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The High Republic: The Fallen Star is a canon novel written by Claudia Gray as part of the multimedia project Star Wars: The High Republic. It was published by Del Rey on January 4, 2022.

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In this gripping sequel to Star Wars: The Rising Storm, the light of the Jedi faces its darkest hour.

Time and again, the vicious raiders known as the Nihil have sought to bring the golden age of the High Republic to a fiery end. Time and again, the High Republic has emerged battered and weary, but victorious thank to its Jedi protectors—and there is no monument to their cause grander than the Starlight Beacon.

Hanging like a jewel in the Outer Rim, the Beacon embodies the High Republic at the apex of its aspirations: a hub of culture and knowledge, a bright torch against the darkness of the unknown, and an extended hand of welcome to the furthest reaches of the galaxy. As survivors and refugees flee the Nihil's attacks, the Beacon and its crew stand ready to shelter and heal.

The grateful Knights and Padawans of the Jedi Order stationed there finally have a chance to recover—from the pain of their injuries and the grief of their losses. But the storm they thought had passed still rages; they are simply caught in its eye. Marchion Ro, the true mastermind of the Nihil, is preparing his most daring attack yet—one designed to snuff out the light of the Jedi.

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The High Republic


The tragic events of the Republic Fair have galvanized the
galaxy. The Jedi and the Republic have gone on the offensive to stop
the marauding NIHIL. With these vicious raiders all but defeated,
Jedi Master AVAR KRISS has her sights set on LOURNA DEE, the
supposed Eye of the Nihil, and has undertaken a mission to capture
her once and for all.

But unbeknownst to the Jedi, the true leader of the Nihil, the in-
sidious MARCHION RO, is about to launch an attack on the Jedi and
the Republic, on a scale not seen in centuries. If he succeeds, the Nihil
will be triumphant, and the light of the Jedi will go dark.

Only the brave Jedi Knights of STARLIGHT BEACON stand in
his way, but even they may not be enough against Ro and the ancient
enemy that's about to be unleashed….


"Cavan and I had to work that out because the ending of his comic run was meant to feature [...] Starlight, and my book was meant to feature [...] Starlight. And it became very apparent to us that there's no way to do that coherently without a lot of repetition that readers both do not want, unless we did something that divided the station. That way we were able to have two different narratives going on. We felt it really does amp up the tension [...] So even though it was for us — as writers — a very convenient device, I also think it's a really valid way to inject more tension into that story."
―Claudia Gray, describing the writing process for The Fallen Star and her collaboration with Cavan Scott[src]

The novel, the third in the Del Rey adult novels, that had started with Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi and was followed by Cavan Scott's The Rising Storm, was announced at Lucasfilm's Publishing Panel for Comic-Con@Home in July 2021, along with Justina Ireland's Mission to Disaster, Daniel Jose Older's Midnight Horizon, and Soule's Eye of the Storm comic miniseries.[3][4][5]

Gray cited her love of disaster films as an influence for writing the novel, specifically 1972's The Poseidon Adventure. She also collaborated closely with fellow High Republic author Cavan Scott, whose comic series was set in the same timeline as the novel. Since the events of the novel and the comic would overlap, they figured out a way to grow the story so that Gray could tell the story she wanted and Scott could tell his, and each could reference the events of the other.[6] Prior to the start of the High Republic, Gray and Scott had collaborated in a similar fashion on the novel Master & Apprentice, and the audiodrama, Dooku: Jedi Lost, since both stories had shared newly-created characters.[6]



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