A New Dawn is a novel, based on the Star Wars Rebels animated series. It was released on September 2, 2014.
Set prior to the events of the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, this novel tells the story of how two of the lead characters of the series, Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla, came to cross paths.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . . “The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives. But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . . The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni.
The book has received mostly positive reception from critics. IGN's Eric Goldman gave the book a "Great" rating of 8/10, praising it's intimate scenes and characters, but criticizing its slow start.
Den of Geek's Megan Crouse gave the book 3/5 stars, praising its fast-paced story, but also commenting on the degree of the book's low impact in the existing canon.
- The novel is written by John Jackson Miller, who also wrote several Star Wars books for the Star Wars Legends line.
- It is the first Star Wars novel released in collaboration with Lucasfilm Story Group.