The zillions of tie-in stories for The Force Awakens revealed there was going to be a scene in the movie where Leia acknowledged that her former colleagues in the Senate were just as likely to want to have her killed as they were to ignore her. A new Star Wars novel is going to explore why that’s the case, and why Leia had good reason to be wary.
USA Today has revealed a first look at Claudia Gray’s (writer of the excellent Lost Stars) next Star Wars book, Bloodlines, and it’s all about Leia Organa. Set around a decade before the events of The Force Awakens, Bloodlines sees Leia begin to realize that there’s a new generation of people who have grown up after the Rebellion, the Empire, and galactic civil war, and are thus ignore the dangers of the Imperial remnant that would be become the First Order.
She finds herself slowly dismayed by the Senators around her, but also facing new foes, like a mysterious political rival named Ransolm Casterfo, who disagrees with her at every turn and has a habit of collecting relics related to Emperor Palpatine.
But the most interesting part of the Bloodlines is that it actually shows us that Leia wasn’t just exaggerating her soured relationship with the New Republic. In an extra debuting over at USA Today, she actually is the target of an assassination attempt (with a few other senators) when she holds a meeting on Hosnian Prime to try and rally the Senate to her cause:
Leia settled into her chair, picked up her napkin — and stopped.
Something was written on the paper streamer on her plate. Actual writing. Virtually nobody wrote any longer; it had been years since Leia had seen actual words handwritten in ink on anything but historical documents.
But today, someone had left this message on her plate, only one word long:
Leia shoved her chair back, instantly leaping to her feet. “We have to get out of here,” she said to the startled senators at the table. “Now. Go!”
But they didn’t move, even as she dashed toward the door. Varish said, “Leia? What in the world’s —”
“Didn’t you hear me?” Damn fools who had never been in the war, who didn’t know an urgent warning when they got one. Leia held up the paper so they could see it. “Run! Everyone get up and run!”
With that, she took off, running as fast as she could, finally hearing the others stir behind her. Maybe they thought the note was only a prank, but Leia knew better. The inchoate dread that had swirled inside her all morning had solidified; this was what her feelings had been warning her about.
Man, someone really doesn’t like Leia Organa. I wonder if that Ransolm Casterfo guy—who might as well be called Badguy Villainos or something—has anything to do with it? But it seems like Bloodlines will be delving into Leia’s tetchy relationship with the New Republic more and more, and we’ll get some insight into just how the Resistance came together before the events of The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Bloodlines hits shelves May 3rd—head on over to the link below to read the entire excerpt.