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Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!

Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight at age 16, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising 12-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon.

But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid, J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest. 

©2020 Justina Ireland (P)2020 Listening Library

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okay for kids, a bit weird though.

Who in their right mind picks Honesty as a name for a character? The book lacks detail most of the time, and the voice actor could vary the voices more with accents. Wasnt hard to follow at least. Overall, it fell somewhat flat, like the author didn't know enough about the Star Wars ubiverse or mythology.

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  • Max
  • 2021-01-11

So much hope and hype for this

I have (just looked) over 11 months of audible listening in my account. I say that as this is the first book I have listened to on 2x speed. I preordered this and the other high republic book and immediately started this one on the night it was released. I then immediately fell asleep. This is clearly a young adult book, which I am not. I am a diehard Star Wars fan though and love the thrawn books and just about all the other books out there. The amount of unnecessary details, yet breezing over more interesting aspects drove me up the wall. That coupled with the slow speaking narrator just killed it for me. I listened on 2x speed and instead of hearing a chipmunk voice all the time, most of it sounded totally normal. I would have returned it but hey, there’s a few tidbits of new canon material in here. :)

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  • Richard
  • 2021-01-06

Enjoyed the quick listen

Good story and narration. Great for adults wanting a quick listen and good story. Narrator didn't have quite as much vocal range in character voices as some of the other star wars narrators I've listened to, but it was a good performance. Great to have new characters to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-12

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not a big fan of the high republic so far my kids felt the same

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  • Dave
  • 2021-01-15

Doesn't feel like Star Wars

As my first foray into the High Republic project, this book was underwhelming. Bearing in mind that this is a young adult novel, I was hopeful this might be something I could share with my daughters who are becoming avid Star Wars fans, especially since the main characters are girls... sadly, halfway in I felt no urge to share it any longer. The characters are not relatable and the pacing is strange. In any case, I am not sure if this is a symptom of the overall project or the writer chosen for the book, but I am not impressed and would not recommend this book to Star Wars fans.

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  • brian
  • 2021-01-09

More new characters to be introduced.

Cool how the story of this, and Light of the Jedi take place around or close to the same time frame. More new characters to become introduced to. Narration is alright, though having not heard her before, I'll get use to her eventually. A well done effort.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-17

A Little Story

A short story that's for the most part self contained. Shows potential for a fallow up or in sight in to other stories to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-16

Another Wonderful entry into High Republic lore

Thoroughly enjoyable. The first two forays in to the High Republic are a smashing SUCCESS .

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  • Chris
  • 2021-01-13

Fun story good for all ages

As enjoyable as Light of the Jedi, but small and self contained where that story was wider in scope. Fewer characters and a tighter narrative were to the story’s advantage as we got to know our protagonists very well. Vernestra Rowh has the potential to be one of my favorite High Republic characters. While on a smaller scale, there are still some hints at the larger storyline which enrich the whole experience. Glad I gave this story a chance.

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  • Mario Rosales
  • 2021-01-13

Great for all ages

I just finished light of the Jedi before starting this one. Obviously this one was meant for a younger age group but even I (26) enjoyed it. It was a very quick listen, great character development in a short time, fresh take on what’s “possible” in Star Wars, and even though the plot could have been simplified into maybe an hour listen I still found myself not wanting it to end.

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  • Carl Hobbs
  • 2021-01-12

Great YA content

I liked the story, but it's more geared towards YA audiences. Great gift idea though!