Moff- Man Prophecies
Darth Plagueis author takes Tarkin to the dark side
Few characters in the Star Wars universe have dared to boss Darth Vader around and lived to tell the tale. One such figure is Governor Tarkin – the man who oversaw the creation of the Death Star, obliterated Alderaan and eventually perished because of an unfortunate exhaust port oversight. The latest novel from veteran Expanded Universe writer James Luceno aims to explore the enigmatic villain’s rise to power.
“This story is set five years after Palpatine proclaims himself Emperor,” Luceno explains. “At this point in his career he’s still in the Imperial Navy but he is not at the level we’ll find him at in A New Hope. It’s something of an origin story in the sense that it explains how Tarkin reached the heights he did.”
Darth Vader looms large in Tarkin’s history but according to Luceno, the focus is firmly on the future Grand Moff. “It is, in some sense, a biographical novel. It’s a little less action- oriented; most Star Wars novels are not like this one. It’s also very much a war story, a story about the challenges the Empire faces in those first few years following the Clone Wars.”
Tarkin is the second novel in the new EU created in collaboration with the Story Group at Lucasfilm who now oversee all Star Wars canon. But as an author of several EU novels Luceno has a rosy outlook on their relegation to “Legends” status. “Too much has been made of this idea of a new canon,” says Luceno. “It doesn’t mean everything is out the window. Not by a long shot. In this book I wrote around a lot of the existing material rather than contradicting it. I don’t think books with the Legends heading need to be cast aside, there’s room for everything in this franchise.” Star Wars: Tarkin is published on Thursday 6 November courtesy of Random House.
James Luceno’s latest charts the rise of Governor Tarkin.