Book Review: Star Wars: The High Republic: Path of Deceit

Star Wars: The High Republic: Path of Deception

The outer rim planet of Dalna has become the focus of a Jedi investigation into a stolen artifact of power, and Zallah Macri and her Padawan, Kevmo Zink, arrive on the Shepherd World to investigate a possible connection to a Dalnan mission 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 of these believers is Marda Ro, a young woman who dreams of leaving Dalna to spread the word of the Path across the galaxy.

When Marda and Kevmo meet, their connection is instant and electric – until Marda discovers that Kevmo is a Jedi. But Kevmo is so kind and eager to learn more about the path that she hopes to convince him of the correctness 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 that can never peacefully coexist with the Jedi.

To follow her faith, Marda may have to choose to become her new friend’s worst enemy…

Author: Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton
Cover artist: Corey Brickley
Release date: October 4, 2022
Pages: 352 pages
ISBN: 9781368076128

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Pantoran Padawan Kevmo Zinck and his master Zallah Macri find themselves on the backward planet Dalna investigating the theft of a high-profile powerful artifact of power. Her findings lead her to a group of power-worshippers called The Path of the Open Hand, who believe the Force should be free and using it like the Jedi is an abuse. One of these worshipers is a young Evereni woman named Marda Ro, who is a gentle soul, devout in her worship and charged with caring for the Paths children, but dreams of flying to the stars to save the Paths children. spread message. Marda’s world is turned upside down as she forms an inevitable and loving bond with Kevmo, and she begins to question her command and the motivations of the Path’s mysterious leader, the Mother.

Wow. I am writing this having just finished the book and I can hardly believe what I have read. This book is a journey like no other war of stars book there. It meanders at its pace, focusing on character and creating a sensual location and atmosphere. I realized very early on that this book would divide book fans. It feels like a slice of life or a breezy love story at times, with a slight accumulation of conflict in the background, and has very little action for the first 75% of the book. After the explosive finale of the first phase of The High Republic This will disarm some fans a bit, but trust me when I say that by the end of this book, the goal will become clear and you’ll be looking back at the earlier parts of the story with fresh, enlightened eyes and a yearning for something you didn’t appreciate back then .

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Path of Deceit really feels like the first chapter The High Republic History, the catalyst for all the turmoil, loss and violence we witnessed in Phase 1. If you’ve only read the adults High Republic books so far, then I would urge you to reconsider your stance as you would be missing an important piece of the puzzle if you skipped this one. This is the starting point for at least one of the main protagonists of the previous books.

Regardless of the lore implications, this is also a great story with some really wonderful characters. The three main characters Marda, Kevmo and Marda’s boisterous cousin Yana are extremely well written and personable. Kevmo is an energetic and excitable padawan who sits right on the right side of annoying. Yana is a complex and troubled individual who has her own motivations that are separate from the path. Marda is in the running for the best and most interesting character ever The High Republic, it’s hard not to fall in love with her. This is of course all intentional. Ireland and Gratton made us fall in love with these characters, so the inevitable pain really blows our minds. That is The High Republic After all, Cavan Scott isn’t the only sadist on the writing team.

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All of this bodes well for this phase, and this is a great starting point for the phase and for new readers. It’s bold in its narrative and the deliberate pacing won’t please everyone, but I urge you to stick with it because you’ll be rewarded with a meaningful story and some of the best characters in it The High Republic.