Del Rey Announces Three New Star Wars Books


For those of us craving more Star Wars books, it doesn’t look like we’ll be disappointed.

During the Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing Presents: Star Wars: Journey to The Force Awakens panel at New York Comic Con this morning, Del Rey officially unveiled three new Star Wars novels: an adult novel titled New Republic: Bloodline by Claudia Gray, and the second and third books in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, Life Debt and Empire’s End.

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Tosche Station grabbed a photo of the preliminary covers for all three books.

The story of New Republic: Bloodline takes place six years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And that’s about all we know. On Twitter, Claudia Gray, author of the first canon young adult Star Wars novel, Lost Stars, did confirm that Bloodline will not be a continuation of the latter. Rather, it will be a separate story. Given, also, that Del Rey publishes adult Star Wars books, it’s unlikely Bloodline will even be part of the same “genre” as Lost Stars. It could, however, follow the same characters.

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Concerning Life Debt and Empire’s End, we know far less, which is not surprising. But, thanks to Jedi-Bibliothek, we have a lead on when the second book, Life Debt, could debut: May 31st, 2016. That’s a promising date, if accurate, because it means we won’t have to wait a whole year to read the sequel to Aftermath. Which in turns means, we may get some answers to the mysteries in Aftermath sooner that we’d hoped.

From the same source, we also have a potential release date for Bloodline: March 29th, 2016.

Photo by Annie Leibovitz

Also during the panel, Del Rey announced an ebook short story by Delilah S. Dawson called The Perfect Weapon. The story will follow a character from Maz Kanata’s castle, Bazine (the female lounging on the hefty creature in the middle). In addition, it was revealed that Alan Dean Foster (author of The Force Awakens novelization) will pen a story about an alien from Episode VII for Star Wars Insider #162.

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