the era known as the High Republic, a setting creat
Siona St Mark
Once again, I'm not very impress with Claudia Gray's writing. I think she had an interesting plot going in the beginning of the book, but the original story felt over by 50%, so it ended up feeling like a duology mashed together. Pacing aside, the characters' dialog (in all of her books that've read) comes across like she's trying to hard to be funny and very much like a "hello fellow kids" attempting and sounding "hip and modern", if that makes sense. Like I don't think people really speak like ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard that Claudia Gray would be a writer for The High Republic, I was instantly excited. Gray has never disappointed me with her Star Wars novels, and Into the Dark is no different. It’s clear throughout all of Gray’s work that character development is her strongest attribute, and that really shines through in this book. Initially, the idea of a book-smart Jedi who had no lust for adventure wasn’t appealing to me whatsoever, but within the first 50 pages I felt totally attached to ...more
Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray

ARC provided by Disney Publishing Worldwide/Disney Lucasfilm Press and Claudia Gray via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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"It doesn't matter how far we run, or in what direction," Master Cohmac replied. "In the end, we always come back to the beginning."

02-02: 'Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark' by Claudia Gray is the lastest release in the brand new era of stories which lays out the path of the Jedi prior to Th
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars-canon
Star Wars: Into the Dark was written by New York Times Bestselling Author, Claudia Gray. This is the first YA novel within for the High Republic Era.

SUMMARY: Jedi apprentice Reath Silas is to report to his master on the Starlight Beacon, to work out in the outer rim frontier. He has no interest in such a thing, he'd rather stay on Coruscant and work in the archives. As he and a few other Jedi hitch a ride on hired ship, the vessel, they have to pull out of hyperspace as a galactic emergency unf
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC from Disney Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Eternal thanks to them for the opportunity to read and review this!

**You can check out my full thoughts on Friends of the Force!

It turns out that I really have no idea how to write about a book I loved as much as this one. Claudia Gray remains one of the most excellent writers Star Wars has in their arsenal. Despite my not knowing how to talk about this book, I'm gonna g
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
I received a copy of Into the Dark in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Into the Dark, by Claudia Gray, is part of the new High Republic series, and thus part of the new Star Wars Disney Canon world. Personally though, it's the fact that it's written by Claudia Gray that had me so excited about this read. She's one of my favorite Star Wars authors, and I will read anything she deigns to write.

The relationship between Padawan and Masters is complex, and designed to teach both parties more
Maggie Lovitt
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third book in The High Republic era brings an unconventional protagonist to the forefront of the story in Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark. 


Set 200 years before the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The High Republic explores a time of peace in the galaxy that is disturbed by the Nihil’s crusade against the Jedi. Into the Dark is geared towards young adult readers, but like A Test of Courage, it is an engaging read for all ages. 

Reath Silas, a Jedi Pad
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Into the Dark is my favourite High Republic book so far, it's well written, exciting and introduces a new enemy to the Republic. I thought that characters were great and I hope to see them return in the future. This is a must read for Star Wars fans! ...more
Lance Shadow
And now, I'm officially caught up on the High Republic! Granted, I still haven't read The Great Jedi Rescue, but that is a retelling of events we have already seen in the High Republic already. I mostly ordered a copy of it so I could get some visualization of the era, and of course the stickers.

I'm probably going to ruffle a few feathers with this one, but I ended up slightly disappointed.
Into the Dark is an interesting case when it comes to the High Republic so far for me. While Light of the
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, this one started slower than most of the other Claudia Gray Star Wars books I’ve read, but once she set the proverbial table, the feast was more than worth it. By the middle third of the book, it becomes clear that not everything was as it seemed and there was a fresh surprise around every corner – and I read the last third of the book in a single sitting! We’re introduced to an entirely fresh cast of richly detailed characters and presented with an intricately woven plot. By the end ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into the Dark is yet another solid book in the High Republic Era. Unlike A Test of Courage where I felt a bit out of my element due to the audience it's geared towards, Into the Dark was right up my alley. You follow Reath Silas, a Jedi Padawan, who would rather spend time in the archives and learn about the history and adventures of the world rather than be an adventurer himself. Never have I found a Jedi so relatable till now.

Reath Silas is being sent from Coruscant to the undeveloped frontie
Unfortunately I’m gonna have to agree with what a lot of people are saying about this book. This is very mediocre and at times incredibly boring.

Claudia Gray is by far my favorite Star Wars author for the new novels, with Lost Stars and Bloodline being my absolute favorites. She excels at character work and deepening existing characters.

Unfortunately with Into The Dark, I think it might have wanted to do too much. We have 4 to 5 different POV’s, many different characters to keep track of, and al
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
“Into the Dark” is a solid adventure story for an audience of YA Star Wars fans, but its thematic shakiness prevents it from being a real breakthrough in the franchise.

There’s a lot to love here: Reath Silas is a likable and unique Jedi, a bit more in the vein of Bilbo Baggins than your typical Star Wars protagonist. He literally says at one point that he thinks adventures are too much trouble. His arc is the most clearly defined of the four main characters in the story, but one of the strength
Jose Ayala
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! No one writes Star Wars quite like Claudia Gray. This book was nonstop fun and introduces one of the most....unique? characters in Star Wars lore with Geode (who needs their own show). Can't wait to read the next release by Gray and what comes next with the High Republic. ...more
Noah Calvin
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely wonderful high republic novel. These are Star Wars stories to the core. Perfect themes and wonderful characters. Much like light of the Jedi, I want more of every character in this book. We will see more of Reath in justina Ireland’s next book and I can’t wait. Summer can’t come soon enough.
Alexandra Elend Wolf
I have many very conflicting emotions over this book. Like, I'm still dizzy over them all. So, naturally, I'll need to think more over them.

As of right now, I think I liked it? Not, like, loved it or anything to rave about but well enough. Though that may change, seeing as how I was sure I was hating it at first.

It was mostly shock and surprise I think.


Oh man, I'm so scared of this book after how we left things at the end of The Light of the Jedi which also means tha
Jan 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to enjoy this book but I could not relate to any character or situation. It lacks emotion and decent writing and I believe this book has not been proofread. Padawan Reath Silas is a weak character and the whole book is wasted trying to give him an opportunity to evolve but the plot is so bad that it is a pity this is associated with Star Wars.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review is about the three sample chapters of “Into the Dark” that are freely available in NetGalley

Out main character is Reath Silas, a Padawan living in the Jedi Temple in Coruscant. When we first meet him he is a on a farewell party, before he embarks on his latest Jedi mission: He is going to meet his master Jora Malli in the new space station “Starlight Beacon”, situated in a lost moon between the twin planets Eiram and E’ronoh. When he gets on the ship we quickly meet the rest of the t
Jan 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actual ...more

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