Star Wars The High Republic: Starlight Stories
By Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, and Justina Ireland
I received a free copy of Star Wars The High Republic: Starlight Stories from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Titan Comics, publisher of the official Star Wars Insider magazine, is proud to offer an amazing collection of exclusive short stories for Star Wars: The High Republic.
Written by The New York Times’ best-selling authors Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, and Justina Ireland, with supporting original illustrations by Louie De Martinis.
EXPERIENCE THE GALAXY CENTURIES BEFORE THE STRUGGLE OF THE REBEL ALLIANCE AGAINST THE GALACTIC EMPIRE—AT THE HEIGHT OF THE JEDI ORDER!
A compendium of tales from the High Republic era, told from aboard the incredible satellite station, the Starlight Beacon, collected for the first time from the pages of Star Wars Insider.
All stories are written by The New York Times’ best-selling authors Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, and Justina Ireland.
Also includes in-depth interviews with the story architects behind the best-selling publishing and multimedia initiative.
“Go Together” by Charles Soule
“First Duty” by Cavan Scott
“Hidden Danger” by Justina Ireland
“Past Mistakes” by Cavan Scott
“Shadows Remain” by Justina Ireland
Summary from Goodreads.
Star Wars The High Republic is magazine of sorts. In here we have 2 seperate sets of author interviews, the first being a group interview around how they were all brought onboard to this project. The first interview also explains what the plans are for this High Republic setting and how as authors they are planning on making it a interconnects series of events.
After the first set of interviews, each author has a mini 2-part excerpt from their own respective novels. These excerpts are designed to be a tease of what takes place to entice you in to read the full novels. While each of these novels are supposed to show you a glimpse of what it too occur, and each authors different writing style, I found that by the end I could not tell which author had written each excerpt. They all ended up feeling very much the same, with none of the unique flair that I have read in some of the authors previous works, Star Wars or otherwise. Each excerpt had a large amount of crossover with the others, with multiple characters being used in a few of them. The biggest character that crosses over was the space station, Starlight Beacon. I do not know if they plan on continuing to have these novels use this space station as a central point, but I am intrigued as to how pivotal of a role Starlight Beacon will play.
Also included in these excerpts are some artwork around the story. These are stunningly made and were the highlight of my reading experience.
After the excerpts, we get individual author interviews. These interviews I found to be quite boring. I struggle to recollect what each of the 5 authors talked about, and even with the book right beside me I struggle to bring myself to pick it back up again to reread these interviews.
The best part of this magazine were the 5 mini tales. If only they had been included (and been longer) then I would have thoroughly enjoyed this. But unfortunately the author interviews ruined something that otherwise would have gotten me interested in reading these new upcoming books set in the High Republic era of Star Wars.
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