Star Wars: A New Dawn is an upcoming Star Wars novel written by John Jackson Miller. It takes place several years after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and precedes Star Wars Rebels. The book will feature characters from Rebels, including former Jedi Kanan Jarrus and the pilot Hera Syndulla, in major roles. The novel is due out in September 2014, around the time of the Rebels premiere.
The novel is the first to be written in conjunction with the Lucasfilm story department. As such, it is considered an official story and part of a unified canonical universe that includes the Star Wars films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and other official books.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
"The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning."—Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.
Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects' lives.
But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine's machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .
The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary "Dark Times" between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni.