Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!
Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight at age sixteen, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising twelve-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon.
But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest….
"Rich internal third-person dialogue reveals dollops of inner turmoil for each character at key moments as well as providing some much-needed world-building to make this a winning choice. A great read for Star Wars fans young and old." -- Kirkus Reviews
Interesting characters, so-so story for them to inhabit.
If I could, I'd have given this book 3.5 stars rather than 4, but 3 seemed a bit harsh. While I doubt I'll remember the particulars of the story a month or two from now, I will remember the characters. They are worthy of 4 stars. I hope we get to see more of them. Particularly Avon. Seeds were planted for her, and I can't imagine those just being dropped by the wayside. Only future books will tell.
Author with a racist past
Hard to enjoy something when you know the author has tweet racist comments and has told fans not to buy her book.
Great introduction to Vern
A charming story that introduces us to two young Jedi and a adorable cast of characters as they fight to survive on a remote world. Justina Ireland dazzles with her wit and prose that make it enjoyable for children and adults alike.