Canon
Adult Novel

Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade

By
Delilah S. Dawson
Released
Jul 18, 2023
Artwork by
Narrated by
Kristen Sieh
Takes place in
22 BBY - 19 BBY
In the
Fall of the Jedi
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Rise of the Red Blade heralds Delilah S. Dawson back to the world of Star Wars publishing with a book that takes the Jedi to task over every bit of their teachings through the eyes of a woman desperate to find her place in the galaxy. Although initial pacing issues revolving around her time as a Jedi may provide a slower start than some readers would prefer, Dawson’s command of Iskat’s character and her unquestionable skill in crafting exhilarating action sequences put Red Blade right up alongside her previous fantastic works.
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Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade

When the Jedi Order falls, an Inquisitor Rises.

Padawan Iskat Akaris has dedicated her life to traveling the galaxy alongside her master, learning the ways of the Force to become a good Jedi. Despite Iskat's dedication, peace and control have remained elusive, and with each setback, she feels her fellow Jedi grow more distrustful of her. Already uncertain about her future in the Jedi Order, Iskat faces tragedy when her master is killed and the Clone Wars engulf the galaxy in chaos.

Now a general on the front lines contributing to that chaos, she is often reminded: Trust in your training. Trust in the wisdom of the Council. Trust in the Force. Yet as the shadows of doubt take hold, Iskat begins to ask questions that no Jedi is supposed to ask: Questions about her own unknown past. Questions the Jedi Masters would consider dangerous.

As the years pass and the war endures, Iskat's faith in the Jedi wanes. If they would grant her more freedom, she is certain she could do more to protect the galaxy. If they would trust her with more knowledge, she could finally cast aside the shadows that have begun to consume her. When the Jedi Order finally falls, Iskat seizes the chance to forge a path of her own. She embraces the salvation of Order 66.

As an Inquisitor, Iskat finds the freedom she has always craved: to question, to want. And with each strike of her red blade, Iskat moves closer to claiming her new destiny in the Force—whatever the cost.

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Rise of the Red Blade heralds Delilah S. Dawson back to the world of Star Wars publishing with a book that takes the Jedi to task over every bit of their teachings through the eyes of a woman desperate to find her place in the galaxy. Although initial pacing issues revolving around her time as a Jedi may provide a slower start than some readers would prefer, Dawson’s command of Iskat’s character and her unquestionable skill in crafting exhilarating action sequences put Red Blade right up alongside her previous fantastic works.

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