Set so far in the past, there isn’t a plot of ties to the wider “Star Wars” galaxy, although there are enough for us to bite our teeth into. The first is that the book is set on Dalna, a planet that has grown in importance during the era of “The High Republic” and we see it at its most idyllic, long before the great disaster that befalls her when she turns into lava. – filled wasteland.
The most fascinating name drop might have come in the form of an artifact stolen by the Path of the Open Hand that was supposedly from the ruins of Moraband. Moraband is home to the ancient order of the Sith and Yoda once traveled there during the Clone Wars and visited the final resting place of Darth Bane, the Sith Lord who installed the rule of two for his successors in the evil order.
Another of my favorite Easter Eggs in the book comes in the form of a mention of the council on the planet Jedha (featured much in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) which includes Guardians of the Whills as Baze and Chirrut from that film, Wizards of Tund – an obscure and delightful reference to Lando Calrissian’s nemesis Rokur Gepta in the early 80s adventure books he had – and the Church of the Force which was a creation for “The Force Awakens”.
The best appeal, however, is when one of the characters settles in to read a holonet book and it’s a cheesy romance novel. And it’s about a senator who falls in love with a Jedi. And is essentially the plot of “Attack of the Clones”. If nothing else, it made me smile to see this movie get some love.