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I expected more than a prequal needing a prequal,
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This review is from: Into the Void (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi) (Hardcover)
This book is a prequel to Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1-Force Storm (Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi). Let me rephrase that it is a Prequel to the main story of Force Storm. Issue 0 & 1 offer a much more comprehensive history about the Dawn of the Jedi era. Luckily for me I had already read this so I understood much of the history which was alluded to but not explained in this book.
The basic history is huge pyramid shaped ships (called Tho Yor gathered up many different force sensitive, including the Witches of Dathomir, the Sith species, Humans and others to a Planet called Tython. Tython is rich in the Force and very sensitive to changes to it. It has two moons Bogan the dark moon & Ashla the light moon, these represent two sides of the force. The planet is so sensitive that Jedi (or in this era Je'daii) swaying too far to either side are sent to one of the respective moons until they can find balance. Cause of the nature of the planet any one born without Force powers (Force sensitive) is banished from the planet as it is too dangerous for them. On a technological note from the sounds of this and this millenniums before the movies outer solar system travel has not been perfected, and you might have noticed the Je'daii on the front is carrying a sword. Yep the Je'daii are going Samurai, no Lightsabers yet.
This story Lanoree Brock is a Je'daii Ranger (the equivalent of a Jedi Knight). She is called back by the Je'daii counsel for a special mission. She is specially selected because the antagonist is her long thought dead brother Del Brock. The difference between is Lanoree excelled at using the Force, Del didn't even though he was Force sensitive he shunned and hated the force slowly turning him into a dark and angry young man. What makes Del so dangerous is he want to leave the system to the bigger galaxy. To do this he need to open a Hyper gate; the side effect if this is creates a Black hole wiping out the whole system. The story is a now and then format. Half taking place when both Brocks are Journeyman and not with Lanoree current mission.
In this era the Je'daii are taught all areas of the Force, both Dark and Light techniques of accessing it but they must maintain balance. As Journeymen they are sent to the different Je'daii temples specialising in a different disciplines (science, art, medicine, martial arts, and alchemy/magic).
Lanoree specialises in telepathy and alchemy. Del even though he does not use the Force favourite was combat. Even though he or maybe because he does not use the Force he has built up way of block or at least sensing telepathic attacks and he taught this technique to his followers (the Stargazers) who are just as passionate about leaving the system at any cost as he is.
Like I said as this is the first book of this era I was expecting to learn more of the history. The do mention a couple of events like Deposit wars, and a bit about the Great Journey was good; but I would have liked more difference in the way the Je'daii are trained compared to the modern Jedi. Je'daii training is rawer more like a survival course getting from temple to temple. Having Lanoree using a sword the battles are a lot more bloody and brutal. The last 3 chapters run alongside the Force Storm comic. There is also a 7 page bonus story about Lanoree previous mission to this one. It gives more insight to the Je'daii thinking and their use of the Force.
I good book in all, but I would say read the comic of Force Storm first then this book, as a follow up The Prisoner of Bogan next.