This book takes place about 26,000 years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY), or about 10,000 years after the Tho Yor Arrival (TYA). I had to look up what the Tho Yor Arrival was, and I found a good article on Wookipedia here. The STar Wars expanded Universe has written a whole new era to the saga, which I think started off very well.
We follow Je’daii Ranger Lanoree Brock and her brother Dalien Brock as they grow up on Tython with Je’daii parents and are raised by their parents to use and trust The Force. This is a different type of lifestyle than we are used to seeing with the modern Republic-Era Jedi.
The history of both the Despot Wars and the Force Wars is also interesting, I read the Wookipedia pages on these while I was reading this book because it kept referring to events that I had no frame of reference to. Realize also that I don’t typically read comic books. From what I understand, much of this story is written out in the Graphic Novels and Comics that center around the Dawn of the Jedi, but at the time of reading this novel, I hadn’t yet read any of the comics. I think I might pickup a couple of the first comics in the series to see if I enjoy them.
I don’t think I want to dive into the story itself in this review, because for me the most interesting part of this book was the history both in and around it. I liked reading about the arrival of Force-sensitives on the planet Tython (during TYA), the wars the separated the Force users from the non-Force users (Despot War) and then the battles that separated the light side from the dark side Force users (Force Wars). This is an entire new saga/era that the author and publishers have opened to us readers and I think it has great potential. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a large number of books and series from this timeline in the Star Wars Universe.
If you are a Star Wars fan and you like the lore behind all of these movies and the current books, you will like this book. It isn’t a book for children either, there are some dark themes and dark scenes in the book, which keep the reader on seat’s edge for most of the read. I tweeted the author @timlebbon and he replied to me with a “thank you”. It is nice when authors reply to tweets, which doesn’t always happen, but I tend more to follow the ones who do.