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The High Republic: Defy the Storm is a Star Wars: The High Republic young-adult novel by Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton. It was published as part of Phase III of the multimedia project on March 5, 2024.

Publisher's summary[]

Nowhere is safe within the eye of the storm….

The Galactic Republic is in chaos following the Nihil's shocking destruction of the gleaming space station Starlight Beacon. Capitalizing on their victory, the Nihil have erected a barrier called the Stormwall around a section of Republic space and claimed it for themselves. Within this Occlusion Zone, people live at the mercy of the Nihil–and the Nihil are not known for mercy.

Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh, believing her Padawan, Imri Cantaros, to be among the casualties of Starlight Beacon, has retreated to a peaceful planet where she hopes to nurse her wounds and regain some sense of equilibrium. But her old friend Avon Starros has other plans. Avon knows that Imri is alive inside the Occlusion Zone–and she and Vernestra must be the ones to find him.

With the help of former frontier deputy Jordanna Sparkburn and the extremely untrustworthy Xylan Graf, Avon and Vernestra set out to breach the Stormwall and enter the Occlusion Zone in search of Imri. But within Nihil territory, danger lurks around every corner…as do terrifying creatures known as the Nameless.

How can Vernestra find her lost Padawan when her very strength in the Force becomes her ultimate weakness? And what are Avon's true motivations behind enemy lines?

Plot summary[]

Opening crawl[]

It is a time of great turmoil. A year
has passed since the destruction of
the STARLIGHT BEACON station by the
nefarious Marchion Ro and his Nihil

The Nihil have established an
OCCLUSION ZONE in the Outer Rim,
stranding hundreds of worlds behind
their Stormwall. Communications are
blocked, and ships that enter are lost
to the void or destroyed by the Nihil.

The Republic is helpless against this
sinister threat, and the brave and wise
JEDI KNIGHTS remain fearful of Ro's
fabled NAMELESS creatures, which the
Jedi have learned are very real, and
very deadly….


Cover artist Corey Brickley estimated painting the cover took over 150 hours.[5] Jennifer Günthel provided reference for the main characters' posing.[6] Brickley also used images of actress Kristen Stewart as reference for Vernestra Rwoh.[7] Rwoh's phase three design was designed by Ario Anindito,[8] although Brickley drew concept art for the cover in which she had different boots, knowing they would be covered up on the final cover. However, images of that alternate design spread around the internet after Brickley shared them on their Patreon page.[9]




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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 StarWars SWCE 2023: 9 Things We Learned from the Star Wars: The High Republic Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. TwitterLogo Corey Brickley (@CoreyBrickley) on Twitter: "Mama mia this was a big one. I present to you the artwork I painted for Star Wars: The High Republic: Defy the Storm" (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amazon-Favicon Star-Wars-High-Republic-Storm on Amazon.com (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: The High Republic Character Encyclopedia dates Starlight Beacon's fall and the Guardian Protocols' implementation to 230 BBY and 229 BBY, respectively, while Shadows of Starlight 1 establishes that the Guardian Protocols' implementation happened one week after the space station's destruction. The events of The High Republic: Defy the Storm take place at least one year and two weeks after Starlight Beacon's fall, equating to 228 BBY.
  5. TwitterLogo Corey Brickley (@CoreyBrickley) on Twitter: "I'd estimate I put between 150 and 200 hours into this so any likes and retweets are more than appreciated 🙏🙏🙏🙏🥲🥲🥲" (backup link)
  6. TwitterLogo Corey Brickley (@CoreyBrickley) on Twitter: "Sorry! Really should have done this when I originally posted the artwork originally. I'd also like to give a big thanks to @JookpubStock for offering their incredible and professional services providing reference photos for the main character of the piece. Commission them!" (backup link)
  7. TwitterLogo Corey Brickley (@CoreyBrickley) on Twitter: "lol ty! Idk how obvious it is I had kristen stewart pics up on the screen when I was painting her (In response to: it's so mind-blowing. emo vern has my heart. and the girls all teaming up? squad of the century)" (backup link)
  8. TwitterLogo Ario Anindito (@arioanin) on Twitter: "I had the honor of designing the concept art for phase 3 Vern -and many other characters- and looking at other amazing artists version of the design is always an amazing experience!! 🥰 #StarWars #starwarsthehighrepublic #vernestra" (backup link)
  9. TwitterLogo Corey Brickley (@CoreyBrickley) on Twitter: "This full body shot of Vernestra is floating around bc it's a bts shot I posted on Patreon and she has the wrong boots (unlike @arioanin's concept work) bc I knew the boots would be covered up. It will haunt me for ages" (backup link)

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