Star Wars: The Clone Wars introduced us to so many amazing characters and places. One character started out polarizing and controversial, but eventually rose to Star Wars fame. Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's padawan, became just as much a main character as Anakin or Padme. When she left the Jedi Order, we all wondered what would become of our favorite little padawan?
Star Wars: Rebels showed us that Ahsoka had become a key figure in the Rebellion, but what happened in between? What happened to her during Order 66? What did she know about the fate of her friends? All of these questions were recently answered in the novel Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston. Let's take a look at everything we learned and loved in the new novel.
One of the last battles of the Clone Wars was the Siege of Mandalore. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Clone Captain Rex, and Ahsoka were sent to the planet Mandalore with a battalion of clones to defeat Darth Maul and free the planet of his tyranny. As we know from Revenge of the Sith and the Ahsoka panel from this year's Star Wars Celebration, Obi-Wan and Anakin were called away from Mandalore because the Chancellor was kidnapped on Coruscant. That left Ahsoka and Rex to stop Maul. Unfortunately, Palpatine sent out Order 66 just before Ahsoka and Rex could stop the ex-Sith. Ahsoka chose to save Rex instead of killing Maul which allowed for all three to escape the planet and the Jedi purge.
A year after the rise of the Empire, Ahsoka is using an alias to hide from the new regime. She calls herself Ashla, and fixes tech for a living. Ahsoka actually has previous ties to the name Ashla. That was almost her name originally before George Lucas decided to change it to Ahsoka. Ashla is also a term for the Force used by the Lasat as seen on Star Wars: Rebels. Most galactic citizens must not know this, otherwise it would be pretty obvious to everyone that "Ashla" is a Jedi.
Running From The Empire
Ahsoka is deeply afraid of being found by the Empire. That forces her to choosing between standing up for people or running away. Towards the beginning of the book, Ahsoka meets a Force sensitive little girl. When the Empire shows up in greater numbers, Ahsoka decides to run away. She leaves the girl behind which has a deep impact on her going forward. This becomes a common theme throughout the book, Ahsoka deciding to run away or not.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced us to the planet Takodana. It's known as a haven for smugglers and other people who do not so legal things. After Ahsoka leaves the little girl behind, she looks for a new place to go. She considers Takodana, but decides it's dangerous. This leaves us with a huge question, will Ahsoka and Maz Kanata ever meet?!
Anakin And Obi-Wan
Several times throughout the story, Ahsoka thinks back to the Clone Wars. She asks what her masters would do in this or that situation. We learn that she has no idea that they both survived Order 66. In fact, she's forced to assume they died.
Ahsoka often tries to meditate and hopes to sense her masters. She reveals that after the fall of the Jedi, the Force is silent. She remembers back to when there were thousands of Jedi and how she could always hear voices in the Force. Now she can't hear anything which strengthens her sadness.
LuxSoka Was Never Going To Happen
All of you other Clone Wars fans will find this one interesting. During the Clone Wars, Ahsoka seemed to be attracted to Lux Bonteri, a Separatist aligned politician. Some of us were a little invested in Ahsoka falling for a politician just like her master. Sadly though, the book reveals that Ahsoka is still uncomfortable with relationships. Even someone simply sitting on her bed messes with her Jedi conscience. Hopefully Ahsoka can get over that before her path crosses Lux's again.
Kashyyyk And Chewbacca
Ahsoka may have only spent a day or two with Han Solo's faithful Wookiee companion Chewbacca, but she apparently still worries about him. At one point, Ahsoka learns that the Wookiees on Kashyyyk were enslaved almost immediately after the fall of the Republic. Her thoughts go to Chewbacca and she hopes that he's safe wherever he is.3
During one of the breaks in the story that give us glimpses of other characters, we learn of Bail Organa's reoccurring dreams. He dreams of the scenario from Revenge of the Sith in which he tries to save a young padawan, but is forced to watch the child be gunned down by clones. Bail's dreams revolve around variances of the event which always result in his death or the boy's.
One of the less dramatic moments of the book revolves around Princess Leia. At this point, she's just a toddler. The book gives us a glimpse of her childhood as she plays in her father's office. Suffice to say, it's one of the cutest moments in all of Star Wars.
Faking Rex's Death
After the loss on Mandalore, Rex and Ahsoka decide to go into hiding. Ahsoka helps Rex create a fake grave for himself. They bury another clone who had died. This scene haunts Ahsoka and reminds her of everything they'd lost. Before they leave, Ahsoka leaves the Imperials a clue that she had also died.
Ahsoka's Clone Wars Lightsabers
Ahsoka reveals that Anakin had returned her lightsabers before the siege of Mandalore. When she left the Jedi Order, Ahsoka had to turn in her weapons. It was sort of a turn in your badge and gun sort of thing. After Order 66 she leaves them on Rex's grave to give the empire the idea that she had died.
Another off-shoot from the story shows us Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. Yoda tasked him with looking completely to the future and pushing away his past. After doing that, he could communicate with his master, Qui-Gon Jinn. He attempts and fails to push away memories of Anakin and Ahsoka. This might be a tie in to Rebels considering recent hints at him showing up soon.
Ahsoka's New Sabers
We were all mesmerized by Ahsoka's new white lightsabers, and had a great many questions about their origin. From the beginning of the book, Ahsoka is compelled to keep bits and pieces of things she fixes and she doesn't know why. She finally figures it out later on when she's in need of weapons. She builds the sabers and left in need of kyber crystals. The force guides her to a battle with an inquisitor whose lightsaber provides her with the needed crystals.
Aren't Inquisitors' lightsabers red? Ahsoka explains that lightsaber color is determined by the user. The crystals glow red while they're used by an evil Inquisitor. Ahsoka says the dark side makes them "bleed." In her hands, they glow white, showing that Ahsoka had saved them from the dark side.
Rebels lead us to believe that the Inquisitors were created to kill surviving Jedi. Ahsoka however, teaches us that the purpose of the inquisitors was to find force sensitive children and prevent the rise of the Jedi Order again.
Ahsoka feels bad about her multiple failures throughout the book. Later on, when she begins running small shipments of relief supplies, she learns how to find and assist victims of the Empire. She starts creating and running secret Rebel missions. This puts her on Bail Organa's radar.
What Ahsoka Doesn't Know
Bail Organa finds Ahsoka with the intention of having her join the Rebellion. First though, he has to know what she knows about Anakin and his children. Ahsoka has no idea what happened to her master. She also has no knowledge of his children. Bail is glad to hear that the people closest to Anakin and Padme are unaware of the children which serves as protection for Luke and Leia.
Ahsoka's final action of the book is extremely important for the creation of the Rebellion. Ahsoka creates and runs the Rebel intelligence network. She creates Fulcrum, an alias used by each Rebel informant. This is one of the main ways the Rebellion is able to operate without being crushed. Ahsoka is a pillar and founding member of the Rebellion.
I have to say that this was one of the best Star Wars stories I've read. Ahsoka is a strong character who deserves as much recognition as possible. This novel is a great way to hold us over before her next on-screen appearance. Hopefully giving her, her own novel is a sign that Ahsoka could appear on the big screen soon. One can only hope!
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