Friend of TF.N Ewan from fan website Star Wars Books has spotted some dramatic spoilers in the new Random House catalogue:
First up, there's a summary of Red Harvest, Joe Schrieber's hardcover prequel to Death Troopers! This doesn't name any names, but does tell us something about when and where this story is set, which might be considered a spoiler: highlight below to read:
* Strange things are happening in a Sith Academy, where the Dark Lord in charge has barricaded himself away, unexplained voilence is on the rise, and the apprentices are growing more and more frightened. When a mercenary arrives with a delivery for the Sith Lord and a hostage Jedi in tow, the situation reaches a boiling point. Only a Jedi Master, looking for the missing Jedi, can hope to get her and himself out alive.
Secondly, and even more dramatically, there is a summary for Conviction by Aaron Allston, the seventh novel in the nine-book series known as Fate of the Jedi... and it contains some pretty big spoilers for the up-coming sixth book in the series, Troy Denning's Vortex.
Just remember, though; spoilers can be misleading (remember the cover blurb for The Unifying Force that called Zonoma Sekot a battle station, or the early Planet of Twilight summary that had an Imperial warlord called Seti Draconis as the main villain?), and even when spoilers ARE accurate, reading them raw can really skew your reaction to the story; so proceed with caution (and highlight to read), because whereas the Schreiber spoilers just summarize the setup for a standalone novel, there are at least two major plot-points revealed here:
* In this installment of the bestselling Fate of the Jedi series, the evil entity called Abeloth is on the run–but still not giving up its plans to destroy the galaxy. Despite the almost-friendship between Ben Skywalker and the Sith apprentice Vestara, the Jedi and Sith have dropped all pretenses of cooperation, and each side is making plans to rout the other.
And on Coruscant, ex-Jedi Tahiri Veila awaits sentencing for the crime of treason, and although they’ve effectively removed Chief of State Natasi Daala from power, the Jedi Council is in no position to help...
And even if you're sensible, and don't read that, you can also check out the lovely cover for this novel here! If you don't believe us about these spoilers, download the 100MB PDF file that is the catalogue itself!
Red Harvest is due for release on January 25th, Conviction on May 24th (with Vortex first on December 7th). In the meantime, you can see what other fans are saying in the discussions here and here on our own "Jedi Council" message-boards.
We'll bring you more updates on this as we get them!