Padme is in Thrawn: Alliances, and subject of a new excerpt

Padme Amidala stars in the third excerpt from Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances. (To be fair, she was mentioned in the last one, where a young Anakin Skywalker meets pre-Imperial Thrawn.) There’s also new poster art, which will be available only in the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition of the book.

The excerpt was announced on this week’s Star Wars Show.

The standard editions of the book will be out on July 24, but fans can get a special con exclusive version a little earlier at SDCC.

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How to get the (two!) SDCC exclusive versions of Thrawn: Alliances

Del Rey’s Unbound Worlds blog has the details on how you can score the two exclusive versions of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances that they’ll be bringing to San Diego Comic Con next month. The first is a signed hardcover version that comes with a new cover, a pin and a tote bag. The second is the audiobook version, which features an exclusive conversation between Zahn and narrator Marc Thompson, as well a collector’s tin, numbered and signed card, and the same pin as the hardcover.

Either version will cost you $45. Del Rey will be using a wristband system again, with separate wristbands for each edition.

Fans at the con will also be getting the book slightly early: SDCC is held July 19-22, while the standard editions go on sale July 24.

NYCC: Zahn writing a Thrawn sequel, Forces of Destiny comics coming

The big news out of the Star Wars literature panel at New York Comic Con? A Thrawn sequel from Timothy Zahn is coming next summer. Thrawn: Alliances will also feature Darth Vader, because why not, I guess.

Since Thrawn pretty much butts up against Thrawn’s appearance and new canon debut Rebels, there’s some speculation that the book could be set after the cartoon… Which could mean that he’ll survive the show’s final season. Maybe. In any case, the book is already in the hands of Del Rey.

It’s also up on the Random House catalog, where we get a brief – but illuminating – blurb.

The sequel to New York Times bestseller Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances will continue to follow the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of Imperial power—and accompany him into the past, witnessing his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader.

The book is currently scheduled for a June 26, 2018 release in hardcover and eBook.

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