Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: New Horizons for Del Rey Star Wars Books.
Del Rey has produced the vast majority of Star Wars novels – including the recent canon additions A New Dawn, Tarkin, Heir To The Jedi, and the soon-to-be-released Lords Of The Sith. Authors John Jackson Miller, James Luceno, and Christie Golden discuss the past, present, and future of Star Wars literature with Shelly Shapiro and Jennifer Heddle.
I would like to preface this by saying that I didn’t make it to this event, but since we’re talking about Celebration so much as of late that I think it’s important to discuss the forthcoming novels that were discussed.
The first is Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. Adapted from eight unfinished episodes of The Clone Wars, the novel tells the story of the Jedi Council’s attempt to hire former Dark Side user Asajj Ventress to assassinate Count Dooku to put an end to his war crimes. Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos assists Ventress as she attempts to put her past behind her for good. The novel will be released on July 7.
The second is Aftermath by Chuck Wendig. Set after Return Of The Jedi, the novel deals with the power vacuum that took place after the deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine, as some systems embrace the Rebellion and others fall under harsher control from the Empire. The narrative of the novel revolves around a Rebel soldier discovering a secret meeting of Imperials, and what he does with the information that he has intercepted. The novel will be released on September 4, kickstarting the Journey To The Force Awakens multimedia project.
The third is Battlefront: Twilight Company. This novel was not officially unveiled until this convention started, so this is an important thing to talk about. Set in the era of the Original Trilogy, the novel covers battles that have not been covered in the movies, such as conflicts on Sullust, Coyerti, and Haidoral Prime. (It should be noted that Sullust is a confirmed level in the game, so these other planets may potentially be new levels in the game itself). The novel comes out November 3.
Stay tuned to this site for news on (and reviews of) these novels as they come.
Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.