Back when I first started the blog, I wrote a post about the fate of Ahsoka Tano. Of course, at that time, Ahsoka was only a Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan, there was lots for her to encounter and deal with before Clone Wars came to a close, and now, she’s a regular on Rebels – I still don’t think that bodes well for her eventual fate, but I do like that she’s around for a while longer yet.
But what happened between the events of the Clone Wars, when Ahsoka walked away from the Jedi, and her joining the fledgling Rebellion?
Johnston fills in a lot of that time with his new canon Young Adult novel, that with it’s laser fights, space battles, and lightsabers feels very much like a Star Wars story.
Ahsoka has been drifting around the Rim, far from the Core worlds and the increasing might of the Empire. Having left her Jedi weapons behind in the past, and she lives and works under an assumed name, and has always been one step ahead of the Imperials.
But on the small moon of Raada she finds herself caught up in galactic events once again, and feels herself drawn into events that may lead to a life of war, something she had hoped to leave behind.
Johnston keeps his pacing tight, and it’s really nice to spend some time in Ahsoka’s head. She’s a character that, when she was first introduced in Clone Wares, I didn’t care for. But over the season she grew on me, becoming a much-loved creation, and her final arc on the series was completely unexpected, and I loved it all the more. Then, when she showed up on Rebels, I was absolutely delighted!
With this connective material, we see the events that shaped her into one of the first leaders of the Rebellion, alongside a familiar name or two. Marrying subject matter from both series, the concoction is undeniably new, but equal undeniable, it is strong with the Force.
Johnston, with this novel, became, for me, one of those storytellers that when you read them, you no longer see the words, you just see the story in your mind’s eye in vibrant color with a surging score by John Williams.
There are villains, allies, set pieces and heroes who discover who they actually are.
Ahsoka ends up being a great read for any Star Wars fan, and brings the character of Ahsoka Tano to the fore in a wonderful way.
There are a number of moments I truly loved in this book, and I won’t spoil them, but they add more texture to that galaxy far, far away.
May the Force be with you.