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The High Republic: Temptation of the Force is a Star Wars: The High Republic adult novel by Tessa Gratton. It was published as part of Phase III of the multimedia project on June 11, 2024.

The novel is a major story in the overall High Republic saga while also focusing on the relationship between Jedi Masters Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann,[5] who must confront their true desires amid the ongoing Nihil conflict.[2]

Publisher's summary[]

The reunited Jedi prepare to strike back against the ruthless Nihil in this thrilling sequel to Star Wars: The High Republic: The Eye of Darkness.

For over a year, Jedi Masters Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann were kept apart by the Nihil's Stormwall. After Avar makes a daring escape from inside the Occlusion Zone, the star-crossed Jedi are reunited. But while the physical distance between them has evaporated, their shared grief over their failure to protect the galaxy from the Nihil threat still remains.

To rally the Jedi Order, and the Republic, Avar and Elzar cling to their belief in serving Light and Life. Working together they lead a daring mission into Nihil space to liberate the planet of Naboo, and show those trapped behind the Stormwall that the Jedi will never abandon them. Now back within close orbit of one another, the two Jedi Masters can no longer deny the bond that has always drawn them back together and made them stronger.

After finally embracing their true desires and imbued with renewed purpose, Avar and Elzar devise a plan to turn the tide of the conflict with the Nihil once and for all. Accompanied by Jedi Knights Bell Zettifar, Burryaga, and Vernestra Rwoh, the Jedi begin their hunt for Marchion Ro. But to seek out the Nihil's dangerous leader the Jedi will have to survive the Nameless terrors that they have thus far been powerless to stop.

Plot summary[]

Opening crawl[]

STAR WARS
THE HIGH REPUBLIC
TRIALS OF THE JEDI
Worlds suffer inside the formidable OCCLUSION ZONE, where
Marchion Ro and his band of Nihil marauders, untouchable by the
Republic, rule with an iron fist.

Jedi Master Avar Kriss has escaped from this occupied space and,
along with fellow Jedi Elzar Mann, leads the Jedi and Republic in a
desperate fight against the Nihil and their Nameless creatures.

But a new danger now threatens the galaxy. A mysterious BLIGHT
has begun to spread randomly across worlds, slowly infecting areas
and turning all life in its path to dust….

Development[]

"this is the daily word count tracker I used to get to 90k and it looks as messy as Elzar's emotional processing"
―Tessa Gratton on Twitter[6]

Tessa Gratton turned in the first draft for the novel on August 10, 2023.[7] She used a word count tracker while writing in order to push herself to reach 90,000 words.[6] The last portion of the book Gratton wrote was actually[8] its first chapter, which features an exchange[9] between Elzar Mann and Avar Kriss that was released by StarWars.com on May 20, 2024, as the fandom's first tease into the novel's contents.[8]

In one early part of the novel, Kriss gives a speech to those trapped within the Nihil marauders' Occlusion Zone. Del Rey was so pleased with the speech that it decided to make the dialogue the book's black blurb.[10]

The UK Bookstore Goldsboro Books continued their tradition of special edition High Republic novels; and sold an edition of Temptation of the Force where each copy was numbered and signed, the pages were also sprayed yellow.

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 StarWars SWCE 2023: 9 Things We Learned from the Star Wars: The High Republic Panel on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars Return of the Jedi Masters Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann in Temptation of the Force — Cover Reveal on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Amazon-Favicon Star Wars: Temptation of the Force (The High Republic) on Amazon.com (backup link)
  4. Star Wars: Timelines dates Starlight Beacon's destruction to 230 BBY. The implementation of the Guardian Protocols, which Star Wars: The High Republic Character Encyclopedia places in 229 BBY, took place one week after Starlight Beacon's fall according to The High Republic: Shadows of Starlight 1. As The High Republic: Temptation of the Force takes place one year and six weeks after the destruction of Starlight Beacon, its events must be set in 228 BBY.
  5. TwitterLogo Tom Hoeler (@DarthInternous) on Twitter: "Nope, its the next big High Republic story, of which Avar/Elzar play a key role. In the same way that Empire is "about Leia and Han's relationship" that movie is still largely about moving Star War's overall story forward. If that helps as a comparison. (In response to: "I don’t think I realized until now that this book actually deals with the overall story, I assumed it was just about Avar and Elzar's history and relationship.")" (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 TwitterLogo Tessa Gratton (@tessagratton) on Twitter: "this is the daily word count tracker I used to get to 90k and it looks as messy as Elzar's emotional processing" (backup link)
  7. TwitterLogo Tessa Gratton (@tessagratton) on Twitter: "Well, #TheHighRepublic twitter, I turned in the first draft of TEMPTATION OF THE FORCE so I'm going to lay on the floor and melt for a while" (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 TwitterLogo Tom Hoeler (@DarthInternous) on Twitter: "We're getting closer to #StarWarsTheHighRepublic #TemptationoftheForce, coming June 11th Read the first excerpt today. Be sure to check out the insights from author Tessa Gratton that while this is from ch 1, Tessa wrote it last (making books is fun)." (backup link)
  9. TwitterLogo Tom Hoeler (@DarthInternous) on Twitter: "Whole chapter (rest of the chapter continues this exchange)" (backup link)
  10. TwitterLogo Tom Hoeler (@DarthInternous) on Twitter: "There's a scene early in #StarWarsTheHighRepublic #TemptationoftheForce where Avar Kriss is asked to give a speech to beings trapped by the Nihil across the Occlusion Zone. Tessa wrote such an incredible speech we put it on the book's back cover. Its worth reading all on its own" (backup link)
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