Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule is the first novel of the new High Republic era series of books that was introduced by Del Rey Books and Lucasfilm earlier this year. This brand new era of Star Wars was supposed to kick off in August 2020, but has since been pushed back to January 2021 due to complications with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For those of you who were eagerly awaiting the release of this new era of storytelling, you now have a chance to get a little preview of Light of the Jedi thanks to an early chapter release via IGN which you can read here.
If you don’t feel like reading the first chapter of the book and would rather have Charles Soule sum it up for you in a couple of quotes, you can read those below.
“This excerpt is our first look at the moment that changes The High Republic forever. The destruction of the Legacy Run is the catalyst for a galaxy-wide disaster. Fragments of the destroyed cargo vessel begin flying out of hyperspace at super-accelerated speeds, meaning that deadly missiles of debris can appear anywhere at any time, from the Outer Rim to the Core. In this moment of crisis, the Republic turns to the guardians of peace and justice—the Jedi.”https://www.ign.com/articles/read-the-first-chapter-of-star-wars-the-high-republic-light-of-the-jedi-by-charles-soule
“The opening beats of Light of the Jedi depict an epic disaster, and a heroic, thrilling response by both the Republic and the Jedi to save lives and end the crisis. It’s just the beginning, though. The Legacy Run disaster kicks off a much larger story; it really is just one piece of a much bigger saga.”https://www.ign.com/articles/read-the-first-chapter-of-star-wars-the-high-republic-light-of-the-jedi-by-charles-soule
The first chapter has a very Firefly-esque feel to it, and while the quote above clearly states that the crew we were following through that chapter are no longer around post Chapter 1, it was very cool to see the world of Star Wars from a different angle than we are used to seeing it from.
As an expanded universe reader, I am super excited to see what kind of stories will be told in this time period and how much more context we will get to the known stories of this galaxy.