Audiobook Review – Tempest Runner

Hello, everyone! Today I have another audiobook review. This time it is a review of the most recent Star Wars audio drama, Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott. I was excited to listen to this because Scott wrote my favorite Star Wars book from last year, and I loved the previous audio drama he wrote about Dooku.

In this Star Wars audio original, delve into the cutthroat world of one of the High Republic’s greatest foes, the merciless Lourna Dee.

The Nihil storm has raged through the galaxy, leaving chaos and grief in its wake. Few of its raiders are as vicious as the Tempest Runner Lourna Dee. She stays one step ahead of the Jedi Order at the helm of a vessel named after one of the deadliest monsters in the galaxy: the Lourna Dee. But no one can outrun the defenders of the High Republic forever.

After the defeat of her crew, Lourna falls into the hands of the Jedi – but not before she hides her identity, becoming just another Nihil convict. Her captors fail to understand the beast they have cornered. Just like every fool she’s ever buried, their first mistake was keeping her alive. 

Lourna is determined to make underestimating her their last.

Locked onto a Republic correctional ship, she’s dragged across the galaxy to repair the very damage she and her fellow Tempest Runners inflicted on it. But as Lourna plans her glorious escape, she makes alliances that grow dangerously close to friendships. Outside the Nihil – separated from her infamous ship, her terrifying arsenal, and her feared name – Lourna must carve her own path. But will it lead to redemption? Or will she emerge as a deadlier threat than ever before?

This was a good audio drama set in the world of the High Republic. The cast did a great job of bringing the characters to life. It was interesting to see the great Lourna Dee be placed into a situation where she was a captive, and I enjoyed learning more about her past and what makes her tick. She had a very hard life, and her motivations were more complex than I initially thought based on her actions in previous books. As always, she was devious, dangerous, and incredibly strong-willed, but there were also glimpses of a lighter side of her that seemed to long for connection with others. The glimpses into the history of the Nihil were interesting, and I enjoyed getting a little more insight into the other tempest runners, as well. If you have enjoyed the other media related to the High Republic, you will likely enjoy this story too, and at just a little over six hours, it was an easy listen that didn’t take up a ton of time.

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