We are all the Republic.
aking her entry into the Star Wars universe with 2018’s Lando’s Luck, Justina Ireland brought not only serious literary chops as a New York Times bestselling author and college creative writing instructor, but also an established reputation as a fierce advocate for underrepresented voices in young adult fiction.
Working as a civil servant and adjunct lecturer while pursuing a doctorate, she’s clearly also a master at time management. In addition to a growing portfolio of immensely enjoyable Star Wars junior readers, young adult novels, and graphic novels, Ireland is also the author of the Dread Nation historical fiction/horror series as well as three other novels.
With a track record for strong female characters, her Spark of the Resistance features Rey in a growing leadership role in General Organa’s movement between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Since then, in her High Republic works including A Test of Courage and Out of the Shadows, she’s gone on to introduce us to Vernestra Ro, a young Mirialan Jedi Knight who finds herself thrust into challenges far beyond her years—but not beyond her capacity for strength, leadership, and empathy.
As you may have heard or read from us here at Youtini before, don’t let the Young Adult—or, in this case, even junior novel—label lead you to dismiss these titles. Justina Ireland is a gifted storyteller who weaves fast-paced and entertaining plots with wonderfully developed and compelling characters, all told in a fresh voice that’s a welcome addition to Star Wars storytelling.
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Books in this Collection
Spark of the Resistance
The High Republic: Out Of The Shadows
The High Republic: Out of the Shadows is a young-adult novel and part of the second wave in Phase 1 of the multimedia project Star Wars: The High Republic.
The darkest secrets are the hardest to bring to light...
Sylvestri Yarrow is on a streak of bad luck with no end of sight. She's been doing her best to keep the family cargo business going after her mom's death, but between mounting debt and increasing attacks by the Nihil on unsuspecting ships, Syl is in danger of losing all she has left of her mother. She heads to the galactic capital of Coruscant for help, but gets sidetracked when she's drawn into a squabble between two of the Republic's most powerful families over a patch of space on the frontier. Tangled up in familial politics is the last place Syl wants to be, but the promise of a big payoff is enough to keep her interested...
Meanwhile, Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh has been summoned to Coruscant, but with no idea of why or by whom. She and her Padawan Imri Cantaros arrive at the capital along with Jedi Master Cohmac Vitus and his Padawan, Reath Silas—and are asked to assist with the property dispute on the frontier. But why? What is so important about an empty patch of space? The answer will lead Vernestra to a new understanding of her abilities, and take Syl back to the past... and to truths that will finally come out of the shadows.
The High Republic: The Edge Of Balance Vol. 1
Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance, Vol. 1
This is the first trade paperback release in the manga series Star Wars: The High Republic: The Edge of Balance.
In the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace Disaster, young Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi is assigned to help displaced civilians relocate to Banchii, a planet in the Inugg system far in the Outer Rim. While balancing the arrival of incoming settlers and teaching the Padawans on their Temple outpost, Lily must also confront an attack by the insidious Drengir and, after the events of the Republic Fair, deal with the growing threat of the Nihil. But the dangers to Lily and her Padawans are much closer than she thinks….
The High Republic: A Test of Courage
The High Republic: A Test of Courage is a canon middle grade novel and part of Phase 1, first wave, of the multimedia project Star Wars: The High Republic.
Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!
Vernestra Rwoh has just become a Jedi Knight at age fifteen, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising eleven-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon.
But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest?
The High Republic: Path of Deceit
The High Republic: Path of Deceit
The Outer Rim planet Dalna has become the focus of a Jedi investigation into a stolen Force artifact, and Zallah Macri and her Padawan, Kevmo Zink, arrive on the pastoral world to follow up on a possible connection to a Dalnan missionary group called the Path of the Open Hand. Members of the Path believe that the Force must be free and should not be used by anyone, not even the Jedi. One such believer is Marda Ro, a young woman who dreams of leaving Dalna to spread word of the Path throughout the galaxy.
When Marda and Kevmo meet, their connection is instantaneous and electric―until Marda discovers Kevmo is a Jedi. But Kevmo is so kind and eager to learn more about the Path, that she hopes she can convince him of the rightness of her beliefs. What Marda doesn't realize is that the leader of the Path, a charismatic woman known only as the Mother, has an agenda of her own, and it is one that can never coexist peacefully with the Jedi.