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Charles Soule Talks The High Republic and A Special Edition of Light of the Jedi Announced

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by SWNN Probe, Dec 2, 2020.

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    We are now almost a month away from the release of the massive publication event Star Wars: The High Republic, which promises to explore the state of the Jedi Order and the galaxy as a whole 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The first novel to be released set in this time period will be Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi. The author recently sat down with Kristin Baver of StarWars.com to discuss the opening of the novel.



    We know that the events of The High Republic are kicked off by a massive galaxy-wide catastrophe, called The Great Disaster. This will be told in Light of the Jedi, and this is what the author had to say about it, as well as the political state of the galaxy in this period:



    Soule mentions that he wrote all of this long before the pandemic hit, but in the middle of the current political climate, the entire story is being recontextualized and is actually more relevant than ever. Here is what he had to say about how the COVID-19 pandemic related to his book:



    Charles Soule went on to insist that, while The HIgh Republic will be set long in the past, it will still feel like the Star Wars we know:



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    Light of the Jedi will introduce new characters that will be featured across several The High Republic publications, and among them, we will meet Avar Kriss and a master/apprentice duo, Bell and Loden. Here is what Soule said about the new characters and their relationship to the Force:



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    Light of the Jedi and The High Republic will obviously be very heavy steeped in the Force. Soule is well aware his novel will be most readers first experience in this time period of a galaxy far, far away, so he was mindful of that in his writing, right down to the title of the novel. Incorporating the word light was very important.



    With the success of The Mandalorian, it's clear Star Wars fans are ready for stories moving beyond the events surrounding the three trilogies. It is encouraging to hear Soule and the team of writers tasked with creating this era didn't take that lightly and when we step into it they've already spent years crafting the story. If you want a little taste of this inaugural novel, the first eight chapters of Light of the Jedi are available here. Soule also talks about some Jedi we have yet to hear about, specifically an old prospector Jedi named Porter Engle. For the rest of this great interview, head over to StarWars.com.



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    Also, Del Rey has partnered with Out of Print to release a special edition for Light of the Jedi. Not only is this copy signed by Charles Soule with this amazing cover art by Jama Jurabaev, it comes with an enamel pin and High Republic socks! It only goes on sale once, January 5th (11:00AM EST), so stay on target if you want to get your hands on one, because at $50, that's a steal. Funds from the sale will also go towards funding literacy programs for communities in need, so you can feel good about spending a little extra money on yourself. Light of the Jedi is also available for pre-order from online retailers.



    Light of the Jedi will be available January 5th. Get excited!

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    I just can't get very optimistic about the high republic. I like some of the stuff they've revealed but most of it just...worries me :/

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    I'm really looking forward to the High Republic initiative! This is proving to become a great new expansion of the GFFA and I'm quite excited for Light of the Jedi. The hyperspace cataclysm thing seems a quite intriguing premise for conflict and challenges in Star Wars, and many of the new characters sounds interesting as well. Cool stuff :D
     
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    I’m cautiously curious about it. I was hoping for a bit more of a gap in time, and it feels odd how recent it is with how things are there (ex: the main hyperspace routes not yet being mapped out, iirc), but I’m willing to give it a chance. Actually realizing today that 200 years ago, America was still pre-Civil War and we had just under half as many states as we do now (feels like it was so much longer), I’m a bit more open than I was before

    what I’m really excited about is the views of the Jedi in such peacetime. Force lessons when I used to roleplay in Star Wars: The Old Republic were so much fun for me to write and see how others write about it.
     
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    I’m 10 chapters in (is there a thread for book reviews/discussion?!) and I am a fan. I’d love see this - live action, animation, I’ll take either.
     
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