Cavan Scott has a great love for monsters and the weirdness of Star Wars. Throw in a little High Republic and you get Force-sensitive monster hunter Ty Yorrick! Not to be upstaged, the novel’s protagonist is Stellan Gios (from the Marvel comic) as he goes to the Republic Fair. Though not a direct sequel to Light of the Jedi, Rising Storm is the second major adult novel of The High Republic. Featuring the return of Padawan Bell Zettifar!
The Rising Storm is best enjoyed after Light of the Jedi and the first arc of Marvel's High Republic series.
A new novel from Cavan Scott available next summer will build on the heroic Jedi and the nefarious Nihil debuting in Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi.
Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm, available on July 6, 2021, is the second adult novel in the new era of Star Wars storytelling. “Writing a Star Wars novel is always an honor, and this has been no different. It’s a responsibility I never take lightly, especially while opening up a new era in Star Wars storytelling such as the High Republic,” Scott says of the experience alongside authors Soule, Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, and Daniel José Older.
Although not a direct sequel, Scott says his story will add to the events in Soule’s novel, the first in a series of books and comics from Star Wars: The High Republic. “The Rising Storm sees the Nihil taking their reign of terror to the next level, building on their appearances in Light of the Jedi and beyond,” Scott says. “Standing in their way this time are newly elevated Jedi Council member Stellan Gios, along with Padawan Bell Zettifer and an intriguing new character, the saber-for-hire Ty Yorrick who I’ve had a blast creating.”
Although Scott can’t say much about the plot, he hints at an intriguing backstory for his new character. “Yorrick is a Force-sensitive monster hunter with a mysterious past. What is that past? Well, that would be telling,” he says. “All I’d say is that you don’t want to get in her way, as Stellan and the others soon realize for themselves.”
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The Rising Storm brilliantly grasps the baton from Light of the Jedi and carries The High Republic into its next chapter through a combination of complex character evolution, blockbuster action sequences, and the darkest turns the era has ever seen.Read the full review
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After a wildly successful first wave of The High Republic stories, the expectations for the second wave, and particularly for its adult novel _The Rising Storm_, were very lofty. Not only did it meet these expectations, I think it exceeded them tenfold. Despite taking place about one year after the Great Disaster, this book doesn’t lose any momentum. After the first few chapters, I was instantly hooked. The stakes were still high, but not in an overly predictable way. We get answers to some lingering questions, but for every solved mystery another one seemed to take its place. Cavan Scott’s writing was phenomenal, leaving some pieces of knowledge for only the characters to be aware of and then shocking us with a culmination of smaller and seemingly inconsequential moments and conversations later on in the novel. This might just be my favorite Star Wars book of all time because of how it ties in to every other High Republic book and comic with phenomenal precision. You’re rewarded for diving deep into the era, and that’s the best feeling. Speaking of feelings, the cliffhanger at the end of the novel, while not surprising that Scott would choose to end it this way, was extremely intense and impactful. I desperately need to know what happens next, and I know whatever does come next will be just as epic as everything that came before.
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