Into the Void (Dawn of the Jedi) takes place before the Republic, to be more exact, the events take place 25,793 years before Star Wars: A New Hope. In the grand timeline of the Star Wars novels, Into the Void takes place well before any previously written novels. Before Into the Void was written, the earliest the timeline went back was 5,000 years before A New Hope, and that was the series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Timelines are important because they help put in perspective the events that took place. You’re not going to read about Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia and Darth Vader in Into the Void. Those characters weren’t even a drop of ink in a writer’s pen when Into the Void took place. Instead, brand new characters are introduced, including brother and sister Lanoree and Dalien Brock, Master Dam Powl, a Twi’lek named Tre Sana along with a few others. At this point in time, the Jedi were known as Je’daii, light sabers did not exist (they used durasteel swords instead), the Sith were not necessarily bad guys, and those who were strong in the force were trained in both the light and dark side so as to gain balance between the two. Je’daii are not exactly heroes in this place of time, rather they are regarded with suspicion in that they act above the law, and that where they go, death and trouble follow. While the Je’daii’s mission is to bring peace wherever they go, in the famous of words of Anakin Skywalker, “aggressive negotiations” appear to be the norm.
The hero of Into the Void is Lanoree Brock, older sister to Dalien Brock. Through the course of the story, the timeline flip-flops back and forth between the sibling’s youth and the current time when Lanoree is considered a Journeyer on her path to becoming a Je’daii Master and Dalien has become a Stargazer. It’s no spoiler to say that the main plot of the book is for Lanoree to track her brother down and stop his sinister plan of evil. Along the way there is much adventure, much confrontation, many exotic characters, and much introspection. That is exactly what you should expect from a Star Wars novel. All of it is executed to near perfection.
The author of Into the Void (Dawn of the Jedi), Tim Lebbon, is an experienced writer with many credits to his name. Lebbon is a New York Times-bestseller and has published almost 30 books. His writing is crisp and fluid, he adds just enough description without overdoing the details, and the action flows smoothly. He is an award-winning author and his skills shine in his latest book.
Into the Void: Star Wars (Dawn of the Jedi)is available as of May 7. Amazon has both hardcover and Kindle editions available.