January LaVoy is fast becoming a favorite narrator of mine and this story is a match made in heaven. Tom Lebbon's tale takes its back to a different time, the seldom explored roots of the Jedi. The Star Wars universe has been so developed that new spins on it rarely push new boundaries, but Tim takes us on a journey we didn't realize we wanted and needed. Even though many of the aspects of this ancient universe are unique, they are shared in a way that makes them feel familiar instead of being lead by the hand while the author explains how cleverly they designed the environment.
The Force has been so dogmatically defined we rarely question it's tenements. But Tim bravely take a direction that not only feels right, it makes the Start Wars universe a deeper, richer experience.
I have no knowledge of other publications that explore the Force as Tom Lebbon has here, but it breathes new life into Star Wars for me.
So this is the first Star Wars book I've ever listened to/read. And it was great! I love the main character and I want to know where she goes and what she does after this book ends. The narrator is EXCELLENT.
This might be one of the most boring Star Wars installments I've ever heard. They do very little to explain the Je'daii, which makes listening to the book very confusing. Most people initially assumed the narrator is giving the word Jedi a strange pronunciation. Very little happens in the book and the story is very flat. I don't like that it's calls Dawn of the Jedi and yet they don't really talk much about Jedi or the actual birth of the Jedi. Boring boring boring.
The story was decent but it was not terribly exiting and the ending dissapointed a bit. I would also have liked more backstory on the origins of Tython and how the Je'dai came to be.
Narrator was good although her range of male voices were a bit limited.
Since it takes place 25,000 years BBY I was kind of expecting the setting to be very primitive, which it is in a way, but still far more advanced that I had imagined, with droids and blasters already being present. I was also expecting it to be a prologue about how the Force was discovered and harnessed, whereas by this time there was already a Jed'aii council, and they were very well trained. The story focused almost entirely on the struggle between the female protagonist and her brother, which is all right, but I found it kind of fillery, possibly because it's a tie-in with the comic book series, which was probably cooler. If you're planning to read all the SW Legends books, especially from the beginning of the chronology, then go for it. If you just want to read the best ones, read Darth Plagueis.
The narrator did a great job emerging the listener. The overall plot and pacing was a little underwhelming. The fact that it's Star Wars kept me interesting in terms of je'daii history.