Star Wars: Things we’re looking forward to in 2019

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Photo Credit: [Thrawn comics]Marvel, LucasfilmI love to read. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. I could have 5 minutes to spare and I will open my phone and read as much as I can of an ebook.

So for me, I’m excited for the new Star Wars novels coming out in 2019.

First up is Queen’s Shadow, a YA novel, featuring Padme Amidala, which is schedules to come out in March. Then, Master & Apprentice focusing on Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi in April, Alphabet Squadron (June), which focuses on former rebel pilots, and – the one that makes me most excited – Thrawn: Treason (July).

What’s great about the books is how they focus on different eras too, so as a Star Wars fan, you’re not just focused on one particular time or even character.

Queen’s Shadow takes place after Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. This will be a story about Padme and how she has to navigate the senate after stepping down as queen. There’s less Anakin and love story here, giving Padme a story of her own.

She’s a dynamic character. Someone who was a queen and a senator. She also held disastrous secrets and gave everything she possibly could right down to her final breath. But most of what we know about her has been about her relationship with Anakin, so it will be good to see her as her own person outside of a romance storyline.

Master & Apprentice takes place earlier than Queen’s Shadow, and so many fans love the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. But here we get to see them before The Phantom Menace.

Alphabet Squadron takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi. We don’t know much about this book yet except that a group of five pilots go out to finish the war, taking out Imperial strongholds.

Thrawn: Treason is the one I most excited about. This is the third book in the trilogy by Timothy Zahn. The timeline for this book is before the finale of Star Wars Rebels.  Thrawn is still fresh in my mind because of his two previous books (not counting the original EU books), the second of which came out just this year.

Thrawn runs across Director Krennic – so it’s before Rogue One – and Eli Vanto is back too. As an avid reader, I can’t wait to devour these books.

— Susan Lulgjuraj

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