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A Test of Courage

(Star Wars Disney Canon Junior Novel)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,304 ratings  ·  251 reviews
When a transport ship is abruptly kicked out of hyperspace as part of a galaxy-wide disaster, newly-minted teen Jedi Vernestra Rwoh, a young Padawan, an audacious tech-kid, and the son of an ambassador are stranded on a jungle moon where they must work together to survive both the dangerous terrain and a hidden danger lurking in the shadows….
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am left quite surprised by this book! At first, I didn’t think this would come remotely close to Light of the Jedi in terms of piquing my interest, but I was totally wrong! I read this book in a couple of days, mostly because of how invested I was in the story but also slightly because of the easy-to-read plot, which is expected since it is a middle grade novel. However, the designation of middle grade should not deter anyone from picking up this story, especially if you prefer more focused st ...more
Jared Mayes
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star_wars
A wonderfully enjoyable middle-grade entry in the High Republic publishing program, A Test of Courage chronicles the misadventure of prodigy 16-year-old Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh alongside the mischievous Senator’s daughter Avon Starros as their lives are turned upside down by a Nihl attack. We see how grief tempts Jedi Padawan Imri to give into his desire for revenge in a totally believable way, lending the book emotional depth. Plus it develops some cool lightsaber lore with Vernestra’s light ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Looking to Test Their Reading Comprehension
Shelves: guerre-stellari
Maybe more of a 3.5 but Hey! Star Wars, so the rounding will always go UP.

This was a fun adventure story featuring mostly young people, and an opinionated Nanny droid, trying to survive a deadly encounter with some members of the Nihil.

It was short and sweet, featuring some interesting new locales and an intriguing new Jedi hero in Force-wielding prodigy Vernestra Rwoh as well as the incurably curious young girl scientist/tinkerer Avon Starros.

I felt some of the other characters, namely the vill
G.H. Roberts
Jan 15, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What Was The Point?!

So I came into this series with an open mind. I wanted this to be good. On the heels of the success of the Mandalorian, and the call from fans for a more old school take on Star Wars, and adjustments prior to release reported by the media it seemed as if we would get a better effort in this new undertaking. However this work is a lockstep example of the Kathleen Kennedy agenda and, in hearing the author's dismissive response to fan criticism, exactly what we feared. Like this
I realise that I'm not exactly the target audience, but I still found this book to be enjoyable. Had I been younger I'm sure that this would've been a new favourite of mine. It's Star Wars, after all. ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books, star-wars
As a partisan for the prequel Jedi, I'm interested to see what the High Republic era has to say for itself. This was a pretty good introduction.

The idea of a sixteen-year-old full Jedi knight is a little bit odd, but it's Star Wars. We believe in giving teenage girls a scary amount of power. Other than that, this was a good, solid kids' adventure. It had enough philosophy, enough action, and enough emotions to make it all-around enjoyable.
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Huh, this was a lot better than I was expecting.

It also had some pretty badass characters that made the reading all the more enjoyable.

I quite liked it.


Am I reading more Star Wars? Yes, I most definitely am.

I mean, I was not kidding when I said I plan to drown in the High Republic. And now I feel even more justified after confirming that it's amazing.

However, this will be very different since it is Middle Grade and, therefore, it'll be a lot less intense, I think, but ho
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, 2021-reads
Don’t let the kiddie cover art fool you. This is some quality Star Wars content right here.

The Goodreads description does not do this story justice. Disney LucasFilm Press will need to update it and give it the life it deserves.

Right off the bat, this book is way better than Light of the Jedi for multiple reasons.

1) The characters are actual people and not emotionless figureheads.
2) The pacing is way way more fluid.
3) The worldbuilding doesn’t feel like padding (e.g. describing the properties o
Siona St Mark
I’m dnf-ing this one. The lightwhip was cool, but I really only skimmed to get to that part. The writing was just not engaging to me, and I get it’s a middle grade book, but I’ve read MG books before that could hold my interest, this just wasn’t one of them. I will checkout Claudia Gray’s novel to see if I like it (also that one is supposed to feature the carnivorous planet things which seem really cool to me), but I don’t think I’ll pick up everything from the High Republic after all.
Jan 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
The author is a clown, and also racist. So, a racist clown. Not very good.
Lance Shadow
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
My excitement for the high republic continues as I blasted through the next novel in the High Republic publishing project, Justina Ireland's A Test of Courage! *I also decided to edit this review a little bit after listening to the audiobook a second time*

While Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi won't go down among my favorite star wars novels even when just accounting for Canon, I immediately fell in love with the High Republic era, it quickly got me invested in this interconnected multimedia st
Jan 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
According to the author I should not read this book. Had high expectations of The High Republic. Already crashing and burning when an author of one of the books tells you it is not for you. Keep up the BRILLIANT work Justina!
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Star Wars: A Test of Courage was written by New York Times Bestselling Author, Justina Ireland. This is the second tale within the High Republic Era. A Test of Courage is a young readers book and is published by Disney-Lucasfilm Press.

SUMMARY: A few members of the Nihil are at Port Haileap, with a plan to infiltrate the luxury liner ship, the Steady Wing. They want to cause chaos, to instill fear in the republic, and most importantly, to make a name for themselves and impress one of the Tempest
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Rating: 7.0/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for a listening copy of Star Wars: A Test of Courage (The High Republic) for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

I want to start off my review by stating that I am clearly not in the intended audience for this story. A Test of Courage is for grade levels 3-7 (age ranges 8-12), so a solid 18 years younger than me. That being said, while the content may not live up to my expectations, Ireland is a phenomenal writer w
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this Middle-Grade novel. It drops some family names fans will know from Legends and current Canon. It had a nice set-up for the next book and I'd really like to see some of these characters as they grow through their next adventures. ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
The second book to be released set in The High Republic era is A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland, the first being Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule. A Test of Courage opens with the targeted destruction of a luxury ship, the Steady Wing, on its way to the opening ceremony for the Starlight Beacon space station. Two members of the Nihil, an organized group of pirates dedicated to instilling fear in the Republic, are responsible.

In the aftermath of the destruction, four young individuals are l
Jan 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, audiobooks, star-wars
dnf at 24%

It felt like a chore instead of genuine enjoyment when it came to listening to the audiobook, so I decided to pull the plug on this one and move on.
Arc provided by NetGalley.

Ok, I have many thoughts. Let’s preface this review with some quantifying statements.
-This is technically a middle-grade book, I don’t often read middle grade and thus don’t have much to say in regards to that aspect of the book.
-I am a huge Star Wars fan. I have read several of the books and am well versed in the universe.
-Quantifying the previous statement, Jedi are not my favorite element of the Star Wars universe. So this book does have to stand outside of Jedi be
Shaun Stanley
Star Wars: A Test of Courage is a junior novel set in the High Republic written by Justina Ireland.

Trajedy strikes during a diplomatic mission aboard a starship where the young survivors must find a way to survive on a remote planet.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I purchased the book I knew it was written for a younger audience but didn't realize it was written for a middle school reading age. But the book is very good and hooks you right away. It focuses on four young survivors
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was incredibly cute and I am so glad I picked it up despite the hesitation of it being a junior novel (I don't typically read middle-grade).

In A Test of Courage we are following a group of 5 kids who are the lone survivors from an attack on a luxury cruise line by the Nihil. We have the youngest Jedi Knight to ever be promoted, a padawan who is struggling with the temptation of the dark side, the son of a system that is hoped to be allied with the republic, a quirky and wise daughter of a s
Very much a novel geared towards children or young teens (the character of Avon especially just screams "junior novel character"), but it was alright. There's a few characters and references that refer to Light of the Jedi, but I wouldn't say this is a necessary read if you're interested in consuming the new canon. It's a nice little adventure but can pretty much be skipped. ...more
Kyle Dinges
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like Light of the Jedi, I'm not sure this is a 5 star book in a vacuum. It is, however, very refreshing reading new books that aren't nearly as constrained by the narrow Disney Canon for the first time. ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t know what to expect, so I was happy I liked it as much as I did. Hit all the right Star Wars buttons. Fun, fast adventure with just enough “join us next time!” To keep the serialization feel. The best parts of Star Wars in my opinion.
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
I really enjoyed this book! This is one of the first books in the new High Republic era of Star Wars and whilst this did only offer quite a limited view of the new world, it has definitely made me excited to continue. My favourite character was Vernestra, she was very cool. I cannot wait to explore this era in more detail.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
To be honest the start didn't catch me too much but overall I enjoyed this book and liked how it focused on a small group of characters in contrast to Light of the Jedi. Vernestra is easily my favourite in A Test Of Courage and the other characters are very well written in my opinion. Although the target audience for this book is for middle grade kids it's still worthy to be read by people outside that age group. ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it liked it
It is possible to simply adore the characters in a book, but be totally turned off by the plot? That’s exactly how I felt about this book. Vernestra, a fifteen-year-old Jedi who is tasked with watching over Avon Starros, a trouble-making young aspiring inventor and J-8, her wacky droid. They are well-crafted and form the core of the story… and it is these young , strong characters that kept me reading.

The basic plot: A new space station called Starlight Beacon is about to be dedicated. It will b
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly Dark First Look at High Republic Era

I went into this thinking it was going to be for kids, probably because of the cover. Silly me, judging a book by its cover. This is a surprisingly dark first foray into the era of The High Republic. It’s a fun story and a simple plot, that follows a group of kids escaping peril. It’s mostly about their interactions with one another, though, and seeing them develop complex relationships with one another. It also delves, in an intelligent and compl
Maciej Kuczyński
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just wanted more High Republic content so I read this kiddie book. I was pleasantly surprised, though! Not as kiddie as one might think.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2021, star-wars-books
**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 spoiler discussion on this book!

As I have sat down to write this review twice now, I have found myself a little speechless and unsure how to talk about this book. It's not because I didn't like it, because I loved it, and it's not because it didn't challenge me, because it did. It was a truly w
"Death. Destruction. Desolation."

This book definitely portrays a variety of emotions to the reader. This book has humor, lessons, hurt, and questioning one's self. The story follows two young Jedis Vernestra and Imri, a senator's daughter Avon and her droid J-6, and a Dalnan ambassador's son Honesty.

If you have read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and loved Iko, you will love reading about Jay-Six.

"Perhaps the people who had actually suffered got to make decisions sometimes."

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