The end of “Phase I” of the High Republic is right around the corner, and the adult novel narrating the events is Claudia Gray’s The Fallen Star, which will hit shelves on January 4th. io9 released a brand-new excerpt from the new book, as well as a few quotes from author Claudia Gray, revealing that her dreams have come true: readers are suffering alongside the characters.
Gray told io9 in an email:
“Anyone’s who’s had a look at the cover art for The Fallen Star knows—the crises our Jedi face in this book are serious. Deadly serious. I’m not going to lie: there will be casualties. This is the part where I should say that I regret causing readers pain, but let’s face it… I LOVE it. Not because I’m a sadist, but because every writer hopes that readers will be deeply involved with their characters, and because these are the events The High Republic has been leading up to for a while, and the stakes have to be that high.”
She went on to tease the story of the new book:
“For a while now, Marchion Ro’s secret weapon has been emerging, bit by bit, from the shadows (both literally and figuratively)—and that process takes a major step forward in The Fallen Star. What is it that can separate a Jedi from the Force? The Jedi have no idea—and no way to fight it.”
Here is a piece of the new excerpt (for the full text, head over to Gizmodo):
Indeera Stokes moved forward through relatively empty, quiet corridors. This level was largely used for storage, and she felt a moment’s dismay that they hadn’t been able to set up some temporary quarters down here for the refugees aboard. So much room, and the docking bay was becoming so crowded—
—but those people had their ships, which for the most part they wished to remain near. And while some of these compartments were empty, others were stocked with valuable components that couldn’t simply be left available to all and sundry.
You’re distracting yourself, she realized. You’re musing and mulling instead of opening yourself to the Force. That’s not going to help.
Do your work.
Indeera took a deep breath and reached out with her feelings. What she found was—
The Force was not speaking to her here. There was the faintest . . . call it a whisper . . . proof that she hadn’t lost her mind, that the Force continued ever on, as it must. But for the first time since she was a youngling, Indeera had trouble connecting herself to the Force.
The sheer wrongness of it made her stumble. Indeera stopped and put one hand to her head. She had to concentrate. Why couldn’t she think? She should’ve eaten, earlier—it was hard to shake the thought that she was hungry—
Her comlink buzzed. Indeera took it up. “Stokes here—”
“Help me.” The sheer terror in Regald Coll’s voice sent chills along Indeera’s skin. “Please—please—help me!”
The Fallen Star arrives on January 4th. An exclusive edition that comes with special cover art, a copy of the book signed by Claudia Gray, and a High Republic beanie, is already available to pre-order on Out of Print here.