A month ago, there were a number of book announcements connected to The Mandalorian. But one of them is already being delayed. Del Rey announced today that the original novel, written by Adam Christopher, will release in fall 2021 now instead of when it was previously scheduled.
There wasn’t a release date originally announced, but the whole publishing initiative was said to begin in winter and go into the spring. Additionally, outlets where the book was available for pre-order listed a release date of December 1, 2020. So depending on what is meant by fall, this book is being delayed by just under a year, it seems, which is a pretty significant set-back.
It’s admittedly a bit strange that the announcement was made out of nowhere, and then within a month’s span one of the books was pushed back, but I don’t think it’s a huge deal at the moment. There can be a number of reasonable explanations, and it doesn’t have to imply that there’s going to be some sort of delay with the show or anything like that. Maybe they just needed a bit more time to work out the story of this novel, and if that’s the case, then I’m totally ok with it.
In the meantime, we’ll have other novels to look forward to. Next week, Poe Dameron: Free Fall releases (written by Alex Segura and published by Disney Lucasfilm Press), and then on September 1 Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising (written by Timothy Zahn and published by Del Rey) releases. Plus, we have the release of the High Republic publishing initiative starting at the beginning of 2021, so that’s exciting as well. And then the other Mandalorian books, such as The Art of The Mandalorian (Season One) by Phil Szostak and The Mandalorian: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Pablo Hidalgo both seem to still be on track to release on-schedule.