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Star Wars: A New Dawn is a Star Wars novel by John Jackson Miller, published in September 2014. A prequel to the animated television series Star Wars Rebels, it introduces the characters Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla. A New Dawn was the first novel published in the franchise after Lucasfilm redefined Star Wars continuity in April 2014.

Star Wars: A New Dawn
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AuthorJohn Jackson Miller
Cover artistDoug Wheatley
CountryUnited States
SeriesStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherDel Rey Books
Publication date
September 2, 2014
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages400 (First edition, hardcover)
ISBN978-0-553-39286-9 (First edition, hardcover)


Set eight years after the events of the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and seven years before Star Wars Rebels, A New Dawn introduces the television series characters Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla.[1]


In April 2014, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded by Lucasfilm as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise.[1][2][3][4] A New Dawn was subsequently announced as the first of four canon novels to be released in 2014 and 2015.[1][4]

It includes a foreword from Dave Filoni, co-creator of Star Wars Rebels.


In addition to Star Wars Rebels characters Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla, A New Dawn introduces Imperial captain Rae Sloane, who is later a Grand Admiral in the Aftermath trilogy (2015–2017).[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Goldman, Eric (August 30, 2014). "Star Wars: A New Dawn Review". IGN. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  2. ^ McMilian, Graeme (April 25, 2014). "Lucasfilm Unveils New Plans for Star Wars Expanded Universe". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page". April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line". April 25, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  5. ^ Breznican, Anthony (July 16, 2015). "Star Wars: Aftermath novel reveals tragic, violent uprising after Return of the Jedi". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Crouse, Megan (April 26, 2016). "5 of Rae Sloane's Greatest Moments". Retrieved March 10, 2017.

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