Plagueis blurb, Shadow Games excerpt, and Essential Reader’s Companion news, oh my!

Today has been a very busy day for Expanded Universe news!  We received a blurb about the upcoming Darth Plagueis by James Luceno, an excerpt from Shadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, and news about the Essential Reader's Companion by Pablo Hidalgo. First, the Random House catalog posted a blurb for Darth Plagueis, which is due in hardcover and ebook format on December 27.
He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived. But could he be the only one who never died? “Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.” —Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master—but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination—and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?
Thanks to Knights Archive for the heads-up. Also posted today, the Official Star Wars Website released an excerpt from Shadow Games, to be released in paperback and ebook format in November 29.  The excerpt features Dash Rendar and his droid, Leebo. Finally, Erich Schoenweiss posted on the Star Wars Books Facebook page some information about the upcoming Essential Reader's Companion.
I'm working on editing some chapters of Pablo Hidalgo's new book, STAR WARS: THE ESSENTIAL READER'S COMPANION (available next August) and looking forward to seeing initial design layouts for the book in the next few days. Hope to be able to share some of this with you soon.
In a comment, Schoenweiss clarified that the essential guide will feature original content and detail all the novels, short stories, young adult novels, and ebooks that have been published since 1976.  It will also provide behind the scenes commentary and full color paintings by Jeff Carlisle and Chris Trevas.  As revealed in an exclusive Knights Archive interview, Sue Rostoni will be one of the editors on the project, working in a freelance capacity after her retirement from Lucasfilm. Stay tuned to EUCantina for updates the design aspects when they are posted.

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