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  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (331 ratings)

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Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark

By: Claudia Gray
Narrated by: Dan Bittner
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Summary

Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier - and he couldn't be less happy about it. He'd rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he's traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy....

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The "main story tie-in" of the High Republic

This feels like what the other canon novels are to the movies of the skywalker saga. A smaller scale story that occurs around the events of a movie (Light of the Jedi in this situation) and adds to the universe without contradicting the main story. It's really nice to be able to take in The High Republic era on a smalller scale and especially when the plot is engaging and all the characters are likeable.

The performance by Dan Bittner was a bit jarring at first, especially compared to Marc Tompsons excelent narration in other Star Wars audiobooks. Despite that Dan Bittner did a solid job and after a chapter or two I was immersed in the story and his narration.

Perfect follow up to Light of the Jedi for people who want to learn more about this new era of Star Wars.

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Worth a shout

Slow burn but actually decent give it a go if you like the expanded universe, a new tail and the stories seem to be blending well

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A great read!

The perfect stepping stone after the light of the Jedi, a story that runs along side nicely giving a new point of view, from a different part of the galaxy!

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Woke

Typical new Star Wars canon. Needs a roll call of characters like the old ‘legends’ and I fear it’s trying to go woke.

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excellent book with unexpected twists

Excellent excellent book with many wow moments, the narration was brilliant and it's a great addition to the High Republic collection

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Struggled at the start but soon got hooked

A mocking of yoda made me cringe toward the beginning. However the main characters are very interesting and there was a lot more excitement in the book than I was expecting. The sound effects and music are excellent and I Got really drawn in to the story. Well worth a listen

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Full of twists and turns

Great performances bring this story to life! Story itself has plenty of twists and turns that keep you engaged.

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Not good but not bad either.

Another reasonably good High republic story. Nothing really jumps out as must read but not a bad installment of the series. I read this book as part of the comics and other stories and it was a good lore building story. Overall just very average.

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really good

Great narration and such a good story hooked after only a few chapters just keeps getting better

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A fun ride, but overlong.

This audiobook did not need to be eleven hours long. it seems to be positioed as a side-story, or at most, an interquel, happening alongside "Light of the Jedi." Yet, at least six chapters are dedicated to a flashback story that seem to me, only to serve the purpose of expositing lore purely for the sake of having done so. I see no reason the flashback story couldn't have been its own short-story, and the plot to drag it's feet a little less.

Having said that, this was nevertheless a fun story with some enjoyable characters, and a few significant contributions to the overall narrative of the High Republic. Cheif among these would be the introduction of the Drengir. A species of carnivorous plant-beings that serve as a secondary, or perhaps parallel antagonist to the Nihil. As of this writing I don't know how their role in the story shakes out from here, but they are a fearsome addition to the Star Wars Universe, and enough to add tension to any situation.

It hardly seems noteworthy that the story is well-presented, all Star Wars audiobooks are in my admittedly still limited experience, Dan Bittner is not a name I recall seeing much of in these books so far (though I could be mistaken) but he certainly sounds as though he can narrate with the best of them.

As I mentioned above, the characters are enjoyable to be around, I particularly enjoyed Leox Gyasi, who is sufficiently cynical to ground the more naive sentiments of his crewmates but principled enough that it never becomes a source of tension. Also, maybe it's just me, but I found the jokes about Geode's exclusively-implied expressiveness to be funny and just frequent enough to not outstay their welcome.

The protagonist, Reath Silas is endearing too, though his personality tends to teter on the edge of monotonous for me at the worst of times, Though at the best of times the idea of an introverted bookworm jedi who just wants to live in the library felt eminently relatable.

Overall, I've definitely read worse books. I wouldn't say this is in any way required reading/listening, but nor would I say to avoid it if you don't mind some slow pacing with a few tangents here and there. I don't think you'd miss much context in future books if you skipped this one, but if you're a completionist, I don't think you'll regret listening to this at least once.

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