Star Wars ‘AHSOKA’
*Spoilers* ahead for those that have not yet read Star Wars ‘AHSOKA.’
… “It was so nice of your former masters to send you out alone and spare me the exertion of a proper fight,” Maul said. “You’re not even a real Jedi.”
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …
The Clone War has ended and yet, there was no victor. Instead, there is a new menacing faction that reigns over the galaxy, the Empire. Chancellor Palpatine is now the Emperor of the Galactic Empire, and he helms the Imperial command with an iron fist to implement his vision of galaxy-wide peace.
She was alone and under the guise of a new name, a new identity. Ahsoka Tano was a name of the past, and as the Empire celebrates its one year anniversary of Empire Day, Ashla makes the best of her new life on Thabeska. Posing as a mechanic for the Fardi family and keeping a low profile, Ashla does all she can to stay under the radar of the ever-growing Empire – all remaining Jedi are now an enemy to the Imperial Regime. Unfortunately, the Empire looms everywhere. Even the most remote worlds aren’t safe from its wrath. When the Empire finds their way to Thabeska, Ahsoka is forced to face her past once more as a fugitive on the run. After all, what else can she do? Charm her way out of a confrontation with the Empire like Master Kenobi? What good would that do? He would unfailingly have ended up making as much of a commotion as Anakin anyway.
She was alone and on the run. Always on the move was becoming a lifestyle for Ahsoka; it wasn’t just a motto to describe her former mentor anymore. And now, living day-to-day is about survival, avoiding the Empire’s detection at all cost. But how long can she keep that up? It’s unlike her to keep a life of solitude that way of life is for someone far more introverted than she – her people are tribal. Still, how safe is it for her to mingle with others, let alone befriend anyone or show trust? Raada, it was out of the way and deeply hidden within the Outer Rim; she could be unremarkable here. At least that’s what she thought …
Ahsoka Tano, the padawan learner to “The Chosen One” during the Dark Times, “The Clone War.” The only Jedi to stand up for what she believed in and held her ground against them, her family. Ultimately, she had no choice but to turn her back on the Jedi Order and leave that life, including her master, behind. But for us, the fans, her story was left incomplete. Now, E.K. Johnston rekindles that spunky spark of “the little orange one,” by bringing her back into the forefront once more.
In this latest installment to the galaxy far, far away, Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press, and guided by the talented E.K. Johnston take us on an exciting new journey that brings us up-close and personal with Ahsoka Tano. We’ve all wondered what had happened after she walked out on Anakin and the Jedi Order, what adventures she may have had, and when or if she had seen her master one last time before he fell to the dark side. Well, now we know …
This book is an Ahsoka “tour de force,” an absolute tribute to a character that beat the odds and holds the largest fanbase any animated creation has ever had; only none of them have been more deserving of that mantle than Ahsoka Tano. This story arc only enriches her character that much more and brings her to life, literally and literary-wise. It’s as if the words come right off the pages in a visual depiction that only enhances with every chapter and interlude. This book is the ultimate sacred-wit that delves straight into the heart of her character and her closest extensions; Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even everyone’s favorite astromech, Artooie a.k.a. R2-D2.
In the beginning, Johnston takes us back to Mandalore and brings to life events that were meant to play out on screen during The Clone Wars animated series. It’s a moment of closure for us, the fans, and most importantly, the relationship of master and apprentice; Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. Not to mention, the affirmation of respect and level of appreciation between her and Captain Rex that comes to pass, and solidifies the magnitude of their reunion seen in season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. These experiences are what catapults her forward and the repercussions from these happenings, are essentially the pathway that leads her down a new path; hope.
Where all the threads of hope throughout the galaxy are connected, the center, that is where Ahsoka Tano fits in. She is the key or the kick-start rather, that gets the ball rolling for the Rebellion. All that she has learned, whether it was unorthodox or not, has given her the skill-set to survive and to do it well. She upholds their ideals, by living vicariously through them, and this is what keeps the memories of Skywalker and Kenobi alive. It is those memories, those lessons that guide her to trust her feelings on Thabeska and Raada, and everyone that she meets along the way – the Fardi’s and the sisters, Kaeden and Miara. At the end of the day, true honor is doing the right thing, knowing no one will know if it was you or not is real integrity.
“Fulcrum,” she said. “You can call me Fulcrum.”
“Then welcome to the Rebellion.” – Star Wars ‘AHSOKA’ by E.K. Johnston
Star Wars ‘AHSOKA’ by E.K. Johnston (Author), Jason P Wojtowicz (designer), a Young Adult novel Published by Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press is now available – released on October 11th, 2016. Available in: Hardcover, Kindle format, and Audio.
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