New Release: ‘Queen’s Peril’ by E. K. Johnston

June 2, 2020 at 5:15 am | Posted in Books, Disney Lucasfilm Publishing, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Queen’s Peril by E. K. Johnston is out today in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats. This book serves as a prequel to her previous novel Queen’s Shadow.

When fourteen-year-old Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to the rule from the royal palace. To keep her safe and secure, she’ll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys. Each girl is selected for her particular talents, but it will be up to Padmé to unite them as a group. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test–of themselves, and of each other.

Click here to check out the official product page.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

May 29, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Del Rey, Disney, Disney+, IDW, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, Toys & Collectibles, Video Games | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Art News

Book News

  • Polygon has an excerpt from Queen’s Peril which will be out next week.
  • New release dates for The High Republic novels (which are being pushed back): Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule – January 5, 2021, A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland – January 5, 2021, and Into the Dark by Claudia Gray – February 2, 2021.

Comic News

  • Jedi News has an update on IDW’s Star Wars comic publishing plans for this summer. Click here to check out the revised release dates.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Retro Reviews: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne

May 26, 2020 at 5:28 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Heir to the Jedi, by Kevin Hearne, is the third adult novel in the Disney Canon released in March of 2015. 

This is one of the most unique books in the canon. The reason behind its uniqueness is that it was originally written to be the third book in the “Empire and Rebellion” series that was written in 2014 for the Expanded Universe (some of the last EU novels). However, once the decision on “canon” was made, Lucasfilm and Del Rey decided to make some changes and plop this book into the canon. There are many differing views on this, but mine is that they absolutely should not have.

One good thing that I can say about this book is its pacing. While many Star Wars books try to be written like movies, this book really feels like a miniseries. I could envision Lucasfilm making a t.v. show on Disney Plus that was six episodes that followed this book’s plot. It moves from the Rodia plot, to the side trip to Fax, to the covert operation on Denon, to the escape from Denon, to the stop in Kupoh, to the final battle. I liked that pacing and felt that I could read about 50 pages at a time and feel like I was reading an episode of television. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne…

Retro Reviews: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno

May 12, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Tarkin, by James Luceno, is the second adult novel written in the canon, released in November 2014.

To start with, it should be noted that James Luceno is no stranger to Star Wars novels at the point of this book’s release. Luceno had already written eight adult novels for Star Wars, including the ever popular Darth Plagueis

James Luceno did a decent job with this book. As expected, this book focuses on the character of Tarkin. Not only is he the main character of the novel, but his backstory is also explained in-depth. I would not have expected his backstory to actually be so interesting, but James Luceno does an excellent job of weaving it throughout the main plot of the book. There are no chapters entirely of flashbacks, but rather short, one or two page long exposition dumps that adequately serve the purpose of the book. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno…

Around the Web

May 8, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, The Clone Wars, Toys & Collectibles, Video Games | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • The Hollywood Reporter has a cover reveal, and interview with the author for the upcoming Poe Dameron book Free Fall.
  • If you missed BookCon you can check it out here. They had on a bunch of Star Wars authors for May 4th.
  • First episode of The Star Wars Show Book Club.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

Author Holocron Series: A.C. Crispin

May 6, 2020 at 12:02 am | Posted in Author Holocron, Books, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

As A.C. Crispin, Ann wrote the popular Han Solo Trilogy for Star Wars, a back story set before the events of A New Hope. She’s authored works for Star Trek and the miniseries V as well as original works such as the StarBridge series. More recently, she wrote for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with The Price of Freedom.

Biography

Ann Carol Crispin was born in Stamford, Connecticut on April 5, 1950 to parents George Arthur Tickell and Eleanor Hope Hooker. She went to college at the University of Maryland and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 1972. Her first published novel was Yesterday’s Son, a Star Trek novel that explores Spock’s discovery that he has a son. It was the first Star Trek novel, other than the movie novelizations, to hit the New York Times Bestseller List. The previous New York Times Bestseller for the Star Trek franchise was The Wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre, who would later write the Star Wars novel The Crystal Star, which was also a New York Times Bestseller. The fact that both authors had such success in Star Trek certainly helped them in being selected to write for Star Wars. The remarkable point is that they both succeeded in the two biggest sci-fi franchises of all time, a testament to their writing talents. Continue Reading Author Holocron Series: A.C. Crispin…

Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller

April 29, 2020 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Regular Feature, Retro Reviews, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Greetings, my name is Jonathan Koan. The team here at Roqoo Depot has graciously allowed me to write some book reviews to put on the website. I am extremely thankful to Skuldren and the whole team for allowing me the opportunity.

Since we are now almost 6 years into the publishing process of the canon, I thought it would be prudent to go back and read through all of the adult and YA books released thus far. I’ll be analyzing how the book works on its own as literature, how the characters work, how it ties into the greater Star Wars universe and many other things. At the end of my reviews, I’ll be giving my personal rating on the book.

To start with, I am going to review A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller, which was released in September of 2014. This book serves as a tie-in prequel to Star Wars Rebels and also serves as the first novel in the Lucasfilm canon. Continue Reading Retro Reviews: ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller…

Around the Web

April 24, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • The Star Wars Show is launching a new video series called The Star Wars Show Book Club. The new series will let fans ask authors questions about Star Wars books. You can check out the details here. The new series will launch May 1st and will come out every 2 weeks.
  • Jedi News posted about two new books coming from Becker & Mayer – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Traveler’s Guide to Batuu, and Star Wars Book of Lists. Both will be out in June.
  • The Del Rey Star Wars Books Q&A is today. Follow the link to check out their virtual con.
  • Doctor Aphra is getting an audio drama just like Dooku: Jedi Lost. It’ll be out July 21st and will feature a full cast. The story is by Sarah Kuhn.

Fandom News Continue Reading Around the Web…

Around the Web

April 17, 2020 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Books, Comic Books, Dark Horse, Marvel, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News, Television, The Mandalorian | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book & Comic News

  • StarWars.com has a cover reveal for Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Stories of Light and Dark, an upcoming anthology that will be out August 25th. The book will include 11 stories by authors: Lou Anders, Preeti Chhibber, Zoraida Córdova, Jason Fry, Rebecca Roanhorse, Greg Van Eekhout, Tom Angleberger, E. Anne Convery, Sarah Beth Durst, Yoon Ha Lee, and Anne Ursu. However, only one of the stories will be completely original, the others will be retellings of existing episodes and arcs from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television show. But there will be some artwork in the book by Ksenia Zelentsova, and hopefully the retellings will prove to be worth while enough to buy the book.
  • This falls under book and comic news, but Creators 4 Comics is auctioning off stuff and it includes Star Wars writers. Jedi News has a roundup here, and  here what is being sold off and by who. Auctions end on 4/20. You can read the details on how it works here.

Fandom News

  • New episode of Galaxy of Adventures.

  • This Week in Star Wars.

  • And the Clone Wars Download for “Together Again.”

Movie & Television News

  • Variety is reporting that Stellan Skarsgard and Kyle Soller will be in the upcoming Cassian Andor series.
  • Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is coming to Disney+ on May 4th. This series will go behind the scenes of The Mandalorian and is being hosted by Jon Favreau. StarWars.com has the full details.

Toy & Collectible News

  • StarWarStore.com is offering an EFX Boba Fett Signature Helmet. It has a steep price tag though.
Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Author Holocron Series: Aaron Allston

April 8, 2020 at 12:33 am | Posted in Author Holocron, Books, Regular Feature, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment

Star Wars has given fans many books to read over the years, and for those willing delve into the old Legends titles, there’s a lot to enjoy. Today we’re kicking off a new series highlighting the authors of those old Legends novels and sharing some trivia you might enjoy. To get things started, we present Aaron Allston.

Biography

Aaron Allston was born in Corsicana, Texas on December 8, 1960. By 1982, he was an editor of the magazine Space Gamer, and the next year he worked as a freelance game designer, author of the supplement Autoduel Champions, and helped launch the magazine Fantasy Gamer. He wrote his first novel in 1988 called Web of Danger which was packaged as a two for one book along with Acolytes of Darkness by Flint Dille and David Marconi. It would take 10 more years before readers would see his first Star Wars novel, Wraith Squadron, which kicked off a long relationship with the franchise. From 1998 to 2012, Allston graced fans with thirteen Star Wars novels and two short stories. Sadly, Allston passed away in 2014 from heart failure. I met Aaron at Star Wars Celebration VI back in 2012 in Orlando, Florida, one of my favorite Celebrations because of that. It’s a memory I’ll cherish. While Aaron may be gone from the world, his books live on. Continue Reading Author Holocron Series: Aaron Allston…

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