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
Shes no Marc Thompson, but it was cool as non Thompson Star wars stories go
I almost tossed my phone out my car window ( I listen in the car mostly ) with how this story ended and came rushing here to post a stark raving mad review then reread the stories description and realized it was a 'book 1'. Here's hoping that book two further explains or at least picks up on the all the open tangents that this book left. I was literally jaw dropped by the way it ended, not so much in the specific actions, but how many loose ends were left untied.
The only problem i really have with the story over all is it didn't really leave me with a great yearning to know more, sure if they produce more of this line I'll buy to finish or view further along the story line, but I'm not clamoring for more out of the gate. It was just barely interesting enough to make me come back for more, Not like Maul:Lockdown, which had so many twist and turns but wrapped up nicely and still had me wishing there was more at the end.
I figured this book would just wrap itself up and end nicely, but it ended on an opening which didn't at feel succinct to the story it just dragged me through. Something happens at the end that you would think would be the main characters primary focus after what shes just had to do and the first thing she does is leave the planet?!? Really... Pick this up only if you have a few credits lying around and you've read/listened to pretty much everything else (which is where I am - with the unabridged SW versions anyway)...
At first I wasn't used to a female narrator, but she did such a good job it began to grow on me. I would listen to her again and would recommend her.
Deeper understanding and learning of The Force and original Jedi. I enjoyed learning about the difference of the early Jedai and modern day Jedi.
Yes, great complex story about the beginnings of the Jedi order, a time before they utilized light sabers.
Lanoree simply because she is brave, fearsome, determined, and balanced.
If you are expecting light sabers, dueling blasters, or the dark side you will be disappointed but if the origins of the Jedi hold interest or the Gree do, then this book is highly recommended.
Let's just take alot of the main things you love about Star Wars and delete them. Light Sabers? Gone. Light and Dark sides of the Force? Gone. Jedis? Gone. They take much of what you know and go back in time. Before there was Sith Lords or Jedi Counsel. They replace it with the Ja'dii (sp?). A wish wash of balancing light and dark. Resulting in the equivlent of angsty teenage Ja'dii. You follow the equivlent of a cop on a fairly boring journey. There are some good parts... but over all it barley is a Star Wars novel.
Not set in this time period.
The range of the performer's voice is limited. The characters sounds alike. This is a major step down from Troy Denning's performance in the "Fate of the Jedi" series.
It's an interesting concept going this far back in the mythos but it leads the reader with more questions then answers. In an obvious ploy to further the series.
Its a tough listen, but gets interesting about 9 hrs in. You can see the connection to all the other stories.
I will try the next volume, I think this story is just getting started.
Mundane, boring, lifeless
If you get it, know you will be rewarded in the end.
I would possibly try the next book in the series, if only to figure out where the story is going. I know this series was based on the comic books, but I felt like it dropped me into the middle of a story that could only be explained by going back and reading the source material. I expected a more complete backstory I guess. The author gave a history of the characters through numerous flashbacks but hinted at a vague and mysterious event that brought them all together. It just seemed disconnected and disjointed.
The disjointed nature and constant use of flashbacks to tell the backstory of the characters.
Better development of voices and delineation of characters. Some of the accents melded and meshed together and i was confused by who was 'speaking' sometimes.
Not much. I think I might have had unrealistic hopes, being that it was a deep history of an established universe.
I would try the next book in the series, if only to see if the writing style and story was furthered along.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
If you like the universe yes I would. This would not be a good first book to read in the Star Wars universe.
She had a good reading style and it made it enjoyable
No, the story was ok but not that worthy
If you like Star Wars get the book and see what Grey Jedi's should be lol
It was fun and imaginative. Really kept the Star Wars Theme going on expanded on the EU.
Although I have never heard any of January's other performances, I was tempted to compare her reading with Marc Thompson, since I enjoyed the Thrawn Trilogy so much. Although I was nervous about it at first, I really enjoyed her reading, especially since the main character is a woman. A woman's voice thus made it even more enjoyable.
stars for connie
I liked the flashs backs when she was training as a Je'daii with her brother and the story was pretty good. The story is good and Lanoree was conflicted for the love of her brother and what he has become. Keep in mind this is the beginning of the Je'dii era and you have to crawl before you can walk.
Lanoree she is a strong person in statue and personality and I like Tre also.
I felt she did an excellent job with the main character and it is good to have a female voice if your main character is female. The word Je'daii will sound different than the word we have grown so familiar with Jedi. I would buy another book performed by January Lavoy she is good and with time she can get better.
I cried a little because of the way she felt about her brother and she could not believe what he had become now to the every end.
I think readers should give this series a chance this is the beginning of a new era. Their era is a lot different from the one we have become use to. There is a part in the book where Lanoree have a dream of a weapon made with a blade of light. In my opinion the author started the book out correctly and should develope it into the Jedi we know today. I also have the Kindle version and read it first before I listen to the book because the characters are new and I want to see their name written so I would know the character I was listening to. Also in the Kindle version there is a short story with Lanoree in it that is good.
Obsessed Star Wars books fan. I love everything post-movies, even the contradictions.
Tim Lebbon's first foray into the Star Wars universe feels like it lacks focus, which is ironic since it follows only one character. The story flashes back and forth in the life of Lanoree Brock a Je'daii Ranger from her training to her latest mission upon which rests the safety of everyone and everything she knows.
Mr Lebbon may have suffered from the curse of being loaded down introducing a new era, new characters and new dynamics all at the same time. Unfortunately the story does not succeed as Drew Karpyshyn did with the Darth Bane trilogy. The story presents a number of possibilities and realizes so few.
January LaVoy is a new choice to voice the Star Wars books. She feels like she was chosen to reflect the new era, the fact the main protagonist is female. But she does not bring the range and depth of Marc Thompson.
Still, the new sandbox is interesting and worth exploring. As an introduction to this era it is presented well (the Dawn of the Jedi comics may flush it out better.) and since it is allowed to be different I didn't find it as jarring as R. A. Salvatore's Vector Prime.
Worth a listen, but maybe just once.
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