- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 2, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M0OQYQI
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I really like supporting cast more though. I feel really get to know Vidian and Sloane more. I wanted more of this from our two protagonists but I am guessing the author has limits on this as well.
Overall, it is a good read and fits well with the saga. It shows the cutthroat competition of life as an imperial as well as the desiccated shell of life that ordinary people had to endure. Thanks for the story.
The book has a quick pace, and an interesting cast of characters. Most of the story takes place on one out-of-the-way planet and its unique moon. At first, I thought I'd find this limited setting boring. I suppose I was expecting Kanan and Hera's first adventure to take them all over the galaxy, but most of the action takes place on the ground.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was watching the main characters get to know each other and start to see each other differently. Even though the story spends a lot of time on character, it maintains its fast pace, which kept me turning pages.
John Jackson Miller's writing is engaging and feels like Star Wars. I've read many Star Wars novels in which the author tries too hard or gets cute with the descriptions. Miller doesn't invent any new alien species. He sticks with species we've seen in the films or TV series. I think that's a plus. Miller struck the right tone.
But with that, they established what is now the new canon which includes all the Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, and Star Wars: Rebels series. Along with that, all books published from April 2014 onward are part of the new canon.
How appropriate then that the first book in the new canon is called A New Dawn. It's a prequel to the Star Wars: Rebels series. And a fantastic, action-packed, first entry into the new canon.
I won't include any spoilers in this review, but I must say that the story is good and even unpredictable at times. The characters are very well developed. Sometimes, when you have many characters in a book, you might have trouble keeping track of who's who for a while. But A New Dawn makes every name easy to remember and associate with the correct personalities.
As a protagonist, Kanan is a fun, lonely character, reluctant to be the hero. Hera wants to be the hero, not for egotistical reasons but for moral ones. Skelly just wants his voice to be heard. And Count Vidian? Well, this is a great, great antagonist. The author does such a great job with this character that I could visualize him well, hear him, smell him even. 'Nuff said.
I enjoyed the book a lot. So much that I've begun to peruse the established canon in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and Star Wars: Rebels series. Both are computer animated cartoons, but they are so good, you feel like you're watching Star Wars.
Yeah, I'm glad that Disney made the decision they did. It has allowed people like me the opportunity to dive into Star Wars canon nearly at the beginning, and I'm looking forward to what is to come.
Now, on to Tarkin!
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A great read.