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New York Times Best Seller • The heroes of the High Republic era return to face a shattered peace and a fearsome foe, following the dramatic events of Light of the Jedi.

In the wake of the hyperspace disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner. Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and the newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard.

In celebration, the chancellor plans the Republic Fair, a showcase of the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic - a peace the Jedi hope to foster. Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, and others join the event as ambassadors of harmony. But as the eyes of the galaxy turn toward the fair, so too does the fury of the Nihil. Their leader, Marchion Ro, is intent on destroying this unity. His storm descends on the pageantry and celebration, sowing chaos and exacting revenge.

As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the rampaging Nihil, they come face-to-face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy - the kind of fear from which even the Force cannot shield them.

©2021 Cavan Scott (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Scott is a Master of Tragedy! *Spoiler-Free*

Scott packs a punch, fulfilling all of the promises of phase one while simultaneously leaving the reader gutted. The story spends pretty much the entirety of its first act in a more dialogue focused manor, rarely splintering into action. But in those moment we do get action, they are incredibly impactful and horrifying. As a result of his love for the genre of horror, Scott masterfully walks the tightrope of making the reader fear in a Star Wars novel. Perhaps it's thanks to my personal taste but the second act's action focus was slightly less exciting to me but it set up things that allowed the third act to feel like a deserving end to the 15 hour journey. Marc Thompson is amazing as usual, no surprises there. I'm excited to see where this goes!

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No actual ending.

these books are terribly constructed and have way too many characters that they try to follow. This isn't a movie or TV show you don't leave your books on cliffhangers.

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Stunning! must read

Yet another wonderful addition to the High Republic era. The drive of the characters and the intricacies of the villain. Not everyday you get a well thought out and put together antagonist to make the stakes feel high. can't wait for more novels

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Once Again saved by Marc Thompson

Similar to Light of the Jedi the story jumps around and is fragmented, because they (Disney) want you to buy the comics and the JA novels. Its made bearable by Marc Thompson and the production team. Really Thompson should just narrate and do primary character, letting others do unique voices. Go back to Radio shows. The novels are almost there anyway.

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If you liked Elzar Mann before, DO NOT READ

This author wrote Elzar to be an emotional, flippant, fickle child. Not only did his storyline cheapen his relationship with Avar, it made him seem shallow and temperamental. I loved Elzar and was rooting for him in the first book, now, I hate when a chapter is about him... this author ruined the series for me.

Additionally, the plot is chaotic with way too many characters. A comic book author has no business writing a novel.

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Another great entry in this series.

Cavan does it again. His work on Star Wars is quite impressive. Narration, voice work, inflection, all excellent. The best in this series so far.

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If you were looking for it, this story is not a good continuation of Light of the Jedi at all.

I truly enjoyed Light of the Jedi. But this was just a jumbled mess. Only a few main characters from that book had more than a few lines of dialogue. Marc Thompson’s record speaks for itself but this was a bad outing even for him but there were SO many characters to voice I kinda get it. Like the sequel trilogy movies I think it’s a bad idea to have a different mind continuing each story. Obviously you can have consultants but if Charles S. writes Light of the Jedi, it should be him writing its sequels, with the help of others like Cavan S. etc.

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The High Republic continues to entertain!

I really am excited to say that the Rising Storm continues to be as entertaining as any of the pieces of work for the High Republic era. There were a lot of twists that I did not see coming, but I enjoyed every second of it. I would highly recommend reading Light of the Jedi first, but if you enjoy Star Wars definitely check this book out.

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All time great

This is one of the best Star Wars books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading/listening to. Incredible entertaining.

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One author? More like two: ADD and his brother ADHD.

What is there to enjoy? A convoluted plot with no real direction? A cast of characters that’ll leave you saying “who?” 95% of the time someone is mentioned.

This is one of the worst written books I’ve listened to. It is genuinely awful, one proof reading session should’ve resulted in this having massive rewrites to fix whatever this is.

The production quality is all this offers. The sound effects are stellar and the narrator does an excellent job.

The author however needs to take some classes on writing.

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  • 07-05-21

THR, Cavan Scott and Marc Thompson delivers again!

another superb addition to The High Republic.
tense, inspiring, horrific, hopeful, STAR WARS. & when it's done well it's always superb, this comfortably fits into that category.

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  • 07-20-21

Star wars 4 life.

loved it, beautiful listen,
best voice actor, best story,
we are all the republic