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Welcome Back, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff will always be special to Knights Archive because she was our first VIP to accept an interview, back when we were a little blog. We are once again pleased to welcome her to our site! This time, we’ll talk about her latest book: Star Wars: Shadow Games, which is another collaborative work with author Michael Reaves.

Maya, it’s been about 3 months since the release of Shadow Games. What kind of fan reaction have you seen?

Well, the week it came out I screwed up my courage and went and looked at the early reader reviews. They were good. I was especially happy to see people talking about how unexpectedly three-dimensional the characters were and how pleasantly surprised they were with the Javul Charn character. I saw especially positive responses from Dash Rendar fans. It was also on the New York Times top 100 bestsellers list at #25, so we were happy to see that, too.

I’ve gotten some fun tweets from fans who want us to do another Dash book and a couple of people have begged for us to bring back Eaden Vrill (missing and presumed dead.)

The cover art for Shadow Games really does stand out from all the other Star Wars novels in the bookstore. How do you feel every time you see that cover?

I love that cover. The movement, the color, the eye-catching, dramatic quality of it. I like that it’s not too specific to the story, which means it doesn’t give away any of the plot. I hope we get the same artist for the next book (Dear Editor—hint, hint) And of course, there’s just a thrill of seeing it on the new releases table and in the stacks. My friend Seanan McGuire had a release in the same time period, and I took an iPhone shot of the two books sitting together on the “new science fiction/fantasy” shelf at a local Barnes and Noble.

You and Michael have truly provided a much needed break for Expanded Universe fans from all the galaxy-altering events or Jedi vs. Sith struggles we’re accustomed to reading. Was that your intention before and during the creation of Shadow Games?

It was definitely our publisher’s intention. They pay close attention to the fan base and saw, I think, that a number of fans were begging for something that was Jedi-free. Dash Rendar was a pretty undeveloped character as EU characters go, and I think Michael was ready to take a break from the Jedi-Sith conflict. Of course, with the next book, we’re right back in it again. ;=)

Dash Rendar is quite the concerned and responsible bodyguard in this novel. How does that mesh with the preconceived notion that, for the most part, all smugglers are scoundrels?

Yep, but then so is the way that Han Solo goes out of his way for Leia. The thing with Dash is that he’s not a career scoundrel. He was an academy-trained pilot with a rosy future. The scion of a well-placed and solid family with parents and siblings that he loved until it was all taken away by Prince Xizor. (Nothing personal, just business, as the Prince would say.) Dash’s impulse to empathize with victims of injustice and greed lies under a very thin veneer. Underneath the care he takes with Javul Charn is the painful recollection that there was no one to stand up for his family when Xizor made it a useful pawn in his own vendetta against the Emperor.



Speaking of scoundrels… Han Solo. Even though he’s in the back ground in Shadow Games and clearly in it for himself, he ends up playing a major role and comes through for the cause, foreshadowing, perhaps, what he see of him in the Original Trilogy. I’m guessing this was the author’s intention.

Yes, again. That was one of the delightful things about writing Han. We knew how he turned out, so it was fun riffing on the “you’d never see me acting like that over a woman.” Han’s soft spot (not the one in his head), has a different genesis than Dash’s. He’s a veteran loner, but not by choice. He was cheated out of family relationships by a series of people. Ultimately, Han gravitates toward helping Javul precisely because his own life was so manipulated by uncaring forces. There’s a point in the book where we paint that pretty clearly—the reader gets to see “the moment” in which Han decides he’s had enough of being herded by the Empire.

The holostar, Javul Charn, turns out to be quite an individual; much more than meets the eye. Can you tell us about the development of this new and exciting character?

With Javul, the question was always—for me, at least—how can she raise the stakes? What’s her real story and how can it be a big enough story to intersect with THE story of this time period in the GFFA. We wanted her to deke the reader just as she did Dash. Once we decided what her story arc was, I just set about writing her as if she was a real person with certain goals (hidden, of course) that she was willing to do anything to reach. All the time, of course, she had to look to the reader like a loose cannon or a ditz—until the veils start coming off. It’s too bad that I can’t really experience her the way the reader does, because I KNEW her secret the whole time and could only pretend I didn’t.

Has there been any discussion of possible future stories featuring Dash Rendar or Javul Charn?

We’ve pitched an idea to our editors and they haven’t ruled out the possibility. Of course, if fans were to make it known that they’d like to see another Dash and/or Javul book, from Michael and me, we’d be happy to write it.

Moving on to Coruscant Nights IV… Any development on what the final title will be? Jedi Dawn, The Last Jedi, or something else? Where are you in production? Can you tell us anything about the plot at this point?

We are just doing our first round of editorial changes to the manuscript. No definite word on the title, though I note that Jedi Dawn has already been used. And the plot is classified :=)

Do you have other, non-Star Wars projects in the works?

I’ve got a ton of stuff in the works and wish I could clone myself so I could work on all of ‘em. They run the gamut of science fiction to detective fiction to magical realism, but nothing immediately forthcoming, though Michael and I are plotting a non-Star Wars collaboration …. Most recently Book View Café released an anthology of twisted fairy tales entitled “Beyond Grimm” in which I have a couple of stories—as do Vonda N. McIntyre, Irene Radford. and Laura Anne Gilman among others.

Maya, thank you again for visiting with us!

SEE ALSO:
Talking The Last Jedi with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Review: SHADOW GAMES

Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES

- Minor Spoiler Review -

This novel has had a long and winding road. Originally, we found out that a new book was in the works called HOLOSTAR. Later, Expanded Universe fans were given an unexpected treat: We had a say in the final title choice! The choices were Shadow Play, Pursuit or Shadow Games, to which of course Star Wars: Shadow Games became the winning title. Details about the novel were released constantly, especially from co-author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, via her blog over at the BOOK VIEW CAFE. She never gave away too much, which in my opinion was a healthy way to keep interest stirred up.

Closer to release day we were given a few official excerpts and eventually the cover release, which has a completely different look from other Star Wars novels. As I followed the developments, and in some ways, the special treatment for Shadow Games, I got the feeling that this novel would be different from the others out there, that this one would be something special. Was I right? In short – yes. Shadow Games is something special. Let me share with you why.

First and foremost, this novel is fun. Even though there are some serious themes, this is an easy novel to swallow. The fate of the galaxy doesn’t depend on the events of Shadow Games. There’s lots of mystery, action, humor and banter, especially between Han Solo and Dash Rendar. Some of you may not know who Dash is, but he’s been around the Star Wars universe for many years. I was introduced to him along with most fans through the Shadows of the Empire game on the Nintendo 64. In time I also read the Shadows comic and the novel. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with Shadows of the Empire. It’s not essential, but I recommend it.

As mentioned, Han Solo also appears and remains throughout, but as a secondary character. It’s nice to have a familiar character around, as Shadow Games features nearly all new people, but don’t let that scare you away. They hold their own. Black Sun is involved and even Xixor is mentioned and makes an appearance, but it’s a very brief one. And of course, the star of the show is Javul Charn, who is the galactic Holostar. She’s beautiful, talented, adventurous, and more than what Dash bargained for.

There are many stops throughout the galaxy, and plenty of entanglements with Black Sun, assassins and even Imperial warships. Counterbalancing that is the fun competitive nature between smugglers, the unlikely attraction between two people and the constant comedic relief provided by a pleasantly sarcastic droid. In the midst of all that is a jaw-dropping twist I assure you didn’t see coming.

Shadow Games is very entertaining and kept my attention to the very end. Buy it. I think you’ll agree.

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

Random HouseSEE ALSO:
Welcome Back, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb
Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed
Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info
Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games
‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES
Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

Publisher’s Summary:

SOME GAMES ARE PLAYED FOR LIFE OR DEATH.

Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy—and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit—and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul’s tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul’s road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself—straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive.

Star Wars: Shadow Games Giveaway

Star Wars: Shadow Games is on shelves now! We’ll be posting a review soon, but first we’ll be giving away a new copy signed by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Michael Reaves!

To enter, you must follow us on Twitter and retweet the designated giveaway tweet. That’s it! We’ll reveal the winner this Friday evening (December 2, 2011). Email us your shipping info (knightsarchive@hotmail.com) and your book will be on its way! Note: We will verify the winner via email.

We’d like to extend a very special thanks to Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, who is providing the prize!

Synopsis:

SOME GAMES ARE PLAYED FOR LIFE OR DEATH.

Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy—and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit—and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul’s tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul’s road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself—straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive.

SEE ALSO:
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb

UPDATE:

I asked Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff who the person is on the cover. She replied…

Well, that’s the cool thing — it could be either Dash Rendar or Han Solo given the context. Clever of the art department, I think.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy — and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit — and that murder is stalking her tour.

Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul’s tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul’s road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself — straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive!

Star Wars: Shadow Games is due to be released November 29, 2011.

Random HouseSEE ALSO:
Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES
Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed
Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info
Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games
‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES
Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed

SPOILERS!

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff has once again given fans a glimpse into the upcoming novel Star Wars: Shadow Games, via her blog. Now, this blog post is originally from 2010, however, it is our belief that she has revised it and inserted a key location in Shadow Games: Bannistar Station.

Michael and I determined to set Shadow Games in a variety of locales but, as things transpired, a little-used location will be the scene of the penultimate confrontation and an epic (I hope) battle … which—at the time of my expert-stumping queries—I was in the process of writing.

Anyway, there I was, sailing toward this BIG MOMENT when I realized that I knew very little about this Mystery Locale—a hole in the wall called Bannistar Station. I had chosen it because of where it lay along the path of our holostar’s tour, then became fascinated by it, then determined that it fit the bill with regard to more than location.

Bottom line: not much is known about Bannistar Station. Which put me in a position that is both exhilarating and a bit scary—while adhering to the little that we know about the place, I get to make stuff up. About a place in the GFFA.

If you’d like to learn more about Bannistar Station, here is an article from Wookieepedia. Star Wars: Shadow Games is due to be released on November 29, 2011.

Random HouseSEE ALSO:
Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES
Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb
Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info
Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games
‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES
Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info

Not much was given, but here are some new details from the upcoming novel Star Wars: Shadow Games via Bohnhoff’s Blog.

In writing HOLOSTAR, I’m characterizing an alien using his speech mannerisms and his physical attributes as part of his alienness. My goal is for you, the Reader, to be able to recognize his dialogue simply by the way he delivers his lines and the subtle physical gestures that go with them on occasion.

Er, no, I’m not going to tell you what sort of alien he is. That would create a security leak and I’d have to scramble the storm-troopers. But I will tell you that I’m making use of nature and nurture to make him a fully-realized alien … and that this guy’s got a lot to work with. He has a couple of interesting physical attributes that I want to work into characterization, and his species also has evolved some traits that, for a writer, can be extremely useful … and extremely tricky to use. His education and training also plays into what he says and how he says it, and I need to consider that, as well, as I write his dialogue.

From an earlier blog

I will divulge that a Toydarian makes a brief appearance in a scene in Star Wars: Shadow Games (aka, Holostar). I chose a Toydarian because I needed to telegraph to the reader that this is a mercenary sort of fellow and I needed to do it without spending valuable page space building up a character that was only going to walk on, utter a few lines and walk off (okay, flap off—as we all know from Chef Jeff Vader’s YouTube video “Midichlorian Rhapsody” Toydarians are reminiscent of bumblebees).

Also of note from the above blog…

For other roles, I choose aliens because I want to write about them, explore them as people and, well, because I think they’re cool. Take Twi’leks, for example. I love Twi’leks because they’re so graceful and elegant and because of the way their brain power is augmented by their lekku. I think it’s also fun to explore how the lekku are used in communication. Humans shrug their shoulders, Twi’leks (and other species with head-tails) can express indecision, or mirth, or anger and a range of other emotions in much more subtle ways. This might mean that subliminal conversations can take place between Twi’leks while other species remain blissfully unaware.

Speculation: Perhaps a Twi’lek is the mystery alien alluded to in the first quote above?

Star Wars: Shadow Games is being written by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and is due to be released next fall.

Random HouseSEE ALSO:
Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES
Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb
Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed
Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games
‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES
Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games

Today, co-author of newly titled Star Wars: Shadow Games Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff gave fans a sneak peek at the novel, formerly called ‘Holostar’. Link Via

We have Dash Rendar, of course—smuggler, loner, man-with-a-past.

We have his droid side-kick, LEB02D9 (aka, Leebo), whose personality was programmed by a stand-up comic … a bad stand-up comic.

We have Dash’s Nautolan co-pilot and navigator, Eaden Vrill, who is a man of few words and a master of the martial art of teräs käsi. A rather enigmatic fellow.

And we have the holostar, herself—the lovely Javul Charn. No pictures of her, yet. But she’s a bit of a chameleon.

And then, Dash’s foil—the old scoundrel himself—Han Solo. Who features prominently in our YouTube video, “Wastin’ Away on Tatooine.”

That’s the main cast. There are other key characters, of course, human and alien, nefarious and noble.

Star Wars: Shadow Games is being written by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, and is due to be released next fall.

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES
Welcome Back, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb
Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed
Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info
‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES
Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES

Star Wars Books has announced the winner of the ‘Holostar’ fan poll: STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES! Link

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES
Welcome Back, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb
Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed
Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info
Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games
Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

Title For ‘Holostar’ Novel Is In Your Hands!

The upcoming Michael Reaves/Maya Bohnhoff Star Wars novel with the working title “Holostar” has been given three title choices – and it’s up to you to decide which one will be chosen! According to Suvudu, the three choices are…

Star Wars: Shadow Games
Star Wars: Pursuit
Star Wars: Shadow Play

Cast your vote by clicking the Suvudu link above and choosing an option in their poll!

Also, a blurb was released…

Stranded on Tatooine with a broken-down hyperdrive, Dash Rendar and crew—his Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill, and a droid named Leebo—have to find a way to raise credits. It comes in the lovely form of Javul Charn, a multi-talented human holostar being stalked by an over-zealous fan. She needs bodyguards to protect her during her tour along the Corellian Run; Dash needs credits. It’s a perfect match… until things begin to go wrong—seriously and dangerously wrong. By the time Dash realizes that the threat to Javul is not what it seems, he’s in up to his neck in a conspiracy that goes much deeper than anything he would have signed up for. Even with the help of his hated rival—Han Solo—will Dash be able to protect this spoiled entertainer, all the while being reminded that he couldn’t protect his own family?

This certainly helps to fuel the already exciting anticipation for this novel! Tentative release date is September 27, 2011. Source - Suvudu (via EUCantina.net)

SEE ALSO:
Novel Review: SHADOW GAMES
Welcome Back, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Knights Archive Exclusive: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover/Blurb
Key Location In Shadow Games Revealed
Bohnhoff Shares More Shadow Games Info
Bohnhoff Gives Fans A Glimpse Of Shadow Games
‘Holostar’ Now STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES

Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.

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