The Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) is a wonderful place. It takes classic characters from the movies like Chewbacca, Emperor Palpatine and Han Solo and puts them through the ringer as only demented sci-fi and fantasy novelists can — killing some, resurrecting others and putting still others in the position of having a daughter who asks a certain bounty hunter who once had you frozen in carbonite help her kill her brother.
Yes, it’s not much of a secret by now that in the Star Wars — Legacy of the Force series of novels, Princess Leia and Han Solo’s son Jacen (love that name!) has embraced the dark side of the Force and even taken a Sith moniker for himself: Darth Caedus. And his twin sister Jaina Solo has decided to take him out rather than watch all her parents fought for go up in flames.
If you’ve never had the chance to sample the EU, or if you’ve simply lapsed a bit, the gods of tie-in fiction have granted you a reprieve: Now through May 13, when the series-ending Invincible goes on sale, you can download a free PDF, audiobook or eBook of the first volume in the series, Betrayal. See Del Rey for details.
The books have been slowly setting up the most anticipated duel since Anakin vs. Obi-Wan in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith: Jacen vs. Jaina. (Because Uncle Luke just can’t seem to take the brat out himself.)
The most recent volume, Revelation, had Jaina seeking advice on how to take down her megalomaniac brother from Boba Fett, whose own daughter died in the little Sith Lord’s custody. Fett, anguished and tired of the whole Jedi-Sith conflict that has dominated his life and cost him a father, actually gave her some pointers.
This is one fight that is definitely not to be missed! So download a copy of Betrayal and learn just how this ultimate family feud came to be!
From StarWars.com:As a special gift to Star Wars fans, Del Rey will be offering Book One in the series, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal, as a free downloadable PDF, audio book, and eBook. This promotional offer will run for two weeks, from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, until midnight on Tuesday, May 13. The free download, which can be shared, e-mailed or printed, will be available on www.legacyoftheforce.com
A New York Times bestselling series, Legacy of the Force introduces readers to a new era in the Star Wars universe and features the beloved characters from the original trilogy, answering the questions of what happened to Han, Luke and Leia after the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.
Book Nine, the final book in the series, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible, will go on sale as a Del Rey hardcover on May 13. It is available autographed here from StarWarsShop. Book Eight, Revelation, reached the #1 spot on The New York Times paperback bestseller list.
Del Rey has partnered with booksellers to provide the free download. AllBooks.com, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Booksense.com, Borders.com,
Deepdiscount.com, the eBook story from Sony, Overstock.com, and Powells.com have agreed to make the file available to their customers.
“This giveaway is a great way to introduce the legions of Star Wars fans to our books,” commented Christine Cabello, Deputy Director of Marketing at the Random House Publishing Group, who oversaw the execution of this initiative. “We also expect that it will build awareness and excitement for the on-sale date of the final book in the series, Invincible.”
Del Rey will be supporting the free download with a major online marketing campaign including an announcement in the Star Wars e-newsletter, promotion on StarWars.com, and banner advertising.
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