The upcoming Star Wars novel, “Thrawn: Alliances” will connect the novel to the theme parks by introducing the planet Batuu, from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Lucasfilm recently released a preview excerpt from “Thrawn: Alliances” which mentions how the planet Batuu will play a significant role in the upcoming novel.
From “Thrawn: Alliances”:
“You surprise me, Admiral Thrawn,” Palpatine said. “I would have expected a certain eagerness to journey within sight of your home.”Thrawn’s glowing red eyes narrowed slightly, and Palpatine felt his sudden caution. “Excuse me, Your Majesty?”“The disturbance is located at the edge of your Unknown Regions,” the Emperor said. “It appears to be centered on a planet named Batuu.” Again, he sensed a reaction to the name. This time, the reaction came from both of them. “I believe you have heard of it?”Thrawn’s eyes were hooded, the expression on that blue-skinned face swirling with memories. “Yes,” he murmured. “I have indeed heard of it.”As, of course, had Vader. It was the place where he and Thrawn had long ago interfered, albeit unwittingly, with one of Palpatine’s plans.But again, Vader remained silent.“Very well, then,” Palpatine said. “You, Admiral, will command.” He looked at Vader. “You, Lord Vader, will deal with the disturbance.”“Yes, Your Highness,” Thrawn said.“Yes, my master,” Vader said.Palpatine leaned back into the depths of his throne. “Then go.”The two servants turned and walked toward the door between the double line of red-cloaked Imperial Guards silently lining their path. Palpatine watched them go: the Chiss in his white Grand Admiral’s uniform, the Sith garbed in black, his long cloak swirling behind him.The solution to this particular puzzle would indeed require both of them. But more importantly, it would address Palpatine’s lingering questions.He smiled thinly. Time for Thrawn to face his future.Time for Vader to face his past.