Sunday, April 7, 2019

New 'Master & Apprentice' Preview Excerpt Released

The Celebration exclusive cover of Master & Apprentice
By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Del Rey have released the first preview excerpt from the upcoming novel Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray.  The novel, which hits shelves on April 16th, is set prior to the events of The Phantom Menace and will follow Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn on an adventure.  In the excerpt we see a flashack to Qui-Gon on a mission with his master Count Dooku (while he was still a Jedi, of course).  The excerpt was released on  You can read part of the excerpt below,

“I’m in pursuit!” Qui-Gon shouted into his comlink, hoping his voice would carry over the rush of air around his speeder bike as he swerved through jungle foliage. “Track me!”

His voice cracked on the last word. Great, he thought, but there was no time to dwell on anything except the chase.

He and Dooku were part of a Numidian Prime strike team, orga­nized to find the notorious bounty hunter Shenda Mol. She collected her bounties not by murdering individuals—which would’ve been bad enough—but by sabotaging passenger ships, detonating devices in crowded public areas, or once even releasing a deadly virus. Tens of thousands of deaths on fifty different planets were, for Mol, no more than collateral damage.

The Jedi had tracked her to Numidian Prime, where she had a small stronghold and a handful of followers. But the followers had all been apprehended now, and it was up to Qui-Gon and his Master to bring in Mol herself.

He gunned his speeder bike, trying to fly over the thick jungle un­derbrush but under the heavy palm leaves. Qui-Gon’s Padawan braid streamed behind him, and he wished he’d worn goggles to protect his stinging eyes.

No time for that. He crested the hill, which revealed the stony valley where they’d detected Mol’s hideout. Qui-Gon pulled back on speed, bringing his speeder bike to as quiet a stop as possible. From now on he’d travel on foot.

Master & Apprentice will be will be Gray's second Star Wars novel for Del Rey, and fourth overall (with two YA novels from Disney-Lucasfilm Press).  She also contributed a short story to the collection From A Certain Point Of View about Obi-Wan communing with Qui-Gon during the events of A New HopeYou can read the official synopsis Master & Apprentice the book here.

Star Wars: Master & Apprentice hits bookshelves on April 16th.

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