Take Five with Troy Denning, Author, ‘Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse’


Troy Denning is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a regular series where we ask authors and editors to share five facts about their latest books. Denning is the author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse, available now:

In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off—with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all.

In a planetwide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise. But victory against the cunning and savage Abeloth, and the terrifying endgame she has planned, is anything but certain. And as Luke, Ben, Han, Leia, Jaina, Jag, and their allies close in, the devastating truth about the dark side incarnate will be exposed—and send shock waves through the Jedi Order, the galaxy, and the Force itself.

Troy Denning:

1. About halfway through the Fate of the Jedi series, we were told that the backstory for our enigmatic villain, Abeloth, bore a striking resemblance to something in an upcoming Clone Wars trilogy. A few emails later, we realized that Abeloth fit neatly into the mythology for the Clone Wars’ Mission to Mortis trilogy. We were delighted when Dave Filoni agreed to leave room to knit Abeloth into their backstory.

2. When the Fate of the Jedi writing team originally suggested that Ben Skywalker’s first girlfriend be a Sith teenager, we were the only ones who liked the idea. We persisted, however, and were eventually given the okay — as long as Ben didn’t end up marrying the Sith girl.

3. Jaina Solo becomes a Master in this book. I was thrilled to do that.

4. I love writing combat sequences, and Apocalypse contains the longest I’ve ever written: over forty pages.

5. Yes — when I realized that the book’s release date would be 2012, I did suggest that we call it Apocalypse. In my defense, the title is entirely appropriate.