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Star Wars Books: Phasma & Leia Novels Debut on Force Friday II

Caution: Light spoilers for upcoming Star Wars books ahead…

Delilah S. Dawson and Claudia Gray’s newest Star Wars books hit shelves Sept. 1

Phasma, Dawson, Star Wars Books

Pulling my head out of the sand — literally — I realized that two new Star Wars books début on Force Friday II, and I’ve written nary a word.

Delilah S. Dawson’s Phasma and Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: Leia – Princess of Alderaan hit browsers and bookshelves on September 1!

Both books are part of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” And both books are by authors I’ve really enjoyed.

Finding Phasma

Phasma, Dawson, Star Wars Books sets the stage for Phasma:

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins—and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper—Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past—and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it—and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury.

The excerpt, published on, begins:

Phasma and her warriors began making preparations the moment they saw the explosion high overhead. As the ship’s remains streaked across the sky, Phasma tracked it with her quadnocs, taking careful note of the direction in which it fell. At the very least, ships like this could be pillaged; at most, there was always a hope that they could be salvaged and used to get offplanet. No one alive had seen such ships do anything but fall and crash, but they were evidence of the larger galaxy beyond Parnassos, of a future that had been denied them. It was painful, living on such a treacherous planet with so many re­minders of the ease and technology that had once been taken for granted. At the very least, there would be metal, tech, clothes, medi­cines, food, and possibly working blasters scattered around what was left of the ship. These were the greatest riches in Phasma’s world.

Little known Leia

Leia, Gray, Star Wars Books

To my knowledge, Leia hasn’t been teased with an excerpt, and the details on the book are slight; very slight. barely gives us anything:

A young adult novel, written by New York Times Best-selling author Claudia Gray, about sixteen-year-old Princess Leia, set before A New Hope.

And, while the Internet was ablaze with the idea that Princess Leia had a Ph.D (based on some dated audio commentary from George Lucas, himself) , it doesn’t seem like Gray is going to clear anything up in terms of the Princess’ transcripts.

Just sitting here wondering: Why I can’t find ANYTHING outlining the plot of Gray’s YA novel. Maybe an excerpt coming? Something bigger in store from the novel? Hmmm…


Emma and the Porgs saw my cry for help and (kindly) responded in kind.

Thank you !  MTFBWY….
In any case, there will be plenty of new details on both women on Friday. Keep it here for all of your Force Friday II news. JB
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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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