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'Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void' Cover Art Revealed — EXCLUSIVE

By Christian Blauvelt, Hollywood.com Staff

Star Wars is borrowing Star Trek's mission statement, because the franchise is going where it's never gone before: the earliest days of that Galaxy Far, Far Away's history.

Del Rey Books is releasing a tie-in hardcover novel to Dark Horse Comics' ongoing Dawn of the Jedi series on May 7, called Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi — Into the Void. The series is set 36,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope and concerns itself with the events that led to the foundation of the Jedi Order. At this time, there's no Republic. Instead, a mysterious alien race called the Rakata have enslaved much of the galaxy. A fleet of nine pyramid ships settles on the planet Tython, where a group of scholars and sages discover the mystical entity that will become known as The Force. The only thing is, at this time, the Force isn't yet polarized between Light and Dark. The people of Tython who will become the Jedi Order are known simply as ""The Je'daii,"" and they haven't really come to wield lightsabers yet. Instead, they employ traditional swords.

Hollywood.com has the exclusive first look at the cover art for the first of the Dawn of the Jedi novels, Into the Void. Check it out!

That young heroine striking a dashing pose is Lanoree Brock, one of the Je'daii's most powerful apprentices on Tython. Into the Void, written by New York Times bestselling sci-fi author Tim Lebbon, is her story. Lanoree is a powerful Je'daii Ranger tasked with a mission that strikes very much close to home. Here's the official summary:On the planet Tython, the ancient Je'daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je'daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je'daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je'daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.Already available for pre-order, Into the Void is the latest puzzle piece in Dawn of the Jedi's mission to shed light on some of Star Wars' greatest mysteries: What is the Force and where does it come from? Why is there a Dark Side? And why have the Jedi Order taken it upon themselves to protect the galaxy?

Plan on picking up Into the Void when it's released May 7?

Follow Christian Blauvelt on Twitter @Ctblauvelt

[Photo Credit: Random House]

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