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Star Wars Rebels tugged on the heartstrings of countless fans, and this story is where it all began. Taking place before the beloved show, A New Dawn shows us how Kanan and Hera were destined to cross paths and fight together in the Galactic Civil War.
Being the first novel released in the new Canon era of Star Wars books, John Jackson Miller leaves a lasting first impression on what’s to come.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
“The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine
For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.
Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.
But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .
After loving Star Wars: Rebels so entirely, I was more than excited to get back to Kanan and Hera when I opened New Dawn. Unfortunately, I didn't find that the plot and pace of the book held up to the allure of the characters. While it was fun to spend a little more time with these two characters, I couldn't help thinking that I would just rather watch old episodes of the show as I turned each page.
Being the first adult novel released during the new Canon era, A New Dawn left behind a superb first impression thus paving the way for future Star Wars novels to come. The story features Kanan and Hera from the new animated series at the time that went by Star Wars Rebels. From the moment that Kanan first heard Hera’s alluring voice, he was finally able to put his tragic past aside to once again believe in something worth fighting for.
I picked up A New Dawn after watching the Star Wars Rebels finale, and if nothing else, it gave me the additional Kanan-Hera time I needed. I loved how the story began before Order 66 and featured a much younger Kanan dealing with the aftermath. I wasn't a huge fan of the added side characters and the story really just hit home the fact that the Empire is evil and is hurting a lot of people all over the galaxy. It's fun reading this story knowing Hera and Kanan eventually fall in love, but it doesn't have a huge impact on major events in the timeline and the stakes are extremely low.
Who knew I would love a prequel to an animated series? The first novel in the relaunch of Star Wars fiction, A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, is a refreshing and exciting adventure that is sure to put a smile on the faces of fans old and new. It has a lot to offer, but of greatest importance is that it is a full-length adult novel featuring all-new characters (rather than relying on Luke, Leia, Han, and the like). A New Dawn is a terrific backstory for our new Rebels that adds the depth of character that adult fans crave. It helps the reader understand the injustices of the Empire, the courage that is needed to spark a rebellion, and the danger in being a forgotten Jedi in the period between the trilogies. All the while, Miller gives us grin-worthy callbacks to the movies we love and perfectly captures the feel of A New Hope.