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on 7 February 2014
some of the other reviews have suggested this could have been better and I would agree, the chance was here to expand on early days of the jedi and how they came about and what they were all about and how they developed etc. what we got here was a chase across planets by characters you weren't really invested into and didn't associate with particularly.
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.
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on 6 June 2013
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.
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on 29 June 2013
Exciting and captivating. I couldn't put it down I needed to know what was happening next. This is the first Star Wars book I have read. I thought I would like to read Dawn of the Jedi. Tim Lebbons' book into the void was very thought provoking. I loved the way the story jumped back through Lanorees eyes remembering how she and her brother grew up together and how she fought to get him into balance trying to get him to reach for the good side of the force. It showed that her love for him nearly cost her life. In the end there was something more important than both of them. I love the way Tim Lebbon writes he pulls your mind in one direction then another. His descriptions are fabulous of other beings and planets & situations. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, it twists and turns. It's also good to have a female jedi heroin for a change, and I for one can't wait to see it in film.
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on 15 September 2013
I've only recently started reading the Star Wars books and I wanted to start with the earliest according to the timeline, which is Into the Void. Set 25,793 years BBY, Into the Void focuses on the story of Lanoree Brock, a Jed'aii Ranger, and provides some background into the origins of the Jed'aii Order.

The book is well written, and the story at times was quite gripping. Having not read any of the comic books, many (in fact most) of the alien species mentioned were unfamiliar to me making them hard to visualise. Needless to say, I had to spend a fair amount of time on Wookieepedia!

However, the main thing about the book which sticks in my mind is how awfully cheesy it was at times. There's far too much Force b/s: Lines such as "she felt the Force ebbing through her" and "she felt at balance between Ashla and Bogan" aren't even the worst of it, and it gets pretty irritating after a while. The dialogue can also be pretty cheesy in parts, especially between Lanoree and her Twi'lek counterpart, Tre Sana.

Don't get me wrong, it is certainly worth reading if you want some background on the origins of the Jed'aii Order, and I enjoyed the flashbacks to Lanoree's training in the ways of the Force. Having read a few other books since, I can safely say they're not all as cheesy :)
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on 1 November 2013
Utterly awful, just didn't feel like a star wars book. I have read many of the other star wars books and this is the first one I haven't enjoyed, it felt like a chore to read it. If you want to know the background of the Jedi story then you're going to have to read this book, however if you aren't bothered about the origins of the Jedi then get any other star wars book, you'll be much happier with your purchase.
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on 14 November 2014
Really enjoyed this book,did not think i would as it's set years as the Jedi order were getting started.But totally got into the story.
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on 11 June 2013
This book is set before new hope, it's about a brother and sister. Lanoree is a Jedi - her brother is not interested in the ways of the force and is being tempted to the dark side.........

The Characters are strong and believable, and i actually cared what happened to the characthers, and lots does!

The storyline was exciting and couldn't put the book down and the ending was...........not saying read it yourself.

A strong 3.75 star read, recommended to all Star War fans, and sci fi readers.

I received this book from netgalley for a honest review.
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on 20 March 2016
On time, perfect copy.
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on 13 June 2014
fantastic storyline opens up a new insight into the early jedi, could lead to more stories of the earliest origins of the force users and jedi
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on 2 January 2016
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