The High Republic is set to release its third book of the year (fourth if you count The Battle of Jedha) next week. To find out where Path of Vengeance falls on the Star Wars timeline, you must first compare it to the rest of the books in the series.
The young adult novel, written by Cavan Scott and published by Disney Lucasfilm Press, reintroduces and prominently features some of the characters from Tessa Gratton and Justina Ireland’s Path of Deceit from earlier in Phase 2 of The High Republic.
It turns out that Path of Vengeance actually takes place alongside the events of Cataclysm, Lydia Kang’s adult novel that released as part of Phase 2 in April 2023. The book touches on the events of that book from different points of view. According to the Star Wars: Timelines reference book, these events occur around 382 BBY.
For context, The High Republic’s second phase takes place about 150 years before Phase 1. Phase 1 takes place about 200 years prior to The Phantom Menace (32 BBY). So Path of Vengeance takes place almost exactly 350 years before Anakin Skywalker is discovered by the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order.
While a lot of time passes between The High Republic and the prequel films, there are key clues pointing to the vast differences we see in the Jedi between these two eras. Every book in The High Republic offers an important view and commentary on the philosophies of the Jedi, the leaders of the galaxy, and the biggest threats to peace and prosperity in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars The High Republic: Path of Vengeance releases May 2, 2023 wherever you get your Star Wars books.
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