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A novel idea: the Star Wars prequels are getting some love once more

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Star Wars’ much-maligned prequel era is at last getting some love from the Galaxy Far, Far Away’s publishing line, even as the fallout from The Last Jedi schism continues to roil fandom.

Star Wars book Thrawn: Alliances

(What’s that, you say? Balance of the Force, something something?)

Thrawn Alliances, due out Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (with a Nerdvana review forthcoming), helps kick-start this prequel renaissance by taking place across two different eras: during the Clone Wars, before Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, and before Episode IV — A New Hope and during the run of the Star Wars Rebels animated TV series. In the earlier era, the Timothy Zahn novel sees impulsive Republic General Anakin Skywalker encountering the alien Thrawn while searching the Unknown Regions for his charge and secret wife, the Senator Padme Amidala. Years later, Thrawn — by now an Imperial Grand Admiral with complicated agendas of his own — teams up with Darth Vader to investigate events connected to that long-ago team-up.

Just yesterday, Thursday, during the Clone Wars 10th anniversary panel, Lucasfilm announced it was revisiting the unfinished CGI-animated TV series.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars coming back for 12 new episodes on Disney streaming service

Friday at San Diego Comic-Con, a few new books in the prequel era were announced, including Master and Apprentice, a tale by best-selling author Claudia Gray of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as Queen’s Shadow, a Padme book by Ahsoka author EK Johnston:

https://twitter.com/ek_johnston/status/1020430073134919681

it looks like we can expect Master and Apprentice on April 16, 2019, and Queen’s Shadow on March 5, 2019. Remember: Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Episode I — The Phantom Menace.

What era of Star Wars do you think the novels need to explore deeper?

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