“I lost my way for a long time. But now I have the chance to change things.”
Caleb Dume was only a padawan during Order 66 when the Great Jedi Purge suddenly struck. He had managed to survive with the help of Jedi Master Depa Billaba, his mentor who had sacrificed herself to ensure that her young pupil had a future. Never being able to forget what happened that day, never being able to forgive himself for preventing such a tragedy, Caleb reluctantly ran from the new Empire carrying a heavy weight on his shoulders.
With a new life came a new name: Kanan Jarrus.
After making his way around the galaxy living in the shadows, Kanan ended up in the Gorse system where he found a steady job and income as a miner. The days were monotonous. Work in the mines, drink at the bar, sleep, repeat. Some days presented a little danger which Kanan learned to deal with while abstaining from using his Force abilities. Nothing was worth being seen by the Empire.
Nothing was worth being seen by the Empire except for helping a strong, beautiful, and mysterious woman in her cause for a better world.
For many years Kanan Jarrus had lost his drive to fight back. He simply survived, nothing more. But meeting Hera Syndulla and being entranced by her impeccable strength and willpower encouraged him to finally stand back up. They both risked their lives to cripple the Empire that day and lived to do it again and again.
Kanan Jarrus became the first Jedi to join the Ghost Crew. In the beginning, he did it solely for her. By each passing day he admired Hera even more, and doing something that felt right was a nice change from whatever he was doing on Gorse all these years. He had finally found his home. Then one day the team was on a mission on Lothal and things were about to take a turn for Kanan once again.
On a mission to steal supply crates from the Empire, local street kid Ezra Bridger interfered and unintentionally proved his worth to the Ghost Crew by duping both the stormtroopers and Rebels all on his own. What Ezra didn’t know was that he wasn’t the only one with his mysterious powers. Kanan noticed the potential in him right away and found a new responsibility in taking the young boy under his wing to carry on the Jedi legacy.
Although Kanan immediately took on the responsibility of training Ezra, he wasn’t completely sure on how to go about such a daunting task. He was only a padawan himself when his master was taken away from him. Without having gone through the proper Jedi training, how does he expect to teach this boy? Where does he even begin?
Being two inexperienced Force wielders with little to no guidance, it’s only natural that Kanan and Ezra conflict with each other along the path of knowledge. Rather than being a fully-equipped master with a detailed lesson plan, Kanan accepted the fact that he must learn alongside Ezra if they were to preserve the Jedi way.
By being forced to carry on their Jedi training through nontraditional ways, Kanan and Ezra learned both the importance of wielding the Force for good and cherishing the value of family. Kanan wasn’t just a master to Ezra, he was also a father figure who cared for the boy’s wellbeing.
What started off as a breath of fresh air from the rock known as Gorse ended up being something much greater that credits couldn’t buy. Kanan was a father in an adoptive family of a loving wife, two ambitious kids, a caring uncle, and a loyal dog. They went through everything together. They were inseparable.
While Caleb Dume was a padawan who was robbed of a future in the Jedi temple, Kanan Jarrus had something even more meaningful that he would give anything to protect. As a boy, he had lost his way surviving one of the most traumatic events in history. As a Jedi Knight, Kanan gave everything to carry on the Jedi legacy and pave the way for future generations.
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A New Dawn
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.