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Here Comes the New Expanded Universe!

Okay, so maybe it's not the "new" Expanded Universe anymore. After all, the long-running Star Wars: Clone Wars series is part of this story universe and we have already had the fantastic entry of A New Dawn to get things started, followed up by the new series Star Wars: Rebels, which just premiered it's season one finale last night on Disney XD.

Today, however, we get our next entry in the new Expanded Universe books. They call it, Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.

Obviously, first and foremost, this is a direct reference to the title of the Star Wars book that kicked off what many of my generation called the EU while they were growing up. Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire.

I know there are a lot of fellow Star Wars fans that weren't pleased when Disney said they were going to scrap the old EU in favor of a new story line that would be led up by their Lucas Story Group, but I have long since become a supporter of that decision, mostly in part because after reading A New Dawn I was able to start watching Star Wars Rebels with knowledge about Hera and Kanan that was connected to the larger universe.

Opening the pages of this novel will be exciting for a new reason thanks to the Lucas Story Group. There will be story elements in this novel that may well play into Episode VII or one of the many-to-come Star Wars films set to hit our theaters in the years ahead. For the first time since I started reading Star Wars novels, the story contained on the printed pages will be fully supported and enforced as canon in the Star Wars films and television shows. It may not sound like much to those who don't have a vested interest in the Star Wars franchise, but I assure you, knowing that the stories here are a confirmed part of the larger story arch means that I can pay close attention to characters that I learn about in these new novels and keep my eyes peeled for them to pop up in the movies I'm going to see in theaters.

Mara Jade Skywalker, one of my favorite EU characters, was never able to become a part of the Star Wars universe in the same way as Luke or Han, but the Lucas Story Group has opened the doorway for this in the future. Now, if a smart, independent, character catches the eye of many a reader, we could soon see them on the big screen alongside our yet to be revealed heroes of the new trilogy.

This is big!

If you've dropped out of the Star Wars EU because of the lack of new content, I urge you to jump back in now while you're still on the bleeding edge of the new canon. I myself have never watched the Clone Wars, but I love Star Wars Rebels and A New Dawn was a great piece of fun Star Wars storytelling.

Come with me on this great adventure into Star Wars lore. Disney has given us a beautiful opportunity full of movies, shows, novels, and even games! The Sky(walker) is the limit! Let's warm up the hyperdrive coils and jump to light speed once more!!!

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