Two new 'Star Wars' books offer daring tales from the galaxy far, far away

Star Wars: Crimson Climb
Star Wars: Crimson Climb (Image credit: Disney Lucasfilm Press)

While Lucasfilm regroups and rethinks its entire strategy on TV and feature film "Star Wars" projects centered in that legendary galaxy far, far away, Disney Lucasfilm Press wants to make sure that fans are still well stocked with ample reading material this fall with an upcoming pair of young adult "Star Wars" novels.   

First up is "Star Wars: The High Republic - Tales of Light and Life," an anthology which intends to unify the previous two phases of Disney's "The High Republic" publishing initiative that started with an announcement back in February 2020. 

This "Star Wars" expanded universe campaign is about to enter its Phase III period later this year and features an intertwined roster of books, novels and comics set 200 years prior to "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," when the fabled Jedi Knights were at their zenith. 

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Cover of "Star Wars: The High Republic - Tales of Light and Life." (Image credit: Disney Lucasfilm Press)

Here's the official description:

"Thrilling short stories featuring fan favorite characters from the beloved 'High Republic' series each written by a New York Times bestselling author. 'The High Republic' authors share unmissable short stories that bridge Phases, resolve mysteries, and offer tantalizing hints of what is to come. Rejoin the adventures of the Jedi and Padawans, Pathfinders and Path members, heroes and villains ahead of the launch of Phase III."

Star Wars: The High Republic: Tales of Light and Life:

Star Wars: The High Republic: Tales of Light and Life: $17.09 on Amazon

Relive the tales of the High Republic, set long before the Empire rose up some 200 years before the Skywalker Saga in this new anthology from New York Times bestselling authors.

Authors participating in this stout, 352-page hardcover anthology are Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Lydia Kang, George Mann, Daniel José Older, Cavan Scott, and Charles Soule.

Next up is "Star Wars: Crimson Climb," which heralds from New York Times bestselling author E. K. Johnston, author of the "Queens" series of "Star Wars" novels showcasing Padmé Amidala. Johnston's latest novel divulges an untold story of Qi'ra, the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate character played by "Game of Thrones"' Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke in 2018's "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

Cover of "Star Wars: Crimson Climb." (Image credit: Disney Lucasfilm Press)

Here's the official synopsis:

"Qi'ra listened to the dreams and promises of a boy with a reckless smile, only to be torn away from him and returned to the White Worms gang while Han made his way to freedom. Freedom seems like a luxury she can't afford while she concentrates on survival and despairs of ever leaving Corellia. But her fortunes seem to turn when a representative of the crime syndicate Crimson Dawn plucks Qi'ra from captivity and brings her to the syndicate's leader, the mysterious and mercurial Dryden Vos. 

"Vos offers Qi'ra an opportunity she's never had before: the chance to build something resembling a comfortable life if she can prove her worth to his organization. With failure meaning certain death, Qi'ra knows she must immerse herself in the merciless, murderous world of Crimson Dawn. What she doesn't know is just who she will be if she survives …"

Star Wars: Crimson Climb:

Star Wars: Crimson Climb: $17.99 from Amazon

New York Times bestselling author E. K. Johnston pens a new untold story about Qi'ra, portrayed by Emilia Clarke in the film "Star Wars: A Solo Story."

Disney Lucasfilm Press' "Star Wars: The High Republic - Tales of Light and Life" drops on September 5, 2023, followed by "Star Wars: Crimson Climb" on Oct. 10, 2023.

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Jeff Spry
Contributing Writer

Jeff Spry is an award-winning screenwriter and veteran freelance journalist covering TV, movies, video games, books, and comics. His work has appeared at SYFY Wire, Inverse, Collider, Bleeding Cool and elsewhere. Jeff lives in beautiful Bend, Oregon amid the ponderosa pines, classic muscle cars, a crypt of collector horror comics, and two loyal English Setters.