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April 2019 Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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    9780593156797 9781984800817 9781984819543 9781984800800 9781984800824 9781984819611 Paperback / softback, Mass market, , $12.99 CAD 9780525619383 Electronic book text, EPUB 9781984886453 CD-Audio, $60 CAD 9781984886460 Downloadable audio file
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SW: STAR WARS
Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)
By (author): Claudia Gray
9780525619376 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera Apr 16, 2019
$38.99 CAD
Active 6.48 x 9.59 x 1.1 in 352 pages Del Rey
The first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, this novel explores Obi-Wan Kenobi’s apprenticeship as a young Jedi to Qui-Gon Jinn.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Aveross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the Royal Court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces which will demand that Master and Apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.

Story Locale: The Star Wars Galaxy

MARKETING SYNERGY WITH DISNEY/LUCASFILM: This book’s release will coincide with Disney/Lucasfilm’s GALAXY OF ADVENTURES 2019 merchandising initiative, culminating in the release of Star Wars: Episode IX in December 2019.

NEW ERA FOR NOVELS: This novel is set before the prequel trilogy of films (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)—an era that has never been seen before in a canon novel!

THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SCI-FI FRANCHISE IN HISTORY: Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned over $1.3 billion worldwide, following in the footsteps of its popular predecessors. All four new films have earned audience accolades and critical acclaim, and have re-established Star Wars as the most successful Sci-Fi franchise in the world.

BESTSELLING STAR WARS AUTHOR: Claudia Gray’s previous title with Del Rey, Bloodline, was a New York Times bestseller. She is a proven fan favorite; Bloodline, as well as her YA novels, Star Wars: Lost Stars and Leia, Princess of Alderaan, all have more than 4 stars on Goodreads.com.

Copyright © 2019 by Lucasfilm, Ltd. & ® or (TM) where indicated.

Claudia Gray is the author of Star Wars: Bloodline; Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan; and Star Wars: Lost Stars. Her other books include Defy the Stars and the Evernight, Spellcaster, and Firebird series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

Author Residence: New Orleans, LA

Author Hometown: New Orleans, LA

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“Gray’s other Star Wars novels—Lost Stars, Bloodline and Leia: Princess of Alderaan—are among the best you can read, but Master & Apprentice stands out as her strongest.”—CNET
 
“Thankfully, the novel absolutely delivers on the goods and the wait has been worth it.”—Cinelinx
 
Master & Apprentice proves—again—that Claudia Gray ‘gets’ Star Wars.”—Dork Side of the Force
 
“Gray has not only written her finest novel to date in my opinion, but certainly one of the finest canon novels as well, maybe the finest.”—TheForce.Net

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