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iving into Star Wars can be intimidating. For first time viewers, the question of which film to watch first can be daunting, and the subsequent questions of which shows to watch and when can sometimes be too much.

The same goes for the books!

Since the launch of The High Republic, the Star Wars publishing world has been filled with wonderful stories of both hopeful and tragic heroism featuring original characters of this brand new era. Whether you’re a long time High Republic fan or diving in for the first time, we’re here to make your reading process as easy as possible.

Before we outline the most effective reading order for your High Republic journey, let’s answer a few overarching questions.

An Introduction to The High Republic

What is The High Republic?

The High Republic is a publishing initiative of books, comics, and other media projects surrounding an era of the Star Wars universe that takes place roughly 200 years before The Phantom Menace. Every piece of new media in The High Republic is created in coordination with every other new story; this means that events in every book, comic, and more often reference events and characters in others. When referencing The High Republic, you may be describing either the time period or the initiative itself.

When does this all take place?

While the most accurate dates can be found on the Youtini timeline, The High Republic takes place hundreds of years before the Prequel Trilogy. The first books in the initiative take place around 232 BBY, and the second phase of books will take place around 382 BBY. 

What is the Phase/Wave Structure?

The High Republic is split up by Phases and Waves. These markers allow the creators to coordinate releases and events across different books and comics.

Phase:

The largest group. There will be 3 Phases to the entire High Republic:

  • Light of the Jedi (2021)
  • Quest of the Jedi (2022)
  • Trials of the Jedi (TBD)

Wave:

Each Phase is made up of 3 Waves, and each Wave is made up of 3 books: 

  • 1 Adult Novel
  • 1 Young Adult Novel
  • 1 Middle Grade Novel. 

These Phases and Waves also include comics, audio dramas, and other materials, but the three novel structure is the best way to keep track of where you are.

Who are the Story Architects?

The five main creators of The High Republic are Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott. These Story Architects were brought together to pitch an idea for the future of Star Wars publishing that eventually became The High Republic years before it was announced. Although other authors and artists have joined the initiative since its beginning, these five are tasked with the overall direction of the project.


What is the Best Reading Order for The High Republic?

The order in which the projects are released will always ensure a proper reading order regardless of medium or age range. If Book A is published earlier than Book B, then it is a general principle to read Book A first in order to avoid spoiling the larger narrative. While we will outline what specific stories you should catch up on below, the rule of thumb will always remain that publishing dates (aside from the occasional delay) will always steer you in the right direction.

How to Use this Guide:

This guide will break down The High Republic by Phase and Wave. Within each wave, we will highlight all of the major releases as well as what material is needed to understand the story to its fullest. Necessary Reading will tell you which stories you need to read to understand the main plot and characters of the project while Recommended Reading will help you understand every ancillary character and plot point. 

Now that you have a basic understanding of the format of The High Republic, let’s jump into the stories themselves! While our summaries and guidelines below will help guide your reading journey as accurately as possible, be sure to double check the Youtini Timeline for the most up-to-date order of books, comics, and more as The High Republic continues. And while you're there, feel free to sort by adult novels, young adult novels, middle-grade novels, comics, or any combination to find exactly what you want to read!


Phase 1 of The High Republic

Wave 1

Major Event: The Great Disaster

The High Republic begins as the Legacy Run transport ship bursts apart in the middle of hyperspace travel. The fallout from this tragedy sets the stage for the era as the Jedi race to aid the victims of the disaster while the villainous Nihil begin their assault on the galaxy.


Adult Novel: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

Released: January 5th, 2021

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Synopsis: It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the furthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm. But even the brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbors a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi's heart.

Major Characters: Avar Kriss, Bell Zettifar, Loden Greatstorm, Marchion Ro, Burryaga Agaburry, Jora Malli, Chancellor Lina Soh

Necessary Reading: N/A

Recommended Reading: N/A


Middle-Grade Novel: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland

Released: January 5th, 2021


Synopsis: 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?

Major Characters: Vernestra Rwoh, Avon Starros, Honesty Weft, Imri Cantaros, J-6

Necessary Reading: N/A

Recommended Reading: Light of the Jedi

Young Adult Novel: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray

Released: February 2nd, 2021

Synopsis: Padawan Reath Silas is being sent from the cosmopolitan galactic capital of Coruscant to the undeveloped frontier—and he couldn’t be less happy about it. He’d rather stay at the Jedi Temple, studying the archives. But when the ship he’s traveling on is knocked out of hyperspace in a galactic-wide disaster, Reath finds himself at the center of the action. The Jedi and their traveling companions find refuge on what appears to be an abandoned space station. But then strange things start happening, leading the Jedi to investigate the truth behind the mysterious station, a truth that could end in tragedy….

Major Characters: Reath Silas, Orla Jareni, Cohmac Vitus, Leox Gyasi, Affie Hollow, Geode, Nan, Dez Rydan, the Drengir

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi

Recommended Reading: N/A


Marvel Comic Series: The High Republic Vol. 1 by Cavan Scott & Ario Anindito

Released: January 6th, 2021 - May 12th, 2021

Synopsis: Centuries before the Empire and the Skywalker saga, the Jedi are at their height, protecting the galaxy as Republic pioneers push out into new territories. But as the frontier prepares for the dedication of the majestic Starlight Beacon, Padawan Keeve Trennis faces the ultimate choice — will she complete her Jedi trials, or rescue the innocent from disaster? And can she trust her closest ally? Enter a rich and vast world of new Jedi! New worlds! New ships! And new evils to fight — including the terrifying Nihil! This trade paperback collects issues #1-5 of the comic with the same name.

Major Characters: Keeve Trennis, Sskeer, Avar Kriss, Terec, Ceret, the Drengir

Necessary Reading: N/A

Recommended Reading: Light of the Jedi, Into the Dark


IDW Comic Series: The High Republic Adventures Vol. 1 by Daniel José Older & Harvey Tolibao

Released: February 3rd, 2021 - June 16th, 2021.

Synopsis: Two hundred years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, the galaxy is experiencing unparalleled peace–until a new enemy threatens everything the Jedi have built. In the days of the High Republic, the Jedi are at the height of their power. But the emergence of the piratical, anarchic Nihil proves that even the most successful peace is fragile, and the Jedi’s influence is neither as pervasive nor as benevolent as they would believe. Now Lula, Farzala, and Qort, inexperienced Jedi Padawans, must help the inhabitants of Trymant IV in the wake of a Nihil attack. All the while, they’ll face suspicion and outright opposition from a group of subversive citizens who resent and fear the Jedi. Two of those citizens, Zeen and Krix, will have to decide whether to accept the Padawans’ aid or try to save the day on their own. This trade paperback collects issues #1-5 of the comic with the same name.

Major Characters: Lula Talisola, Zeen Mrala, Farzala Tarabal, Qort, Torban Buck, Krix Kamerat

Necessary Reading: N/A

Recommended Reading: Light of the Jedi, Into the Dark

Wave 2

Major Event: The Republic Fair

Chancellor Lina Soh envisions a united Republic full of peace and prosperity, and in order to achieve this, she undergoes a number of Great Works. Chief among these is The Republic Fair on Valo that will bring together all the worlds of the Republic to celebrate the spirit of prosperity and togetherness. However, the festivities are put on hold when the Nihil decide that no fair is complete without a little chaos…


Adult Novel: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott

Released: June 29th, 2021

Synopsis: In the wake of the Great Disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner. Led by Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard.

In celebration, the chancellor plans “The Republic Fair,” a showcase of the possibility and peace of the expanding Republic—a precept the Jedi hope to foster. Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, and others join the event as ambassadors of harmony. But as the eyes of the galaxy turn toward the Fair, so too does the fury of the Nihil. Their leader, Marchion Ro, is intent on destroying this spirit of unity. His storm descends on the pageantry and celebration, sowing chaos and exacting revenge.

As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the rampaging Nihil, they come face to face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy. The kind of fear that even the Force cannot shield them from.

Major Characters: Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, Marchion Ro, Ty Yorrick, Chancellor Lina Soh, Pan Eyta

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi

 

Recommended Reading: The High Republic Vol. 1, Into the Dark, The High Republic Adventures Vol. 1 

 

 

Middle-Grade Novel: Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older

Released: June 29th, 2021.

Synopsis: The Republic Fair is coming! Visitors from all over the galaxy are traveling to the planet Valo for a massive, awe-inspiring festival celebrating the Republic. While his fellow Valons prepare for the fair, Jedi Padawan Ram Jomaram is hiding out in his favorite place: a dingy garage filled with mechanical parts and tools. But when a security alarm goes off on the nearby hilltop nicknamed Crashpoint Peak, he ventures out with his trusty droid V-18 to investigate. There he discovers that someone has knocked out Valo's communications tower—a frightening sign that Valo, and the Republic Fair, are in danger. Sure enough, as Ram races to warn the Jedi, the dreaded Nihil unleash a surprise attack! It's up to Ram to face down the enemy at Crashpoint Tower and send a call for help to the Republic. Luckily, he's about to get some assistance from unexpected new friends…

Major Characters: Ram Jomoram, Lula Talisola, Vernestra Rwoh, Ty Yorrick, Zeen Mrala, the Drengir

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: The High Republic Adventures Vol. 1

 

Young Adult Novel: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland

Released: July 27th, 2021

Synopsis: 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.

Major Characters: Sylvestri Yarrow, Vernestra Rwoh, Imri Cantaros, Reath Silas, Xylan Graf, Jordanna Sparkburn

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm, Into the Dark

Recommended Reading: A Test of Courage

 

Marvel Comic Series: The High Republic Vol. 2 by Cavan Scott, Georges Jeanty, & Ario Anindito

Released: June 30th, 2021 - October 20th, 2021

Synopsis: As the galaxy prepares to celebrate the Republic Fair on Valo, a fierce battle rages in the depths of Wild Space — and the Jedi of Starlight Beacon must join forces with their most feared enemy to face the terror of the unstoppable Drengir horde! And as Avar Kriss and her new allies fight nightmarish creatures on a harsh lava world, young Jedi Keeve Trennis puts everything on the line to save her former master from the darkness — but the scars run deep... Meanwhile, who — or what — is the Great Progenitor? And will the Jedi find that other forces are at work on the Drengir's deathworld? This trade paperback collects issues #6-10 of the comic with the same name.

Major Characters: Keeve Trennis, Avar Kriss, Sskeer, Orla Jareni, Cohmac Vitus, the Drengir

Necessary Reading: The High Republic Vol. 1, Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: Into the Dark

 

IDW Comic Series: The High Republic Adventures Vol. 2 by Daniel José Older & Harvey Tolibao

Released: July 21st, 2021 - September 1st, 2021

Synopsis: It is here where we find Jedi Padawans Farzala and Qort, who are taking a break from the ongoing battle against the dangerous marauders known as the Nihil. As part of a secret mission, they join an aging Jedi Knight on the starship The Vessel to negotiate a peace treaty with the Hutt crime family. Hey, what could go wrong? As it turns out: literally everything.

Major Characters: Farzala Tarabal, Qort, Leox Gyasi, Affie Hollow, Geode

Necessary Reading: The High Republic Adventures Vol. 1, Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: Into the Dark

 

Audio Drama: Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott

Released: August 31st, 2021

Synopsis: The Nihil storm has raged through the galaxy, leaving chaos and grief in its wake. Few of its raiders are as vicious as the Tempest Runner Lourna Dee. She stays one step ahead of the Jedi Order at the helm of a vessel named after one of the deadliest monsters in the galaxy: the Lourna Dee. But no one can outrun the defenders of the High Republic forever.

After the defeat of her crew, Lourna falls into the hands of the Jedi–but not before she hides her identity, becoming just another Nihil convict. Her captors fail to understand the beast they have cornered. Just like every fool she’s ever buried, their first mistake was keeping her alive.

Lourna is determined to make underestimating her their last.

Locked onto a Republic correctional ship, she's dragged across the galaxy to repair the very damage she and her fellow Tempest Runners inflicted on it. But as Lourna plans her glorious escape, she makes alliances that grow dangerously close to friendships. Outside the Nihil—separated from her infamous ship, her terrifying arsenal, and her feared name—Lourna must carve her own path. But will it lead to redemption? Or will she emerge as a deadlier threat than ever before?

Major Characters: Lourna Dee, Councilor Wittick, Ola Hest, Tasia, Pan Eyta

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: N/A

 

IDW Limited Series: The Monster of Temple Peak by Cavan Scott & Rachael Stott

Released: August 11th, 2021 - November 17th, 2021

Synopsis: Ty is a brave yet superstitious monster hunter, traversing the galaxy with KL-03 and her trusty rune-stones fighting the deadliest monsters on any world. After dealing with an escaped Drewen being transported to the Republic Fair, Ty heads to Loreth, where local pioneers have tasked her with taking on the fearsome Gretalax that terrorizes them. She takes the mission but can't shake the feeling that something is amiss with the Force.

Major Characters: Ty Yorrick

Necessary Reading: The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: N/A

 

VIZ Manga: The Edge of Balance Vol. 1 by Shima Shinya, Justina Ireland, & Mizuki Sakakibara

Released: September 7th, 2021

Synopsis: 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….

Major Characters: Lily Tora-Asi, Arkoff, the Drengir

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, Into the Dark The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: N/A

Wave 3

 

Major Event: The Fall of Starlight Beacon

Since its inception, the Starlight Beacon has been a symbol of hope and unity throughout the Republic. Every citizen of Lina Soh’s united galaxy can look to the space station as a place of safety and aid, but this pillar of security has also become the biggest target for Marchion Ro’s devious plans. After all…what better way to topple a society than by the destruction of their heart?

 

Adult Novel: The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray

Released: January 4th, 2022.

 

Synopsis: 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 thanks 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.

Major Characters: Elzar Mann, Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Burryaga Agaburry, Orla Jareni, Affie Hollow, Leox Gyasi, Geode

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading:  Into the Dark, Out of the Shadows, The High Republic comic through Issue 13The High Republic Adventures through Issue 12

 

Middle-Grade Novel: Mission to Disaster by Justina Ireland

Released: March 1st, 2022.

Synopsis: The Jedi think the dreaded Nihil marauders have been all but defeated. Their leader is on the run and their numbers have dwindled. Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh hopes this means she will finally have time to really train her Padawan, Imri Cantaros—but reports of a Nihil attack on Port Haileap soon dash those hopes. For not only have the Nihil attacked the peaceful outpost, they have abducted Vernestra and Imri's friend, Avon Starros. The two Jedi set off for Port Haileap, determined to figure out where the Nihil have taken their friend. Meanwhile, Avon must put her smarts and skills to the ultimate test as she fights for survival among the Nihil—and uncovers a sinister plan. Can Vernestra and Imri find their friend before disaster strikes?

Major Characters: Vernestra Rwoh, Imri Cantaros, Avon Starros, J-6

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: A Test of Courage

 

Young Adult Novel: Midnight Horizon by Daniel José Older

Released: February 1st, 2022.

Synopsis: After a series of staggering losses, the Republic seems to finally have the villainous Nihil marauders on the run, and it looks like there's light at the end of the tunnel. Until word comes of a suspected Nihil attack on the industrial cosmopolitan world of Corellia, right in the Galactic Core.

Sent to investigate are Jedi Masters Cohmac Vitus and Kantam Sy, along with Padawans Reath Silas and Ram Jomaram, all fighting their own private battles after months of unrelenting danger. On Corellia, Reath and Ram encounter a brazen young security specialist named Crash, whose friend was one of the victims of the Nihil attack, and they team up with her to infiltrate Corellia's elite while the Masters pursue more diplomatic avenues. But going undercover with Crash is more dangerous than anyone expected, even as Ram pulls in his friend Zeen to help with an elaborate ruse involving a galactic pop star.

But what they uncover on Corellia turns out to be just one part of a greater plan, one that could lead the Jedi to their most stunning defeat yet….

Major Characters: Reath Silas, Cohmac Vitus, Ram Jomaram, Kantam Sy, Zeen Mrala, Alys “Crash” Ongwa

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm, The Fallen Star, The High Republic Adventures through Issue 13

Recommended Reading: Race to Crashpoint Tower, The High Republic Adventures Annual 1

 

Marvel Limited Series: Trail of Shadows by Daniel José Older & David Wachter

Released: October 13h, 2021 - February 9th, 2022

Synopsis: A Jedi Master is dead. Another is in a state of complete shock. It's a murder the likes of which the Jedi Order has never seen before. There are no leads. There are no suspects. There is no motive. But Jedi Investigator EMERICK CAPHTOR must solve the case before it's too late. The fate of the Jedi, the Hutts, the Nihil and everyone in the galaxy, hangs by this tangled thread of lies and deceit. Emerick will need to dive into the darkness, testing himself and his Jedi ideals like never before. He'll need help. Luckily, Private Eye SIAN HOLT lives in the dark. Together, they'll follow this trail of shadows wherever it leads. If they can work together, that is.

Major Characters: Emerick Caphtor, Sian Holt

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm

Recommended Reading: The Fallen Star prior to Issue 5

 

Marvel Limited Series: Eye of the Storm by Charles Soule & Guillermo Sanna

Released: January 12th, 2022 - March 2nd, 2022.

Synopsis: Although his desire for power and chaos has been well known throughout the galaxy, Marchion Ro’s history remains a mystery. Where did he come from? What does he want? What sparked his need for vengeance? All these questions have remained unanswered…until now. The final piece of the first Phase of The High Republic.

Major Characters: Marchion Ro

Necessary Reading: Light of the Jedi, The Rising Storm, The Fallen Star

Recommended Reading: N/A

Phase 2 of The High Republic

Not much is yet known about the next phase of The High Republic other than it is sending us backwards another 150 years. The phase is expected to include an all new cast of characters and will likely follow the similar structure as phase one. For now, we at least have titles and release dates.


Adult Novel: The High Republic: Convergence by Zoraida Córdova

Released: October 4, 2022

Synopsis: Yet to be announced! We will update this guide as soon as we get more info.

Junior Reader: The High Republic: Quest for the Hidden City by George Mann

Released: October 4, 2022

Synopsis: Yet to be announced! We will update this guide as soon as we get more info.

Young Adult: The High Republic: Path of Deceit by Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland

Released: November 1, 2022

Synopsis: Yet to be announced! We will update this guide as soon as we get more info.


Comic: The High Republic: Quest of the Jedi by Claudia Gray

Released: September 1, 2022

Synopsis: Yet to be announced! We will update this guide as soon as we get more info. Of note, this is the first comic series by Dark Horse since 1998.


Eric has been with Youtini since the beginning. As President, he oversees coordination of all book reviews and hosts The Living Force Podcast. On the rare occasion when he’s not geeking out about a galaxy far, far away, he loves playing video games, hanging out with his partner and pets, and hopelessly watching the Dallas Cowboys.