Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lucasfilm Announces New Middle-Grade Novel Titled "Guardians of the Whills"

By: Dominic Jones

A couple of fan favourites from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are getting their own middle-grade novel!  Chirut Imwe and Baze Malbus (played by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen respectively in the film) will be the stars of a new young readers novel from Disney Publishing, titled Guardians of the Whills.  The novel is set prior to the events of Rogue One and will deal with the arrival of Saw Gerrera (played Forest Whitaker in the film) on Jedha.  The novel is written by Greg Rucka (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Star Wars: Before the Awakening).  Check out the official preview synopsis below,

Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the Whills, who looked after the Kyber Temple on Jedha and all those who worshipped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. When a man named Saw Gerrera arrives with grand plans to take down the Empire, it seems like the perfect way for Baze and Chirrut to make a real difference and help the people of Jedha. But will it come at too great a cost?

The novel is available for pre-order now and will hit shelves on May 2nd, 2017.  Lucasfilm also announced that the Jyn Erso YA novel, Star Wars: Rebel Rising, by Beth Revis (the preview synopsis for which leaked yesterday) is also available for pre-order now.

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