There is little doubt that fans were delighted when Will Riker and Deanna Troi reunited with Jean-Luc Picard in the first season of Star Trek: Picard. However, some Trekkies still felt that there is much to be learned about the couple between the events in Star Trek: The Next Generation and what happened in the CBS All Access series. Luckily, we are about to find out as a new Picard prequel has been confirmed to focus on Riker and Troi.
The new prequel book titled Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil has been announced as the show's second tie-in after Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope. The novel, which will be written by James Swallow, will focus on a difficult mission for Riker and his family.
The synopsis for Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil reads as follows:
"The Alpha Quadrant is mired in crisis. Within the United Federation of Planets, a terrorist strike on the shipyards of Mars has led to the shutdown of all relief efforts for millions of Romulans facing certain doom from an impending supernova. But when the USS Titan is drawn into a catastrophic incident on the Romulan-Federation border, Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew find themselves caught between the shocking secrets of an enigmatic alien species and the deadly agenda of a ruthless Tal Shiar operative. Forced into a wary alliance with a Romulan starship commander, Riker and the Titan crew must uncover the truth to stop a devastating attack—but one wrong move could plunge the entire sector into open conflict!"
We're loving the idea that we will finally get to know more about Riker and Troi before they settled down in Nepenthe. Needless to say, we can't wait for this book to be released.
Star Trek: Picard: The Dark Veil will be released in January next year.