I thought I’d jot down a few Star Wars book releases for this year that I’m super-excited about and can’t wait for:
June 29th, 2021: The Rising Storm, by Cavan Scott.
This is the adult follow-up novel to Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi that was released back in January. I loved LOTJ, and can’t wait to get back to the High Republic and find out what happens next. No spoilers, but I’m really worried about Loden Greatstorm. He turned out to be my favorite Jedi of the HR (and all of them are interesting) and LOTJ ends with Loden in a bit of a pickle, to put it mildly. I’m terribly anxious for him, lol.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next installment to see what happens, what’s next for the devious Nihil and the very interesting villain Marchion Ro, and what challenges the High Republic Jedi have to deal with next.
July 27th, 2021: Out of the Shadows, by Justina Ireland.
This is the next High Republic YA novel, written by Justina Ireland, who penned the HR middle-grade novel A Test of Courage, which also released in January (I didn’t read that one; I’m focusing on the adult and YA novels, and simply reading other people’s reviews of the kid’s books and comics to kind of keep track of what’s happening with certain characters).
While the adult novels tend to tell a larger story involving multiple plotlines, the YA books tends to focus on a few characters, usual young adults (duh) and how they must overcome obstacles or fears to reach a goal, usually learning a few things about themselves in the process. I loved Claudia Gray’s Into the Dark, which focused on Padawan Reath Silas. Out of the Shadows will feature Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh and Padawan Reath Silas. I can’t find any specific details about the plot yet, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
November 2, 2021: Queen’s Hope, by E.K. Johnston (No official cover yet).
This is the third in Johnston’s trilogy on Padme Amidala. Queen’s Shadow was the first, which I enjoyed immensely because we get so little of Padme elsewhere. It takes place after The Phantom Menace. It’s follow-up, Queen’s Peril, takes place earlier than that, just as Padme is elected as Queen of Naboo and is gathering and training her handmaidens. I haven’t read Queen’s Peril yet, as I’m waiting for it to come out in paperback, which will probably happen once Queen’s Hope is released. This third book takes place during the Clone Wars, while Padme is secretly married to Anakin. This one sounds to be the most intriguing one by far, and it will take everything I have to wait for this one to come out in paperback. We’ll see how that goes, lol, but I would like my copies of the trilogy to match in size and format (I’m like that, lol).
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