Black Spire dives deep into the largest settlement on the planet Batuu, the Black Spire Outpost. Disneyland (and soon, Disney World) visitors can experience Batuu firsthand at Galaxy’s Edge. Set in the time between The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the novel follows the exploits of Vi Moradi as she tries to recruit for the Resistance. However, General Organa’s top spy has to do so with the First Order hot on her tail.
Astute Star Wars fans will recognize elements of Black Spire from other stories within the Star Wars universe. Those included references to Batuu from the novel Thrawn: Alliances. (There was also mention of the outpost in the film Solo: A Star Wars Story.) Then there’s protagonist Vi Moradi; she first appeared in Dawson’s previous novel, Star Wars: Phasma.
Danger at Black Spire
At Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge guests can explore the outpost just like Moradi does in the novel: dodging stormtroopers, interacting with the locals, and witnessing the rise of the Resistance amid the presence of the First Order. As it does for Moradi and her companions in Black Spire, this Outer Rim locale has plenty of surprises in store for guests.
Moradi is on a mission to find allies, sanctuary, and firepower for the Resistance. With orders from General Leia Organa herself, Moradi makes her way to Batuu, where she hopes to find supporters amongst the scum and villainy at the Black Spire Outpost. She’ll have to be careful, though, as a shuttle full of stormtroopers have landed on Batuu in an attempt to find her. Who will she be able to recruit from the outcasts and misfits that will spark the Resistance on Batuu? Or will the First Order end her mission before it even begins?
Check back later for a full review of the novel late rthis week!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire will hit retail bookshelves August 27th.
Thanks to Del Rey for providing a review copy of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire.
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