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ith just over a week left until the next book in The High Republic publishing initiative, it’s safe to say Claudia Gray has no qualms about hitting Star Wars book fans where it hurts. Her second High Republic novel, The Fallen Star, will likely chronicle the end of Starlight Beacon as we know it. And we’ll be inside the minds of the Jedi on the station when it happens.

In a new excerpt released this morning, a Jedi faces one of her worst fears: uncertainty. You can read part of the excerpt below.

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Indeera Stokes moved forward through relatively empty, quiet corridors. This level was largely used for storage, and she felt a moment’s dismay that they hadn’t been able to set up some temporary quarters down here for the refugees aboard. So much room, and the docking bay was becoming so crowded—

—but those people had their ships, which for the most part they wished to remain near. And while some of these compartments were empty, others were stocked with valuable components that couldn’t simply be left available to all and sundry.

You’re distracting yourself, she realized. You’re musing and mulling instead of opening yourself to the Force. That’s not going to help.

Do your work.

Indeera took a deep breath and reached out with her feelings. What she found was—

—was nothing.

The Force was not speaking to her here. There was the faintest . . . call it a whisper . . . proof that she hadn’t lost her mind, that the Force continued ever on, as it must. But for the first time since she was a youngling, Indeera had trouble connecting herself to the Force.

The sheer wrongness of it made her stumble. Indeera stopped and put one hand to her head. She had to concentrate. Why couldn’t she think? She should’ve eaten, earlier—it was hard to shake the thought that she was hungry—

Her comlink buzzed. Indeera took it up. “Stokes here—”

“Help me.” The sheer terror in Regald Coll’s voice sent chills along Indeera’s skin. “Please—please—help me!”

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You can read the full excerpt on Gizmodo.

The first book in the next wave of The High Republic arrives January 4, 2022. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details and pre-order your copy now.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.