10 Star Wars novels for new fans to start
the star wars The film franchise will always be a movie giant. From the days of the Republic to the fall of the First Order, fans of the series have seen three trilogies of a grand galactic space opera unfold over and over again. But as engaging and engrossing as Jedi, Sith, and armored bounty hunters can be, there are still more adventures in the expanded universe of the galaxy far, far away.
With the success of spinoffs like The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, and The Boba Fett Book, it’s clear that tales outside of the main films have a large following. For those who have enjoyed spinoffs and series, maybe it’s time to dive into the vast world of star wars novels.
From a certain point of view by various authors
Anthologies in the star wars the book series are a great way for fans to get a taste of everything the Expanded Universe has to offer, and From a certain point of view covers eras ranging from the Clone Wars to Return of the Jedi. What makes these collections ideal for newcomers is simply the variety of stories they will have in their hands.
The collections not only feature famous names in the star wars community like John Jackson Miller and Claudia Gray, but the stories cover a large collection of topics like the Jedi, X-Wing pilots, and even characters like Yoda, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. For a bit of everything, these books are solid choices.
Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
“Have you ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a question that changed the course of the galaxy forever, but it comes to full fruition in James Luceno’s novel. Not only does it unravel the mythos of the Sith, but it explores the characters of both the titular Plagueis and his apprentice, Palpatine.
Everyone loves a good villain origin story, and that can especially be said of the Emperor. The novel unfolds like a lyrical drama as the two characters struggle for absolute power over the forces of life and death. It is indeed a tale that most Jedi would find “unnatural”.
Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
If there’s one name readers will see again and again during their adventures in the literary world of the Force, it’s Claudia Gray. Gray has written several engaging titles around iconic characters from the star wars universe, including everyone’s favorite princess.
Princess Leia is one of the key players in the saga, and Gray provides an in-depth study of her time as a political figure and an inspiration to her people. A damsel in a white dress who needs rescuing, that’s definitely not the case.
Cast by Timothy Zahn
Darth Vader, Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Emperor Palpatine are all prime examples of the scum and villainy that inhabit the galaxy, but Thrawn is a figure within the ranks of the Empire who is just as captivating. How dangerous. A military genius, a ruthless conqueror, and a bloodthirsty warrior are just a few words used to describe this Imperial juggernaut.
Timothy Zahn thrown the series is notoriously acclaimed, but while heir to the empire could have attracted the first fans to the books, thrown will keep them wanting more. As villains, Thrawn is easily one of the most feared and experienced figures in the galaxy.
The Darth Bane Trilogy by Drew Karpyshn
the Darth Bane trilogy could be a Shakespearean epic. No true saga is complete without at least one good villain to give the heroes a chance to be brave, but Darth Bane goes beyond the call of duty on his path to the dark side.
One of the earliest and most infamous Sith Lords of star wars mythology, Darth Bane walked so Vader could run. Establishing the building blocks of the Galactic Empire before Palpatine dons the robes, Bane’s books are ideal for those who want to explore the wicked side of things in depth.
Bloodline by Claudia Gray
When the fans take any form of star wars media, the last thing they are looking for is probably political drama. That being said, Claudia Gray once again crafts a plot twist that blends space politics and hard-hitting drama in Line.
The novel covers the rise of galactic resistance as the New Republic Senate deals with different threats to peace like gangsters, surviving Imperial sympathizers, and evil politicians. With Senator Leia Organa at the helm, she will have to put every ounce of her character to the test as she and her fellow leaders face a new breed of adversaries.
Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
The relationship between a Jedi master and his padawan apprentice has often been the subject of many chapters in the The Star Wars saga, but Claudia Gray sheds new light on the dynamic between Qui-Gon Jinn and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in this pre-prequel novel. Both Jedi are exceptionally gifted in the ways of the Force, but both are also charged with uncertain and powerful destinies.
With Qui-Gon as a nonconforming master, Obi-Wan as a bright-eyed protege, and a devastating prophecy on the horizon, it’s a thrilling adventure that will test both of their abilities. Although fans have only been introduced to Qui-Gon Jinn in just one film, his literary exploits have enlightened him much more as a character and a teacher.
Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
With the upcoming premiere of Obi Wan Kenobi on Disney+, there might not be a better time to pick up a copy of John Jackson Miller Kenobi. In this mix of western, sci-fi and Shakespearian drama, Kenobi begins his exile on Tatooine while trying to protect a baby, Luke Skywalker.
Despite temporarily escaping the clutches of the Empire, the runaway Jedi faces a new threat when a city of moisture cultivators is threatened by a tribe of Sand People. Kenobi has lost everything, from his friends to his very identity, and there’s nothing more dangerous than a man with nothing left to lose, even one as smart and cool as this Jedi master.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
Movie novelizations can very often be hit or miss, but they can sometimes offer details and story points that visual media can leave out. Concrete example, Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover.
As the second chapter in the Dark Lord trilogy, the novel follows the events of the third film almost to the punctuation mark, but there is an excellent literary study of Anakin Skywalker’s transition from Jedi to Sith Lord. Simply put, Anakin’s downfall is nothing short of mythical. By treating him as a tragic hero turned villain instead of a man of fixed fate, Stover presents a different take on a familiar story without sacrificing truth or canon.
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
lost stars is an amalgamation of many different themes and motifs. On the one hand, it is the story of star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the galactic conflict. On the other hand, it’s an in-universe character study of a Stormtrooper and Rebel pilot. It sheds light on topics that many longtime fans of the show haven’t really considered.
It shows how the Empire trains and treats its enforcers, what makes a good soldier on either side, how they handle relationships, and what makes someone turn to one side or the other of the Force. It’s certainly far more complex than a romance novel ever should be, making it practically mandatory reading.
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