Review: The Rising Storm (Star Wars: The High Republic #2) by Cavan Scott

MY ⭐️ RATING: 4.5/5

Format: kindle Whispersync

The heroes of the High Republic era return to face a shattered peace and a fearsome foe, following the dramatic events of Light of the Jedi. In the wake of the hyperspace disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner.
Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and the newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard. In celebration, the chancellor plans the Republic Fair, a showcase of the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic-a peace the Jedi hope to foster. Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, and others join the event as ambassadors of harmony. But as the eyes of the galaxy turn toward the fair, so too does the fury of the Nihil. Their leader, Marchion Ro, is intent on destroying this unity. His storm descends on the pageantry and celebration, sowing chaos and exacting revenge.
As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the rampaging Nihil, they come face-to-face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy-the kind of fear from which even the Force cannot shield them.

Marc Thompson does an outstanding job with his narration and characters. The production of the audio is quite amazing, making you feel like you were watching it instead of reading it, with all of its extra sound effects. If you’re not experiencing this book with the audio, you are seriously doing yourself a disservice! My only criticism of the audio is the dog barking… major yikes.

“Whenever you feel alone… whenever darkness closes in… know that the Force is with you. Know that we are with you… For light and life.”

I LOVED Light of the Jedi, but this one is even better! It’s more action packed, and the character development took a major step forward getting to know the ticks of many faces we met in Light of the Jedi and some new ones. What I really like about the multiple POV’s and chapters that switch back and forth between characters is that each chapter usually end in a cliffhanger forcing you to wait to find out what happens next in a later chapter. It’s pulse pounding story and immersive story telling will leave you wanting more with every chapter you finish, and the way this book ends… OMG! I’m going to be talking about that ending for a long, long time!

“Careful, Padawan. Do not glory in the death of your enemy. That way leads to the dark side.”

This starts off right after the end of Light of the Jedi with Bell Zettifar mourning the loss of his Master, Loden Greatstorm. His character arc is very interesting to see. It goes in deep on how the loss of a master affects the Padawans. Elzar Mann is also a very interesting story arc, as he’s somewhat troubled often leaning close to the dark side. Marchion Ro is a great antagonist, and I love that we get even more of him and his relationship with the Nihil and the fractures between Marchion and the Nihil. Oh, did I mention there is a dragon riding Jedi!?!? Yes, A JEDI RIDING A FREAKING DRAGON!

Jedi Masters
Jedi Knights/Padawans

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