New ‘Heir to the Jedi’ Excerpt

February 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted a new mini-excerpt for Kevin Hearne’s upcoming Luke novel Heir to the Jedi.

When I’d first felt the Force on the Millennium Falcon, it had been the barest tickle of a presence in my consciousness and in the air around me that wasn’t attributable to my five senses. Since then I had reached out to the Force on numerous occasions, and each time it grew marginally easier to make that contact and feel the Force swirl and coalesce around me, a not-quite-tangible but very real sensation, sort of like exercising and discovering over time that the same routine requires less effort because your strength and endurance have increased.

I didn’t have any goal in mind other than increasing my awareness of the Force; there were no vegetables or other objects to nudge around in the cockpit, anyway, and I figured a greater grasp of the Force would help me perform such tasks more quickly later on, and perhaps allow me to move larger objects, or accomplish any number of other Jedi exercises.

The streaming starlines of hyperspace were excellent for clearing my mind. No distractions, just visual white noise. I remembered training with the remote, wearing a helmet with the blast shield down and feeling the Force as a power within and without that worked with me and yet was not me. That had been a twinge, a tiny awakening of a new part of my mind, like a half-glimpsed dawn through sleep-encrusted eyes. I knew I wasn’t fully awake yet; I think part of me wanted to go back to sleep. But the dawn comes whether you sleep through it or not, and I think the Force might be like that—always there, but unseen until you make the effort.

My breathing slowed and deepened, and soon I became aware that there were others breathing on the ship. Drusil was nearest, sitting in an attitude of prayer or perhaps meditation like myself, attempting to soothe away her worries. Perhaps the activity of her mind was pure math. Farther back and to the left, Nakari felt happy, though I didn’t know about what. Her breath was uneven and sort of purred—was she humming to herself? I couldn’t hear that to confirm…

Heir to the Jedi will be out in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats next Tuesday.

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Book Review: ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne

February 17, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne won’t be out until March 3rd, but to get everyone pumped up, we have an early spoiler free review of the novel. Click here to check it out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

‘Heir to the Jedi’ 50 Page Excerpt

February 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Random House has added a 50 page excerpt on their product page for Kevin Hearne’s upcoming novel Heir to the Jedi. Just click on the orange “Look Inside” button. Heir to the Jedi will be out in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats on March 3rd.

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Book Review: ‘Shattered’ by Kevin Hearne

September 9, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Random House, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Kevin Hearne dives back into The Iron Druid Chronicles with avengeance as he rekindles the magic of the series with Shattered. New characters, new creatures and new gods bring back the mystery and fun as each are explored and unleashed. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Around the Web

July 18, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in Around the Web, Conventions, Episode VII, Events, Interview, Movies, News, Regular Feature, Star Wars News, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys & Collectibles | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Around the Web news roundup of Star Wars and beyond.

Book News

  • Author Kevin Hearne posted some updates. He’s currently working on a fantasy novel called A Plague of Giants. He also revealed the title for the next Iron Druid Chronicles book, Staked. IDC fans can also look forward to a new short story he has written called “A Prelude to War” which is set after the events of Shattered.
  • Star Wars fans interested in checking out some non-Star Wars books by Star Wars authors might be interested in the Humble Sci-Fi Bundle which includes eBooks by Timothy Zahn, Barbara Hambly, William C. Dietz, Alan Dean Foster, Greg Bear and others.

Continue Reading Around the Web…

New Release: Star Wars Sampler 2014

July 15, 2014 at 10:10 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, eBooks, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | 1 Comment
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star-wars-2014-samplerDel Rey’s Star Wars Sampler 2014 is out today with previews of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn, James Luceno’s Tarkin, Kevin Hearne’s Heir to the Jedi and Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith. You can get your free digital copy via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Google Play.

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New Release: ‘Shattered’ by Kevin Hearne

June 17, 2014 at 6:25 am | Posted in Books, Fantasy, Random House, Sci-Fi | Leave a comment
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ShatteredShattered by Kevin Hearne is out today. This is the seventh book in The Iron Druid Chronicles.

For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

For more information, ordering links and excerpts, you can check out the official product page.

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Excerpt for ‘Heir to the Jedi’

June 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Star Wars Books has posted an excerpt for Kevin Hearne’s upcoming Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedi.

There’s no one around to answer all my questions now that Ben’s gone. It’s a stark fact that continually reasserts itself each time I wonder what I’m supposed to do now. That brown robe he wore might as well have been made of pure mystery; he clothed himself in it and then left nothing else behind on the Death Star. I know Han likes to scoff at the idea of the Force, but when a man’s body simply disappears at the touch of a lightsaber, that’s more than “simple tricks and nonsense.”

And I know the Force is real. I’ve felt it.

I still feel it, actually, but I think it’s like knowing there’s something hidden in the sand while you’re skimming above it. You see ripples on the surface, hints that something is moving down there—maybe something small, maybe something huge—living a completely different life out of your sight. And going after it to see what’s underneath the surface might be safe and rewarding, or it might be the last thing you ever do. I need someone to tell me when to dive into those ripples and when to back off.

I thought I heard Ben’s voice a couple of times during the Battle of Yavin, but I’m wondering now if that really happened. Maybe I only thought it did; maybe that was my subconscious speaking to me—a kind of wishful thinking. He’s been silent since, and I don’t feel I can talk to anyone else about the Force. My confidants at this point consist of one blue and white astromech droid.

Heir to the Jedi will be out on January 13, 2015 in hardcover, digital and audiobook formats.

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New ‘Heir to the Jedi’ Blurb

May 13, 2014 at 6:05 am | Posted in Books, Del Rey, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books | Leave a comment
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Amazon UK has a new blurb listed for Kevin Hearne’s upcoming Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedi.

The Galactic Civil War rages on after the destruction of the Death Star and Luke Skywalker struggles to learn more about the Force without the aid of Obi-Wan Kenobi-or indeed without any aid at all. But the few memories he has of Obi-Wan’s instruction point the way to a stronger control of the Force, and he is encouraged to pursue it by a new friend in the Alliance. When Luke, R2-D2 and his new ally are tasked with liberating a valuable asset from the Empire and delivering her to a safe planet where she can aid the Alliance, their journey across the galaxy is fraught with peril-and opportunities for Luke to discover the mysteries of the Force.

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Star Wars Books Relaunch

April 25, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Books, Del Rey, News, Random House, Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Here’s the official press release regarding the Star Wars books relaunch.

DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE and RANDOM HOUSE ANNOUNCE

RELAUNCH OF STAR WARS™ ADULT FICTION LINE

New Publishing Program to be Part of the Unified Star Wars Storytelling Future

New York, NY – April 25, 2014 – Following today’s announcement of Lucasfilm’s new unified storytelling approach, Disney Publishing Worldwide is proud to announce their first step into that larger world, beginning with Del Rey Books. The publishing program will feature new adult fiction novels set in the beloved galaxy far, far away, and will be closely connected to the cinematic entertainment currently in development at Lucasfilm. Continue Reading Star Wars Books Relaunch…

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