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Alternate edition of ISBN 9781368060653 The other edition can be found here The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light.... Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end of sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl Alternate edition of ISBN 9781368060653 The other edition can be found here The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light.... Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end of sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl is in danger of losing all she has left of her mother. She heads to the galactic capital of Coruscant for help, but gets sidetracked when she's drawn into a squabble between two of the Republic's most powerful families over a patch of space on the frontier. Tangled up in familial politics is the last place Syl wants to be, but the promise of a big payoff is enough to keep her interested... Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh has been summoned to Coruscant, but with no idea of why or by whom. She and her Padawan Imri Cantaros arrive at the capital along with Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus and his Padawan, Reath Silas--and are asked to assist with the property dispute on the frontier. But why? What is so important about an empty patch of space? The answer will lead Vernestra to a new understanding of her abilities, and take Syl back to the past...and to truths that will finally come out of the shadows.


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Alternate edition of ISBN 9781368060653 The other edition can be found here The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light.... Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end of sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl Alternate edition of ISBN 9781368060653 The other edition can be found here The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light.... Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end of sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl is in danger of losing all she has left of her mother. She heads to the galactic capital of Coruscant for help, but gets sidetracked when she's drawn into a squabble between two of the Republic's most powerful families over a patch of space on the frontier. Tangled up in familial politics is the last place Syl wants to be, but the promise of a big payoff is enough to keep her interested... Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh has been summoned to Coruscant, but with no idea of why or by whom. She and her Padawan Imri Cantaros arrive at the capital along with Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus and his Padawan, Reath Silas--and are asked to assist with the property dispute on the frontier. But why? What is so important about an empty patch of space? The answer will lead Vernestra to a new understanding of her abilities, and take Syl back to the past...and to truths that will finally come out of the shadows.

30 review for Out of the Shadows

  1. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Out of the Shadows is a Young Adult novel that is part of the new Disney Star Wars: The High Republic content. This novel is set approximately a year after the galaxy-wide event known as the Great Disaster. This is the fourth installment of the High Republic materials that I have read and I enjoyed watching some of the previous storylines converge a bit in this one. The larger, outlying picture is beginning to come more into focus. This novel follows a host of different perspectives, including one Out of the Shadows is a Young Adult novel that is part of the new Disney Star Wars: The High Republic content. This novel is set approximately a year after the galaxy-wide event known as the Great Disaster. This is the fourth installment of the High Republic materials that I have read and I enjoyed watching some of the previous storylines converge a bit in this one. The larger, outlying picture is beginning to come more into focus. This novel follows a host of different perspectives, including one of my favorite new characters, Jedi Vernestra Rowh, along with various other characters that I have come across in the earlier HR works. As generally happens with Star Wars novels, there was quite a bit of action, but this additionally had a healthy dose of back-handed political maneuverings and finer details surrounding the Nihil raiders. While the Young Reader installments, such as A Test of Courage and Race to Crashpoint Tower focus on a singular encounter with the mysterious Nihil, this one is broader in scope. It clearly shows that the Nihil are much more resourceful a foe than the Jedi initially surmised. Following shortly after the Nihil attack on Valo portrayed in Star Wars The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower, many of the characters are still reeling from that trauma and are ill-prepared for what may be coming next. I appreciated how Ireland kept that a part of the narrative. Allowing even Jedi to question their role and feelings regarding the current threats in the galaxy. Particularly conversations between Vernestra and her Padawan, Imri, I found to be quite touching. I am genuinely excited to see what happens from here. Also, I still have a couple earlier HR books I still need to get to, so definitely plan to do that soon. Like any Star Wars book, the HR books can be read in any order, as long as you are cognizant of where it falls in the timeline. In addition to this fantastic novel, I would definitely recommend checking out some of the previously published HR books as well. To make things easier for you, I will list them below: Light of the Jedi Into the Dark A Test of Courage The Rising Storm Star Wars The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower That's a lot of great content to sink your teeth into. Don't delay, start today!! Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney LucasFilms Press, for providing me with an early copy of this to read and review. It has been my absolute pleasure to devour all these recent publications!!! This is top-notch Canon content here and I'm living for it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    Leaving a 5-star rating because y'all butthurt fanboys suck. Leaving a 5-star rating because y'all butthurt fanboys suck.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Giving this a 5 star review, because I refuse to let a bunch of whiny fanboys tank the rating of a book that has a 1 sentence description, and isn’t even out yet. Will leave another review once I’ve read it :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    Why are you mad? Is only book

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    4.75 stars. “Things will work out for the best and as they must. That is what I know, because even though I’m not a Jedi, I do believe in the Force.” As the last book of wave two of The High Republic Out of the Shadows did an amazing job at connecting preexisting plot points at the same time it added even more tension and expanded what it's happening on the galaxy. It's been a year since the Hyperspace Disaster occurred and things, rather than calming down, are more muddled and comp 4.75 stars. “Things will work out for the best and as they must. That is what I know, because even though I’m not a Jedi, I do believe in the Force.” As the last book of wave two of The High Republic Out of the Shadows did an amazing job at connecting preexisting plot points at the same time it added even more tension and expanded what it's happening on the galaxy. It's been a year since the Hyperspace Disaster occurred and things, rather than calming down, are more muddled and complicated than ever before. With the key for everything being right in front of them. This whole book was thrilling and emotional focusing a great deal on the politics of it all as well as the human component, all of which makes for quite the ride. “My mother raised me to believe that the galaxy was uncaring and vast but that didn’t mean we should be selfish and irresponsible.” The fact that the cast was composed of both old and new characters was honestly exhilarating. Especially because I loved all of them so much and greatly enjoyed what they all brought to the story. Seeing Vernestra and Imri again was incredibly nice because they are a pair that I've wondered greatly about. After the events of both, A Test of Courage and The Rising Storm, both of these beloved characters have been through a lot, changed enough to, but the fact that they are still great friends and trust each other so much makes me extremely happy. Seriously, all their interactions filled me with warmth. The new characters were really interesting as well because they bring such different views of everything with them. Our girls, Sylvestri - which is honestly such a pretty name - and Jordana, have such different personalities but are such great folds of each other that any time they interacted together was just incredibly interesting to read. Especially because of all the tension. Sylvestri's story arc, especially, was so heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. All of these characters felt very close and dear to my heart and the fact that I could relate to them so much and sympathize just endeared them more to me. Between Syl and Vern's struggles to be taken seriously in a world that doesn't respect them yet and Imri and Jordana's issues with who they are and how to best deal with that, well, I just felt like my heart was very full. Having Master Comac and Reath as well was a great addition, though I would have liked it if more was done with them. “But remember that secrets too long held can become destructive.” One of my favorite things about the High Republic is the politics of everything that is going on. Politics are fascinating when explored in a fantastical setting, and the politics we encounter in this collection just keeps getting more and more complicated with the pass of time. After the accumulated pressure of the most recent events that the Republic and the Jedi Order have been dealing with; after all the relentless unity and goodwill experienced over the last crisis, it comes as no surprise that factions and dissent would be a thing that needs dealing with. Though not entirely the focus of the story, and certainly not been the first book to deal greatly with it all, we have a good deal of time spent over them and it remains a source of commentary and discourse. Of course, politics are not the only well of deep-thinking moments, seeing as this particular installment is littered with philosophical points that are many a time opposed and, therefore, all the more worthy of discussion. It is not the first time that this collection does something philosophical, but by virtue of how things have escalated and where we are at the moment, I do have to say that this book's discourse is one of my favorites. “We can only work with the truth before us.” As for the proper plot of the story, well, it was really interesting. Remaining mostly very predictable, it had a good number of very good and intense reveals and twists through the length of the book that were just surprising and incredibly fitting. Is a short book, and the pacing is kept mostly relaxed, though it never lulls, so towards the end I was confused as to how things were going to be solved, well, it was beyond satisfactory, especially because it closes a plot point that we have been following for so long now. It definitely left me thrilled and excited. One thing that I do think is worth mentioning is the relevance of previous books and, though perhaps to a lesser degree, comics. Even though it doesn't say it, the fact that this is the sixth book in a series was readily apparent, not only for the recurrent characters but for all the plot points. The comics, though not often directly addressed have also been dealing with some major events that could lead this book to be disconcerting if not aware of. The High Republic with all its comics and books, is really meant to be experienced together as a huge undertaking rather than selectively choosing parts and bits. “Do you know why people join the Nihil? Because we all want a place to belong. The Nihil have given the castoffs and losers of the galaxy a home. They’ve given people with nothing something, and that is a very powerful thing. Are they bad? Of course. But they’re bad because it’s all a lie based around violence.” After how intense The Rising Storm was I thought I couldn't love any of the books that were yet to be released in this wave more, I thought that had been it for me, and though I still enjoyed it immensely I got to say that Out of the Shadows is a steep contestant for that place. Not, it's not as intense or all-around devastating as its predecessor was but the quieter and charged energy and atmosphere combined with the incredible cast made this book one of my favorites from the whole collection. I definitely prefer Ireland's second incursion into this wondrous time period over the first one. “She was done thinking about the past; it was time to turn toward the future.” ____________________ Oh, this was good. It was a lot different than I expected but in an incredibly good way. And I gotta say, I really loved all the characters and the more sedate story didn't hurt either. RTC. ____________________ I am genuinely so scared of what this book will do because after the ending of The Rising Storm it cannot go anywhere pretty. That being said, I am also excited to see what we'll discover and just continue devouring this story as fast as I can.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Koan

    I have had a difficult time with Justina Ireland's Star Wars books. "Spark of Resistance" was a fun little story that built up hype for the Rise of Skywalker, but basically had no plot. "A Test of Courage" was a step up in that Ireland had an intriguing plot for such a short story. The problem there was that Ireland made a lot of small, subtle decisions in the story that made me frustrated with it. So I went in hoping that third time was the charm... ...unfortunately, it really isn't. This book h I have had a difficult time with Justina Ireland's Star Wars books. "Spark of Resistance" was a fun little story that built up hype for the Rise of Skywalker, but basically had no plot. "A Test of Courage" was a step up in that Ireland had an intriguing plot for such a short story. The problem there was that Ireland made a lot of small, subtle decisions in the story that made me frustrated with it. So I went in hoping that third time was the charm... ...unfortunately, it really isn't. This book has a much better plot than the other two(being YA and not Middle Grade). Unfortunately, Ireland had a LOT of things that irked me, and they were much less subtle than in previous books. I'll start my review with some positives. I enjoyed reading about the Jedi in the story. Vernestra Rwoh is Ireland's "baby", and Ireland does a good job with her. I thought her handling of Vern's dynamic with Imri was decent, despite the fact that Ireland wrote herself into a corner in "A Test of Courage". The best part of the book was Vernestra's conversation with Master Cohmac, where Cohmac lays out exactly what I think is wrong with the set up of Vern's story. As I mentioned earlier, this book has an interesting plot, that is much more character focused than the Adult novels happen to be. The problem with the plot is it relies on the audience connecting with the characters in order for it to have significance. The adult novels have such big plots that you don't have to like the characters in those books(even though I did in Light of the Jedi and The Rising Storm). This book really relies on the audience liking Sylvestri Yarrow, and I just didn't. It didn't help that Ireland included something in her character that naturally rubs me the wrong way, which I won't get into here, but I found Syl very unlikeable and uninteresting. I cannot believe I'm going to say this, because I usually like this sort of thing, but this book really suffers from "Small Universe Syndrome". There were numerous times where someone from a protagonists past would show up and just fit into the story. This happening a few times would be fine, but it happened with almost every major character, and thus felt cheap, unbelievable, and uninteresting. Ireland also isn't as good with political intrigue as Claudia Gray and isn't as good at writing the force as Charles Soule or as good at writing plot as Cavan Scott. It really seems to me that of the authors of the High Republic, Ireland really is the weak link. This is bound to happen in any storytelling venture with multiple authors, but it sticks out here. One thing Ireland did that worked was laying "pipe" for future stories. While the adult novels really are the main force of this publishing venture, the YA books are able to introduce elements that will be important. I think that it's more obvious the additions that this book makes to the story as opposed to "Into the Dark", which was a better read overall but I didn't realize the importance of the book until much later. Overall, I was really let down by this book. That's really hard for me to say because I have loved the High Republic so far. Not every book has been amazing, but as a whole it's been enjoyable. That just isn't the case here. However, I will make a comparrison to the New Jedi Order, and while there were books in that series I didn't care for, I kept going because the series itself was great. This is just one of those duds. Sorry Justina Ireland, but I have to give this one a 4.0 out of 10.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arezou

    One thing that makes a truly good Young Adult novel stand out from the crowd is strong character work, and Out of the Shadows meets and exceeds this expectation in a big way. Set a few months after the events of The Rising Storm and Race to Crashpoint Tower, this books follows a group of characters all dealing with the emotional and logistical fallout of the disaster at the Republic Fair. Some, like Sylvestri Yarrow, are characters we are meeting for the first time. But we also get to catch up wi One thing that makes a truly good Young Adult novel stand out from the crowd is strong character work, and Out of the Shadows meets and exceeds this expectation in a big way. Set a few months after the events of The Rising Storm and Race to Crashpoint Tower, this books follows a group of characters all dealing with the emotional and logistical fallout of the disaster at the Republic Fair. Some, like Sylvestri Yarrow, are characters we are meeting for the first time. But we also get to catch up with some of our favourites from the last wave of books, like Jedi Knight Vernestra, her padawan Imri, and fellow master/student combo Cohmac and Reath. The Nihil are building some mysterious weapon in a disputed corner of the galaxy. Though on the surface the book is about larger than life conflict, it’s worth noting that Justina Ireland manages to thread in a clever commentary about colonization and capitalism that goes a long way to explaining why the characters behave in the way that they do. It’s hard to pick out a single instance of this - and I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the joy of discovery anyway - because it is so layered in every facet of the story, and the characters. Not a single character at any point believes that they’re in the wrong, as much as they might believe the others are wrong for acting as they do. It’s a rare novel that can make you root for *everyone*, but Out of the Shadows does exactly that. [READ FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW: https://thegeekywaffle.com/home/2021/...] Special thank you to Lucasfilm and Disney Publishing for an advance copy of this book for review purposes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ShamNoop

    Very slow but I loved the characters so it wasn’t a problem

  9. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    I gave it a good try, but I am done with the High Republic.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Blue Milk Mama

    OUT OF THE SHADOWS Non-Spoiler Review… Sylvestri Yarrow hauls cargo and is definitely down on her luck. Her mother was killed by the Nihil, her ship was stolen, she’s lost her girlfriend, is up to her ears in debt, and things need to change! So Syl is on her way to Coruscant to make someone listen and do something. Vernestra Rwoh is a Jedi Knight and doesn’t believe in luck. The Force provides and right now, it’s providing reassignment, hyperspace visions and who knew having a Padawan was this har OUT OF THE SHADOWS Non-Spoiler Review… Sylvestri Yarrow hauls cargo and is definitely down on her luck. Her mother was killed by the Nihil, her ship was stolen, she’s lost her girlfriend, is up to her ears in debt, and things need to change! So Syl is on her way to Coruscant to make someone listen and do something. Vernestra Rwoh is a Jedi Knight and doesn’t believe in luck. The Force provides and right now, it’s providing reassignment, hyperspace visions and who knew having a Padawan was this hard? Vernestra (never Vern) wants to help stop the Nihil, but instead a Senator has asked for her by name back on Coruscant… OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Justina Ireland is a fantastic character-driven story brimming with intrigue, politics, romance and secrets. Set a few months after the disastrous Nihil attack on the Republic Fair, the galaxy has changed for everyone, and even the Jedi are at odds on how best to handle it. The book slowly and carefully winds its way through four differing viewpoints - Syl, Vernestra, Padawan Reath Silas, and Nan - the Nihil we met in Into the Dark. Immediately, I was invested in each of their stories, never finding myself rushing to get back to a different POV. It was delightful to check in after The Rising Storm and see how those events were affecting not only the Jedi, but regular people in the galaxy. We’re drawn to Syl because we can identify with her, and her struggles. She’s just trying to make her way in the universe as best she can, as her world falls apart. The book’s leisurely pace will please some, and frustrate others, and the changing POVs flounder a bit near the end. Several characters are taken almost completely off the board as the action heats up, and the ending, even with its significant payoff, feels somewhat rushed. Make no mistake, there are game-changing events which make this Young Adult book a must read for High Republic fans, as well as fantastic references to places and characters that will make you grin. I absolutely enjoyed this well-written, deep character dive and recommend it highly. The timing was perfect - we needed to catch our breath. Four glasses of ice cold blue milk, out of five! Longer review to follow…

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Larson

    Family, romance, adventure, betrayal are the best Star Wars. Justina Ireland wrote a classic! Loved it! Full review goes live on publication date.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Burak Bayrakdar

    One of the poorest novels of the high republic series. It is essentially a non-book, nothing worth mentioning happens in %85 of the book, full of forgettable characters and a meaningless ending. Existing characters behave abnormally; stupidly like Marchion Ro, or extremely weakly like all Jedi, and Nan, to focus on this boring new character: Syl. Syl, her story, her mom and her romance are all extremely boring and out of style for Star Wars, why the excessive focus on her love life and her creep One of the poorest novels of the high republic series. It is essentially a non-book, nothing worth mentioning happens in %85 of the book, full of forgettable characters and a meaningless ending. Existing characters behave abnormally; stupidly like Marchion Ro, or extremely weakly like all Jedi, and Nan, to focus on this boring new character: Syl. Syl, her story, her mom and her romance are all extremely boring and out of style for Star Wars, why the excessive focus on her love life and her creepily eyeing of every female character around? If it were a male character doing that, everyone would have found that disgusting. I think, the author, shamelessly, put Syl as herself into the story. I did like the big cat petting moments, and the rich vs poor discussion within Star Wars universe, yet it was done very poorly.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This is more of a 4.5 but hear me out.For a long time Claudia Gray has been my favorite Star Wars author, and she has excellent work to show for it. But Justina Ireland is coming so, so, so, so close. This book was excellent. The characters were written seamlessly from both A Test of Courage and Into the Dark. While I liked Claudia’s YA High Republic book quite a bit, I LOVED this one. I’m excited for Fallen Star, Claudia’s next HR book, but I cannot wait to read more by Justina Ireland!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jay DeMoir

    2.5 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I will start this review by saying 2 very important things: First, I think Vernestra Rwoh just might be my favorite High Republic character so far, so I was way too excited for this book. Second, don’t read this until after you’ve read The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott if you’d rather avoid spoilers for that book. Chronologically, it takes place before this one. Out of the Shadows has been my fastest read book in the High Republic series so far. I’ve had trouble putting down pretty much all of the bo I will start this review by saying 2 very important things: First, I think Vernestra Rwoh just might be my favorite High Republic character so far, so I was way too excited for this book. Second, don’t read this until after you’ve read The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott if you’d rather avoid spoilers for that book. Chronologically, it takes place before this one. Out of the Shadows has been my fastest read book in the High Republic series so far. I’ve had trouble putting down pretty much all of the books, but this one I was lucky enough to have an advanced reader copy (courtesy of Disney publishing) and audio ARC (courtesy of NetGalley), and so I didn’t have to stop reading just because I was doing something mundane like commuting to work or washing dishes. I flipped back and forth between the formats and finished it in 2 days. While we’re here and discussing audiobooks, I really enjoyed the narration by Keylor Leigh and loved that you could tell the difference between all of the characters. Sometimes that gets lost in translation but I had no trouble following along with this one. This book features a lot of familiar characters from Ireland’s first High Republic book and Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark. As far as the High Republic goes, this was one of the first books where everything starts to click together – the Jedi, the Nihil, the Hyperspace pioneering families – all of those were introduced in earlier books and start to be fleshed out a lot more here. Of those topics, the one that I was most excited to see more about in this book was the Jedi. We get to see the Jedi at work both on Starlight Beacon and in the temple on Coruscant. There’s an interesting dynamic happening between Vernestra and the order which I am still eager to see fully explored in the future as she matures and comes into her own even more. Seeing her as a teacher in this story felt like a satisfying continuation of A Test of Courage, where we see her offer to train Imri Cantaros after the loss of his master at the beginning of that story. There is a wonderful cameo by Yaddle, the female Jedi of Yoda and Grogu’s species. After getting to know her a little more in this book, I’m excited about the prospect that Grogu may not speak backwards like Yoda, after all, as Yaddle has a speech pattern like most others who speak Galactic Basic! The relationships in this book are so incredibly wholesome and I just want to hug all of the characters. Like, they’re all adorable. Reath having a teenage crush on Vernestra? Too cute. Vernestra mentoring Imri and their conversations touching on attachments and relationships reminded me of siblings who are too uncomfortable to talk to grown ups about such things. Nan thirsting over Marchion Ro: aren’t we all? Sylvestri Yarrow’s connection to her crew? Chef’s kiss. She doesn’t do anything without thinking about them. Don’t even get me started on the most precious space gays I’ve ever seen. I’m going to pause here to harp about representation because this. book. has. everything. Not every character in space is a cishet white dude? Check. Queer couples? Yup. An asexual Jedi? Also yup. This is the kind of YA Star Wars book that I was craving as a teen. The story jumps around between the Nihil, the Jedi, and Sylvestri pretty often and keeps the plot moving along until all of the threads meet in the middle of nowhere where someone from Syl’s past is pulling and tugging on each of them like the yarn of a colorwork sweater. Adults are definitely sleeping on these YA and middle grades High Republic books and they should not be underestimated. Kids will enjoy them, but that doesn’t mean that stodgy old grown ups (like me) should avoid them. They fill in a lot of gaps that devoted Star Wars fans would be missing out on if they only stick to the adult fiction and/or comics entries in this series. My only one, and quite small, complaint is that the YA books aren’t illustrated the way that the middle grades books are. Ireland is very descriptive, but there are some things that exist in the galaxy far, far away that even her words can’t make my brain get a full visual of. For example, I definitely need to know exactly what a Vollka looks like. #thebellyisatrap Star Wars The High Republic: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland is available today wherever books are sold and in libraries near you. Disclaimer: I received this book from Disney publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my opinions. Side note: It’s a really good book and I’m going to buy a hardcover copy for my collection because I’m a dork and gotta catch ’em all. 😉

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Lovitt

    It has been a few months since the Nihil attacked the Republic Fair on Valo, causing countless deaths, and the combined forces of the Jedi and the Republic have amped up their brutal counterattacks against the feared Outer Rim pirates. (READ MORE: https://yourmoneygeek.com/review-just...) Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh is still working through a complex awry of feelings in the wake of the attack on Valo, though they’re not quite as complex as the feelings that Padawan Reath Silas is having about one It has been a few months since the Nihil attacked the Republic Fair on Valo, causing countless deaths, and the combined forces of the Jedi and the Republic have amped up their brutal counterattacks against the feared Outer Rim pirates. (READ MORE: https://yourmoneygeek.com/review-just...) Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh is still working through a complex awry of feelings in the wake of the attack on Valo, though they’re not quite as complex as the feelings that Padawan Reath Silas is having about one particular Nihil he met during the events of Into the Dark.  Between the three High Republic novels, Justina Ireland’s Out of the Shadows is the most character-rich story. While there is no driving central plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, like with The Rising Storm or Race to Crashpoint Tower, Ireland’s novel delves deep into its four central protagonists, developing their personalities and personal quests. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a plot in the novel, but Out of the Shadows feels like it’s building out a much bigger web of stories that will be picked up in the next phase of novels.  Sylvestri “Syl” Yarrow has a chip off her shoulder and for good reason. Her mother upped and abandoned her on the planet Tiikae, her girlfriend left her to become a deputy, and most recently she lost her beloved ship Switchback to the Nihil. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, for Syl the events of Out of the Shadows cause her to cross paths with not only her ex Jordanna, but her mother too.  If you have been waiting to see how The High Republic would utilize the San Tekka legacy, look no further than Out of the Shadows. So many of the questions we had following the first wave of The High Republic find their answers in Justina Ireland’s novel and those answers build onto larger questions.  Reath is still the sweet bookish boy that we all fell in love with while reading Into the Dark, but the events of that novel have had an effect on him. He’s a little braver, a little more certain of himself and his future, and a little hung up on the betrayal of the Nihil saboteur Nan.  I anxiously await and hope for the day that we get a novel where the Nihil are the central points of view because I adored every single one of Nan’s chapters. It was so refreshing to see how she interacts with her fellow Nihil, as well as how she survives on her wit and skill. Nan ushered in so much added context about the Nihil, how they function, and even some humorous commentary on my favorite bad boy Marchion Ro.  While Marchion Ro’s presence is woefully lacking in the novel, there are story elements and choices made that will have direct and intriguing ramifications on not only him but the Nihil at large.  Justina Ireland is such a talented writer. It’s one of the reasons A Test of Courage was my favorite novel in the first wave of The High Republic. She has this way of effortlessly taking us on a journey that is equal parts of rollicking adventure and an emotional journey for the young protagonists. I read a lot of YA novels and I have yet to come across a writer as gifted as Justina is at making me care, deeply, about characters that are so much younger than myself. Each character is given a full roster of interests, desires, motivations, and flaws. Vernestra and Nan have both jumped up the list of favorite High Republic characters for me, ranking among Marchion Ro, Lula Talisola, Elzar Mann, and Farzala Tarabal.  Out of the Shadows is a well-orchestrated symphony of character building, bookended with the unfurling of much larger and overarching plots that will, without a doubt, play a pivotal part in the future of The High Republic. 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Solace

    5/5 stars This book is genuinely one of, if not the best star wars book I have ever read (and that's saying a lot because I read these books like they are going out of style). From the normal daring battles of star wars that we all know and love to the side love stories that make the characters seem a lot more human than aliens in a far off galaxy, Justina Ireland sincerely captures one of the most amazing portions of star wars in an equally amazing way. With Into The Dark being one of my prior f 5/5 stars This book is genuinely one of, if not the best star wars book I have ever read (and that's saying a lot because I read these books like they are going out of style). From the normal daring battles of star wars that we all know and love to the side love stories that make the characters seem a lot more human than aliens in a far off galaxy, Justina Ireland sincerely captures one of the most amazing portions of star wars in an equally amazing way. With Into The Dark being one of my prior favorite novels I truly didn't see how any other book in this series could top that but I now see how wrong I was, with every new addition to the high republic series both the stories and the authors add so much depth and excitement to a 50 year old classic. One of the things that really caught my attention in the first ever installment in this series was the representation. It is truly beyond anything I had ever seen in Star Wars before and genuinely made me happy to see, but Justina genuinely blew me out of the water with her characters. As someone who often has not been able to see myself connecting to a lot of star wars media for the crude lack of representation, this book was completely different, everything from the representation to the amazing writing made me feel like I was right there with these characters. This book was so hard to put down, the only reason It took me a bit longer to finish was because I got sick and couldn't keep myself awake long enough to read more than a few pages. {SPOILERS} With the end of the book always being the most exciting I was glad to see that this book was not lacking at all, if anything this is one of the most exciting endings to a star wars novel I have read through in a long while. I was rooting for Jordanna and Syl from the moment the bombshell of their breakup was dropped and I was truly not disappointed by the end. In the final moments of the book after I thought it couldn't get any better than that a familiar planet name was said, from the depths of my encyclopedic knowledge on star wars and my sequel loving self I was praying I knew where it was going and I was indeed right. When I tell you my friends got an earful of my excitement over the return of Maz Kanata that would also be a defining understatement. To finish this off I would like to say if you made it this war thank you and a big ol' thank you to Justina for writing what is now my favorite Star Wars novel. I cannot wait for the next instalments that are going to finish off this era of star wars but I know it's going to be amazing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    After heartily enjoying A Test of Courage I was excited for Justina Ireland’s next High Republic book, the young adult novel Out of the Shadows. I will unabashedly say Vernestra Rwoh is my favorite character of this era and I know Ireland’s writing is a huge part of that. I loved that one of the main characters of this novel is a simple woman trying to make her way through the galaxy like her mother. Sylvestri Yarrow is a human pilot and trader. She is just trying to keep her family business goi After heartily enjoying A Test of Courage I was excited for Justina Ireland’s next High Republic book, the young adult novel Out of the Shadows. I will unabashedly say Vernestra Rwoh is my favorite character of this era and I know Ireland’s writing is a huge part of that. I loved that one of the main characters of this novel is a simple woman trying to make her way through the galaxy like her mother. Sylvestri Yarrow is a human pilot and trader. She is just trying to keep her family business going but the Nihl were attacking every ship they could. I liked seeing the state of the galaxy from an everyday person’s point of view. This personally is now in my top ten favorite Star Wars books. The character focused narrative appealed to me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Graham

    Super excited to see what happens next with Reath and Vernestra. Excited to have them on an adventure together!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    The marvels and terrors of the High Republic era of Star Wars history continues with the latest fantastic and exciting young adult tie-in novel, Star Wars: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland. Death, destruction, pirates, and plant monsters! The Republic may be at the height of its culture and influence, but it is in some major trouble. Following the devastation that occurred during the Republic Fair at Valo, the Republic are at war with the marauders known as the Nihil, with the Jedi leading t The marvels and terrors of the High Republic era of Star Wars history continues with the latest fantastic and exciting young adult tie-in novel, Star Wars: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland. Death, destruction, pirates, and plant monsters! The Republic may be at the height of its culture and influence, but it is in some major trouble. Following the devastation that occurred during the Republic Fair at Valo, the Republic are at war with the marauders known as the Nihil, with the Jedi leading the efforts to hunt them down. But in the far corners of space, the Nihil are planning something new, something that could change the very fabric of the galaxy. Sylvestri Yarrow is a young pilot and captain of a dilapidated ship, who is doing the best she can to keep her crew above water after the death of her mother. However, when her ship is suddenly pulled out of hyperspace in a remote area of space with a boarding party of Nihil raiders waiting for her, she has no choice but to abandon her home. Determined to get some form of justice, Sylvestri heads to Coruscant to convince someone of the dangers, but no one is willing to listen to a teenage pilot from the frontier until the unscrupulous and ultra-wealthy Xylan Graf appears and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. In exchange for a new ship and a substantial number of credits, Sylvestri will accompany Xylan to the area of space where she lost her ship to help him disprove rumours of a dangerous Nihil weapon and to convince a senator into giving his family access to valuable hyperspace lanes. Despite her misgivings about the plan, and the trustworthiness of Xylan, Sylvestri agrees to accompany him. However, the Senator has a caveat: Xylan must take along some unimpeachable observers of her choosing, Jedi. Now accompanied by young Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh, her Padawan Imri Cantaros, Master Cohmac Vitus, his apprentice Reath Silas, and, awkwardly, Sylvestri’s ex-girlfriend Jordanna Sparkburn, the team heads out to the wilds of space. But the Nihil are always watching and waiting from the shadows, and their plans could spell doom for everyone. Can Sylvestri and her new Jedi friends survive the dangers ahead of them, or will terrible secrets from her past threaten to overwhelm everyone once they are dragged out of the shadows. Out of the Shadows proved to be a fun and compelling entry in this great new Star Wars series that I had a fantastic time listening to. Featuring a great story and some excellent characters, this novel continues several key storylines from the previous High Republic novels and presents a strong and action-packed adventure. To see the full review, click on the link below: https://unseenlibrary.com/2021/09/05/... For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I had such a great time reading this book. Justina Ireland really manages to focus on her characters and give everyone their moment to shine, even though the ensemble is pretty big. I love the lore we are getting in this and that we got a glimpse into both Starlight and Coruscant. We also got to see characters from the adult novels again (those were some of my favourite chapters) and also got some intriguing hints of what they are up to, as well as what their emotional state might be. You really I had such a great time reading this book. Justina Ireland really manages to focus on her characters and give everyone their moment to shine, even though the ensemble is pretty big. I love the lore we are getting in this and that we got a glimpse into both Starlight and Coruscant. We also got to see characters from the adult novels again (those were some of my favourite chapters) and also got some intriguing hints of what they are up to, as well as what their emotional state might be. You really shouldn't miss out on this novel as it takes place after The Rising Storm and sets the stage for the final wave of the first phase. My main issue with Out of the Shaodws is that - while at first it seemed pretty simple - in the end, the plot got kind of confusing. Everyone's real motivations was simply dropped on you and it took some rereading those paragraphs to get it all sorted out in my head. I also felt way more connected with the characters we already know (Vernestra and Reath, mostly) and not as much with the new girls Syl and Jordanna. However, I LOVE what this book is doing for representation. Questions of sexuality and other philosophical topics were handled with such care and thoughtfulness. I can't wait to see what kind of story Justina has in store for us next and what the revelations of this novel mean for the future. Don't miss out on it! And also, if you understand German, consider checking out our podcast episode on the book: https://jedi-bibliothek.de/podcast/au...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    "talented. brilliant. incredible. showstopping. spectacular. never-the-same. totally unique. completely not ever been done before." - Lady Gaga talking about what Justina Ireland did in this book "talented. brilliant. incredible. showstopping. spectacular. never-the-same. totally unique. completely not ever been done before." - Lady Gaga talking about what Justina Ireland did in this book

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zakri Edwards

    Book 2 of The High Republic Teen/Young Adult Books - See bottom of review for suggested High Republic Reading Timeline Review for NetGalley ARC Out of the Shadows written by Justina Ireland was written for teens and young adults, ages 13 and older, and it is set in the High Republic Era of the Star Wars Universe following the events of "The Great Disaster" around 200 years before the The Phantom Menace. This book is preceeded by Into the Dark. If the readers are avid Star Wars fans who must read e Book 2 of The High Republic Teen/Young Adult Books - See bottom of review for suggested High Republic Reading Timeline Review for NetGalley ARC Out of the Shadows written by Justina Ireland was written for teens and young adults, ages 13 and older, and it is set in the High Republic Era of the Star Wars Universe following the events of "The Great Disaster" around 200 years before the The Phantom Menace. This book is preceeded by Into the Dark. If the readers are avid Star Wars fans who must read everything in an order, it should follow The Rising Storm and Star Wars The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower respectively (see suggested reading order below). This book follows the continuing adventures of Jedi Vernestra Rwoh, her Padawan Imri Cantaros (characters from A Test of Courage), Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus, and his Padawan Reath Silas (characters from Into the Dark) as they are commissioned to return to Coruscant for a special assignment that eventually sends them to investigate unusual activity in the Berenge Sector. Although Ireland's previous book in the series was geared towards middle readers, she does a good job introducing her characters to an older audience, but she once again fails to mature her main character, Vernestra Rwoh. Rwoh is continually toted as a prodigy among her peers, but she lacks the emotional maturity of a full Jedi Knight. She is self-shamed by those she deems as better than herself, and she wallows in self-doubt all while training a Padawan barely younger than she is. As a full knight, she is sent on missions that are on par with her rank and status, but she seems woefully unprepared. This leaves the reader wondering what in the world the Jedi Council was thinking not only raising her to the level of knight but also giving her a Padawan to train. Although this book was much better than both "A Test of Courage" and "Into the Dark," it still lacks the character development and maturity of a well-developed story. It is an easy read full of intrigue, mystery, subterfuge, and even a nice twist at the end. For the avid Star Wars fan, it is a must read even if the book itself is just...decent, at best. The High Republic Suggested Reading Timeline: - Starlight: Go Together, Part 1 by Charles Soule (SW Insider 199 Short Story) - Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule - The High Republic (Marvel) 1 - Starlight: Go Together, Part 2 by Charles Soule (SW Insider 200 Short Story) - A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland - Into the Dark by Claudia Gray - The High Republic (Marvel) 2-6 - The High Republic Adventures (IDW) 1-5 - Starlight: First Duty, Parts 1 and 2 by Cavan Scott (SW Insider 201-202 Short Story) - Starlight: Hidden Danger by Justina Ireland (SW Insider 203 Short Story) - The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott - Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older - Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Riding the wave of excitement built from The Rising Storm and Race to Crashpoint Tower, Out of the Shadows takes the handoff from those books and runs with it. Looking for more important, dare I say must-read, High Republic lore? You’ve got it here. Justina Ireland’s writing is so incredibly impressive in this novel, using the first portion of the book to develop characters while still building excitement for the coming events. The second half of the book was hard hitting and suspenseful, making Riding the wave of excitement built from The Rising Storm and Race to Crashpoint Tower, Out of the Shadows takes the handoff from those books and runs with it. Looking for more important, dare I say must-read, High Republic lore? You’ve got it here. Justina Ireland’s writing is so incredibly impressive in this novel, using the first portion of the book to develop characters while still building excitement for the coming events. The second half of the book was hard hitting and suspenseful, making the wait for the next High Republic stories even harder. If you go into this book without the expectation of it being a galaxy-shattering novel like The Rising Storm, then you’re going to enjoy this well crafted story and its consequences for the rest of this era.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zack Donner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amazing book, can't wait to see where the next one takes us especially after that cliffhanger and surprise mention of Maz Amazing book, can't wait to see where the next one takes us especially after that cliffhanger and surprise mention of Maz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    2.5 stars So far, both of the YA High Republic books have been better than the adult ones, but in the end this one was better than its adult companion The Rising Storm only because I *hated* TRS but found this one to just be kind of boring. I struggled for a good portion of the book to even really describe what the plot was. There is far less action in this book than in any other HR story I’ve read, and it seems ill fitting after the first YA book was so suspenseful and dealing with a big threat t 2.5 stars So far, both of the YA High Republic books have been better than the adult ones, but in the end this one was better than its adult companion The Rising Storm only because I *hated* TRS but found this one to just be kind of boring. I struggled for a good portion of the book to even really describe what the plot was. There is far less action in this book than in any other HR story I’ve read, and it seems ill fitting after the first YA book was so suspenseful and dealing with a big threat that is completely ignored here. This book basically involves people flying, talking, having visions, making mushy eyes at each other, getting tied up or shot at once or twice but escaping easily. The climax of the book was *so* short and the only resistance happened “off screen” so to speak, so it seemed that way too suddenly the answer to these visions was revealed, and the Nihil’s main advantage was gone, in such an anticlimactic way. The book makes it sound like their threat is basically over, but wow, if it is then this was an incredibly boring way to end their story. (And I don’t even like the Nihil. But it should have been more dramatic than this.) There were other things that bothered me too—the Jedi were supposedly stretched super thin fighting the Nihil, yet somehow they agreed to let *four* Jedi go on this research flight? Also, Marchion Ro agreeing to let the Oracle go with the scientist away from him makes no sense given the paranoia necessary in the Nihil to keep from being backstabbed. I liked the new Jedi main character, Vernestra Rwoh, but was kind of sad that my favorite from the last book, Reath Silas, had so little personality here. The new main character who wasn’t a Jedi, Syl, was not very likable. I felt like overall the characters didn’t attach me as much as they did in the last book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Sciarrino

    Not as action packed as previous books in series, but did go into the characters a lot more and did answer several hanging questions. The ending seemed a bit rushed. Liked the story a lot, and enjoyed reading it. In the chain of stories I can see this becoming a favorite, but as since nothing yet next on the chain…

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason Powell

    Phenomenal! The characters, the plot, do yourself a favor and read the High Republic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ursula Johnson

    Having read the authors' other book A Test of Courage, I didn't have high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed. Long, tedious and dull, this book was a chore to get though. The lead human character was similar to the last one, young lady with dark skin and curly hair. This one, Syl was very unlikable and her constant whining monologues became monotonous. The romance felt like a plot device. We meet characters from prior books and while they were interesting and unique in prior works, they Having read the authors' other book A Test of Courage, I didn't have high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed. Long, tedious and dull, this book was a chore to get though. The lead human character was similar to the last one, young lady with dark skin and curly hair. This one, Syl was very unlikable and her constant whining monologues became monotonous. The romance felt like a plot device. We meet characters from prior books and while they were interesting and unique in prior works, they were simplistic and dull here, including Vernestra. After the excitement of Rising Storm, this was a letdown. Major plot devices were included in this book, which really should've been in the major book. The audiobook was also a disappointment since it was produced by a different division and there were no sound effects, or music to enhance the story. Character voices were lame, Marc Thompson is sorely missed, a variety of major legends books are finally getting unabridged audio and he is doing many of them. Claudia Gray and Jude Watson are far better at writing YA and keeping things interesting. Disappointing and mediocre.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris The Lizard from Planet X

    The High Republic takes the Star Wars universe to an even longer time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Some 200 years prior to the Phantom Menace and the beginning of the Skywalker Saga.  With the Jedi in their prime, they find themselves up against the mysterious Nihil, a gang of pirates and marauders dedicated to wreaking havoc across the galaxy and stopping the Republic’s expansion into the galactic frontier. The second young adult book in the High Republic series, High Republic: Out of the Shad The High Republic takes the Star Wars universe to an even longer time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Some 200 years prior to the Phantom Menace and the beginning of the Skywalker Saga.  With the Jedi in their prime, they find themselves up against the mysterious Nihil, a gang of pirates and marauders dedicated to wreaking havoc across the galaxy and stopping the Republic’s expansion into the galactic frontier. The second young adult book in the High Republic series, High Republic: Out of the Shadows, acts as a continuation of several plot lines established across the series so far.  Jedi Vernestra Rwoh and Imri Cantaros from Justina Ireland’s own A Test of Courage, alongside fellow Jedi Reath Silas and Cohmac Vitus from Into the Dark, go up against the dangerous Nihil, with some new faces joining them too.  With ships being mysteriously torn from hyperspace and attacked by Nihil, cargo hauler Sylvestri Yarrow finds herself on a simple bureaucratic mission to Coruscant that quickly sends her spiraling into a web of political intrigue between the Jedi, Republic, and the Graf family, once renowned hyperspace prospectors.    It’s worth noting that this book is set after the second flagship title of the High Republic, The Rising Storm, and does contain some mild plot spoilers for it.  I have not read it, so I can’t be entirely sure of the extent of those spoilers, but there are some seemingly important moments that are revisited and play a key part in Vernestra Rwoh’s motivations.  The biggest strength of this book lies in its protagonists.  Ireland has no issue bringing Vernestra and Imri from their previous all-ages book into the wider universe and Cohmac and Reath feel lifted straight from Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark.  All the new additions to the cast have unique voices that bring something new to both the book, and the wider High Republic Universe.  Despite Reath being one of our point of view characters and given a big cover focus, the chapter count is significantly shifted in Vernestra and new protagonist Sylverstri Yarrow’s favour.  Which is not necessarily a complaint, as those two are certainly the ones with the most interesting stories to tell.  When the book has the characters together and talking it’s at its absolute best. The real problem lies in the Nihil’s point of view character, a familiar face whose identity I will not spoil. The look into the Nihil in this book is short, perhaps only 4 or 5 short chapters throughout the story, but there seems to be a clear lack of purpose to them.  While the Marchion Ro chapters of Light of the Jedi gradually built the threat of the Nihil into something terrifying, here they merely remind us that they’re still there with the occasional check-in.  This also causes another issue, by letting the reader into what the Nihil are up to we don’t get to discover alongside our protagonists, which causes large chunks of the book to feel pointless as the characters slowly make their way towards discoveries we’ve known from early on.  This all leaves the book without a clear and compelling antagonist, as the Nihil presence looms over the book but rarely comes close enough to feeling like an actual threat. This leads me to another big problem I had with the book; the mysteries that drive the plot. Whilst the hyperspace mysteries are straightforward and predictable, even being given definitive answers by the Nihil chapters so early on, the political drama that our characters find themselves drawn into is often unfocused and boring, with no clear purpose other than to create confusion.  We also get teases to some mysterious Force powers and their connections to hyperspace, a plot the book drops and picks up at random despite being the most compelling part of the story.  The pace at which these mysteries develop is also glacial, with the book spending most of its time building up to a big event before shifting pace rapidly into a rushed and unsatisfying climax. Although the book isn’t action-heavy, Ireland excels at the few scenes that are there. The fights are clear and exciting, using the tools of the Jedi in ways I find only books can in order to really showcase how impressive lightsabers and the Force can be.  There’s still dramatic weight to the action though, with the Jedi feeling in real danger when they’re overwhelmed.  It avoids making them feel like unstoppable gods while still providing that essential cool factor. One of my personal favourite parts of the High Republic thus far has been its worldbuilding, and this is another area where Out of the Shadows is a success. The book features a wide variety of species from across the Star Wars universe, including many familiar species from both the original films and some of the more recent additions.  There are also a couple of new species introduced that were fascinating and unique, including the volka, a race of strange electric cats that I’d love to see more of (or have as a pet).  We discover more of the history of the Galaxy here too through the Grafs and San Tekkas, something I’m always happy to learn more about.  There are even a few familiar names thrown in that I was very excited to see. As far as its importance to the larger plot of the High Republic, I was surprised to see Out of the Shadows pick up some major plotlines from Light of the Jedi.  This book has some big ramifications for the various factions of the High Republic and is an essential chapter in its larger story.  It also sets up some very interesting future plots and introduces a couple of new Force abilities that were very interesting, and I could see being important down the line.   Overall, Out of the Shadows had a difficult task ahead of it, taking in characters and plots from across the High Republic. And while it stumbles at times and drags in the middle, it is for the most part genuinely enjoyable. The action scenes, while few, are exciting, and pull you right into the action.  The characters are likable and the central romance of the book is compelling. And it leaves me genuinely excited for what’s next in the High Republic, from Justina Ireland, and the other writers.

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