There may not be official premiere dates yet for any Star Wars television series releasing in 2024, but there are confirmed release dates for 7 new Star Wars novels coming out next year. This does not include the Essential Legends Collection, novel reprints, short story collections, reference books, or art books that will also be released in 2024.
More book titles are always announced throughout the year, and there will likely be more publishing material connected to the 25th anniversary of The Phantom Menace as well. Based on the novels that have been confirmed so far, it will be a particularly exciting year for fans of the prequels and The High Republic multimedia publishing initiative.
Here’s what we know about each confirmed novel so far, along with when each title that will be released.
The High Republic: Escape from Valo by Daniel José Older and Alyssa Wong
Escape from Valo is the first middle-grade novel in Phase III of The High Republic. The novel will follow Jedi Padawan Ram Jomaram and other Jedi Padawans as they try to escape the planet Valo in the Nihil-controlled Occlusion Zone.
The Eye of Darkness by George Mann and the Phase III comics released so far have explored the challenges and dangers of the Occlusion Zone for those trapped within and those trying to break through the Stormwall surrounding it. Escape from Valo will provide a new perspective on life in the Occlusion Zone and the ongoing conflict with the Nihil.
Readers have been invested in Ram and the planet Valo for a while now, which will add more weight to how the Occlusion Zone impacts them. Valo already suffered greatly during the Nihil’s attack on the Republic Fair, as seen in The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott and Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel José Older. With Valo being Ram’s homeworld, not to mention the destruction of Starlight Beacon, Ram has not had an easy time of it either.
The other main Jedi Padawans in Escape from Valo, featured on the cover alongside Ram, are new characters named Gavi, Kildo, and Tep Tep. While speaking with starwars.com, Alyssa Wong teased Gavi’s complex emotional journey, Kildo being “a trickster with a heart of gold,” and Tep Tep being an animal lover.
Escape from Valo will be available on January 30.
The High Republic: Defy the Storm by Justina Ireland and Tessa Gratton
Defy the Storm will be the first young adult novel in Phase III. A year after the destruction of Starlight Beacon, Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh and scientist Avon Starros reunite to try and take down the Stormwall and help those inside of the Occlusion Zone while dealing with the ongoing threat of the Nihil and the Nameless.
As seen in the stunning cover art, they will also be helped by Jordanna Sparkburn, whom Vernestra knows from Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland. Readers can also expect to see Vernestra’s Padawan Imri Cantaros.
This is the first novel focused on Vernestra since it was announced that she will be making her live-action debut in The Acolyte, which takes place much later in the High Republic timeline.
It is also the first novel focused on Avon since her mother, Ghirra Starros, was revealed to have betrayed the Republic and joined the Nihil, even becoming the Nihil’s Minister of Information. Ghirra’s betrayal will likely factor into Avon’s motivations and conflict in this story.
Defy the Storm will be available on March 5.
The Living Force by John Jackson Miller
Following a push from Qui-Gon Jinn, all twelve Jedi Council members will leave the Jedi Temple’s familiarity on Coruscant and go on a goodwill mission to help a planet in need. The novel won’t just focus on well-known characters like Qui-Gon, Yoda, and Mace Windu, but will put the spotlight on every member of the Jedi Council.
The journey in this novel will force the Jedi Council to actively engage and help people, along with rekindling their connections with the Living Force. Miller has described the story as a road trip following Qui-Gon telling the Jedi Council to “get outside and touch grass.” Readers can also look forward to seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is still Qui-Gon’s Padawan at this time.
The Living Force releases on April 9.
The High Republic: Temptation of the Force by Tessa Gratton
Temptation of the Force is the next adult novel to be released in The High Republic and will kick off the next wave of books in Phase III.
An official synopsis has not been released yet and will likely be kept under wraps until more High Republic stories are released. The storylines likely depend on events that have not occurred yet in Phase III.
Temptation of the Force releases June 11.
The High Republic: Beware the Nameless by Zoraida Córdova
The middle-grade novel Beware the Nameless will follow Ram Jomaram, Tep Tep, and Kildo from the previous middle-grade novel Escape from Valo. Along with new allies, they will face the Nameless, the terrifying monsters who prey on Force-sensitive beings and who have tormented and killed numerous Jedi at the behest of the Nihil and the Path of the Open Hand.
The Nameless have been integral to the entire narrative of The High Republic, and unlocking the secrets behind them is the only way that the Jedi can defeat the Nihil and restore peace and order to the galaxy. All the middle-grade novels in The High Republic are entertaining and important to the overarching narrative, but this story’s focus on the Nameless makes it a particularly important installment.
Beware the Nameless will be available on July 23.
The Glass Abyss by Steven Barnes
The Glass Abyss, the most recently announced 2024 Star Wars novel, follows Mace Windu shortly after Qui-Gon Jinn’s death. In the aftermath of The Phantom Menace, Mace and the Jedi are still grappling with Qui-Gon’s shocking death at the hands of the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Maul.
When Mace receives a message left by Qui-Gon to aid the planet Metagos, Mace journeys to the planet to fulfill this mission and honor Qui-Gon. Much like The Living Force, The Glass Abyss celebrates The Phantom Menace‘s 25th anniversary and the impact of Qui-Gon’s refreshing perspective on the Force and the Jedi.
For Mace Windu fans, this novel is also significant as it is the first novel primarily focused on him and told through his point of view in Star Wars canon.
The Glass Abyss will be available on August 6.
The High Republic: Tears of the Nameless by George Mann
In The Eye of Darkness, it was mentioned that Jedi Reath Silas is tirelessly researching the Nameless alongside fellow Jedi Emerick Caphtor. In Tears of the Nameless, Reath will face the Nameless and test theories formed from his research in the hopes of defeating these monsters.
Reath will be joined by Padawan Amadeo Azzazzo, who was introduced in the short story “The Call of Coruscant” by Lydia Kang in the Tales of Light and Life anthology. While Reath has faced the Drengir and plenty of Nihil throughout Phase I, he has not yet faced the horrifying threat of the Nameless, nor has Amadeo, which will challenge both Jedi like nothing they’ve experienced before.
Tears of the Nameless releases September 3.
That’s all of the Star Wars novels we know about so far. Be on the lookout for more announcements here at Dork Side of the Force!