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5.0 out of 5 starsFollows the Traditional Star Wars Family Issues
Reviewed in Canada on February 12, 2016
This is the first Star Wars novel I have read and I have to say I had trouble putting it down. Each chapter just left me wanting to read more. It is true, some of the plot is predictable but that doesn't stop it from being entertaining. It follows the traditional star wars family issues and how one member of the family has the potential to destroy their galaxy.
addictive and entertaining, a great start on the saga of reading all the star wars books following the storyline. too bad most of these books might not be picked as themes for movies. why wait though, just read on.
First off; this isn't the Dawn of the Jedi. From "Dawn" you might expect the first Force-sensitive becoming conscious of their power and beginning to forge a sense of their religion. What you get is a slightly different spelling, real swords instead of laser swords and rangers instead of knights. There's already a Jedi Council and they're already the self-appointed guardians of their little universe. We're well past dawn here and more just-clocking-in-at-work. That's not to say that makes it a bad book, just not the one you might expect.
What does make it a bad book - or at least a less good one - is just how flat everything is. Despite plenty of action, it just doesn't have any impetus. It's not badly written and yet there's just something lacking that makes you bothered about getting to the end.
Maybe, as others have noted, it's that the central character isn't particularly likeable. A flawed hero is all well and good but throughout it feels like Lanoree is in the wrong: a self-superior bully who's probably responsible for making the bad guy the way he is.
Maybe that's the intention: her morality's so dubious it feels like this could have been "Dawn of the Sith". There's plenty of possibility hinted at here that could have taken a series somewhere if it had been given time to grow but because of the Disney buy out, that'll never happen. That means, with its isolated setting, this doesn't feel part of the Star Wars universe; it's a rogue entry in a Star Wars style.
It also has the recent trend for characters striving for "balance" in the force which always bugs me. Ever since George Lucas threw it into the movies, we've moved away from good vs evil into nonsense where we're supposed to root for whatever "balance" is supposed to be. Exploring the blurred lines between good and evil is one thing but actively striving for 50% good 50% evil is just gibberish. I don't think they've understood the eastern philosophy this idea is based on and if they havent got the chops, they should leave well alone.
It's a general fault, not specific to Dawn, but something that turns me off a lot of the newer entries, this one included. Dawn's big fault is just that there's not enough to love or even like about it. It's just... flat.
4.0 out of 5 starsLoved my first step into the Star Wars world
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2020
My first foray into the Star Wars and it was a treat. We are in a world that is set 25,793 BBY (before the Battle of Yavin) (years) before A New Hope, so many years before Luke and Leia, years before Anakin and shockingly years before lightsabers and hyperspace!!!! Shocking I know the things we take for granted!
I really did not know what to expect with my intro into such a vast world and I have to say I really did enjoy it. This book took me a bit longer than normal to finish because one I was savouring every word and reading for me, but more importantly there is so much information to take in you really can not rush it. I was already re-reading a few paragraphs to make sure everything sunk in.
A Je’daii needs nothing but confidence and comfort in the Force. Clothes for warmth, a ship to travel in, food for energy, water to slake thirst, a sword to stab, a blaster to shoot … all these are luxuries. The Force is everything, and without it, we are nothing. —Master Shall Mar, “A Life in Balance,” 7,538 TYA Into the Void (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, #1) by Tim Lebbon 42%
Yes!! You have read that correctly, the Jedi are known as Je’daii! This was another surprise I did not expect and it was really interesting to see how the “Jedi” was originally seen! And, and this is a biggie, the Sith, yes the Sith, “work” with the Je’daii! Just WOW!! This was just awesome to take in and enjoy. I mean I am a geek of Star Wars but not so much where I know all the different planets, races and terminology which is why I wanted to read the books so I could learn more. Every description is so vivid that, I was constantly hearing the noises of the ships at wars in space or the sound of a lightsaber in the battles (even though there were none!) and the sound of the blasters! This is how much I was immersed in this book, I felt like I could picture the worlds, the battles and witness heartbreak first hand. The imagination of Lebbon just has no bounds, I really would love to sit down and pick his brain to how he created this story in the Star Wars universe!
I loved following the story of Lanoree and her brother Dal, we flit between the past where we see the duo starting their journey to becoming a Je’daii Ranger but we know that a tragedy occurs. In the same chapter, the story flows to the present day where we see Lanoree travelling around on a top-secret mission at the request of the Je’daii council because only she has the power to see this through to the end. I got to see new worlds that I have not been exposed to before and meet her droid, Ironholgs and her new companion, who I had a soft spot for but really shouldn’t, Tre Sana!
I love checking out the Star Wars wiki when reading as it gave me so much more information. I am a bit gutted this is the last time I get to see the sassy Lanoree on my journey. At the beginning she is hard, and when she has to work with Tre, god she does resist this! She hates to be near this Twi’lek rogue, but slowly over time they get settled into an easy rhythm with their banter and a blossoming friendship.
I also have to say that man some of this book was brutal! Some of the deaths that happened saw my hand fly to my mouth in shock, did not see them coming especially in the way they happened. Plus when reading the journey of Lanoree and Dal to the different temples, I mean wow thank god I did not have to do this! Some of the creatures were terrifying, horrific and you wonder how they would survive!
There is also a little nod to the future in this book and boy did I love this little Easter Egg. The only thing I will say is she keeps dreaming of a “cloaked figure” OMG!!!!
So my first top dipping adventure has been a blast, we have had so much brutality, we have had an adventure to other planets, we met new species, we stopped the universe from being destroyed and this was the first book in over 300 books to go!
This book was strange. It seems to clearly be the first in the ‘dawn of the Jedi’ series so it has to set the stage in a new area of the Star Wars timeline (I’m assuming that this was released just before Disney took over and created the ‘legends’ canon). It makes sense that there are many aspects to the book that would be unfamiliar as the writer has had to introdice many new idea and concepts. This part was fine and I imagine that it could have gone in some really interesting directions in future books. However the problem was with The main character Lanoree was just awful and very unlikable. I felt more kinship with the main antagonist. Also the flashbacks were written as though they were just occurring which just seemed to jar. A chore to read I’m afraid.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2014
some of the other reviews have suggested this could have been better and I would agree, the chance was here to expand on early days of the jedi and how they came about and what they were all about and how they developed etc. what we got here was a chase across planets by characters you weren't really invested into and didn't associate with particularly. It should have been much better, in comparison to Darth Plagious this was a poor attempt, author should have read that first to see how it should be done.
4.0 out of 5 starsThroughly enjoyable. The audiobook is well worth getting too.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2018
A very entertaining story of a ranger's adventure to save her system whilst reminiscing on her past and how her present came to be. All whilst trying to be balanced in the ways of the force. It acts as a perfect precursor to the three dawn of the Jedi graphic novels.
As an avid fan of Star Wars I recommend this book to those fans who are interested in starting to read the legends lore because as soon as you pick up this book you will struggle to put it down. I love the storyline and how different it was from the Star Wars I grew up with it was a brilliant read to learn how this amazing universe started
4.0 out of 5 starsIt is not the Dawn, but still a very good book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 3, 2017
Do not take the title literally. It is an account of the early Jedi times, but not the "Dawn" per se. It is interesting though as it explores Jedi earlier times and gives more aspects. An interesting read, but it leaves you begging for more details: for the Dawn itself. The potential was there, but it was not delivered fully.
1.0 out of 5 starsIt's just a bad book unfortunately
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2018
It's just a bad book unfortunately. The main character is bland, the drive of the story is poor, the writing is awkward, and it just generally is no fun. Not Star Wars, and a real lost opportunity for exploring this new era.