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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

"The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning." (Emperor Palpatine)

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off....

The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni.

©2014 John Jackson Miller (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Great Story

Just wow! Such an immersive introduction to the galaxy for Kanan and Hera's meeting! If you are a fan of Star Wars Rebels this is a must listen!

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Great Book

One of the best Star Wars books out there, getting to know Hera and Kanan is a blast!

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Vidian is a DICK!

As a huge fan of Star Wars: Rebels, I was really excited to read this book. The book is very segmented, but so far, that okay with me. Finally, I get to know more about Sloane. The overreaching surveillance of Imperial citizens gave me communist China or even KGB vibes.
Oh my goodness, Count Vidian was such a frustrating character. It felt like we were trying to be a mix of Count Dooku and General Grievous. How is Sloane surprised Vidian would randomly murder people?
I would have loved to get more of Kanan's escape story. I love the bits we got, but I craved to know more. I especially loved Dave Filoni's epilogue. Overall, I very much enjoyed the book.

I'm only just thinking of this now - but is Vidian a nod to the Vidian people from Star Trek Voyager???

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Star Wars Rebels Origin Story

Was nice to hear the backstop with the throwbacks to Republic era and characters from the wider universe (movie, TV, games etc). Narration really got me into it.

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  • ira
  • 28-09-2014

Fantastic

I was wondering if this would be consistent with the other stories in the Star Wars universe,shouldn't have worried. The new characters were intriguing and the story was entertaining and enjoyable. Once again Mark Thompson has done a fantastic job with the portrayal of the different characters voices, he makes the different characters come to life.

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  • Troy
  • 02-09-2014

The New Era of Star Wars Begins HERE!

Following on the success of his previous Star Wars offering, Kenobi, and in conjunction with the newly-formed Lucasfilm Story Group, John Jackson Miller throttles us forward from the end of the prequel era and into the Dark Times, the largely uncharted territory between trilogies. The Clone Wars are over. The Empire has risen. The surviving Jedi are in hiding, hunted by Darth Vader and his minions. The management style of the day is subjugation, murder, and wanton destruction. And there are some people in the galaxy who truly see what's going on, and they can't just lie down and take it like "good citizens."

This book takes place some 6 years before the events of the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels animated series, which itself will take place 5 years before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. In other words, 8 years after Revenge of the Sith, and 11 years before A New Hope, squarely in the midst of the worst time the galaxy has ever suffered.

The story here covers the first encounter of our newest heroes, Jedi Kanan Jarrus and freedom fighter Hera Syndulla (perhaps related to Clone Wars era fighter Cham Syndulla?) as the Rebellion begins in the form of small, isolated cells. It also provides our first look at the new era of Star Wars, wherein everything is officially canon, so in this regard it's a New Dawn in more ways than one.

Although Kanan and Hera are most definitely at the forefront, their first adventure gives us a supporting cast as strong, rich, and three-dimensional as any that Miller has offered in the past. From the conspiracy theorizing Skelly to the Imperial monster Count Vidian (who is a most worthy addition to the Star Wars villains list), the supporting cast give us a very close look at what ordinary life is like under Palpatine's Empire... and what it means to rebel against it.

Kanan and Hera themselves seem to have the banter we've seen in the preview videos already intact, harkening back to the classic days of Han Solo and Princess Leia. It's that kind of dynamic, without being a carbon copy of it. With them, they bring along all of the adventure and swashbuckling we've come to know since 1977. I was excited for Rebels before. Now I'm chomping at the bit for it.

The audio production is as high quality as any of the offerings from the Star Wars camp in recent years. Veteran narrator Marc Thompson plays the roles to the hilt, and the subtle additions of John Williams theme music and those famous sound effects are dropped in to add that extra layer of awesome you just don't get from most audiobooks.

If everything that's been hinted at is true, this animated series will not only tie the trilogies together, but it will eventually play on themes offered from Clone Wars and offer some new threads to be continued in the upcoming Episode VII. As a fan, that's simply too hard to resist. The future looks bright ahead, and this book is the on-ramp.

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  • Admiralu
  • 05-04-2017

Kanan & Hera's First Meeting

Wow! What a ride. I had only recently started watching Rebels and decided to catch up on the story of how Kaman and Hera met. This book does get a bit dark, as the villain Count Vivian is a true monster you definitely hate by the end of the book. It's also a great introduction to Imperial Captain Rae Sloane, I liked her character a great deal. Kaman is clearly haunted and has a great sense of humor and I loved how he had designs on both Hera and Rae Sloane. The romantic tension between Hers and Kaman was very well written and I would've loved to have seen Rebels as an adult show like Rogue One. While it took a bit to set everything up, it became faster paced towards the end. This is the second book I've read by John Jackson Miller, with Lost Tribe of the Sith being first, I love his character insights. I will be looking forward to reading Kenobi. This book was read using immersion reading, with the audio book version synced to the text. As always, Marc Thompson is outstanding as narrator and voice characterizations. He could make a phone book sound interesting. What a beautiful voice!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2018

A review by a true Star Wars fan please read!!

I loved this book! My first audio book actually.. many comments say it is good, and many bad. The true answer lies in how much of a Star Wars fan you are. If you love and or seen all the movies, tv shows, games etc.. than I definitely 10/10 recommend you read this! Especially if you are a Star Wars Rebels fan.. if you are a basic watch the movies out of order once every couple months and maybe pick up a Star Wars game once in a lifetime (you know what I'm talking about) I can't really recommend it.. maybe a 3, or 4/10. I admit the first half is kinda slow but picks up greatly in the second half, it always keeps you guessing at the characters fates! I hope this review amidst the probably 100s of reviews can shed a little bit of light to your question to get this audio book or not. This is a basic review by a 100% Star Wars fan indoctrinated in the Star Wars Universe! May the Force be with you..... always...

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  • Eric Voreis
  • 01-07-2015

Great performance, solid if predictable story

After listening to this, I hope the show gives Hera more to do. She is a far more interesting and likable character than Kanan.

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  • A Texan 2
  • 13-03-2015

Decent introduction to new major characters

After having watched the first several episodes of the new Star Wars: Rebels series with my son, I was interested in this book that gives an introduction and some back story to a couple of the main characters. I was also hopeful as this is the same author who also produced the most excellent "Kenobi" novel recently.

While decent, it's no "Kenobi". That's unfair to a degree, I know as this story has to essentially introduce new major characters to the new Star Wars canon, while "Kenobi" gave us a missing chapter in the life of a well known existing character.

Still, while the novel serves as a useful introduction to the characters, I think they deserved a better story. This one has something of a carbon copy feel of other Star Wars stories we've seen and read about before. Miller is definitely capable of better.

The biggest saving grace of this story, at least for the audiobook form that I consumed it in, is once again Marc Thompson's excellent narration.

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  • Chad
  • 20-03-2017

Best yet

Out of all of the new "Cannon" books this by far and Above the best.

....well untill Timothy Zahns books come out ;)


Ps. Never watched the tv series but sure as crap going to know.

Pss. 25 years of star wars book reading experience.

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  • E. C. Naville
  • 10-03-2015

A new dawn is upon us

The book is expertly performance and production makes it feel like one of the old radio dramatization they did in the70's and 80's. The characters are fresh and new unless you watch Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. An excellent villain brings into mind some of the villains from the 50's Zorro television show. Story felt sparse in spots but like where it is headed. It is interesting that Lucasfilm / Disney decide that the future of Star Wars is so deeply rooted in the past. With episode VII coming out at the end of the year Rebels seems to be the only info that might glimpse into the future.

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  • R. Frazier
  • 17-06-2020

good narrator, story just ok, will try different

I have lots of Star Wars novels from Audible. Marc Thompson's narration is always good. Some voices in this might be a bit too odd. The story is just OK. Writing is decent. Story telling is decent. I gave it 5 hours. I just couldn't get into the characters. There's one strange guy that's always trying to turn himself into the Empire. I decided to bail out and try something else. First chapter is very young adult type with a main character as a child. After that, the characters are adults. I don't mind reading YA stuff as long as the characters are are adults. I'm in my 50's though. So, a whole book with child characters wouldn't motivate me.

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  • Marc Fakler
  • 27-08-2016

Filled with potential but a legendary let down

I love Star Wars book and have seen Star Wars rebels so I thought this would be a great mix. But this book was all fluff and leading the reader on to an exciting climax that never happens. There is a lot of lead up to the shortest climax ever. Don't expect to be satisfied after reading this book.

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  • M. J. Wall
  • 07-07-2020

A great prequel to the TV series

I watched all the show before reading this, and it was well integrated. either could be watched or read first and still make sense.

An added bonus to this audio book is the inclusion of immersive sound effects and music, which helps to convey the atmosphere of the scenes.

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  • Pu3r360
  • 09-05-2019

Excellent rebels companion novel

The new canon has been blessed with alot of Great novels.

new dawn is one of the first of the new additions and it was a great step for the modern Lucas story team.
the novels story is small scale and interesting with a great cast of characters and a much more down to earth line up of hero's even the Jedi is not so wise.

it's a classic story of the rebellion and what it means and what it will take to over throw the empire.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • D S Hunter
  • 03-03-2021

A great introduction to the Rebels

Great story on how Kanan and Hera met. would be nice to hear how Sabine and Zeb became part of the ghost's crew also.

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  • Matthew Barker
  • 18-04-2019

Faithful to the Characters

Easy to visualise and an authentic representation of my two favourite Star Wars Rebels characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-2021

Not Great

The narrator tried his best and the sound design and the music were excellent. However, the story was uninteresting. too bad

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  • O. J. Jones
  • 19-02-2021

Avoid this, just watch 'Rebels'

As a fan of the 'Rebels' series, I was looking forward to this novel, but was very disappointed. The story only got interesting after 9 hours in (ie. 3 hours from the end), therefore the novel should've been much shorter.

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  • Istam14
  • 23-01-2021

This book actually made me interested in Rebels

As a fan of TCW, the only appeal to the tv show Rebels has been the returning characters from TCW. Now after listening to the book, I am rather interested in seeing the development of Heras and Kanaans story together.

The plot was a pretty good one with some minor twists and turns in it. It wasn't as cookie cutter and straight forward as I'd thought which was a pleasant suprise and got a bit dark sometimes.

I enjoyed seeing Kanaans reaction to dealing with the fall of the jedi and how different it was to others like Ahsoka or Obi wan. His struggles with using the force was different, as was his personality from the general noble jedi.

Hera was also great as a competent maim character who was a well written protagonist before being a woman.

Some other side characters did have some annoying personalities and voices, but I did get accustomed to them eventually and their unique sounds did make them instantly recognizable.

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  • Mohammed Farhan
  • 30-12-2020

great story

does a really good job of fleshing out the start of Kanan Jasrus and Hera Syndula's relationship

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  • Mr C J Law
  • 09-12-2020

Brilliant

Brilliant story hope they release more books centered around Rebels
5* all round
Worth the time

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  • leon
  • 29-10-2020

great read

Loved it well worth a read. Great origin story for these two characters as well as abit of back story for what Captain Sloan was upto before the aftermath book series. Top 5 star wars story for sure!

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