I think I may have a new favourite Star Wars novel…and a new favourite Star Wars novelist! It would take a lot to knock Michael A. Stackpole and I.Jedi off the top of my list, but John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn does just that. Wow. Having read and loved Miller’s Lost Tribe of the Sith anthology I was already sure that this first entry into the new canon, in regards to novels, was in safe hands (I have Kenobi but haven’t read it yet…I might have to while I await the release of Tarkin) and I couldn’t have been more right.
Serving as a prequel to Star Wars: Rebels, this book introduces us to Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla as they both find themselves caught up in a plot to destroy Cynda, a moon rich in a particular ore which is vital to the construction of the Empire’s Star Destroyers. It’s action packed, as you’d expect, but the focus is squarely on character.
And…I’m really not going to get into the plot and stuff too much, because I didn’t intend this to be a review. Suffice it to say that if you’ve always wanted to get into the Star Wars EU but were put off by the fact that there were literally hundreds of novels and you didn’t know where to start…this is where to start. Right now, other than the movie adaptations, this is it. This is the entire canonical Star Wars Universe when it comes to novels. And it’s good. Really, really good.
Buy it, read it, love it. The next release in the new canon will be Tarkin by James Luceno, out on November 6th. I can’t wait! But I have to…damn.
James Earl Jones returns to voice Vader on Rebels. Lucasfilm confirms via The Hollywood Reporter the reports that ‘Spark of Rebellion’ will air on ABC on October 26.
"We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast," said executive producer Dave Filoni. "We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones."