With the release of Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig, sequel to the first post-Return of the Jedi novel in the new era, approaching quickly, we are getting more information and the first insights into the new book.
Mashable got the exclusive excerpt from the novel featuring everyone’s favorite princess.
While you can read the entire excerpt on their site, this tidbit shows Leia actually connecting with the Force for the first time:
There! There it is. Washing over her and through her — an awareness unlike any she’s ever felt before. A pulsing glow, flickering and strong.
It’s not the plant. It’s not Luke. It’s not even Han.
It’s her child.
This isn’t just a mother’s recognition of the life inside—that, she already knows. She’s already well aware of the bump and tumble of that little person she carries. (And she already knows about the heartburn, and the pre-breakfast nausea, and the post-breakfast nausea, and the post-post-breakfast hunger …)
This goes beyond all that. This is something separate from her. It isn’t a physical feeling. It is all around her. It suffuses her like the perfume from a jungle of flowers. As such, she is suddenly aware of her child’s mind and spirit: She senses pluck and wit and steel blood and a keen mind and by the blood of Alderaan is this one going to be a fighter!
It’s a boy.
It’s a boy.
While we know that book follows the Aftermath gang (Nora and Temmin Wexley, Jas, Sinjir, Jom Barrel and Mr Bones) searching for and assisting Han Solo and Chewbacca, it is nice to know that we will get the insight into other beloved characters as well and more puzzle pieces of 30-year-period between the Original Trilogy and The Force Awakens.
Aftermath: Life Debt official synopsis:
The galaxy is changing, and with peace now a possibility, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s home world of Kashyyyk.
Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of rebels pursue Admiral Rae Sloane and the remaining Imperial leadership across the galaxy. Sloane, increasingly wary of the mysterious fleet admiral, desperately searches for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. Even as Imperial forces fight to regain lost ground, Princess Leia and the New Republic seek to broker a lasting peace.
But the rebel’s hunt for Admiral Sloane is cut short after the disappearance of Han Solo and Chewbacca. Desperate to save them, Leia conscripts Norra, Sinjir, Jas, and the rest of their team to find the missing smugglers and help them in their fight for freedom.
The book is scheduled for release on July 12th, 2016. On the same date you can expect the official SWNN review with our impressions of the novel.