Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
4 stars out of 5
John Jackson Miller may be new to writing for Star Wars, but his writing doesn’t show it. A New Dawn is a great adventure featuring Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla from the show Star Wars: Rebels. This story takes place years before the show begins, and it only features Kanan and Hera, so, if you’re a big Ezra or Sabine fan, you’ll be disappointed. If, like me, you are a fan of Kanan and Hera and their relationship, then this book is worth checking out.
The story is a straightforward adventure story. The Empire is evil, people are oppressed and exploited, Kanan and Hera join together to save the day. Miller does a great job writing the characters we know from the show, and he also introduces the reader to new and likable characters in story. Miller did a good job crafting a fun adventure story and bringing together Kanan and Hera for the first time.
The only real caveat I have about this story is that it goes better with the show. It can stand alone, but part of what makes it so enjoyable to read is knowing where these characters end up by the time the show starts. This book fits in smoothly with the show and the NewEU, so if you are interested in learning more about Kanan and Hera from Star Wars: Rebels, pick this book up.
I also listened to this book as an audiobook, and I have to say it’s excellent. The narrator, Marc Thompson, is the same one who does Scoundrels and he deftly handles the reading of this book. This is a top notch audio performance and certainly worth looking into.