Posted By: Lone Stranger
Category: Authors | Novels | The Old Republic
Posted on: Thursday, December 20, 2007
With the dark ascension of the Empire, and the Jedi Knights virtually wiped out, one Jedi who escaped the massacre is slated for a date with destiny–and a confrontation with Darth Vader.
Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine's ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant's Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. Others search for the elusive Jax too. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax–about the father he never knew.
But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding–and risk detection by Darth Vader to fulfill his Master's dying wish.
Den Dhur and I-5YQ are not new to the Star Wars dramatis personae. Their stories are continued from other other books by Michael Reaves; Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (I-Five only), and MedStar I and II with Steve Perry. They were also mentioned in Death Star.
I have finally changed the poll to something new:
What are you looking forward to the most in 2008?
I really like The Force Unleashed cover by Petrol Advertising. I have actually had one of the early pieces of concept art of this scene as my desktop for about a year now. You can see it and more at LucasArts' website.
The Official Site posted an article with a preview cover of this August's Legacy of the Force book number six, Inferno. It is an image of a top-secret folder with a fire burning a hole through the middle. Within the burning hole is the following teaser text:
For the Jedi, the Galactic Alliance,
and the entire galaxy, the heat
is on…and rising.
On August 28th, 2007…
all hell breaks loose.
The article mentions that placeholder artwork is done to give booksellers something to post on their websites when they take preorders. Sometimes the preview is almost final, but not quite, and sometimes it is just a teaser like this. Why the teaser this time? The article says "sometimes the story is just too hot…" Take that as you will, but I suspect that the cover will give away something that happens in book five, Sacrifice, perhaps what exactly sets off the 'inferno.'
Sacrifice is due out May 22nd, Inferno is due August 28th. To view the cover, go to the Inferno page.
More details on the novel side of The Force Unleashed project have surfaced on The Official Site. It will follow the events of the game, which puts players into the position of Darth Vader's secret apprentice during the dark times between Episodes III and IV. Your goal is to rid the galaxy of Jedi. In the game, your actions will dictate how the story goes, coming ultimatly to one of many endings. The novel, however, will follow only one of those endings, the one that will become canon in the eyes of the EU and "mold the events of the Star Wars galaxy for the future."
The book is being written by three-time Star Wars novelist Sean Williams. The game will be on next-gen consoles, most likely the Xbox 360 and PS3.
George Lucas has had a large part in designing the story for The Force Unleashed. This is good in my eyes because he is also going to write the story arc for the upcoming 2008 live-action television show, also taking place between Episodes III and IV. Writing both of them minimizes the continuity problems.