Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances will debut at #1 on the New York Times’ bestseller list next week, Random House has announced. This is the fifth adult Star Wars novel overall and only the second non-adaptation to make it to the top of the list. Zahn is also the only Star Wars author to have two #1s in the franchise – his first being Heir to the Empire back in 1991.
Plenty of Star Wars books make the top 10, but other previous NYT #1s include Alan Dean Foster’s The Force Awakens in 2015, Sean Williams’ The Force Unleashed novelization in 2008 and Terry Brooks’ The Phantom Menace novelization in 1999. E.K. Johnston’s Ahsoka was #1 on the Young Adult chart in 2016.
The extended gap between movies sees Star Wars publishing reaching back to the prequel era for their most high profile SDCC announcements. Coming from Del Rey we have Master and Apprentice, a Qui-gon and Obi-wan novel from Claudia Gray (Bloodline, Princess of Alderaan). And from Disney-Lucasfilm press there’s the long-rumored Padme novel, Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston (Ahsoka).
The Padme cover is by Tara Phillips, who editor Jen Heddle says she “found on Deviant Art.” Both books will be out in early 2019 and up for pre-order soon: Master and Apprentice in February, and Queen’s Shadow in March.
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.
There was a bit of misinterpretation going on regarding something Timothy Zahn said at a con recently. Zahn himself sets the record straight: He has proposals, but not contracts, for two more Thrawn books… And he doesn’t know anything about Episode IX. It’s simply the nature of the franchise that movies will dictate the rest of the content. (And given that Thrawn went MIA in the Rebels finale, and there’s a brand new cartoon coming up… There are a lot of balls in the air even outside of the films that could have an impact on anything else regarding Thrawn.)
Zahn’s next Star Wars book, Thrawn: Alliances, will be out in July.
It’s a big week for releases, at least by post/pre-movie standards: One novel re-release and three comics! On Tuesday, January 30, Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn is out in paperback. It has a sequel coming in July.