I’ve lost count of how many Star Wars novels our team has reviewed since 2014. It’s always a privilege to open these pages and enter the mind of an author bringing their best to the galaxy far, far away. Usually, I have some idea of what to expect, but try very hard to leave those expectations behind the first page turned. The Star Wars canon provides a foundation of world-building and the state of the galaxy when you enter a typical Star Wars novel: period, geography, and affiliations of the main characters. With Ronin, none of these foundations apply, and author Emma Mieko Candon makes their own rules – and they succeed in every undertaking. Ronin is the story I’ve been waiting for since I picked up a Star Wars book so many years ago.