Spoilers ahead for Thrawn: Alliances…
However, I wanted to mention to Disney peeps that the new book is set on Batuu — the planet featured in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” (a.k.a. Star Wars Land) — coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019. Also mentioned in the book, as well as many of Jack’s DSNY Newscasts, is Black Spire Outpost; a canonical town, mentioned in this summer’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, and situated on the edge of known space in the expansive Star Wars Galaxy.
Earlier this year, Disney explained the planet’s setting like this:
Black Spire Outpost is the name of the village inside of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The village is closely associated with the geological formations that surround it. As the largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space.
In the interview, Zahn was asked of his book…
You have the planet Batuu as a central location, and it’s the basis for the upcoming Star Wars Land, Galaxy’s Edge. How did that figure into this book? What materials were you able to draw on?
They gave me some of the sketches and descriptions of what Galaxy’s Edge will be like. But I’m not writing in the same era that that’s set. Galaxy’s Edge is set in the sequel era, with Rey and the First Order. I’m quite a bit before that, so while I can keep the basics of how the town is structured because towns often don’t change that much physically, the people there won’t necessarily translate from the book to the park. But it gives a little introduction and a little flavor of what it’s going to be like.
Excellent stuff, and now, with “both” Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader having been a visitor to Batuu (as well as Padme Amidala), it makes it that much easier for guests to “believe” seeing various eras represented in the new land. Of course, who knows how things like character meet and greets might be handled, but canon-conscious folks might be a little more forgiving in given the new circumstances.
Meanwhile, if you want a really great in-universe description of Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost, as well as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge cantina, make sure you pick up the book!