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Into the Dark

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier—and he couldn’t be less happy about it. He’d rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he’s traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Feb 26, 2020 marked it as 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.
Eva B.
Feb 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
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
Dec 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
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
Aaron Wempe
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So exited to be able to read this one, it was a lot of fun. The characters are make a dynamic padawan and Jedi duo for the ages, and it’s got a fun set up for The High Republic.
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

ARC provided by NetGalley.

Ok, I have many thoughts. Let’s preface this review with some quantifying statements.
-This is technically a young adult star wars book, I don't believe that I have read a star wars book specifically for that demographic yet, so that was interesting
-I am a huge Star Wars fan. I have read several of the books and am well versed in the universe.
-There is no order for this review, I am going to go through the notes I made while reading and give my thoughts as they arrive
Jan 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant thrill, top tier among SW canon novels.
Content is under strict embargo for now, so I'll review more in mid-December.
Anna Catherman
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of getting to read the first few chapters of Into the Dark through NetGalley and it was excellent. Having Claudia Gray writing Star Wars YA again is one of the things I've been looking forward to about this first slate of High Republic books, and she doesn't disappoint. The story begins with a Jedi journey to Starlight Beacon, much as the other High Republic books have.
The characters are excellent. The protagonist Reath Silas is a padawan who's less gifted in the Force than m
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really 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
Joseph Born
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Note: This review is based on an advanced proof and not the final version. Therefore grammatical and editing errors won't factor in to the review.

I chose Into the Dark as my first High Republic entry and have no regrets about that. Claudia Gray crafted an exciting, fresh adventure with terrific characters in a new era two hundred years before the Prequel trilogy. Into the Dark also does have an element of mystery about it, which led to me not putting the book down for the first 2/3rds until fin
Claudia Amendola Alzraa
Thank you Netgalley and Disney Books for the ARC.
Maybe I haven’t totally changed my mind about Claudia Gray as a writer for the Star Wars Universe, but my opinion of her work has definitely improved. Was this a great book? No. But was it good and did it keep me interested? Certainly. Did this book have numerous flaws? Without question.

I really don’t like when there are like five or six characters to follow along in a story. I think it’s oversaturating the plot. Maybe it’s because one or two cha
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in ,a href=" For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

Padawan Reath Silas has a lot to learn, and he'd really prefer to stay at the Jedi temple on Coruscant to keep studying, but as a padawan, he's at the mercy of the Jedi and they've determined that he has to visit an un-(or under-)developed area farther out. But the trip goes awry when a galactic-wide disaster knocks the ship out of hyperdrive and Reath and his his traveling compan
I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley.
Into the Dark is one of several books and media tie-ins being released as part of Star Wars: The High Republic Era. Set 200 years before The Phantom Menace it is a “Golden Age” of the Republic and of the Jedi Order. But it is not without conflicts. The Republic we know from the main Star Wars movies and TV shows is a bit smaller. Many of the outer worlds haven’t been explored yet or are unknown to those of the so-called “Core worlds,” na
Chelsea Tatham
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Into the Dark" is a solid follow-up to "Light of the Jedi" without being a direct sequel to the events of the latter. However, I do recommend reading "Light of the Jedi" before "Into the Dark," as it will set up crucial connections and context. I also had high expectations for this new Star Wars: The High Republic book, especially as it comes from one of my favorite SW authors: Claudia Gray. While "Light of the Jedi" bops between about a dozen different characters' storylines, "Into the Dark" s ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
While my particular interest in new eras of Star Wars content isn't at super enthusiastic levels, I was very interested in Claudia Gray writing within that era and so was delighted to see this title show up on NetGalley for review. I've really enjoyed both of her other Star Wars books, Lost Stars and Leia were among my favorite books in I've read in the new canon, and I feel as if Gray has a firm grasp on this world and writing within it which makes her a great choice for this new era.

Into the
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Final review, 3.5/5

Into the Dark is the third book in the High Republic multimedia initiative and is written by fan favorite Claudia Gray. The plot follows a reclusive Jedi padawan Reath Silas, who is much more fascinated with the archives and books than adventuring into frontier space, which just so happens to be his next assignment. But of course, things go from bad to worse for Reath, as the Great Disaster derails his plans and with a few other Jedi and the crew of the ship they chartered, th
Twilight Gilles
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Into the Dark introduces us to new characters who, through adventures, introspection, and dealings with one another and the Force, set us on paths to new locations in the galaxy far away. This novel leads us to conversations about colonialism, loyalty, and what to do when mistakes are made.
Each character has their own issues to resolve. Do they follow the Jedi way? Or will they/should they question what they have been taught? Where are the differences between revenge, retribution, and forgivene
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this fun book!

I can finally say that I've read a Disney Star Wars book that is actually good and isn't just rehashing and repackaging old ideas in a less ideal packaging. Into the Dark is a fun story that is worthy of being part of the Star Wars canon. The plot centers around several characters, Jedi and otherwise, who discover something dark lurking on a seemingly abandoned space station. The perspective s
Dec 16, 2020 marked it as pre-release-sample
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this chapter sampler in exchange for an honest review.

"Into the Dark" follows Padawan Reath Silas, who would rather spend his days researching Jedi lore, but is tasked instead to join the Jedi delegation that is going to the new space station, Starlight Beacon. We are soon introduced to a mysterious event, "The Great Disaster", causing starships from all across the galaxy to exit hyperspace, leaving Reath and his companions stranded.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I felt free in this world. I didn’t have to remember any background from this movie or that comic. The only character that is even mentioned who I had known about before is Yoda. As I Star Wars fan, I know the basics, and that’s all you gots to know to read this book. You are ready to meet these characters and experience a whole new adventure in The High Republic.

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Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Star Wars Into The Dark was a fantastic introduction to a new era of Star Wars. Claudia Gray continues to prove that she is an absolute master at storytelling, characters, and world building. The adventure started out a little slow but it allowed Grey's fantastic prose to shine as she introduced her wide array of characters. She juggled the different personalities well and gave each an opportunity to shine. The tension builds as the mystery unfolds into a fantastic second half of the book that I ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a fun Star Wars story. I felt a little more like some of the old expanded universe books in style. The story is told from multiple characters view points and changes frequently. I didn't have hard time following but some people might not like the style. ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc, ebook, star-wars, ya
A fun ride. I'm excited about what they will do with The High Republic. ...more
Nov 28, 2020 is currently reading it
Currently reading through NetGalley, can't wait to share more once the content embargo is up. ...more
Caleb Bollenbacher
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
More please. So much of the new world building in High Republic is reminiscent of what I would have daydreamed as a new convert to Star Wars and I am HERE for 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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