Today we’re looking at a collection of novels set in one of the most well-known and celebrated fictional universes ever – Star Wars.
The first ever film, A New Hope, directed by George Lucas, was released in the December of 1977 and launched a huge franchise that’s still going today, since being bought by Disney.
The Skywalker Saga was drawn to a close last winter, with the release of The Rise of Skywalker and the 12-year- running animated series The Clone Wars also finished at the end of February. And although this is surely not going to be the last we see of a galaxy far, far away, if you’re fans like us, you’re probably experiencing some Star Wars withdrawal…
So, what of the Star Wars novels? Opinions will obviously vary from person to person, just as they do with the Star Wars films. We haven’t read anywhere near all of the huge collection of stories based in this world – or even half, but we’ve read a fair few (you’d be hard pressed to manage to complete all of them… They seem never ending!) and from what we can tell, they vary a lot in quality, style and story.
It seems to depend vary much on what kind of a story you enjoy reading, whether it’s more character driven, or all-guns-blazing sci-fi, but here are some novels that have managed to satisfy our need for more Star Wars and will hopefully satisfy your’s too…
Revenge of The Sith – Matthew Stover
This isn’t an original story set in the Star Wars universe, but is instead a novelisation of the film. The style of the book is engaging and draws you right into the story, putting a new spin on the movie. We also loved that it provides a deeper insight into the thoughts and feelings of the characters. This was particularly intriguing when it came to Anakin Skywalker, for obvious reasons…
Master and Apprentice – Claudia Gray
Focusing on a young Obi-Wan and his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, this novel features a gripping original plot whilst exploring the earlier bond between Obi-Wan and his master, something we really wish was shown more in The Phantom Menace. It also introduces some new characters which we now love almost as much as the old favourites!
Betrayal – Aaron Allston
We’re currently reading this one and enjoying so far! It’s not canon and instead focuses on alternate events set after Return of the Jedi. Luke, Leia and Han are adults with their own kids and it centres around Jason Solo and his apprentice Ben Skywalker – it’s definitely very different from the sequel trilogy films, but is still a great read.
So, those are our recommendations to start getting into some Star Wars novels. Let us know if we’ve missed any good ones!