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bi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker return to the forefront of Star Wars this May not only on Disney+ but also in Mike Chen's Star Wars: Brotherhood.

Chen's Star Wars work has previously been seen in "Disturbance," one of the short stories in From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, but Brotherhood will be his first full length entry in a galaxy far, far away.

Today, StarWars.com has released our first look at the book with Obi-Wan's first meeting with a character fans have been missing since her days in Dark Disciple...Asajj Ventress. Check out part of the excerpt below, check out the full text over on StarWars.com, and be sure to pre-order Star Wars: Brotherhood before it drops wherever books are sold on May 10th.

Cover Image for Star Wars: Brotherhood
Image Credit: Penguin Random House

“This is interesting,” the woman said. She stood up, her cloak flowing back down to rest, and she presented the device in front of the gathered Neimoidians. “I’ve never seen such elaborate plating on a scanning device.”

“It was custom. A gift from a friend. Consider it,” Obi-Wan said, “a bit of a lucky charm.”

She tapped a finger against the underside where the alloy case attached before coming back to Obi-Wan, holding it up as they met face-to-face. “It’s very pretty. I didn’t know Jedi cared for such flamboyant things.”

“Sentimental value.”

“A sentimental Jedi.” The woman smiled, the harsh lines of her tattooed face bending in unnatural ways. “I think we’ll be friends.”

“Perhaps you can have it when I’m done with my investigation.”

“It would be a lovely accessory. And look, it’s even my color.” She put the device back into the crate, then clamped the lid shut. “The Jedi is clean,” she announced, her long cloak whipping out to reveal a hint of a skirt underneath as she turned on her heel.

“Come, emissary,” said Minister Eyam. “We will send your belongings to your quarters. This shuttle” — he gestured to a small transport craft on a connected smaller platform, one likely used for city-to-city vehicles—“will take us to the disaster area.”

They walked in silence, though Obi-Wan noticed the mystery woman matched his exact pace stride for stride. “I’m sorry,” Obi-Wan said, “I didn’t catch your name.”

“Ventress,” she said. “Asajj Ventress. A pleasure to finally meet a Jedi. Count Dooku speaks so highly of your Order.”

Star Wars: Brotherhood will be released on May 10th, 2022 and is available for pre-order now!

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Eric has been with Youtini since the beginning. As President, he oversees coordination of all book reviews and hosts The Living Force Podcast. On the rare occasion when he’s not geeking out about a galaxy far, far away, he loves playing video games, hanging out with his partner and pets, and hopelessly watching the Dallas Cowboys.