Into the Void: Star Wars Legends (Dawn of the Jedi) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.
Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key - risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved - and whose life she must now fear.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 23 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 07 2013|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,346 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I found the characters very interesting, compelling and well written, the world building and descriptions were excellent, the concepts and ideas of the Force here and how a "Je'daii" works was really cool and interesting compared to what we usually get in stories that take place in the time we know around the films or after.
I just read Light of the Jedi before this and that lacked a lot of detail and description and while fun story was poorly written, compared to this which was excellent throughout. Highly recommend for anyone that wants to try a Star Wars story thats a little outside the box, new, but still familiar in many ways.
I wish they were able to write more of this series with these characters before they reset everything.
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I really did not know what to expect with my intro into such a vast world and I have to say I really did enjoy it. This book took me a bit longer than normal to finish because one I was savouring every word and reading for me, but more importantly there is so much information to take in you really can not rush it. I was already re-reading a few paragraphs to make sure everything sunk in.
A Je’daii needs nothing but confidence and comfort in the Force. Clothes for warmth, a ship to travel in, food for energy, water to slake thirst, a sword to stab, a blaster to shoot … all these are luxuries. The Force is everything, and without it, we are nothing. —Master Shall Mar, “A Life in Balance,” 7,538 TYA
Into the Void (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, #1) by Tim Lebbon 42%
Yes!! You have read that correctly, the Jedi are known as Je’daii! This was another surprise I did not expect and it was really interesting to see how the “Jedi” was originally seen! And, and this is a biggie, the Sith, yes the Sith, “work” with the Je’daii! Just WOW!! This was just awesome to take in and enjoy. I mean I am a geek of Star Wars but not so much where I know all the different planets, races and terminology which is why I wanted to read the books so I could learn more. Every description is so vivid that, I was constantly hearing the noises of the ships at wars in space or the sound of a lightsaber in the battles (even though there were none!) and the sound of the blasters! This is how much I was immersed in this book, I felt like I could picture the worlds, the battles and witness heartbreak first hand. The imagination of Lebbon just has no bounds, I really would love to sit down and pick his brain to how he created this story in the Star Wars universe!
I loved following the story of Lanoree and her brother Dal, we flit between the past where we see the duo starting their journey to becoming a Je’daii Ranger but we know that a tragedy occurs. In the same chapter, the story flows to the present day where we see Lanoree travelling around on a top-secret mission at the request of the Je’daii council because only she has the power to see this through to the end. I got to see new worlds that I have not been exposed to before and meet her droid, Ironholgs and her new companion, who I had a soft spot for but really shouldn’t, Tre Sana!
I love checking out the Star Wars wiki when reading as it gave me so much more information. I am a bit gutted this is the last time I get to see the sassy Lanoree on my journey. At the beginning she is hard, and when she has to work with Tre, god she does resist this! She hates to be near this Twi’lek rogue, but slowly over time they get settled into an easy rhythm with their banter and a blossoming friendship.
I also have to say that man some of this book was brutal! Some of the deaths that happened saw my hand fly to my mouth in shock, did not see them coming especially in the way they happened. Plus when reading the journey of Lanoree and Dal to the different temples, I mean wow thank god I did not have to do this! Some of the creatures were terrifying, horrific and you wonder how they would survive!
There is also a little nod to the future in this book and boy did I love this little Easter Egg. The only thing I will say is she keeps dreaming of a “cloaked figure” OMG!!!!
So my first top dipping adventure has been a blast, we have had so much brutality, we have had an adventure to other planets, we met new species, we stopped the universe from being destroyed and this was the first book in over 300 books to go!
What does make it a bad book - or at least a less good one - is just how flat everything is. Despite plenty of action, it just doesn't have any impetus. It's not badly written and yet there's just something lacking that makes you bothered about getting to the end.
Maybe, as others have noted, it's that the central character isn't particularly likeable. A flawed hero is all well and good but throughout it feels like Lanoree is in the wrong: a self-superior bully who's probably responsible for making the bad guy the way he is.
Maybe that's the intention: her morality's so dubious it feels like this could have been "Dawn of the Sith". There's plenty of possibility hinted at here that could have taken a series somewhere if it had been given time to grow but because of the Disney buy out, that'll never happen. That means, with its isolated setting, this doesn't feel part of the Star Wars universe; it's a rogue entry in a Star Wars style.
It also has the recent trend for characters striving for "balance" in the force which always bugs me. Ever since George Lucas threw it into the movies, we've moved away from good vs evil into nonsense where we're supposed to root for whatever "balance" is supposed to be. Exploring the blurred lines between good and evil is one thing but actively striving for 50% good 50% evil is just gibberish. I don't think they've understood the eastern philosophy this idea is based on and if they havent got the chops, they should leave well alone.
It's a general fault, not specific to Dawn, but something that turns me off a lot of the newer entries, this one included. Dawn's big fault is just that there's not enough to love or even like about it. It's just... flat.
It should have been much better, in comparison to Darth Plagious this was a poor attempt, author should have read that first to see how it should be done.