• Star Wars: The Fallen Star (The High Republic)

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,795 ratings)

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Star Wars: The Fallen Star (The High Republic)

By: Claudia Gray
Narrated by: Marc Thompson
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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this gripping sequel to Star Wars: The Rising Storm, the light of the Jedi faces its darkest hour.

Time and again, the vicious raiders known as the Nihil have sought to bring the golden age of the High Republic to a fiery end. Time and again, the High Republic has emerged battered and weary but victorious thanks to its Jedi protectors—and there is no monument to their cause grander than the Starlight Beacon.

Hanging like a jewel in the Outer Rim, the Beacon embodies the High Republic at the apex of its aspirations: a hub of culture and knowledge, a bright torch against the darkness of the unknown, and an extended hand of welcome to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As survivors and refugees flee the Nihil’s attacks, the Beacon and its crew stand ready to shelter and heal. 

The grateful Knights and Padawans of the Jedi Order stationed there finally have a chance to recover—from the pain of their injuries and the grief of their losses. But the storm they thought had passed still rages; they are simply caught in its eye. Marchion Ro, the true mastermind of the Nihil, is preparing his most daring attack yet—one designed to snuff out the light of the Jedi.

©2022 Ballantine (P)2022 Random House Audio

Editor's Pick

The Force is strong with this one
With January’s arrival comes a new entry into the dazzling High Republic series from the wildly talented Claudia Gray—my favorite writer in the Star Wars space. In The Fallen Star, Gray wields her knack for crafting and developing characters and the relationships between them in a way that feels real, sometimes devastatingly so: when our heroes face their darkest days, we’re along for the ride, sensing the ruthless looming of the marauding Nihil at each and every turn. It’s a stellar story that shimmers all the more in audio thanks to the legendary Marc Thompson, a gifted performer whose ability to develop distinct, pitch-perfect voices for a diverse cast of characters is on full display. If you, like me, can’t resist an emotionally attuned space opera that further explores new corners of a familiar universe, this gem (or, uh, kyber crystal?) is your next must-listen. —Alanna M., Audible Editor

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Not terrible but not great

I think my honeymoon phase w\ Claudia Gray's writing is over. The writing feels 'light'. It doesn't carry the derailed prose I expect w\ an adult novel. This is a fun book but I think I'm ready for. It's definitely the weakest of the phase 1 High Republic adult trilogy.

And there are some things in this book that makes me question if the author has read any of the other High Republic novels.

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Seems like a deliberate deviation from previous

First Narration and performance were spot on for Marc Thompson. I know sometimes his choice of voices can rankle some, but the man is dedicated to give an immersive telling of the story.

What I did not like was what seemed like a complete usurping of very good ground work that was lain by the previous adult novels in the high republic. If you've read or listened to them you will know what I mean. I also don't like how the Jedi are portrayed as basically bumbling idiots, making mistake after increasingly infuriating mistake, in what is supposed to be the height of their power. I find their lack of wisdom disturbing.


Also the complete removal of some characters, the lack of continuing development of main characters being relegated to very minor or basically NPC's in this novel, was quite annoying. Found myself hanging on for hours waiting for characters that never showed, or were completely inconsequential. I have in the past enjoyed some of this authors writing, mainly "Master and Apprentice". This novel some how seemed like the author had a grudge and wanted to completely undo or not really expand on what happened in previous 2 novels, just to give characters from their young adult novel "Into the dark" more relevance.

P.S.... I'm not saying this is a terribly bad stand alone novel. It is however a lack luster conclusion to a series that was full of potential.

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Great but

Great story and narration. My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is that they pronounce Nihil like The Nile, and Marchion like Markion. Bugs me, but might not bug you.

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Define "Good Book"

This book starts with an interesting premise: what if the Jedi couldn't do force stuff, and also were very stupid? So don't buckle in, because this book will have you longing for the cold embrace of death in no time flat.

Remember in the first book, when battle meditation was a thing again? Claudia Gray skipped that part. What about when Jedi all across the galaxy used the force to alter the course of a large object in space to ensure it didn't hit a star? Gray missed that bit too. Remember Avar Kris and Chancellor Whatshername? They're mentioned in the book! Remember how the Nihil were basically space pirates? Now they're religious zealots doing suicide missions for the honour of their exalted leader, whose name is now pronounced differently. Remember what happened to Master Greatstorm? Well Ms Gray was paying attention for that part, so it'll happen again to other Jedi only to be promptly forgotten about for six chapters. I could go on, but my blood pressure is rising and... you don't need this book. You will not be better off listening to it and you won't get your thirteen hours back.

Marc Thompson is great! Hats off to him for being able to finish this book without flinging himself from a fifth story window.

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Well that happened

Frustratingly unbelievable reactions in context of galactic story so far. Also frustrating to rope in characters from other storylines when characters from this one not fully developed, mostly referring to the children's novel characters. They did not add much either to the story. But I hope the series rebounds.

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I really hope this series gets a lot better

Tempered my expectations for this series as its a whole new setting and new cast of characters but I very much wanted to enjoy it. Specific to this book though I'll say the most positive thing about it is the narration, spot on and great as always from Marc Thompson. The story is highly disappointing, the premise of it is fine but the execution is lackluster at best and seems to be unfolding at a glacier slow pace. While I do enjoy some of the characters, there are just so many that are quite frankly annoying, uninteresting and feel like they are in the story just to appease the author or I don't even know they are terrible and detract from interesting characters. 90% of it is whimpering weak willed unconfident jedi, and 10% of the time they get it together and do 1 engaging thing followed by a whole chapter of emotional questioning of themselves. The jedi are suppose to be at the height of their power, yet they are all emotional, dim witted and make obvious idiotic mistake after idiotic mistake. Is that suppose to be believable? I hope another author takes over the next books as this just not meeting expectations. And I wont spoil the ending, but my god how lame and uninteresting can you make the jedi look. Save yourself the money and wait for the next one unless you really want to know what happens to certain characters. No big insights are learned here, nothing is revealed that you may have been wondering in the previous books. In all honesty its like the book was written for 10 year olds, and even a 10 year old would think this is tame and annoying. Hoping this series turns things around, cause I sure hope it can't get any worse.

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one of the most unenjoyable SW books I've read.

This book is very entertaining. absolutely true. but it is only so in a way a disaster B movie is very entertaining. it is cheap, disconnected and lacks a soul... first of all I hope you haven't made any lasting connections with main characters of prior High Republic books because if you have you might as well prepare yourself to have most of them ripped from your heart and existence without purpose and without ceremony. this book reads like a walking dead season where no character has ever heard of plot armor and though "hope" is a main theme of this book it nonetheless takes every opportunity to completely and utterly empty itself of any hope whatsoever... this is a train wreck of a story and it seems Claudia simply forgot what star wars actually was and just decided to write a depressing and agonizing disaster story where the characters you spent many books getting to know are simply thrown away with a flittering of the fingers... to say the least I was thoroughly disappointed and my day is ruined. I want a refund.

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Tedious and boring

Great Performance tedious and boring story.

I found myself just not caring about the characters.

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very predictable and boringly so.

it's a filler episode in a series that is getting progressively less interesting to me. a few interesting characters written differently by the different authors with no or very little grand plan and it shows just like the sequel movies. characters die offscreen in the most predictable tragedy of this series. almost crashed my car rolling my eyes when I found out how the big incident in this book happened. If the TSA could have saved the day, then your book is boring and I don't care about it.

Marc Thompson is as good as ever except for someone telling him to pronounce the names of the Nihil and Marchion Ro jarringly different from the previous installments.

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Where is Marchion?!?

Marc once again killed it with the narration of this title. I did think it was strange the change of pronunciations, mainly being (Nile) and (Markion). That is little and can get over. It did feel however that Claudia was not too pleased that her characters from her earlier title were left out, and instead of focusing on what this series has been about we circle back and waste a lot of time with once again a ROCK. I do enjoy the action scenes and the pacing of the novel. I did not get near enough exposure to Marchion Ro or any of the Nihil characters. His growth has been one of my favorite things about these novels, and he is pretty much non-existent in this title. Being one of my favorite characters in the High Republic series, I found this to be saddening. All in all it was an okay book but the second book in the trilogy is still leaps above the other two!

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  • Jon
  • 08-03-22

this is the best so far

Even though it's a sequel, this book has rekindled my interest in the High Republic. The amount of death in this book makes you think George R R Martin wrote it. This is definitely the best High Republic book so far IMO.