By: Dominic Jones
Del Rey Books has unveiled the "opening crawl" for the upcoming novel Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno. The novel hits shelves on November 4th, 2014 and is set primarily between Episodes III and IV. It will follow the titular character Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, who was portrayed by Peter Cushing in A New Hope, as he rises through the ranks of the Empire during that era.
Check out the opening crawl below,
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
Five standard years have passed since Darth Sidious proclaimed himself galactic Emperor. The brutal Clone Wars are a memory, and the Emperor’s apprentice, Darth Vader, has succeeded in hunting down most of the Jedi who survived dreaded Order 66. On Coruscant a servile Senate applauds the Emperor’s every decree, and the populations of the Core Worlds bask in a sense of renewed prosperity.
In the Outer Rim, meanwhile, the myriad species of former Separatist worlds find themselves no better off than they were before the civil war. Stripped of weaponry and resources, they have been left to fend for themselves in an Empire that has largely turned its back on them.
Where resentment has boiled over into acts of sedition, the Empire has been quick to mete out punishment. But as confident as he is in his own and Vader’s dark side powers, the Emperor understands that only a supreme military, overseen by a commander with the will to be as merciless as he is, can secure an Empire that will endure for a thousand generations . . .
I love that they are including these "opening crawls" in the new canon novels (A New Dawn had one as well). I think it's a fun way to set up where we are in the story and hint at what's to come.
Follow The Star Wars Underworld on Twitter @TheSWU for more updates about this story and other breaking Star Wars news.