As anyone who knows me well can attest, I get excited about Star Wars. And nothing in recent memory has gotten my Lightsaber humming like the upcoming EU novel Kenobi. John Jackson Miller is the perfect scribe to bring us the tale of ‘Old Ben’ trekking through the desert, and now we have a preview of hat’s in store for us with the official cover blurb. Check it out…
The Republic has fallen. Sith Lords rule the galaxy. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything . . . Everything but hope.
Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.
Another EU novel we can all look forward to is Tim Lebbon’s Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi — Into the Void. Based off the hit comic Dawn of the Jedi, the book follows Jeed’ai Ranger Lanoree Brock on an adventure set thousands of years before the Battle of Yavin. Mr. Lebbon posted a ‘journal entry’ from Jeed’ai Brock’s ships log this week on the Kindle Daily Posts Blog. Read it below…
Ironholgs, enter this in my journal, there’s a good droid. Okay. Where to begin…
So, the Je’daii Council asked me back to Tython, which meant only one thing –– they had a mission for me. I’m a Ranger, it’s to be expected, although the last time they did this I ended up flying out to Ska Gora and getting involved in the Wookie land wars. I thought that was going to be a breeze. It ended … messily.
But this is different. So very different. The way I see it, there are two reasons they called me back. The first is that the mission is so serious, so delicate, and potentially so deadly that they couldn’t risk any form of communication to fill me in. They couldn’t transmit the information, even on the Je’daii’s own secured channels. They couldn’t send anyone – –a droid, a Ranger –– with encrypted files. This had to be face to face.
And when I met them in the valley, even that meeting was done in extreme secrecy. Strange to see the Council like that. Almost as if they were scared.
The second reason they chose me is just how personal this mission is to me.
At first, I thought the latter might compromise the former. But I’ve had time to let it sink in. I’ve had time to dwell on the past –– those early years on Tython with my dear brother Dal, and the later years without him –– and I can see why the Je’daii Council are so wise.
The danger of the mission and its personal aspect are so intertwined that they couldn’t choose anyone else. It’s me. It always had to be me.
They say a Je’daii’s training is what makes them the person they are, and in some respects that’s true. My journey across Tython shaped me. I found my true calling at Anil Kesh, the Je’daii Temple of Science. There I learned to temper my doubts and channel my talents. There I first discovered the alchemy of flesh.
But it was I who made that long, ultimately tragic journey that really formed the person I am now.
So now I’m embarking on my new mission. First stop will be Kalimahr. I’ve been told to meet a Twi’lek called Tre Sana there. I’m told he will help me. And already I’m unsettled. I’m used to dealing with non-Tythans, but for something as sensitive as this? Why is there something a Twi’lek can tell me that the Council cannot?
Not the best way to start a mission, eh, Ironholgs? In mystery. In darkness.
Nevertheless, I returned to Tython with peace of mind, and now I’m leaving again with a great weight bearing down on me. A personal pressure the likes of which I never thought I’d have to face. And such a danger for the whole Tythan system.
I feel that I’m about to test every moment of training I’ve ever undertaken.
But that’s fine, Ironholgs. I’ll have you with me, grumpy droid that you are. I have my Peacemaker ship, refined and customized to my liking. Faster engine. Bigger guns.
And I have the Force. Whatever happens, whatever I’m about to face –– and whoever I might meet––the Force is always there.
Set course for Kalimahr. And may the Force go with me.
Je’daii Ranger Lanoree Brock, signing off
Random House audio has also released an excerpt from the Into The Void audiobook, which you can hear over at Knights Archive.
Kenobi comes out Aug. 27, 2013 and Into the Void will be here May 7th.