• Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Keylor Leigh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,526 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!

Vernestra Rwoh is a new Jedi Knight at age 16, but her first real assignment feels an awful lot like babysitting. She's been charged with supervising 12-year old aspiring inventor Avon Starros on a cruiser headed to the dedication of a wondrous new space station called Starlight Beacon.

But soon into their journey, bombs go off aboard the cruiser. While the adult Jedi try to save the ship, Vernestra, Avon, Avon's droid, J-6, a Jedi Padawan, and an ambassador's son make it to an escape shuttle, but communications are out and supplies are low. They decide to land on a nearby moon, which offers shelter but not much more. And unbeknownst to them, danger lurks in the forest. 

©2020 Justina Ireland (P)2020 Listening Library

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So much hope and hype for this

I have (just looked) over 11 months of audible listening in my account. I say that as this is the first book I have listened to on 2x speed.

I preordered this and the other high republic book and immediately started this one on the night it was released. I then immediately fell asleep. This is clearly a young adult book, which I am not. I am a diehard Star Wars fan though and love the thrawn books and just about all the other books out there. The amount of unnecessary details, yet breezing over more interesting aspects drove me up the wall. That coupled with the slow speaking narrator just killed it for me.

I listened on 2x speed and instead of hearing a chipmunk voice all the time, most of it sounded totally normal. I would have returned it but hey, there’s a few tidbits of new canon material in here. :)

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The negative reviewers are... confused.

First off, this is the SECOND book in the High Republic series. If you haven't read "Light of the Jedi", then go read that first!!! Although Test of Courage is a contained storyline, it will make more sense after you read the first one. Once you have read the Light of the Jedi, here is my review for Test of Courage:

This novel is definitely a "coming of age" book. That might turn some of you away, but I for one enjoyed the exciting story following new Jedi. The Knight, Vern, is one of my new favorite Jedi. She is capable, yet far from perfect. The story surrounds a group on youngsters in a survival situation, and it is entertaining the entire way through. It is also short, so if you are worried you won't like it, that's okay. It is a quick listen/read. I saw a few negative reviews mention "SJW BS", and I honestly have no idea what they are talking about. Aside from two of the four teens being women, and both being resourceful/smart, there was no trace of "social commentary" in this book. I think this is how "strong female characters" are supposed to be written.
The story is self-contained, but it starts somewhere after the start of "Light of the Jedi", and ends at the same time as that book. The events are concurrent, but you will benefit from reading Light first. And I can't leave this without mentioning the action, force use, and Jedi talk that is present in the entire book. It really is an entertaining (to say the least) listen.

That is my review. I hope this encourages the hesitant to click that purchase button and give it a shot.

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Doesn't feel like Star Wars

As my first foray into the High Republic project, this book was underwhelming. Bearing in mind that this is a young adult novel, I was hopeful this might be something I could share with my daughters who are becoming avid Star Wars fans, especially since the main characters are girls... sadly, halfway in I felt no urge to share it any longer. The characters are not relatable and the pacing is strange. In any case, I am not sure if this is a symptom of the overall project or the writer chosen for the book, but I am not impressed and would not recommend this book to Star Wars fans.

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our opinion

not a big fan of the high republic so far my kids felt the same

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Enjoyed the quick listen

Good story and narration. Great for adults wanting a quick listen and good story. Narrator didn't have quite as much vocal range in character voices as some of the other star wars narrators I've listened to, but it was a good performance. Great to have new characters to follow.

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One of the worst Star Wars stories I've ever read

The characters were dull and generic. Story was slow and unimaginative. Keep Justina Ireland far, far away from Star Wars.

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A fun adventure

This is the first book I’ve read from the High Republic so far, and I was impressed. The characters are interesting, and they really grow on you as the book progresses. This story is also short, so I was able to listen to it over the course of a couple days while cooking. It’s a great little star wars adventure that doesn’t require a lot of time commitment. Don’t listen to the haters, this story is totally fun!

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Doesn’t feel like Star Wars

Very social justice oriented. Not really like Star Wars at all. Poor writing and narrating.

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A Little Story

A short story that's for the most part self contained. Shows potential for a fallow up or in sight in to other stories to come.

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More new characters to be introduced.

Cool how the story of this, and Light of the Jedi take place around or close to the same time frame. More new characters to become introduced to. Narration is alright, though having not heard her before, I'll get use to her eventually. A well done effort.

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  • Istam14
  • 07-15-21

Don't hate it, but it's a childrens book after all

I'd recommend it to High Republic completionists that want to experience all content in the High Republic, but it's an acceptable skip otherwise. That price tag is also way too high.

Great childrens book though

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  • Lynchpin
  • 07-08-21

A Great Read

Another 'High Republic' short story and it has to be said one of the better ones. Gripping story with interesting characters I didnt mind investing time to get to know. Interesting concept story arc. Really enjoyed the narration, which I felt lended itself perfectly to this particular story. My only grip is that it wasnt much, much longer, but I am pleased the characters will appear again further down the line. Great Read

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  • Sanna
  • 06-08-21

A very personal story with great characters

I really appreciate the subject of emotions and choosing the light. I find this story very inspiring and it contains some of my favorite aspects of Star Wars.

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  • Flink
  • 05-17-22

Ok. Slow start.

It's worth listening to just to find out what happened to a couple of people from previous books in the High Republic series. However, it's pretty average. Young people get stranded on a hostile planet.

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  • Anders Knudsen
  • 12-23-21

Fine story for kids

As I say in the title its a good fine story for Kids or teens. But I suspected that going into it.
A good experience for me

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  • jim
  • 08-22-21

Enjoyable little book

Better than I expected for such a short one weaves into the high republic well

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  • Matt
  • 07-21-21

Solid book (definitely more for youngsters)

Picked this up as I'm a star wars nerd, it's fine my attention drifted away from it more than normal for myself. I'm not the demographic for this one but I reckon younger folk will enjoy the story more.

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  • 04-17-22

This is a bit of fun.

Nothing spectacular. It's a bit of a bottle episode. Performance, music and effects are wonderful as always with Star Wars.

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  • kaukau
  • 01-22-22

Feel asleep and disliked narrator so didn't finish

poor choice of narrator so couldn't enjoy story and when I adore from nap didn't rewind and pick up from where I left off