Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars is a canon novel set between the video games Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. It follows the story of Jedi Knight Cal Kestis and the crew of the Stinger Mantis as they navigate the galaxy five years after the fall of the Jedi Order. The novel begins with Cal, Merrin, Cere, and Greez on a mission to infiltrate a Haxion Brood base. The mission goes awry, and the crew is forced to flee. In their escape, they encounter Fret, a former stormtrooper who has defected from the Empire. Fret joins the crew, and together they set out to find a way to stop the Haxion Brood and the Empire. Along the way, the crew faces many challenges. They are pursued by the Empire, they must contend with the dangers of the galaxy, and they must deal with their own personal demons. But through it all, they remain determined to fight for what is right. Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars is a fast-paced adventure story with plenty of action, suspense, and humor. It also explores some interesting themes about the nature of good and evil, the importance of family, and the power of hope.
Cal Kestis leads the Stinger Mantis crew on an adventure set between Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
Cal Kestis has built a new life for himself with the crew of the Stinger Mantis. Together, Cal’s crew has brought down bounty hunters, defeated Inquisitors, and even evaded Darth Vader himself. More important, Merrin, Cere, Greez, and faithful droid BD-1 are the closest thing Cal has had to a family since the fall of the Jedi Order. Even as the galaxy’s future grows more uncertain by the day, with each blow struck against the Empire the Mantis crew grows more daring.
On what should be a routine mission, they meet a stormtrooper determined to chart her own course with the help of Cal and the crew. In exchange for help starting a new life, the Imperial deserter brings word of a powerful, potentially invaluable tool for their fight against the Empire. And even better, she can help them get to it. The only catch—pursuing it will bring them into the path of one of the Empire’s most dangerous servants, the Inquisitor known as the Fifth Brother.
Can the Imperial deserter truly be trusted? And while Cal and his friends have survived run-ins with the Inquisitors before, how many times can they evade the Empire before their luck runs out?
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While the plot and tone of Battle Scars may be slightly inconsistent for some readers for the earlier half of the novel, the dedication to the characters and expansion of Cal and Merrin's stories by first time Star Wars author Sam Maggs creates an exciting bridge to gap the stories of Jedi: Fallen Order and Jedi: Survivor for gamers and readers alike.
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