If you’re like me, you squealed with joy when Disney announced their newest Star Wars Book series: The High Republic. That joy quickly turned into confusion as dozens of books were released in varying age brackets. So what is the best High Republic reading order?
That’s what we’re here to answer.
My favorite Star Wars time period of all time is easily The Old Republic era. I fell in love with this time period thanks to BioWare’s original Knights of the Old Republic video game for XBOX.
It still remains as one of my top video games of all time and I’m so excited for the upcoming remake.
A little while later I discovered a whole slew of The Old Republic books including Revan and the Darth Bane trilogy, which I treasure as some of the best in the whole Expanded Universe (EU).
So imagine my surprise (and immense delight) when Disney announced it was revisiting the time period before movies with The High Republic.
Before we dive into the best High Republic reading order, let’s learn a little more about The High Republic era itself.
What is The High Republic Era?
The High Republic was the golden age of the Jedi, taking place roughly 800 years after the fall of the Sith and 200 years before the end of the Republic.
This time period is when the Galactic Republic was said to be at its height and the Jedi were most active throughout the galaxy. It was a time of great expansion and development in the Star Wars universe.
The High Republic primarily features the Jedi and their activities with all new characters, storylines, and loads of action.
It’s any Star Wars fan’s dream.
The High Republic book releases come fast and furious and in so many different formats, it’s enough to make your head spin.
We’ll help you make sense of it all with this comprehensive guide to the best High Republic reading order.
Star Wars: The High Republic Reading Order
The High Republic books come in Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Children’s age ranges.
To help you visualize this a little better we’ll list out the books in two ways. The first is a complete list of the High Republic reading order that includes all the books.
The second list will break down the High Republic books by age.
1. Complete List of Star Wars: The High Republic Books in Order
- Light of the Jedi – Adult (January 5, 2021)
- A Test of Courage – Middle Grade (January 5, 2021)
- The Great Jedi Rescue – Children (January 5, 2021)
- Into the Dark – Young Adult (February 2, 2021)
- The Rising Storm – Adult (June 29, 2021)
- Race to Crashpoint Tower – Middle Grade (June 29, 2021)
- Out of the Shadows – Young Adult (July 27, 2021)
- Showdown at the Fair – Children (October 5, 2021)
- The Fallen Star – Adult (January 4, 2022)
- The Battle for Starlight – Children (February 1, 2022)
- Midnight Horizon – Young Adult (February 1, 2022)
- Mission to Disaster – Middle Grade (March 1, 2022)
- Tempest Runner – Adult (March 15, 2022)
- Convergence – Adult (October 4, 2022)
- Quest for the Hidden City – Middle Grade (October 4, 2022)
- Path of Deceit – Young Adult (November 1, 2022)
2. Star Wars: The High Republic Reading Order by Age
Star Wars: The High Republic Adult Books
- Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule (January 2021)
- The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott (June 2021)
- The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray (January 2022)
- Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott (March 2022)
- Convergence by Zoraida Cordova (Expected: October 4, 2022)
Star Wars: The High Republic Young Adult Books
- Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (February 2021)
- Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland (July 2021)
- Midnight Horizon by Daniel Jose Older (February 2022)
- Path of Deceit by Tessa Graton (Expected: November 1, 2022)
Star Wars: The High Republic Middle Grade Books
- A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland (January 2021)
- Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel Jose Older (June 2021)
- Mission to Disaster by Justina Ireland (March 2022)
- Quest for the Hidden City by George Mann (Expected: October 4, 2022)
Star Wars: The High Republic Children’s Books
- The Great Jedi Rescue by Cavan Scott (January 2021)
- Showdown at the Fair by George Mann (October 2021)
- The Battle for Starlight by George Mann (February 2022)
Summary Star Wars: The High Republic Books
Now that we’ve listed out all The High Republic books in order, let’s take a deeper dive into the adult and young adult novels and see what they’re all about.
1. Light of the Jedi
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 the even 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.
2. The Rising Storm
In the wake of the hyperspace disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner. Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and the newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard.
In celebration, the chancellor plans the Republic Fair, a showcase of the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic—a peace 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 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 from which even the Force cannot shield them.
3. The Fallen Star
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 farthest 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.
4. Tempest Runner
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: herself. 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 up on a Republic correctional ship, she’s dragged across the galaxy to repair the very damage she and her fellow Tempest Runners inflicted. 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?
The next adventure in the High Republic, expanding the new era of Star Wars, with a story set generations before Light of the Jedi.
Young Adult Novels
1. Into the Dark
Long before the First Order, before the Empire, before even The Phantom Menace…Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in The High Republic.
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…
2. Out of the Shadows
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.
3. Midnight Horizon
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….
4. Path of Deceit
A provocative and thrilling young adult adventure set in the world of the High Republic, 150 years before the storytelling of Phase I. Meet mysterious cult members, daring explorers, Jedi peacekeepers and more!
Well that’s it! A full list of the best High Republic reading order.
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