On today’s RebelForce Radio episode, Del Rey editor Erich Schoeneweiss dropped a couple of details regarding both John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn and James Luceno’s Tarkin.
On the matter of A New Dawn, apparently the time-frame for the novel will be roughly five to seven years before Rebels. That means it’ll be almost exactly in the middle of the period between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. The novel will focus exclusively on Kanan and Hera—presumably Sabine and Zeb (and maybe even Chopper) join the crew in the years that follow.
Meanwhile, regarding Tarkin, the titular character will have “got his footing already” in terms of his ranking in the Empire, though Erich was careful to point out that he’d only read half of the book and they’re currently doing rewrites. Nonetheless, this jibes with my earlier speculation that the novel will follow Tarkin as he oversees the construction of the first Death Star, leading right into the events of Episode IV. In my opinion, this won’t be a biography of Tarkin so much as the story of Tarkin’s relationship to the Death Star, the “technological terror” that not only defines his career but also leads to his demise.
So there you have it. We’ve got one story set right in the middle of the time between episodes III and IV and another probably spanning that entire period, with both books appearing later this year. Exciting times lay ahead!