It’s finally here! The first reads in Star Wars: The High Republic publishing campaign are out on the shelves, and to celebrate this new era, Lucasfilm revealed some big news — including a trailer — during a livestream event with some of the authors.
The trailer showcases the new era that fans can explore through the adult and young adult novels, children’s books, and comics. The stories are set centuries before the events of The Skywalker Saga, and show the Jedi Order at its most powerful. You can watch the full trailer below.
We also got a closer look at some new characters we will be introduced to, including new galactic pilots in Claudia Gray’s Into The Dark as well as new alien species like the Bonbraks.
There will be an ongoing series of short original stories set in The High Republic era in the Star Wars Insider magazine, and a new graphic novel is now in the mix! Author Cevan Scott and artist Rachael Scott are teaming up to bring us The Monster of Temple Peak. And if that’s not enough, The Edge of Balance will be a Star Wars story like we’ve never seen before: in the manga format.
Some of my personal favorite characters so far within the publishing campaign are coming back as well! In her first young adult novel, Justina Ireland will be continuing the adventures of Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh, Padawan Reath Silas, and aspiring inventor Avon Starros in Out of the Shadows. Read my review of Ireland’s middle grade novel A Test of Courage that introduces these characters here. And speaking of middle grade novels, the publishing campaign’s second one was also announced. Race to Crashpoint Tower will be written by Daniel José Older.
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And to top it all off, we can expect this publishing campaign that explores the galaxy like we’ve never seen it to continue for a while. During the hour long livestream event, it was revealed that this is just the first phase of in the multi-year rollout. While we don’t know a whole lot about each phase, we now know the titles of them — Phase I: Light of the Jedi, Phase II: Quest of the Jedi, and Phase III: Trials of the Jedi.
You can watch the full livestream event here. Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (young adult novel), A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (middle grade novel), and The Great Jedi Rescue by Cevan Scott (picture book) are all available to buy now.