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This new ‘Star Wars’ book will help us understand ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith,’ a novel from author Adam Christopher, will offer insight into the sequel trilogy

Lando Calrissian in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” A new “Star Wars” will offer insight into the “Skywalker” trilogy.
Lando Calrissian in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” A new “Star Wars” will offer insight into the “Skywalker” trilogy.
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A new “Star Wars” book will tell a story that will help us understand the sequel trilogy, especially “The Rise of Skywalker.” announced four new books that will tell stories from the “Star Wars” saga. One of the books, “Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith,” a novel by author Adam Christopher, will take place after “Return of the Jedi” and tell the story of Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian on a mission to find the planet Exegol, the Sith-controlled planet that first appeared in “The Rise of Skywalker.”

This story is actually pretty important for understanding “The Rise of Skywalker.” In the film, Rey, Poe and Finn travel to the planet Pasaana, where they meet Calrissian. They explain that they’re looking for a way to find Exegol. Calrissian explains that he and Luke spent years looking for Exegol and that Luke had taken notes during the search.

Now, “Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith” will provide that story, giving us a deeper look into what happened between Luke and Lando and the search for Exegol. It will add another layer of the sequel trilogy story and help us understand so much more about what happened in that film.

Christopher tweeted some notes about the book, saying that it is influenced by “Revenge of the Sith” and the High Republic book, “Light of the Jedi.” It will be set in 21 ABY — 21 years after the Battle of Yavin, which was seen in “A New Hope.” And it will apparently have lightsabers. Lots of them.

This suggests a number of possibilities with this story, too. We might learn more about the planet Exegol itself and the Wayfinder devices that the Sith created to provide a map to find Exegol. We may meet new Sith, Jedi and other characters that shape the way we see the sequel trilogy, specifically when it comes to Lando, Luke and others.

It’s always important to keep an eye on “Star Wars” books because they often give us more context and understanding of the films and TV series. But “Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith” might be the biggest book of them all for understanding the sequel trilogy. It will connect a number of dots and give us a better understanding of “The Rise of Skywalker.”