Star Wars The High Republic : The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott
The Star Wars High Republic printing initiative is back with the second installment in their adult novel series. Following the events of “The Light of the Jedi”, the Jedi are establishing their outposts on the planets in the Outer and Mid Rim. Chancellor Soh is planning her Republic Fair for the entire galaxy. In the meantime, the Nihil are planning their next steps to destabilize the republic and remind the galaxy that the Nihil is a force to be reckoned with.
The Jedi in this story are being assigned to outposts prior to the arrival of the Nihil. In this story, the Jedi are more like the western version of the marshal. They patrol and make sure that the galaxy remains in order and that the people of the republic are safe. This creates a unique western sci-fI feel in the world of Star Wars that I welcome and would love to read more of it.
I also love the idea of the Nihil and their storm-based organization. It’s a great concept introduced in “The Light of the Jedi” that continues to be built on in “The Rising Storm” appropriately. There are some really interesting reveals within the Nihil and how they are able to fight the Jedi and have a shot. It will be hit or miss for most but for me, it was a hit.
The cast of characters is strong
More combat than the first book
Not afraid to lean into the darker side of the Force
Lack of Avar Kriss
Overall, this is another strong entry in the High Republic storyline. Cannot wait to see what comes next. Elzar Mann and Stellan Gios create a great Jedi team and their story will be a ton of fun to watch unfold.