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From Star Wars Books' Facebook page:

We've posted the synopsis for Tim Lebbon's upcoming novel, STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI: INTO THE VOID on our official Random House website. Here it is:

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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Intriguing.

Somewhat more mystical than most of the existing Star Wars plots from the sound of it, but that's perhaps appropriate for the era.

Certainly a good setup for plot though.


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The cover is online! I love it!

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Pretty stunning. And I invite you to read my thoughts on why this novel could succeed if Del Rey continues on their current marketing path: http://www.fandomapocalypse.com/dawnofthejedicover/


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The cover is good. Wasn't too impressed by what I read in the excerpt, however.
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Old Master Ben wrote:
The cover is online! I love it!

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Pretty stunning. And I invite you to read my thoughts on why this novel could succeed if Del Rey continues on their current marketing path: http://www.fandomapocalypse.com/dawnofthejedicover/


Its certainly a lot better than most of the covers in the last year or so, but am I the only one who's starting to get tired of the "one character per cover" model?

The Tho Yor (sp?) is a nice inclusion, so its nice, but I miss the old days when there used to be more characters, ships and places included.


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I'm loving this cover, but it very much looks like a comic book cover. I miss when Star Wars covers were very theatrical and indicative of the plot, not just "hey here's some characters"
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The artist for this cover is the same one who did the Plageius cover.
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Cerrinea wrote:
The artist for this cover is the same one who did the Plageius cover.


This is in no way surprising to me, I can see some stylistic similarities.
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I like the cover quite a bit personally. I've very excited for this work! I've never been a big comic person, so this going to be my entrance into this time period in the universe, and I'm eager to see the world-building and such I'm hoping is included.


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Who was the artist?
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This will be out Tuesday, so how about some updates...

Tim Lebbon posted a journal entry from Lanoree's pov which you can read here: http://www.kindlepost.com/2013/04/guest-blogger-tim-lebbon-author-of-star-wars-dawn-of-the-jedi.html

Suvudu has the first 50 pages online here: http://star-wars.suvudu.com/2013/05/50-page-fridays-tim-lebbon.html

Hollywood.com posted some cool cover art concepts here along with an excerpt: http://www.hollywood.com/news/movies/55010774/star-wars-dawn-of-the-jedi-into-the-void-excerpt-cover-art
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As someone who is low on disposable income at the moment I'm going to be waiting to hear what several different people here think of this one before buying it (Padme, Mara, Skuls, Cer, looking at you guys).
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I just got it in the mail today, but I have to write a paper for class before I can start to read it.

A few pages from the first issue of Dawn of the Jedi are included in the middle, very similar to what they did with Knight Errant. There is also a short story by John Ostrander in the back, which I did not expect at all. And there is an excerpt from Crucible as well.
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I liked it. The story covers two aspects, Lanoree's flashbacks of her Je'daii training, which is really cool as it walks the reader through the journey the Je'daii trainees have to go through and shows off a lot of the planet and temples.

The other half of the book is in the present time, which is shortly before the events of Force Storm and the arrival of Xesh. Lanoree is now a full Ranger and is tasked with a mission to find a cult who is trying to activate a hypergate with dark matter.

There are some very cool elements and story threads. It also has a very tight focused cast, following only Lanoree and her brother in the flashbacks, and Lanoree and her reluctant partner Tre Sana (a cool Twi'lek who is not a Je'daii and has no Force powers).

And an FYI: Tim Lebbon pronounces her name as "La-nory". It's an anagram of his daughter's name.

The prose of the novel is really good, and while the story isn't perfect, I enjoyed it a lot. It ties into the comics a little, and it includes a short story by Ostrander (which actually takes place before the events in the book). If you like the comics, I'd say it's a buy.
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Here's a roundup of reviews and interviews for Into the Void.

Reviews
Club Jade
FANgirl Blog
GeekMom
Goozer Nation
Jedi News
Knights Archive (Brian)
Knights Archive (Megan)
Lightsaber Rattling
Pure Textuality
Roqoo Depot
Tosche Station

Interviews
Jedi Journals starts at 00:21:40
Jedi News
Roqoo Depot
Star Wars Action News starts at 00:24:00
Suvudu
Tech Talk starts at beginning
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