A New Dawn for the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Last month, I posted about how Lucasfilm were resetting the Star Wars canon to allow for new stories and fresh ideas to develop alongside the forthcoming film sequels. The group now in charge of maintaining the New Order of canon is the Star Wars Story Group which was established in 2013.

The first book to be published under the new background ties into the forthcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series and is titled A New Dawn. A fitting title for a new beginning.

As with the television show it ties to, the story is set between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope – a time known as the “Dark Time” (so named by Ben Kenobi in the first movie back in 1977). Here’s the blurb:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

“The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .

star wars a new dawnAuthor John Jackson Miller is a familiar face to Star Wars readers. He’s the scribe behind Dark Horse Comics’ excellent Knights of the Old Republic series and the short story collection Lost Tribe of the Sith that formed the background to the Fate of the Jedi series. He also wrote the novel Kenobi about everyone’s favourite desert hermit.

It’s great to see familiar hands involved with the new imagining of the Star Wars universe and I’m interested in seeing how this moves forward and how the new continuity progresses. The book will be published in Hardcover format by Random House in September, 2014.




Source: star-wars.suvudu.com
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