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Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2021
15 hours 32 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

The heroes of the High Republic era return to face a shattered peace and a fearsome foe, following the dramatic events of Light of the Jedi.

In the wake of the Great Hyperspace Disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner. Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and the newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard.

In celebration, the chancellor plans The Republic Fair, a showcase of the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic-a peace the Jedi hope to foster. Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, and others join the event as ambassadors of harmony. But as the eyes of the galaxy turn toward the Fair, so too does the fury of the Nihil. Their leader, Marchion Ro, is intent on destroying this unity. His storm descends on the pageantry and celebration, sowing chaos and exacting revenge.

As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the rampaging Nihil, they come face-to-face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy-the kind of fear from which even the Force cannot shield them.

© Cavan Scott 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
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I loved it. Wasn't quite as good Light of the Jedi, but still very entertaining. The pacing is balanced in a very strange way. There's no ebb and flow that averages out, it's 50% build-up then 50% non-stop action until the end, but it somehow manages to maintain its intensity the whole way. The characters do fall into the typical Star Wars archetypes, but they were interesting and unique enough to keep me invested. I highly recommend this to any Star Wars fan, but I do recognise that mileage may vary for general audiences.

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