the star wars The franchise boasts one of the largest and most dynamic extended universes in fiction. The beautiful blend of sci-fi and fantasy swells and culminates in a beautiful galaxy where mystical Jedi and insidious Sith wage a cosmic war for the fate of planets and star systems.
With such a large collection of literature, many fans may find it daunting to even think about starting the book series. However, Youtini is a website that provides all the information a literary padawan needs to start their adventures in works outside of movies. They even created a list of what they consider the ultimate star wars reading order.
ten Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
If there is one star wars novel that could be considered required reading is lost stars by Claudia Gray. While it might be billed as a romance novel, that only scratches the surface of what this title offers. Serving as both a bridge between the original trilogy and the Disney trilogy, the book provides a unique insight into life in the star wars universe.
Seen through the eyes of two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the cosmic conflict, a new picture is painted of the galaxy far, far away. Although prominent figures such as Grand Moff Tarkin, Princess Leia, Wedge Antilles, and even Darth Vader make prominent appearances, they are used as secondary characters to paint the bigger picture. It’s a book that shows the galaxy from a different perspective and how the other unnamed characters in the franchise are affected by the light side and the dark side of the Force.
9 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
Some movie novelizations come with a kind of stigma. However, there are those who develop and elaborate more on the established films. Matthew Stover’s adaptation of Revenge of the Sith is an example. While it gloriously recounts the events of the film, it provides deeper study into themes not seen directly in the film.
Considered a masterpiece by Youtini standards, it’s a book that helps atone for some of the sins committed by the prequels. Exploring topics like Anakin’s seduction to the dark side and his relationships with Padme and Obi-Wan Episode III something of an epic or lyrical sense that couldn’t be felt in the movies alone.
8 Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Considering there’s a new series coming to Disney+ this month, there’s no better time to read. Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. If the previous entry can be considered epic or lyrical, this novel could be considered Shakespearean. After the events of Order 66, Kenobi is left with next to nothing and forced into exile on Tatooine, but his adventures are far from over.
Alongside a feud between moisture farmers and a tenacious tribe of Tusken Raiders, the book provides insight into the inner workings of the famed Jedi Master, exemplified by his prayer-like meditations calling on his former mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn. . It’s practically written for Jedi fans.
7 Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Keeping the themes of Jedi, mentors and meditations, Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray further explores the relationship between two of the most powerful and influential Jedi in the galaxy. Set before the events of The Phantom Menace, the book pulls both Qui Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to the forefront of the narrative.
With Kenobi’s curious nature and his master’s unorthodox teachings, the two make a very interesting team of Jedi on what could have been their last mission together. It’s a solid springboard for those looking to delve into the Republic era or the prequel timeline.
6 Bloodline by Claudia Gray
Fans of the Resistance era star wars mythos will find a lot to like Line. Although it’s built as a political thriller around now-New Republic senator Leia Organa, there’s a lot more to space politics than Claudia Gray’s gripping play.
The Empire may be in ruins and the dawn of the New Republic looms on the horizon, but Leia will face new trials and tribulations as a darker force strives to stand against her. . Political intrigue, fate, and the sins of the father are all on par in Gray’s tale of politics, deception, and the Force.
5 The Darth Bane Trilogy by Drew Kapyrshyn
Anyone who remotely knows the star wars book series will at least have heard of the name “Darth Bane”. Vader, Palpatine, and even Kylo Ren might be powerful figures on the dark side of the Force, but the Sith as the galaxy knows them wouldn’t even exist without the Darth Bane saga.
Path of destruction, rule of two, and evil dynasty make up the infamous Bane trilogy where a gifted Sith acolyte lays the foundation for the antithesis of the Jedi. Since every great story needs a great villain, Bane plants the seeds of turmoil that spell danger to the fate of the galaxy.
4 Cast by Timothy Zahn
Outside of the Sith, there may be few characters in the star wars more captivating and intimidating mythos than Grand Admiral Thrawn. Created by author Timothy Zahn in heir to the empire (another piece of recommended reading), Thrawn is one of the Empire’s most brilliant and dangerous military leaders, and his infamy rivals even that of characters like Tarkin.
thrown explores how the character rose to greatness through the Imperial Army and became the force of power longtime readers recognize. It’s a great read for fans who like their villains more complex and compelling.
3 Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
It seems like Leia and Claudia Gray often go hand in hand, and for very good reason. Leia: Princess of Alderaan gives the famous bun-headed royal her backstory and escapades before the events of A new hope. As a teenage Leia undergoes her training rituals in preparation for assuming the throne, strange events unfold as Bail and Breha Organa begin to exhibit strange behavior.
Leia is forced to uncover the secrets her adoptive parents kept from her while being an up-and-coming royal as well as a citizen under the empire. Twists, turns and excitement abound for this princess of Alderaan.
2 Dooku: Lost Jedi by Cavan Scott
Although the audio version is preferable, Cavan Scott’s book is as exciting as its subject matter. Count Dooku is one of the most mysterious and enigmatic figures in the galaxy, thanks in large part to his portrayal by Christopher Lee. But this novel unveils part of the mystery surrounding the ancient Jedi who would be Darth Tyranus.
The main idea is an exploration of Dooku’s past, but much more unfolds in Scott’s character-driven narrative. A noble turned Jedi, turned politician, turned Sith Lord is more than a nice addition to the canon.
1 Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
almost all star wars fan was asked the question “have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?” While Plagueis might star in the title, this villainous tale by James Luceno has as much to do with Palpatine as it does with his weird and mysterious Sith mentor.
Every villain has to start somewhere. Like Anakin who followed, Palpatine was seduced to the dark side by his master. However, it was Plagueis who ended up creating the monster of his downfall. It is the use of mythical themes and motifs that helps establish the novel as a strong part of the star wars galaxy.
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