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.
©2013 Tim Lebbon (P)2013 Random House Audio
Tim Lebbon's world building and prose. The man can write this stuff!
The whole thing was so good that I can't really select one moment. And I really can't say that about too many recent Star Wars novels.
Nope. She was pretty good. I enjoyed hearing a woman's voice in a Star Wars book with a female protagonist. Marc Thompson is pure awesome and all but this was a nice change. I felt January made it easier to feel like we were inside Lanoree's head.
The climax of the novel was very emotional.
Lebbon does an outstanding job inter-cutting a flashback of Lanoree's Je'daii training with her brother, Dal, and her pursuit of him 9 years later. It gave the novel a balance and depth that it wouldn't have had had Lebbon simply stuck with the chase and nothing but. It also serves to explain the differences between the modern Jedi and the ancient Je'daii.
I was originally dubious about January LaVoy narrating this over Marc Thompson (who I love), but she really pulls you into the book as much as Marc does for me. Good choice!
What, no Marc Thompson?!? He pretty much makes or breaks any SW audiobook. He's like that familiar security blanket. And he's dang good.
But so was January LaVoy. Though she's no Marc Thompson, she rises to the challenge and exceeded my expectations, and quite frankly, I enjoyed her more than other non-Marc Thompson SW narrators. Not only that, it was fitting to have a female narrator with a novel that featured a female Jed'aii front and center.
Now, the story. I've been quite disappointed with the direction of SW novels as of late. Not enough to turn me away completely, but I think the quality of the stuff coming out lately has not been as great, the overarching story arcs/time frames (The Old Republic, namely) has been lacking for me.
This has revived my interest. This story is extremely interesting and opened up a whole new door in the SW universe. I still have some unanswered questions on the background (maybe I should read the comic book series) but perhaps as this period in the SW canon becomes more developed (here's hoping...) the answers will become more apparent. But there is a lot of potential in this time period that I am hoping for more to come out...
I would have used Marc Thompson instead.
She did alight. She's no Marc Thompson though. And to all the people who keep stating she's saying Jedi wrong.. She's not! It's spelled and pronounce different in this book.
Finding out details of Jedi History and details about Tython the planet with the earliest Jedi temples was really interesting. Also how the Jedi "Rangers" operated was cool. I am glad to recommend this book
First I want to say that I am conflicted on any new EU Star Wars books that are coming out after the Disney buyout. We really don't know if they are signed off on or what the deal is.
The Good: January LaVoy was a awesome choice for the Voice acting for the book, and she will melt your ears with her awesome voice. I would love for her to do more SW novels.
* These Je'daii are not your Jedi you know and love. They show there arrogance in the story and how they cross the line, but that is all the matter of perspective right?
*Some what graphic in fight scenes, this could be a bad also for a SW novel.
The Bad: Just about everything else about the book.
*It's to short for such a huge opening of a new timeline of the universe.
*The whole talking in first person and present tense format is a bit annoying.
* Introduction of profanity in a cleaver way, you will get the picture.
*The main character seems kind of off or just boring. Maybe I am being to critical of her, she does love to threaten just about everyone with death that she runs into.
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.
This is by far the worst book ever in the Star Wars collection. The Jedi kept getting knocked down every freaking 2 pages. And there is no story, Dale died at the end. Save your money and the Audible's credit.
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.
"a very clever story"
mid to high
i can't say that i have a favourite character, but they are significantly different to the shall we say modern day Jedi.
January is a new reader for the Star Wars extended universe. it's fitting that she reads a book set in a time when there are none of the usual characters you would expect to see in a star wars story. I would have to compare this story with another story where January reads with well known characters in it.
yes but i found it quite hard going at first so i had to spread it over multiple sittings.
this story is definitely worth a read. especially when you look at the attitudes to the light and dark sides of the force from then and make coparisons to the republic and beyond era's. most interesting indeed.
"As usual - Outstanding!"
I was a bit dubious downloading this as it was book 2 - but as with most of these books you dont miss out too much! I am looking forward to Book 1 being released here but this doesnt detract from this outstanding story! set before pretty much any of the star wars books out there it is a more - human- version of star wars. Outstanding story read perfectly by the author with the usual mix of star wars sound effects and musical scores - I highly recommend this!
Listening to the differences in the early jedi philosophies - very different and interesting.
First time I have listened to this reader but she was very good!
yes if I could have I would have (much like all the star wars ones)
I would like book 1 to be released here but love book 2 as well!
"A great foundation for the beginning of a saga"
All in all a decent little story, it manages to create a whole new star wars world but at the same time feels very familiar.
A really solid performance from the narrator with excellent sound effects and John Williams beautiful score drawing you in, I found it quite easy to lose myself in the world and at times it felt like a film.
the main problem I have with the story is the amount of exposition, this is to be expected generally with star wars but at times it gets a bit much and detracts from a simple but grippingstory that really begins to pick up pace in the last half in a chase across the galaxy to stop a potentially cataclysmic event.
Not a book to be skipped by star wars fans who are intrested in the extended universe and it sets up the dawn of the Jedi comics nicely, but do yourself a favour and get the audio book for a better experience.
"Very enjoyable story"
Good story great characters well performed a good start to the Jedi story more in the series would be good!
"Sadly lacking as a Star Wars book story wise"
This book is just rather badly written. It also takes bits from the Star Wars universe witch weren’t around at this time throwing caos to the Star Wars Cano.
Characters are sadly lacking in depth and personality.
it sad as an avid Star Wars fan both films and expanded universe this pre Jedi error is ripe for exploring with less restrictions compared to the rest of the books as not much has been written about this particular time in the Star Wars vers.
Tim Lebbon had endless possibilities before him and yet he chose this drivel to present to us the reader. I much prefer the comic series of dawn of the Jedi. Sadly this is in my mind the Weakest of all the Star Wars books that I have had the pleasure to read & listen to
it was porly written, Characters were lacking in substens and the 2 that i found my self wanting to actualy know about seemed like foot notes who both end up dead.
over all i felt rather detached from the story.
Also the "bad guy" wasn’t bad in actual fact I kind of wish he had killed our main character Lanoree Brock and at the same time wipe the Jedi out as in this story there is little to like about them. All I can say thank got this wasn’t the first of the films other wise the Star Wars we all love would not be around
the only bites i realy enjoyed were the bref bit with Tre or Dal
Ok so Tre, I wouldn’t cut this character even thaw they seemed almost pointless to the story arc witch is sad as Tre was the most interesting character in the hole story apart from Lanoree's brother Dal, despite the lack of character work. Tim Lebbon does virtually nothing with Tre just puts him slightly in the for ground only to kill both Tre & Dal off, yet as I said before this character was the most interesting and could have had so much done to them. It seams a rall shame.
As a big fan of the Star Wars universe and all expanded universe I have to say I as rather disappointed by this tail. The characters were lacking as was the story. much prefer the comic version. It’s a shame as Tim Lebbon had a Compleat new slate to work from so he could have taken it almost any were instead we got this drab excuse for a Star Wars tail
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