Is this the book we’ve been looking for?
First, I’ll admit it. Sometimes, Star Wars books can miss the exhaust port. Extended Universe/Legends (more often) or Canon (less often), sometimes tomes from a galaxy far, far away can be a slog. I have my favorites, of course (including Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, Lost Stars, Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, the Aftermath, and Alphabet Squadron novels, Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, A Crash of Fate, and the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization), but my impatience often gets the best of me when the start of a book gets a little slow or a books connectivity to thee visual storytelling is lacking.
Secondly, however; the upcoming book Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith looks to bullseye the womp rat.
A prequel to the Sequel Trilogy, the novel features Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian in an adventure that ties directly into the era introduced by The Force Awakens.
Still here, good.
Adam Christopher’s novel Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith hits shelves June 28, is the deep dive I’ve wanted since 2015. Taking place 17 years after Return of the Jedi (and 13 years prior to The Force Awakens), we’re introduced to Rey’s parents as they flee across the galaxy with their young daughter. The couple were seen briefly in a flashback in The Rise of Skywalker, but this is their first major appearance. Their names are revealed almost immediately, but we won’t spoil their names in this review since Christopher builds up to them beautifully.
In many ways, Shadow of the Sith is a direct prequel to The Rise of Skywalker. Though it’s set roughly 20 years after Return of the Jedi – in a time before the First Order has emerged from hiding and Ben Solo fell to the Dark Side – this book promises to flesh out the lost history between Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian and their quest to locate the fabled world of Exegol. The book also revolves around the mysterious Sith assassin Ochi of Bestoon, the killer Emperor Palpatine hired to track down his granddaughter Rey.
The review for the book from USA Today explained:
With Jedi master Luke Skywalker and fan favorite Lando Calrissian as the novel’s main characters, Christopher explores a timeline two decades after the Battle of Endor, when Skywalker senses a dark disturbance in the force (which, ahem, he’s right about) and Calrissian is in pursuit of his lost daughter.
Gizmodo’s James Whitbrook added:
Not only has Lando heard rumblings of a returned Sith menace, lying in wait on the planet Exegol, his young daughter has been kidnapped—and the only lead he’s got has sent him into the path of Ochi of Bestoon, a Sith assassin on his own personal mission to hunt down a child who will change the galaxy forever.
Moreover, it would be best if you watched my friend Alex on Star Wars Explained:
So, this sounds like the book we’ve all been looking for, no?
And the June 28 drop date gives us more Star Wars to look forward to; especially after the Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+ concludes on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, If you want to enjoy some excerpts of the book, check out the below links:
Finally, just enjoy.