Next week the Star Wars: Aftermath story continues with the newest book in the trilogy, Life Debt! USA Today has released an excerpt from the book, which is written by Chuck Wendig. While the book will surely explore the further adventures of Norra and Temmin Wexley, Jas Emari and Sinjir Rath Velus, along with an expanded role for Han Solo, Chewbacca and other major galactic figures, it appears another major character from a recent Star Wars film will be making an appearance in one of the book's interludes.
Maz Kanata, who first appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will have a presence in Aftermath: Life Debt. Aftermath's story takes place in the time period immediately following Return Of The Jedi and will ultimately lead into the fateful Battle Of Jakku, which will result in the "Empire's End", which is the title of the third novel in the trilogy.
Author Chuck Wendig spoke briefly with USA Today about bringing Maz into his story:
“Maz Kanata’s clearly seen much and done more than many ever will in the galaxy and that’s so tantalizing. I wanted the chance to tell just a little bit of that — to reveal a few more micrometers of Maz and her castle’s history."
You can read the excerpt itself here:
There’s only one rule in Maz Kanata’s castle.
(Well, okay, there are dozens, even hundreds of rules. If you get up on stage, you have to perform; don’t drink what’s in the brown jug; don’t go downstairs; if your animal drops a pile anywhere, you’re out; all deals need the approval of Maz before they’re done, and if you try to go around her back she’ll take what’s yours and what’s his and sell all of it to the highest bidder; and for the love of all that is holy don’t mention Maz’s eyes unless you want to get into a very long conversation.)
But there’s only one spoken rule — written, too, in a hundred languages (many of them long-forgotten) on the wall beyond the bar: ALL ARE WELCOME. (NO FIGHTING.)
That rule is simple on the surface, but not easy in the execution, because Maz Kanata’s castle has been a meeting place since time immemorial — a nexus point drawing together countless lines of allegiance and opposition, a place not only where friend and foe can meet, but where complex conflicts are worn down flat so that all may sit, have a drink and a meal, listen to a song, and broker whatever deals their hearts or politics require. That’s why the flags outside her castle represent hundreds of cities and civilizations and guilds from before forever. The galaxy is not now, nor has it ever been, two polar forces battling for supremacy. It has been thousands of forces: a tug-of-war not with a single rope but a spider’s web of influence, dominance, and desire. Clans and cults, tribes and families, governments and anti-governments. Queens, satraps, warlords! Diplomats, buccaneers, droids! Slicers, spicers, ramblers, and gamblers! To repeat: ALL ARE WELCOME. (NO FIGHTING.)
You fight? You’re done.
Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt will be available everywhere books are sold this Tuesday, July 12th!
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