Happy Star Wars Day to all who enjoy a tall glass of blue milk and dream of twin Tatooine sunsets on the horizon.
To add to the annual Star Wars celebration of everything that comes from a galaxy far, far away, we’re announcing Del Rey’s new space-opera novel, Star Wars Brotherhood, coming to Earth bookstores and online stores on May 10th. (You can save 29% if you pre-order now on Amazon.)
Written by Mike Chen (From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back), this latest Star Wars story is the perfect set-up for the upcoming Disney Plus miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi, starring Ewan McGregor. as an aging space wizard in exile and landing on the streaming platform from May 27th.
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Star Wars Brotherhood is set in the tumultuous times of the prequel era, immediately following the chaotic events that unfolded in 2002’s Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
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The narrative centers around how Count Dooku’s cunning Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress first met Kenobi at the start of the devastating Clone Wars, and delves into the complicated relationship between Anakin’s former master and the newly anointed Jedi Knight as they are called to investigate a shocking event. tragedy on the Trade Federation planet Cato-Neimodia.
Here is the official Del Rey synopsis:
The clone wars have begun. Battle formations are taking place all over the galaxy. With every world that joins the Separatists, the world protected by the Jedi Order slips through their fingers.
“After the explosion devastated Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic was blamed and the planet’s fragile neutrality threatened. The Jedi send Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order’s most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate a crime. and maintain a balance that has begun to shift dangerously. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guardian, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their plot, and feels Asajj Ventress’ sinister hand in the mists that shroud the planet.
“In the midst of the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan must travel alone and his former master’s insistence that he listen this time, Anakin’s stubborn determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party, and bringing along a promising but conflicted youth. .
Anakin was once Obi-Wan’s Padawan, but now he is on equal but precarious grounds with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger to everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way of working. together – and they must learn quickly to save Cato Neimoidia and her people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face, they must grow from master and apprentice. They should stand together like brothers.”
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For Chen, The Brotherhood was a dream project that takes place in his beloved era of the Star Wars saga and follows the transition between Anakin and Obi-Wan as a squabbling master and apprentice to the bonds of brotherhood forged in extreme conflict. Here’s how it all happened:
Space.com: What is the origin of The Brotherhood and why did you want to tell this particular story?
Mike Chen: I was pretty open with my agent about wanting to do a character-driven story for the prequel era, so from a business standpoint it really started with that and my story in From a Certain Point. Anthology of vision. That being said, this is literally a dream project for me, as I love the complexity of both the Clone Wars era and Anakin Skywalker as a character. The galaxy is changing in ways known and unknown to our heroes, making their journey from point A (Attack of the Clones) to point B (The Clone Wars movie) exciting and ready to explore.
Space.com: What did your research process lead to when writing this story about Obi-Wan and Anakin?
Chen: I’ve watched Attack of the Clones quite a bit, as well as a shortlist of The Clone Wars episodes and Revenge of the Sith parts. Once the narrative outline was in place, much of this revision focused on voice and physical mannerisms, and trying to get into the heads of the characters at specific times so that I could retell it in prose. I was also constantly looking for references to other materials to weave connective tissue into, and also spoke with E. C. Johnston, author of The Queen’s Hope (which takes place just before my book).
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Space.com: What weird stuff did you include in Brotherhood?
Chen: I have a spreadsheet with 70 links, sidebars, and easter eggs woven into Fellowship. Of these, there is one standout for Anakin and Obi-Wan that I’m thrilled they let me do. For Anakin, this is a transfer of the sun dragon motif from Matthew Stover’s Revenge of the Sith novelization into Anakin’s childhood and relationship with his mother. For Obi-Wan, this is an extension of his personal history with Mandalore’s Satine Kryze and, in particular, a connection to a detail from John Jackson Miller’s legendary Kenobi novel.
Space.com: Do you have a favorite Star Wars memory and any special plans for Star Wars Day?
Chen: I was born in the late 1970s, so I’ve been a fan all my life. This means there are many memories to choose from, but I think what I’m really holding on to is my daughter’s reaction to watching the saga using the Order of the Machete (as I’ve documented in this essay).
When we finished, it became clear that it would not just be cool spaceships and laser swords, it would be something that would carry emotional weight for her. Knowing that we have built this deep connection for her and that we can enjoy it together is very important. So we’ll probably spend Star Wars Day as a family just watching something together and knowing that it will always be there for us.
Star Wars: The Brotherhood by Mike Chen releases May 10 from Del Rey Books.
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