It’s a dark side sort of day with the first Expanded Universe book release of 2014. Out today is Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber. What happens when you send one of the most dangerous beings in galaxy on a do-or-die mission? A heck of a lot of carnage for starters.
Cog Hive Seven has a new inmate: Darth Maul. Sent by his Master Darth Sidious to infiltrate the prison and find the elusive Iram Radique, a legendary arms dealer. What might seem like a simple task is layered in complications. No one’s actually seen Radique and lived to tell the tale. Some think he’s just an urban legend. On top of his mission, Maul must survive the nightly fights to the death organized by the warden and the gamblers across the galaxy want to see their newest champion fight.
Looks like the mystery of what the unannounced Star Wars project will be has been solved! The official Del Ray Star Wars twitter account just tweeted a link to io9 announcing that Joe Schreiber will be turning his horror expertise to focus on Darth Maul. The book is due out at the end of 2013.
The synopsis of the book, taken again from io9, is as follows:
From the mind of Joe Schreiber, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Death Troopers, comes the delirious follow-up to last year’s Darth Plagueis. In a tale of retribution and survival set before the events of The Phantom Menace, Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious dispatch Sith apprentice Darth Maul on a secret mission to infiltrate a criminal empire operating from inside Cog Hive Seven-a hidden prison teeming with the galaxy’s most savage criminals. There, he must contend against the scummiest and most villainous in gladiatorial death matches while carrying out his masters’ clandestine commands. Failure is not an option; success will ignite the revenge of the Sith against the Jedi Order.
I’m fairly sure that this never came up in speculation the other week. Surprise.