Dawn of the Jedi

- Minor Spoiler Review -

Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void is prolific author Tim Lebbon’s first Star Wars novel, but he seems like a natural in the Expanded Universe. Even though the Dawn of the Jedi comics have been around for about a year, when it comes to novels, the setting is much different than anything we’ve seen before in the timeline; it’s some 25,000 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.

Basically, this book is about a Je’daii Ranger named Lanoree Brock. She must rid the galaxy of a dangerous threat: her own brother. As you can imagine, this would be a tough assignment for anyone, but especially for a woman who as a girl, made it her duty to protect her younger brother, before he went missing and was presumed dead.

Tim Lebbon describes in vivid detail the mental struggles of both Lanoree and her brother Dalien, but also of the physical altercations that happen along the way. This book isn’t shy about describing what happens during the occasional outbreak of violence, and even contains a few curse words.

What I found intriguing as I suspect most readers will, is the primitive aspects of beings so early in the timeline, especially the early Jedi.

Immediately apparent from the cover art itself is the fact that actual metal swords are the weapon of choice for the Je’daii. They are Force-imbued and deadly, but are obviously primitive compared to the lightsabers that we’re used to. Here, we’re at the very beginnings of lightsaber technology.

The Je’daii also have a much different understanding of the Force. They call it the Ashla and the Bogan: Ashla representing the light and Bogan the dark. Their goal is to remain in balance of the two. The Je’daii have several temples spread across the planet Tython, each one a learning center of different themes to instruct Je’daii of all types.

It also becomes apparent that Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void is in the midst of an ever-growing era. Key events have already happened, and are happening within the pages of the book. I got the feeling that this wont be the end of this particular storyline, as the book leaves room for a sequel or more. I hope that’s the case, with Tim Lebbon at the helm, because he did a masterful job of plotting a suspenseful story in this era.

I’m also pleased that this book features a female lead character, Lanoree Brock. She’s strong and is a fearsome opponent, but she’s also tempered by believable weaknesses. Confronting her evil brother is perhaps one of the greatest emotional trials that she’ll ever face, and it was nice to see how she reacted each time. It’s how I would expect her to react.

Finally, I love the layout of the book. The story goes back and forth, from Lanoree’s past to the present, and does so at strategic points. Oh, and the epigraphs. I love a book with epigraphs!

I think you’ll want to read and will enjoy Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void. It’s a great story, and the book itself is a tremendous value because it also features a full color Dawn of the Jedi comic excerpt, and a short story by John Ostrander.

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.

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Cover Blurb:

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.

Includes a special, full-color excerpt from the Dark Horse comic Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi and an original Dawn of the Jedi short story by John Ostrander!

Dawn of the Jedi

Bry Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.