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Star Wars: The Rising Storm (The High Republic) (Star Wars: The High Republic) Audio CD – Unabridged, January 2, 2079
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- Publisher : Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (January 2, 2079)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0593396812
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593396810
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.87 x 5.51 x 1.57 inches
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This book is definitely a middle chapter in the sense that it moves the High Republic era forward in interesting ways, but does not function as well as a self-contained narrative. The Republic Fair on Valo serves as the main event for this wave of the storytelling, but unlike the Great Disaster, which drove an action-mystery plot in Light of the Jedi, the Fair is more of a backdrop here, functioning as a setting that expands the world-building but ultimately feels more like a set-piece than a story.
Herein lies one of my reasons for only three stars. I enjoyed the political intrigues in the beginning and end of the novel, but got bogged down in the extended action scenes in the middle section. Whereas the victims of the Great Disaster were introduced with character vignettes that made them immediately likable, most of those imperiled at the Fair are ciphers without any backstory or interest other than an exotic alien species (kudos to Scott for really dredging the depths of Wookiepedia for a fun range of obscure aliens even if they are underdeveloped).
A second reason for only three stars is the chapter and story structure which relies heavily on “cliffhangers” in which a character seems to be obviously killed often to recover and carry on without much apparent impact when their story resumes. These grew a bit tiresome for me as the shock value wore off and the action started to feel repetitive. The exception here would be the son of Chancellor Lina Soh who had a more complex portrayal.
Finally, because we are fully in the multi-platform High Republic publishing initiative now, many characters appear without context and rely upon their development in other books to make sense here. For those who are featured in already published books (like Porter Engle, Nib Assek, Mikkel Sutmani, Burryagga, and Vernestra Rwoh among others) this works. For those like Ty Yorrick, Ram Jamoram, and Lourna Dee, who have upcoming books, it wasn’t as effective. These latter character appearances often serve as teasers for other stories which leave this story feeling a bit incomplete. As I said above, this is a middle chapter, and it shows for better and for worse.
All in all, this is a solid Star Wars book in the most exciting publishing initiative since the old Expanded Universe. While it didn’t grip me on every page like Light of Jedi, it does make me want to keep seeing where the High Republic is going and celebrate this ambitious effort at collaborative Star Wars storytelling!
All and all, this is now one of my favorite Star Wars books and I can't wait to see more from Cavan Scott!
Something I really loved about this book is the characters. These High Republic books have a lot of characters, but Scott has done such a good job fleshing them out, and I found I was heavily invested in each and every one of their individual arcs. It was also really interesting how Scott developed and explored the relationships between characters in this book. There are some romance elements, but they are so well balanced with the suspense and darker/more violent themes of this book.
The pacing of this story is so great from beginning to end; I was so hooked and could not put the book down. There are about 250 pages that are pure action, but leading up to the action, Scott creates a great build-up that is unsettling and full of suspense. Throughout the whole book, I felt so nervous for the characters because I knew something was coming. And once the action started, the plot continued to elevate, because even as tensions are rising, there is a feeling that the worst is yet to come.
Another thing I love about the plot in this book is the politics. The political storylines of Star Wars have always been enjoyable to me, and it’s one of the things I love most about the prequels and The Clone Wars show. It’s great to see those political elements brought back in here during the High Republic era.
The villains have also been improved upon from the first book. I enjoyed the Nihil in Light of the Jedi and found them to be quite threatening in a unique way, but there were certain characteristics that made them feel a bit disorganized and nonstrategic at times. This book ties off some of those “weak links,” leaving a villain that feels even more vicious and terrifying.
Overall, I enjoyed The Rising Storm immensely from beginning to end, and it is now one of my favorite Star Wars books. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Star Wars and wants to experience a new era of the Jedi and the Republic. I can’t wait to read more!
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I also like the serve of certain characters and situations. As soon as I thought I had a read on a character, they would switch or take a path I did not expect. Example I though a character might have sone redeeming qualities, then they dast that idea completely. Another I see the signs of a Jedi falling and when I thek they are too far gone they surprise me.
One of the things I did not like about the Disney era Jedi is I felt they are too watered down. Either not powerful enough or too power compared to the others. Also I did not think they are great warriors. In the High Republic era this makes a lot more sense as these Jedi have gone more than a couple generation without any real adversaries. Now the are fighting a war on two fronts.
I like the conflict in these characters. It makes them interesting. I like the way these naive Jedi deal with relationships, their own feelings, their egos, actual combat not in a training setting, and the lure of the dark side. I also like the writing style of shorter chapters, and giving all the characters time to shine or fall.
A great continuation of the series, the left me wanting more as soon as I finished it. On top of everything covered in thus book there are still so many more characters and things to explore, and something new unleashed. I am really enjoying the High Republic series. Not everyone survives and not everyone dies.
The Rising Storm is an absolute thrill ride. Cavan writes with a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat, lulling you into a false sense of security during intervals, before punching you clean in the throat with the next twist.
Marchioness Ro is a certifiable psychopath, Ty the “Jedi for hire” needs a whole backstory that I’m hoping goes into comics at some point, and the creatures!!! Star Wars has always been incredible for creatures, but I have never wanted a creature as much as I do a Charhound!!!
What I love about this whole series is the journey of the Jedi and the Republic. The arrogance and the lessons that come when your pride becomes bigger than what you stand for.
The battle scenes are written less tactically than Zahn or Freed, but for me this makes the battles come to life and makes them almost tangible.
I cannot wait for the next instalment!!! What is the Leveller and where did it come from? Where are the Drengir??
I also want more Togruta politics and history- it feels like we have only scratched the surface and I am living for it!!
For Light and Life!!!
I can’t put it down. I’m only half way through and it keeps on getting better and better.
The new characters are developing nicely and the writing/storytelling by Cavan Scott is (once again!) excellent.