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Into the Dark von Claudia Gray

Im Februar erscheint Into the Dark von Claudia Gray, der Roman für junge Erwachsenen zur neuen Literaturära Die Hohe Republik auf englisch. Im März folgt dann die deutsche Version namens In die Dunkelheit.
Auf starwars.com wurde nun eine Leseprobe und sogar eine Hörprobe veröffentlicht, die wir euch nicht vorenthalten möchten! In dieser bekommt ihr einen ersten Eindruck von der Crew, die zur Reise einer Jedi-Reisegruppe, bestehend aus Orla Jareni, Cohmac Vitus, Reath Silas und Dez Rydan, zur Starlight Beacon angeheuert wird. Ihr könnt also die Nichtmachtnutzer:innen Leox Gyasi, Affie Hollow und ganz besonders Geode kennenlernen.

Star Wars: The High Republic
At that moment, Reath’s attention—and everyone else’s—was distracted by a ship flying through the spaceport, rather low, then landing squarely on the pad where their transport ought to have been. It was an unusual ship, at least to Reath: its plating was dark blue, and its cockpit and engines both rounded to the point of being bulbous. Either it had been built a very long time before, or the beings who built it didn’t bother keeping up with technological developments—which was a troubling thought. As it settled onto the pad, the Jedi all exchanged glances.

“Looks more like a transport ship than a passenger craft,” Master Cohmac said.

“Who cares? It can make hyperspace, can’t it?” Dez grinned as displaced air ruffled their hair and robes with a hiss.

Reath frowned. “Maybe?”

No sooner had the ship settled onto the platform with a heavy metallic clunk than the hatch popped open. From it emerged a young girl—possibly Reath’s age, no more than a year or two older, with tan skin. Her long brown hair hung free as she strode toward them wearing a normal pilot’s coverall, an unusually neat, pressed one, in the same distinctive shade of blue as the ship itself. On the sleeve was stitched a star-shaped crest in dark orange. She put her hands on her hips and studied them all as though disappointed. “You’re the passengers for Starlight? I thought we were picking up a bunch of monks or something. You look . . . normal.”

“We are your passengers, and could be called monks of a sort,” said Master Cohmac without any sign of surprise and only a slight pause before asking, “Are you the pilot?”

She grinned and pointed her thumb at the door. “Of course not. I’m the copilot, Affie Hollow. He’s the pilot.”

A teenage copilot seemed questionable to Reath, but when he looked in the direction she was pointing, all those questions vanished, replaced by far more pressing ones. Questions like: Is that man’s shirt open to the waist? Is he holding out his arms to us like he wants a group hug? Does he want a group hug? Is that guy on spice?

No—how much spice is that guy on?

“Beautiful children,” said the pilot, with a laconic drawl and a huge grin. “I’m Leox Gyasi, and I hereby welcome you to the vessel.”

There was a brief pause, which made Reath feel better; even experienced Jedi weren’t totally sure how to approach this guy. Dez finally stepped forward with his usual charm. “Dez Rydan. A pleasure to know you. What’s the name of your ship?”

Leox and Affie shared a glance, clearly in on a joke that was about to be sprung. “Already told ya,” Leox said. He was a tall, tan, and rangy human, and his wavy dark blond hair looked as though it might not have been combed recently. Possibly ever. “Our vessel is called . . . the Vessel. I named it not for the container itself, but the space within the container that gives it its value and purpose. To remind me to look beyond the obvious, you know?”

That sounds like Master Yoda on spice, Reath thought. Which was either a very good sign or a very, very bad one.

“Love it,” Orla said with apparently genuine relish. “So, can we see our bunks?”

Affie made a face. “About that. We’re really more of a transport ship”—Master Cohmac gave Dez a look that seemed to say, Just our luck—“but we’ll set up some partitions and cots for you.” Affie’s narrow face lit up when she smiled. “Just because we’re a last-minute substitution doesn’t mean we can’t make it comfortable.”

Leox cut in: “That is, if you’re not super particular about your personal definition of ‘comfort.’ ”

Orla was the first to head toward the gangway. “We are Jedi, Mr. Gyasi. We don’t require pampering.”

Affie wrinkled her nose. “So, are the Jedi monks or not?”

That stopped Reath short before he realized what this must mean. If they didn’t even really understand what the Jedi were . . . “You guys have to be from out on the frontier, huh?”

“To us, it’s not a frontier, son.” Leox led them all after Orla into the Vessel. “It’s home. But if you mean we’re not used to this stretch of the galaxy, that’s the truth. Never been this close to the Core before, not by a long shot.”

“The Byne Guild handles shipping throughout the sector.” Affie sounded proud. “We’re just one of the Byne Guild’s ships—one of the smaller ones, honestly—but Scover Byne still gave us the first-ever mission to Coruscant.”

Reath, embarrassed by his tactlessness about “the frontier,” was eager to move the conversation forward. He felt sure that this was his opening to ask more about Leox and Affie, their ship, and why they’d earned this particular honor. He also found himself eager to explain the Jedi Order to people who somehow had never heard of it.

But all conversation came to an end as Leox and Affie stopped their group at the edge of the cockpit. “And this here,” Leox said with a grin, “is our ship’s navigator, Geode.”

Standing in one corner of the cockpit was a rock.

About as tall as and slightly wider than Reath himself, dark gray, with rounded edges and a flinty, flaky surface. Impressive, as rocks went. But still, it was just a rock, wasn’t it? Reath frowned, sure this was some kind of weird joke.

“He’s a Vintian, from Vint.” Leox lazily wrapped an arm around the rock’s “shoulders,” just like anyone would with a friend. “Geode’s a nickname, by the way. Turns out you can’t pronounce his name correctly unless you don’t have a mouth.”

Reath tried to parse that, and failed. His main consolation was that Dez and Master Cohmac looked as confused as he felt. Orla Jareni, however, wore another of her knowing grins.

“Geode, huh?” she said. “Pleased to know you.”

Affie briefly patted Geode’s side. “He’s a little shy at first, but just wait until he gets to know you.”

Leox cackled as he began leading them from the cockpit into the ship. “Yeah, you just wait. But I don’t want to give you fellas the wrong idea. Geode’s a wild man, for sure, but when it comes to steering the ship, he’s all business.”

“Solid, you might say.” Orla raised an eyebrow. “Very well. Let’s get a look at our bunks.”

“Well, we sort of have to create your bunks before you can see them,” Affie admitted. “Might as well get started.”

Great, Reath thought as he turned to follow the others. Not only am I headed to the back end of the galaxy, but the job of getting us through hyperspace belongs to a rock.

Sometimes the Force had a sense of humor.
Star Wars: The High Republic

Interessanterweise gab es diesmal nicht nur eine Leseprobe, sondern auch eine Hörprobe zum englischsprachigen Hörbuch:

Ob sich das Buch lohnt, haben wir in einem Review ergründet: SWU-Review: Into the Dark von Claudia Gray.
Wenn ihr das Buch bestellen wollt, dann könnt ihr diese Links nutzen:

 

Kommentare

chaavla - 20.01.2021 22:22 Nach oben Permalink zu diesem Kommentar

Der Stein wirkt schon etwas seltsam. Da werde ich mich erst dran gewöhnen müssen. Außerdem hoffe ich, dass die "on spice" Witze keine Überhand nehmen. In sehr begrenztem Umfang kann das ja lustig sein, zu viel wird dann aber auch schnell kindisch. In Claudia Gray habe ich aber vollstes Vertrauen.

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Darklander - 21.01.2021 12:19 Nach oben Permalink zu diesem Kommentar

Erinnert mich ein wenig an ... Schiff. Also das Schiff namens "Schiff" aus dem EU, die intelligente Sith-Meditationssphäre.*rollt mit den Augen*

Geode rocks! (pun intented) *großes Grinsen*
Muss ich mir den vorstellen, wie diese Masters of the Universe Figur aus den 80ern, die man zu einem Stein transformieren und der dann einen Abhang runterrollen konnte? Bin gespannt, wie sie den Charakter ausarbeiten will. Aber wer weiß. Let's be open *zwinker*

(zuletzt geändert am 21.01.2021 um 12:20 Uhr)

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Lord Galagus - 21.01.2021 12:42 Nach oben Permalink zu diesem Kommentar

Nach hervorragenden SW-Romanen wie "Lost Stars", "Bloodline", "Leia - Princess of Alderaan" und "Master & Apprentice" bin ich allemal gespannt, was Claudia Gray mit diesen neuen Figuren in einer gänzlich neuen Ära der Saga anstellt oder um es mit den Worten von chaavla und Darklander zu sagen:

"Let's be open", denn: "In Claudia Gray habe ich aber vollstes Vertrauen."

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