Star Wars Books: For Your Inner Jedi, Droid, or Wookie
I told myself I would not begin this post with “In a galaxy far, far away.” But, I hope you will forgive me for working it in there anyway. I couldn’t help myself, what with the Star Wars mania sweeping the nation as we speak! In celebration of the release of the new Star Wars movie, we are excited to show off some of our collection of Star Wars adult fiction.
For all of the Star Wars aficionados, this may be a review. You may have selected and read, and reread, many or all of our Star Wars titles and this will be a pleasant trip down memory lane for you! For those considering taking up the books because you’ve been inspired by the movies, you love science fiction, or you just want to see what the last thirty-plus years of fuss has been about, this is for you!
When you begin to explore Star Wars in book form, you will find many stories and many series. It can be a little overwhelming! After all, the history of the Star Wars universe dates back thousands of years, and the number of characters and battles is epic. So, consider this post your Millennium Falcon, and me your Han Solo. Alright, that may be a tad too bold. More realistically, here are some reading suggestions.
If you want some Star Wars back story, consider beginning with Into the Void by Tim Lebbon. Explore the origins of the Jedi Order, thousands of years before A New Hope (aka: Episode IV, the very first Star Wars movie) takes place. Also occurring during that time frame are The Old Republic books. Start with Revan by Drew Karpyshyn, which tells the story of the titular character, a former Jedi who’s lost his memory. Deceived by Paul S. Kemp tells the story of a mysterious Sith Lord who defies the Empire. Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams and Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn complete the four books of The Old Republic series.
Drew Karpyshyn additionally wrote the Darth Bane trilogy, also taking place before Episode IV. Before Darth Vader, there was Darth Bane, and he was a devious kind of guy. The books in this trilogy, Path of Destruction, Rule of Two and Dynasty of Evil, will take you through Darth Bane’s Dark Side journey and its effects.
Darth Plagueis is a fairly well-known title in describing the rise of the Empire. Darth Plagueis, evil Sith Lord, plots with one-day emperor Darth Sidious to take over the Galaxy in this book by James Luceno.
Maul Lockdown by Joe Schreiber, is another tale of evil. Long before Episode IV and shortly before Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we follow the dreaded Darth Maul on a do-or-die mission for the Sith.
You can read the books which tell the stories of the movies themselves. To start from the story’s chronological beginning, check out Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks, based on George Lucas’s screenplay.
Or, if you want to read the books in the order the movies were released, begin with The Star Wars Trilogy. The collective stories of A New Hope (Episode IV), The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V), and Return of the Jedi (Episode VI), were put out by Ballantine Books and taken from George Lucas’s screenplays. Then, go back and read Episode I, followed by Episode II: Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover. This way, you get the full effect of knowing the latter part of the story and going back to the prequels… whatever effect that has for you!
Are you caught up yet?
For additional stories that take place during the movie timelines, you can try the New Jedi Order series, beginning with Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore. This is a series about a new era, featuring Luke and Leia and Han Solo, but also a whole new generation of Jedi and even more incredible sci-fi action taking place after Episode IV. The series continues with Michael A. Stackpole’s Dark Tide I: Onslaught, and sweeps us along through book twenty-one, The Unifying Force by James Luceno. You’ll be busy for a while!
The Legacy of the Force series takes place forty-plus years after Episode IV, and begins with Betrayal by Aaron Allston. Read about the continuing threats to Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Knights, all the way through book nine of the series, Invincible by Troy Denning. In it, Luke will face off against Darth Caedus, formerly his nephew Jacen Solo.
As you can see, there are many, many books to read if you are interested in Star Wars. Whether you are a new fan or old, and wherever you choose to start in the Star Wars timeline, there is a selection for you. Please browse our book display through December 18th, and ask at the reference desk for even more titles. Finally, it must be said, may the force be with you.
~ Amanda, reference librarian, Warrenton central library