E. K. Johnston News

February 19, 2021 at 9:05 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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StarWars.com has some news for E. K. Johnston fans. They have an interview coming her upcoming book Queen’s Hope (out November 2021), and a new cover for the paperback release of Queen’s Peril (September 8th).

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘Into the Dark’ by Claudia Gray

February 4, 2021 at 9:28 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Into the Dark is a YA book that is part of The High Republic initiative, written by Claudia Gray and released in February 2021.

I want to start by saying that I think that Claudia Gray is a fantastic writer. Master and Apprentice and Bloodline are two of my favorite canon novels. I personally think she is best when writing her adult novels. I thought that Leia Princess of Alderaan was a fantastic book and Lost Stars was a great read. Claudia definitely has the best track record of any of the newer authors in the canon.

Unfortunately, Into the Dark is probably her weakest novel, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

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Book Review: ‘A Test of Courage’ by Justina Ireland

January 12, 2021 at 7:09 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland is a brand new middle grade novel in The High Republic series from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. It was released in January 2021. 

Middle grade is a difficult genre to write in Star Wars. Star Wars books are known for epic battles, difficult philosophical questions, and references galore. Middle grade books just don’t do that. Mostly because they are aimed at a much younger audience (the publisher’s suggested age range is 8-12), but also because they are naturally shorter. Middle grade books are more the length of an adult novella, and while they have tremendous value to literature, they just are more difficult for me to get into. A Test of Courage is no different.

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New Releases: ‘Light of the Jedi’, ‘A Test of Courage’ & ‘The Great Jedi Rescue’

January 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Three new Star Wars books out today!

Official product link for Light of the Jedi

Official product link for The Great Jedi Rescue

Official product link for A Test of Courage

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The High Republic Launch Event

January 4, 2021 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Books, Comic Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, IDW, Marvel, News, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

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Retro Reviews: ‘Ahsoka’ by E. K. Johnston

October 20, 2020 at 1:00 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston, is a young adult novel in the canon that was released in October of 2016. 

This book has an interesting place in my heart, because I had already started reading Star Wars books in 2016, but this was the first book that I bought on release day and read in a 24 hour period of time. 

After reading Queen’s Shadow and Queen’s Peril, I was disappointed with E. K. Johnston’s writing as a whole. When I realized I’d have to reread Ahsoka, I was afraid I wouldn’t like it now as much as I did back in 2016. 

I was wrong.

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Book Review: ‘The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark’

September 8, 2020 at 8:44 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a short story collection, edited by Jennifer Heddle, and released in August of 2020.

I am taking time out of my usual bi-weekly reread through the canon to review the newest short story collection from Disney-Lucasfilm Press. As a huge fan of The Clone Wars series, I had high hopes for this book. And the authors involved *mostly* delivered. Below I very briefly review every story (including a letter rating), followed by an overall review at the end. Continue Reading Book Review: ‘The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark’…

New Release: ‘Free Fall’ by Alex Segura

August 4, 2020 at 5:48 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats. You can read our full review here.

Learn more about the dashing hero from the new Star Wars films! Telling a story hinted at in The Rise of Skywalker….

It’s been a few years since Poe’s mother passed away, and Poe and his father, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure, and to figure out what kind of man he is meant to be.

Click here for the official product page.

Retro Reviews: ‘Lost Stars’ by Claudia Gray

July 28, 2020 at 8:34 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray is the first Young Adult novel in the canon of Star Wars, which was a part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” line of books. It was released in September of 2015.

This is probably one of the most well defended Star Wars books in the canon. The people who love this book, truly LOVE it. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve seen it not only on someone’s top 10 list, but almost always at the #1 spot. And I can totally see why someone would feel that way about it. But for me, it’s not that amazing.

This book really happens in two phases, the first half and the second half. The first half of the book really reads like a standard YA sci-fi novel. It’s got all the young adult tropes and cliches that happens to be set in the Star Wars Universe. The second half of the book really feels like a Star Wars book, albeit one that happens to be a YA romance. I’ll admit, I enjoyed the second half a lot more than I enjoyed the first half. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Lost Stars’ by Claudia Gray…

Book Review: ‘Queen’s Peril’ by E. K. Johnston

June 9, 2020 at 12:05 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Queen’s Peril by E. K. Johnston may be her best Star Wars novel yet. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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