A New Dawn in Paperback Today!

Good morning friends,

March is coming to an end today, but a new dawn will bring us into April. That was a pun because the first book of the new Star Wars canon comes out in paperback today, Star Wars: A New Dawn.

Based on 2 of the characters from Star Wars: Rebels, this book marks the beginning of a whole new era of Star Wars novels. All the Expanded Universe books that came before this title have been changed into the Legends alternate storyline. This makes A New Dawn a great place for people who are interested in the EU to start reading. Since it’s on paperback you will see it all over, probably even at your grocery store. So pick it up and open your eyes to a wider world…

You can read my review of this book here as well.

-Derek1138

 

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Summary for Dark Disciple Revealed!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Did the exclamation point make it seem like I’m actually excited? I actually am, but not for Monday. This weekend Random House unveiled the full summary for Dark Disciple, the new book based on unproduced scripts from Season 6 of The Clone Wars show.

The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.
 
In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Fan favorites Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress together in a story, with some hint of romantic involvment as well? Sounds great. I’m excited for this book not only because of it’s characters but because it’s written by Christie Golden. I’ve read her Star Wars entries before as well as some other books she’s written and I was very fond of them. She has a great way of showing the emotion and personality behind characters even when the story seems like it’s just for the adventure.

Dark Disciple is out on July 7th, and before that will be Lords of the Sith on April 28th.

-Derek1138

Star Wars Live Action Series Rumors!

Some of you may remember that a live action (not cartoon) series was in the works by Lucasfilm several years back but got scrapped because the budget would to be big for television. It was brought up again in 2013 and was allegedly titled Star Wars: Underworld with 50 scripts being written for it already.

Back to the present. Rumors have it that a live action series may be ramping up behind the scenes at Disney now. MakingStarWars.net reports this along with the rumor that J.J. Abrams may be directing Episode IX as well. No clue yet whether the original idea for the show is being kept, along with it’s scripts, or if this is something completely different.

All rumors now of course, but I was excited about a live action Star Wars show back then and I’m very happy to hear that it might still be a reality.

-Derek1138

Star Wars: Aftermath News and Cover!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all!

Besides all the people wearing green and perpetuating racial stereotypes, there was some more news about the new Star Wars:Aftermath novel. News such as… the cover:

Besides this very nice cover art, StarWars.com also announced that the book will be the first in a trilogy starting in September and will be filling us in about some of the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The article mentions specifically “What I can reveal is that you will be introduced to a sweeping new cast of characters, along with a fan favorite from the films“. So it seems there will be exactly one of the main characters in Aftermath, with a host of new characters filling out the roster. Also, they hint that some of the locations we’ll see in the book could be relevant to Episode VII.

For a lot of other people this news might not be so big. I am always excited to hear about the next Star Wars novels though, as they are my second favorite way of experiencing the Galaxy Far, Far Away. If you’re excited too, Amazon has a listing up for pre-order already!

-Derek1138

Star Wars: Aftermath Author Revealed!

Happy Sunday friends!

Star Wars: Aftermath was announced last week as part of the Journey to the Force Awakens campaign but we were not told who would be writing it. However, the Random House online database was updated for this entry recently and it listed it’s author: Chuck Wendig.

Honestly, I have never heard of Mr. Wendig or his works prior to this and he is entirely new to the Star Wars EU. A quick search for him on Amazon showed me that he is the author of many novels and some instructional writing books. Judging by his bio, description of his works,  and art for his previous titles he seems to be a very modern writer.

So we are gonna have a completely new name in the Galaxy Far, Far Away lead us into Episode VII. I guess it’s appropriate since we have new talent attached to all the upcoming movies and Disney is focusing on more and more new characters. Some people may be concerned (and I won’t say I’m not one of them) about the fundamental rebirth of the Star Wars universe but I’m open, willing, and hoping for the best.

-Derek1138

Marvel Star Wars: Shattered Empire Announcement!

Hello again true believers!

More cool news about the Journey to The Force Awakens campaign. Starwars.com unveiled the name and cover for Marvel’s contribution to the big lead up.

Star Wars: Shattered Empire!

Very exciting in my opinion. No details about the series were given at all but we can infer from the picture at least that it takes place after the destruction of the 2nd Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Of all the works announced in the last week for this campaign I feel like this one has the most potential to really set the stage for Episode VII, this and Aftermath (the novel announced earlier this week).

Once again a lot of news and things to be excited about for Star Wars fans, especially for fans of the EU.

-Derek 1138

Synopses for New Junior Novels Released!

Good Morning Padawans!

If you saw my post about new Junior fiction novels coming as part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” campaign. Once again Jedi Biblio-thek has got some new info for us in the form of synopses of the stories for each book.

Lost Stars
This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends–Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell–who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart.Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.
 
The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores Luke’s first-ever duel with a lightsaber. Hidden in the story are also clues and hints about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!
 
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!
 
Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure
Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for fans old and new!

I never have been into the Star Wars junior fiction before, but since this is a lead up to Episode VII with supposed “hints and clues” about the new movie I will likely get them. Plus my son is getting into reading books now and what better thing for us to do together.

-Derek1138