The voice of the popular The Clone Wars original character Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein, will narrate the audiobook version of the upcoming Ahsoka YA novel.
We’ve known for several months that Ahsoka Tano is getting her own young adult novel from Disney-Lucasfilm press in October. But it was only just confirmed that the audiobook version of the book will, fittingly, be narrated by none other than the voice actress who first brought Ahsoka to life in The Clone Wars: Ashley Eckstein.
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The news was first reported by Jedi-Bibliothek, a German Star Wars fansite with its finger ever on the pulse of Star Wars publishing. Their source was likely the official Penguin Random House website’s page for the Ahsoka audiobook, which lists Eckstein as the narrator.
Ahsoka does not yet have a detailed synopsis, but its brief description on Amazon promises the novel will tell Star Wars fans what happened to the former Jedi Padawan following Order 66 and before she met the crew of The Ghost in Star Wars Rebels.
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"Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance ."
There is huge excitement for this book. It’s true that Ahsoka was not loved by viewers of The Clone Wars at first. It took a few seasons and some maturing for the majority of Star Wars fans to warm up to her. Now, however, she is probably the most popular canon character outside of the main saga of seven Star Wars films. Fans of Ahsoka and The Clone Wars were devastated when the animated television series was cancelled before it could show what happened to her after she left the Jedi Order. Then, when she reappeared on-screen in Star Wars Rebels, the whole fandom wondered how she came to be Fulcrum, the architect of the first known alliance between rebel cells in the uprising against the Empire.
Fast forward to the present day. On October 11th, E.K. Johnston’s young adult novel will continue Ahsoka’s saga and tell us some, at least, of the Togruta’s mysterious history between the her last appearance on The Clone Wars and her first cameo in Star Wars Rebels.