Monday, August 30, 2021

SW Book Chat 35 : Get Ready for Tempest Runner






In a few Days (8/31) Tempest Runner releases on Audible! This is the third Star Wars audio drama for the new canon Star Wars and the first for the High Republic. So here is a little bit of info to get you ready:



No, you HAVEN'T missed a book. Many people struggle with audio books but an audio drama is completely different so give it a chance. I got the opportunity to listen to this drama early and it has a terrific voice cast as well as a wonderful immersive feel with music and sound effects. It is possible that the script for this drama will be collected into book format, but no announcement has been made at this time so sign up for an Audible trial or get it from your local library if you aren't sure if you want to purchase it.



Timeline Details : The most asked question I see among the virtual book communities is in what order do you read the High Republic. The authors and publishers generally agree on release order but since the books are released in waves versus numbered series there is often some confusion. I have found the High Republic books to be extremely new reader friendly. I waited a bit to long to order a copy of Light of the Jedi and while waiting I read Into the Dark without any confusion. But for those who like specifics Tempest Runner is set during the aftermath of The Nihil's  attack on the Republic Fair on Valo. 

If you have finished Scott's The Rising Storm you will be fine to read this book. Even if you haven't finished the book you should still be okay with this experience. At it's heart this story is a character arc of the very fascinating Lourna Dee.


If you have consumed the first arc of the High Republic comics you will have some really enjoyable moments in this story but even if you haven't the character interactions and connections aren't confusing. 

So get your earbuds ready for an amazing adventure!


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

SW BOOK Chat 34: Tempest Runner Voice Cast Revealed!





The first audio drama for The High Republic : STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC: TEMPEST RUNNER releases 8/31 ! Today StarWars.com revealed the entire cast of the project. SPOILERS BELOW

From the Promotional Text:

"The Nihil storm has raged through the galaxy, leaving chaos and grief in its wake. Few of its raiders are as vicious as the Tempest Runner Lourna Dee, voiced by Jessica Almasy (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior NovelStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Spark of the Resistance; Star Wars: The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel). She stays one step ahead of the Jedi Order at the helm of a vessel named after one of the deadliest monsters in the galaxy: the Lourna Dee. But no one can outrun the defenders of the High Republic forever."
 

Written by Cavan Scott and diving into the cutthroat world of one of the High Republic’s greatest foes, the merciless Lourna Dee, TEMPEST RUNNER will be read by:

 

JESSICA ALMASY as Lourna Dee

DAN BITTNER as Councilor Wittick

ORLAGH CASSIDY as Ola Hest

SULLIVAN JONES as Bala

JANUARY LAVOY as Tasia

KATHLEEN McINERNEY as Councilor Fry

TARA SANDS as Sestin

VIKAS ADAM as H7-09 & Raleigh

JONATHAN DAVIS as Andrik Keller & Asgar Ro

NEIL HELLEGERS as Kassav, Yudiah Dee, & Jano

SASKIA MAARLEVELD as Parr & Avar Kriss

SONEELA NANKANI as Muglan & Keeve Trennis

MARC THOMPSON as Pan Eyta, Sskeer, & Marchion Ro

SHANNON TYO as Quin & Nib Assek

 







 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Review: Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel Jose' Older






This story takes place in the midst of the events of The Rising Storm. We first meet Ram in an encounter with  Ty Yorrick and this story gives us the start of Ram's journey. I love everything about this story! Though it is aimed towards younger readers there is no watering down of the danger or threats Ram faces as he leaves his comfort zone to help save his city. 

Ram's companions for this journey are Lula and Zeen from the High Republic Adventures. Older does an amazing job giving us insight into Lula and Ram's internal thoughts as they confront their greatest fears in the face of the Nihil and another deadly force. A fantastic read with hints in the finale that we may be seeing Ram again soon!