This October will see the publication of Star Wars: Rise of the Empire, an anthology that collects the previously released novels Tarkin (by James Luceno) and A New Dawn (by John Jackson Miller). In addition to those titles, the trade paperback will include three new short stories written specifically for this volume.
Today Del Rey revealed the titles, authors, and synopses of those three stories, and you’ll find those below:
MERCY MISSION by Melissa Scott
Years before she led the crew of the Ghost, Hera Syndulla was a young pilot looking to make a difference in the galaxy. Hera sets out with Goll — a close ally of her father, Cham Syndulla — on a dangerous mission to help the citizens of her homeworld, Ryloth, now languishing under the might of the Empire.
BOTTLENECK by John Jackson Miller
When Grand Moff Tarkin is tasked by Emperor Palpatine to investigate a dispute slowing Imperial production on a backwater planet, he expects an easy mission. Instead, Tarkin must forge a tense alliance with Count Vidian, the Empire’s newest rising star and a most capable rival. Matching wits and risking betrayal at every turn, the two powerful Imperials duel to gain the upper hand…and elude, at all costs, the price of failure.
THE LEVERS OF POWER by Jason Fry
As Imperial and Rebel forces clash on and above the Forest Moon of Endor, Admiral Rae Sloane commands from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Vigilance. At a time where the stakes could not be higher, Sloane works to protect the Death Star and ensure Imperial victory, all too aware of the uncertain future for the Empire that may lie in the aftermath of the battle.
When the five stories are collected into this one volume, they will serve as a guide of sorts to the formation of the Galactic Empire.
Star Wars: Rise of the Empire will be available in trade paperback and e-book on October 6.
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