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Escape from the Empire in the new Star Wars Jedi: Survivor prequel novel

New Jedi stories keep coming.

Restless Jedi Knight Cal Kestis is ready to break into your console with Respawn Entertainment, Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm Games Star Wars Jedi: Survivor in March. This direct sequel to 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order continues Kestis’ ongoing crusade against the evil Galactic Empire following the tragic announcement of Jedi extinction known as Order 66.

But before eager gamers plunge into the interplanetary mayhem of the upcoming epic sequel, Random House Worlds offers a literary primer in the form of Sam Maggs’ best-selling Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, which will release from hyperspace on March 7th. 2023.

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Promotional art for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. (Image credit: EA Games)

In this 304-page hardcover, bestselling author, comic book, book and video game author Cal Kestis is at the helm as he commands the Stinger Mantis and its eclectic crew on a perilous journey between Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and this spring. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Kestis and his trusty droid BD-1 are on a mission to rebuild the legendary Jedi Order, pursued by relentless Imperial agents as darkness looms on the horizon. With the Empire hot on his trail, Kestis teams up with Bode’s new partner Akuna and former teammate named Cere Junda.

Cover of Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars. (Image credit: Random House Worlds)

Here’s the official synopsis:

Cal Kestis has built a new life for himself with the crew of the Stinger Mantis. Together, Cal’s team destroyed the bounty hunters, defeated the Inquisitors, and even eluded Darth Vader himself. More importantly, Merrin, Cere, Grizz, and the loyal droid BD-1 are Cal’s closest relatives since the fall of the Jedi Order. Even though the future of the galaxy becomes more uncertain every day, with every blow inflicted on the Empire, the Mantis team is getting more and more courageous.

While on a routine mission, they encounter a stormtrooper who decides to chart his own course with the help of Cal and crew. In exchange for help starting a new life, an Imperial deserter reveals a powerful, potentially invaluable tool to fight the Empire. And even better, she can help them get to him. The only catch is that the pursuit will lead them to the path of one of the most dangerous servants of the Empire, the Inquisitor known as the Fifth Brother.

Can an Imperial deserter really be trusted? And although Cal and his friends have survived skirmishes with the Inquisitors before, how many times can they elude the Empire before their luck runs out?

As a certified creator geek traversing the roads and backstreets of pop culture, Maggs (Star Wars Adventures, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope) is the perfect fit to offer a tempting snack , pushing the resistant Jedi. Knight Cal Kestis vs. the feared Imperial enforcer Fifth Brother before the inevitable arrival of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars by Random House Worlds releases March 7, 2023.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor releases for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC on March 17, 2023.

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