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Star Wars – The Reading List


From the first moment that the words “A Long Time Ago, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…” scrolled across movie screens in the summer of 1977, the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe have captivated and enthralled fans in a way unmatched by most popular culture phenomenas. What began with Star Wars [1977] (subsequently retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), has lead to seven motion pictures, two TV-movies, several animated television series, comic-books, graphic novels, and more than 100 novels or short story collections.

Although the novels and short story collections set in the Star Wars universe have been published by several different companies over the years, a strong emphasis has been placed on internal continuity…the published fiction in the Star Wars universe follows a well-established timeline, and almost all the books match up with each other’s events and character development. With the arrival of the third film (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith [2005]) in the prequel trilogy, we’ve created this library booklist page to answer our patrons’ questions regarding the order in which all the original books should be read. [For a shorter list of key Star Wars books to read to read if you’re just interested in the most important character developments, you can also see our Star Wars Readers’ Advisory list, in .pdf format.]

Most chronicles of the history of the Star Wars universe use the events of the original 1977 film as “Year Zero,” and we’re no different. In this list, stories set prior to the events of A New Hope are referred to as taking place “__ years before SW”, while stories set after A New Hope are designated as such. This list is comprised only of fiction (novels or short story anthologies) intended for adults, with the exception of two series (“The Junior Jedi Knights” and “Young Jedi Knights”), which were originally aimed at a “young adult” readership. All titles owned by the library system are hotlinked into the library’s catalog, where you can check on the availability of individual titles. If you are interested in a title that is not hotlinked here, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department. [NOTE: The library also owns several of the 75+ Star Wars graphic novels published in the past 20 years, and we hope to add information about these to this master list soon. At the moment, for information (including plot descriptions) about the Star Wars graphic novels, please visit the Dark Horse Comics Web site.] Plot descriptions here come from the library catalog, from the back covers of the books themselves, or from library staff who are avid Star Wars readers.

Jump to the New Continuity as of 2015


For those most interested in reading the novels based on the six official movies, here is a list of those specific books. These titles are also integrated into the master “continuity” list below. You can also click on the IMdB links after each film title here, to visit the page dedicated to each individual film on the Internet Movie Database Web site.

The Phantom Menace - CoverformatdvdStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks [1999] IMdB

Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning. When the greedy Trade Federation blockades the peaceful world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his loyal padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, embark on a mission to resolve the conflict. But, there are dark forces behind this conflict. The Jedi are forced to flee Naboo with the young ruler of the world, Queen Amidala. Their journey takes them to the desert world of Tatooine and a chance encounter with Anakin Skywalker, a young boy strong in the Force, and evenually into a deadly battle with the ancient enemy of the Jedi Order, the Sith. [Set 32 years before SW]

Attack of the Clones - CoverformatdvdStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore [2002] IMdB

A Jedi shall not know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love. The Republic is on the brink of civil war. More and more worlds, becoming frustrated with the corruption of the Republic Senate, are aligning themselves with Count Dooku, an enigmatic former Jedi Master, and his Separtist movement. Padme Amidala, now a Senator, finds herself targeted by assassins. Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his willful padawan, Anakin Skywalker, are dispatched to investigate. As Anakin’s and Padme’s feelings for each other grow with possibly dangerous consequences, Obi-Wan uncovers layer upon layer of conspiracy and deception orchestrated by the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. [Set 22 years before SW]

The Clone Wars - CoverformatdvdThe Clone Wars by Karin Traviss [2008 – Animated Movie Release]

Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and their Jedi generals. Anakin Skywalker, believed by some to be the prophesied “Chosen One” destined to bring balance to the Force, is now a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Death is a constant possibility – and his chances of survival aren’t improved by the unexpected arrival of an apprentice: Ahsoka, a brash, inexperienced fourteen-year-old Padawan. But there’s no time for Anakin to question his latest orders. He and Obi-Wan have been assigned a new mission, and failure is not an option. Jabba the Hutt’s precious infant son has been kidnapped, and when the frantic parent applies to the Jedi for help, it falls to Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and their clone troops to track down the evidence and retrieve the missing Huttlet. And more is at stake: For a grateful Jabba just might allow the Republic access to the Hutt-controlled space lanes that the Grand Army desperately needs in order to beat the Separatists into submission. But the Republic is not the only power that craves access to those space lanes. Count Dooku, determined to win the prize for the Separatists, has set a trap for the Jedi. When they find the Huttlet, they will also find Dooku’s master assassin, Asajj Ventress, and countless legions of battle droids waiting to spring a trap. [Set 21 years before SW]

Revenge of the Sith - CoverformatdvdStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover [2005] IMdB

The Clone Wars have torn the galaxy apart. Separtist forces under the command of Count Dooku and General Grievous, the cyborg commander of the droid armies, have launched a desperate attack on Coruscant, capital of the Republic, and captured Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his former padawan and friend Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, engage in a rescue of the Supreme Chancellor. More than war threatens the Republic. Anakin has grown in power as well as a deepening anger and resentment to the Jedi, as well as fear for his wife and expectant mother of his children, Padme. As the powerful Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, reveals himself, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padme are drawn into a serious of events that will see the death of the republic, the birth of the Empire, the betrayal of the Jedi, the creation of Darth Vader and the ultimate revenge of the Sith. [Set 19 years before SW]

A New Hope - CoverformatdvdStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by George Lucas [1977] IMdB

A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away the Rebel Alliance battles the evil Galactic Empire. Princess Leia, an Imperial Senator and secretly a member of the Rebel Alliance, dispatches information vital to the Rebellion’s survival with her loyal droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, shortly before being captured by the villainous Darth Vader. On the desert world of Tatooine, they meet a young farmboy who dreams of adventure, Luke Skywalker, and a mysterious old hermit, Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi. To escape the pursuing Imperial forces, they join up with a world-weary smuggler, Han Solo, and his Wookie co-pilot, Chewbacca. They are drawn into events that lead them to a confrontation with Darth Vader and the Empire’s new superweapon, the Death Star.

The Empire Strikes Back - CoverformatdvdStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut [1980] IMdB

The saga continues as the Empire relentlessly pursues the scattered Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker, during a near death experience on the ice planet Hoth, is visited by the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan tells Luke he must journey to the swamp world Dagobah and seek out the Jedi Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO seek to escape the Imperial pursuit coordinated by Darth Vader. Refuge turns to betrayal on the gas-mining world Bespin, as Darth Vader reveals his real interest in Luke Skywalker, for reasons that will challenge all that Luke holds dear. [Set 3 years after SW]

Return of the Jedi - CoverformatdvdStar Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi by James Kahn [1983] IMdB

It is a dark time for the Rebel Alliance. They have learned that the Empire is near completion of a second Death Star, a superweapon even more powerful than the first. Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker seek to rescue Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, from the clutches of the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt. After rescuing Han, the Rebels gather for an assault on Endor to destroy the Death Star before its construction is completed. Luke allows himself to be captured in order to be brought before Darth Vader and his scheming master, Emperor Palpatine, in a confrontation that will determine the fate of the galaxy. [Set 4 years after SW]


Era — The Old Republic

These stories are set before the prequel trilogy, during the era of the prequel trilogy, and in the years leading up to the time of the original 1977 Star Wars film.

[Continuity Note: The events of Pt 3. of Legacy of the Jedi take place between Books 8 & 9 of the Jedi Apprentice series] [Continuity note: the events of Pt 2 of Jedi Apprentice, Special Edition 1: Deceptions take place before the events of Rogue Planet by Greg Bear] [Continuity note: the events of Pt 2 of Jedi Apprentice, Special Edition 2: The Followers take place after the events of Rogue Planet by Greg Bear]

Into the Void - CoverInto the Void by Tim Lebbon [2013]

A stand-alone tie-in to the successful comic book series, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi reveals the origins of the Jedi Order on the remote world of Tython, where ancient philosophers and scientists share their mystical knowledge of the Force while colonizing a dangerous new homeworld. Includes a special, full-color excerpt from the Dark Horse comic Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi and an original Dawn of the Jedi short story by John Ostrander! [Set 25,793 years before SW]

Revan - CoverRevan by Drew Karpyshyn [2011]

Revan, a former Jedi whose memories have been erased, believes that he somehow stumbled on a secret that threatens the existence of the Republic and must try to stop it, even though he no longer knows what it is. [Set 3954-3900 years before SW]

Deceived - CoverDeceived by Paul S. Kemp [2011]

A novelization of plots in the online video game “Star Wars: The Old Republic” shares the story of a mysterious Sith Lord who defies the Empire and destroys the Jedi Temple, setting the stage for the Treaty of Coruscant. [Set 3653 years before SW]

RedRed Harvest by Joe Schreiber [2010]

Unlike those other Jedi sidelined to the Agricultural Corps, Hestizo Trace possesses one extraordinary Force talent: a gift with plants. Suddenly her quiet existence among greenhouse and garden specimens is violently destroyed by the arrival of an emissary from Darth Scabrous who seeks the final ingredient in an ancient Sith formula that promises to grant Darth Scabrous his greatest desire: immortality. But at the heart of the formula is a never-before-seen virus that’s wo

Fatal Alliance - CoverFatal Alliance by Drew Karpyshyn [2010]

Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone. None of these guests–invited or uninvited–have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world. But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy. [Set 3643 years before SW]

Annihilation - CoverAnnihilation by Drew Karpyshyn [2012]

Joined by hot-headed smuggler Teff’ith, with whom Theron Shan has an inexplicable bond, and wise Jedi warrior Gnost-Dural, Darth Karrid’s former master, Theron Shan must match wits and weapons with a battle-tested crew of the most cold-blooded dark side disciples. But time is brutally short. Based on the videogame from BioWare and LucasArts. [Set 3640 years before SW]

Knight Errant - CoverKnight Errant by John Jackson Miller [2011]

The Republic is in crisis. The Sith roam unchecked, vying with one another to dominate the galaxy. But one lone Jedi, Kerra Holt, is determined to take down the Dark Lords. Her enemies are strange and many: Lord Daiman, who imagines himself the creator of the universe; Lord Odion, who intends to be its destroyer; the curious siblings Quillan and Dromika; the enigmatic Arkadia. So many warring Sith weaving a patchwork of brutality–with only Kerra Holt to defend the innocents caught underfoot. Sensing a sinister pattern in the chaos, Kerra embarks on a journey that will take her into fierce battles against even fiercer enemies. With one against so many, her only chance of success lies with forging alliances among those who serve her enemies–including a mysterious Sith spy and a clever mercenary general. But will they be her adversaries or her salvation? [Set 1032 years before SW]

Darth Bane - CoverDarth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn [2006]

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner on the planet Apatros. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man. To avoid imprisonment, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. His brutality, cunning, and Force aptitude swiftly win him renown as a warrior and the attention of a Sith Lord who takes him to the Sith Academy on Korriban. As an acolyte in the Sith academy, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. His failure in challenging another student results in Bane being shunned. He spends time scouring the tomes and scrolls in the Sith library and secretly trains with the devious Githany, a former Jedi turned Sith. As his power grows, Bane realizes the Sith have lost their way. Under the leadership of Lord Kaan and his Brotherhood of Darkness, the Sith have turned their back on the true nature of the dark side. Only by rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the knowledge of the Ancient Sith, can Bane hope to triumph by forging from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power. [Set 1000 years before SW]

Darth Bane: Rule of Two - CoverDarth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn [2008]

As the last surviving Sith, Darth Bane promulgated a harsh new directive: the Rule of Two. Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it. Now Darth Bane is ready to put his policy into action, and he thinks he has found the key element that will make his triumph complete: a student to train in the ways of the dark side. Though she is young, Zannah possesses an instinctive link to the dark side that rivals his own. With his guidance, she will become essential in his quest to destroy the Jedi and dominate the galaxy. But there is one who is determined to stop Darth Bane: Johun Othone, Padawan to Jedi Master Lord Hoth, who died at Bane’s hands in the last great Sith War. Though the rest of the Jedi scoff at him, Joshua’s belief that there are surviving Sith on the loose is unshakeable. As Johun continues his dogged pursuit of the man who killed his master, Zannah, faced unexpectedly with a figure from her past, begins to question her embrace of the dark side. And Darth Bane is led by Force-induced visions to a moon where he will acquire astonishing new knowledge and power – power that will alter him in ways he could never have imagined. [Set 1000 years before SW]

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil - CoverDarth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn [2009]

Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality and his own. A perfect opportunity arises when a Jedi emissary is assassinated on the troubled mining planet Doan, giving Bane an excuse to dispatch his apprentice on a fact-finding mission while he himself sets out in secret to capture the ancient holocron of Darth Andeddu and its precious knowledge. But Zannah is no fool. She knows that her ruthless Master has begun to doubt her, and she senses that he is hiding something crucial to her future. If she is going to claim the power she craves, she must take action now. While Bane storms the remote stronghold of a fanatical Sith cult, Zannah prepares for her Master’s downfall by choosing an apprentice of her own: a rogue Jedi cunning and cold-blooded enough to embrace the Sith way and to stand beside her when she at last wrests from Bane the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith. But Zannah is not the only one with the desire and power to destroy Darth Bane. Princess Serra of the Doan royal family is haunted by memories of the monstrous Sith soldier who murdered her father and tortured her when she was a child. Bent on retribution, she hires a merciless assassin to find her tormentor and bring him back alive to taste her wrath. Only a Sith who has taken down her own Master can become Dark Lord of the Sith. So when Bane suddenly vanishes, Zannah must find him–possibly even rescue him–before she can kill him. And so she pursues her quarry from the grim depths of a ravaged world on the brink of catastrophe to the barren reaches of a desert outpost, where the future of the dark side’s most powerful disciples will be decided, once and for all, by the final, fatal stroke of a lightsaber. [Set 980 years before SW]

Legacy of the Jedi coverLegacy of the Jedi by Jude Watson [2003]

A common enemy ties together four generations of Jedi. The first part is the tale of Dooku, an ambitious Jedi student and his friendly rivalry with another Jedi student, Lorian. A training exercise designed to curb the young Jedi of their competitive nature leads to a friendship forever broken. The second part is the tale of Dooku, now an influential Jedi Knight and his prize padawan, Qui-Gon Jinn. Dooku and Qui-Gon encounter Lorian, now an ex-Jedi and a criminal. Dooku comes face to face with his pride and ambition during the capture of his former friend. The third part is a story of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. A chance landing on a remote world finds the Jedi in the middle of another of Lorian’s criminal schemes. The last tale is of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Lorian, now an old man, seeks redemption for his past and offers his help in capturing his former friend, Dooku. [Pt. 1 is set 89 years before SW; Pt. 2 is set 76 years before SW; Pt. 3 is set 44 years before SW; Pt. 4 is set 22 years before SW]

Darth PlagueisDarth Plagueis by James Luceno [1999]

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master–but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination–and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction? [Set 67-32 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 1: The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton [1999]

Thirteen-year old Obi-Wan Kenobi is desperate to prove himself a worthy Padawan to a Jedi Master. His last chance is with Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan’s lack of discipline and headstrong ways keeps him from becoming Qui-Gon’s padawan. Instead, young Obi-Wan is assigned to the Jedi Agricultural Corps and sent to the planet Bandomeer. Qui-Gon also finds himself going to Bandomeer aboard the same ship as Obi-Wan. Events, and perhaps the Force, keep Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon together to try to forge a truce between hostile factions onboard the ship. But, will the plotting of a devious Hutt, a pirate attack and a crash landing be more than even they can overcome? [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 2: The Dark Rival by Jude Watson [1999]

While thankful for Obi-Wan’s help on the voyage to Bandomeer, Qui-Gon Jinn is still reluctant to take on Obi-Wan as his Padawan. Obi-Wan reluctantly begins his career with the Jedi Agricultural Corps while Qui-Gon begins his mission to negotiate a settlement between Bandomeer’s government and a powerful mining corporation. Qui-Gon must face his own past when he learns the mining corporation’s representative is Xanatos, a fallen Jedi and his former Padawan. Qui-Gon is suspicious of Xanatos, especially when accidents occur in Bandomeer’s mines. Is it coincidence? Or does Xanatos have something special planned for his former Master? [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 3: The Hidden Past by Jude Watson [1999]

After surviving their adventure on Bandomeer, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are officially master and padawan. Their first official mission together seems to be a boring one: oversee the elections on Gala. However, Guerra Derida, an alien who aided Obi-Wan on Bandomeer, hijacks their flight and takes them to his homeworld of Phindar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan soon find themselves fighting the Syndicat, a criminal organization that rules Phindar by erasing the memories of its enemies. Can Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan overthrow the Syndicat? Or will they become victims of the Syndicat? [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 4: The Mark of the Crown by Jude Watson [1999]

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan arrive on Gala to oversee the planet’s elections. Queen Veda is dying and she wishes to have elections to peacefully determine her successor. However, her son, Beju, is conspiring to thwart the elections and maintain his rule. The Jedi learned on Phindar that Beju had dealings with the criminal Syndicat and are suspicious of his motives. Qui-Gon soon learns that there may be another heir beside Beju. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan learns of a plot to kill the queen. Caught in a deadly battle of power, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s only hope to preserve peace on Gala is to find the true heir. [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 5: The Defenders of the Dead by Jude Watson [1999]

The planet Melida/Daan is in a state of constant war. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are sent to rescue Tahl, a Jedi Knight who went missing trying to restore peace on the world. The Jedi learn that the conflict has grown beyond the Elders of the Melida and the Daan. A new faction, the Young, seeks to stop the conflict and bring peace to their world. Qui-Gon is wary of getting caught up in conflict and seeks to get Tahl, a longtime friend of his, to safety. Obi-Wan finds himself becoming friends with Nield and Cerasi, the leaders of the Young. The Young have a way to stop the war and need Obi-Wan’s help to do it. Obi-Wan wants to help, but the cost of his aid may prove more than either he or Qui-Gon realize. [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 6: The Uncertain Path by Jude Watson [2000]

The Young have emerged victorious on Melida/Daan and Obi-Wan has left the Jedi to aid them. At first he is thrilled to be with his friends, Nield and Cerasi, leading the Young and restoring peace to the world. But, the Young are gaining too much power too quickly. Factions form within the Young and Obi-Wan finds himself alienated from his friends. The Elders take advantage of the situation and begin to organize resistance to the Young’s rule. Back at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Qui-Gon is devastated by Obi-Wan’s decision. A series of petty thefts within the Jedi Temple have Qui-Gon disturbed. Then, Obi-Wan calls for Jedi intervention on Melida/Daan. Qui-Gon is dispatched to help. But can he forgive Obi-Wan? And can anyone bring peace to a world where war is way of life?. [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 7: The Captive Temple by Jude Watson [2000]

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan return to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant after learning of an assassination attempt on Yoda’s life. Obi-Wan finds his return to the Jedi Temple difficult. The Council is harsh towards him and Qui-Gon all but ignores him. Meanwhile, unknown assailant is orchestrating a campaign of sabotage within the Temple. All are in danger and all are under suspicion. Everyone is wary of everyone else. The relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan slowly rebuilds as they investigate who is behind the attacks. They soon discover it might be someone they know, someone they’ve already encountered… [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 8: The Day of Reckoning by Jude Watson [2000]

Xanatos, Qui-Gon’s evil former Padawan, has fled to his homeworld of Telos after his failed attempt to destroy the Jedi Temple. Against the Jedi Council’s wishes, Qui-Gon takes Obi-Wan to Telos to bring Xanatos to justice. However, Telos is firmly in Xanatos’ control. The once peaceful and beautiful world of Telos has been corrupted by greed. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan find themselves hunted by the Telosian authorities on false charges. Their only hope of exposing Xanatos as a villain and saving Telos from his destructive schemes rests with Den, a scoundrel dwelling on the fringes of the law, and Andra, a woman waging a solo war to see Telos restored. [Set 44 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 9: The Fight for Truth by Jude Watson [2000]

Qui-Gonn Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to the planet Kegan along with Jedi Master Adi Gallia and her padawan, Siri Tachi to find a child who may be strong in the Force. Though the Jedi were contacted by the child’s parents, they soon Kegan is not friendly to offworlders. The authorities of Kegan have chosen to isolate themselves from the rest of the galaxy and use constant surveillance to monitor their citizens. Siri is hostile to Obi-Wan over his past actions. However, the Padawans must put aside their differences when they find themselves in a Learning Circle that takes a very harsh view on differing opinions. [Set 43 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 10: The Shattered Peace by Jude Watson [2000]

The neighboring worlds of Rutan and Senali have kept the peace between their peoples by exchanging the firstborn children among their rulers. However, the worlds find themselves on the brink of war when Leed, heir apparent to the throne of Rutan, refuses to come home. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are dispatched to resolve the conflict. Frane, King of Rutan, believes his eldest son has been brainwashed by the Senali and threatens war if he is not returned. Leed insists he loves it on Senali and refuses to return. Can Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan find a way to keep the peace between the two worlds? Or is the bloodshed the only possible future? [Set 43 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 11: The Deadly Hunter by Jude Watson [2000]

It seems adventure waits around every corner for Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. On Coruscant, Qui-Gon takes Obi-Wan to meet one of his old friends: Didi, a café owner and informant not always on the right side of the law. Didi informs Qui-Gon that a bounty hunter has attacked him from no reason. When Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan venture to a meeting with the bounty hunter, violence ensues. Now the Jedi find themselves being targeted by the bounty hunter as well. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan must now find a way to protect Didi, his daughter, Astri, as well as themselves from a relentless adversary. [Set 43 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 12: The Evil Experiment by Jude Watson [2001]

The Force is a mystery, even to the Jedi who have studied it for thousands of years. But, Jenna Zan Arbor, a ruthless scientist, is determined to discover the mystery of the Force. She has captured Qui-Gon Jinn and subjects him to a brutal series of tests to learn the secrets of the Force. Obi-Wan Kenobi desperately searches for his lost Master. With him travels Astri, whose father, Didi, has been poisoned by a bounty hunter in the employ of Jenna Zan Arbor. But even as Obi-Wan and Astri desperately search for a way to save those closest to them, a mysterious, relentless bounty hunter is on their trail. [Set 43 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 13: The Dangerous Rescue by Jude Watson [2001]

After seemingly failing to escape from Jenna Zan Arbor’s clutches, Qui-Gon Jinn does manage to regain his freedom. But, the evil scientist escapes and Qui-Gon has learned that she has an unknown Jedi as her captive. Reunited with Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon joins forces with fellow Jedi Master Adi Gallia and her padawan, Siri Tachi. Together, they are determined to track down Jenna Zan Arbor and bring her to justice. But, Jenna Zan Arbor is a wily foe with allies all too willing to aid her. And her bounty hunter is now out for personal vengeance against the Jedi. Can even the Jedi prevail over these odds ? [Set 43 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Special Edition 1: Deceptions by Jude Watson [2001]

Obi-Wan Kenobi is still haunted by the death of Bruck Chun, a rival Padawan who turned to the dark side. His doubts that he could have prevented Bruck’s death are magnified when Bruck’s family files charges of murder against Obi-Wan. In the first part of the novel, Obi-Wan is forced to come to face to face with painful memories of his past. The second part of the novel takes place when Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi Knight and mentor to Anakin Skywalker. The Jedi are assigned to a routine inspection. Rarely are things so easy, as Obi-Wan finds himself facing painful memories from his past once again. [Pt.1 is set 41 years before SW. Pt.2 is set 29 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 14: The Ties That Bind by Jude Watson [2001]

Tahl, a fellow Jedi close to Qui-Gon Jinn, has gone missing from a seemingly routine mission on the planet Apsolon. Plagued by nightmares about Tahl, Qui-Gon travels to Apsolon with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Six years ago, Tahl and Qui-Gon helped Apsolon transform from a dictatorship to a democracy. But, Ewane, the popular leader of Apsolon, has been murdered and his twin daughters are in danger. An organization known as the Absolutes, the secret police of the old dictatorship appear to have reformed and are determined to regain power. A seemingly simple mission will prove to be more of a challenge than any Jedi could have foreseen. [Set 40 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 15: The Death of Hope by Jude Watson [2001]

Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl have broken one of the cardinal rules of the Jedi by declaring their love for each other. Now that Tahl has been abducted, a consumed Qui-Gon will push himself to his very limits to rescue her. Obi-Wan Kenobi, concerned for his Master, joins his relentless quest. However, on Apsolon, it is very hard to determine who is an enemy and who is a friend. Even harder, is when the Jedi learn even their friends have something to hide. By the time Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan learn the truth, the cost may be devastating. [Set 40 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 16: The Call to Vengeance by Jude Watson [2001]

Defying the Jedi Council is nothing new to Qui-Gon Jinn. But, even in his defiance, he has still lived his life by the Jedi Code. Grief-stricken by the death of Tahl, Qui-Gonn is determined to exact revenge on those who killed her. Obi-Wan feels powerless to aid his Master. Mace Windu, member of the Jedi Council, is sent to Apsolon with Tahl’s padawan, and Obi-Wan’s longtime friend, Bant. Obi-Wan is optimistic at first. But, Qui-Gon leaves on his own to pursue his vendetta. Bant is angry at Obi-Wan for not contacting her earlier about her Master. The political situation of Apsolon becomes even more perilous as Qui-Gon’s lust for vengeance threatens to cost him all he has held dear. [Set 40 years before SW]

noimageSecrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson [2005]

The way of the Jedi is a demanding life. To be a Jedi is to not love or live as normal people do…at whatever the price. In the first part of this novel, Obi-Wan Kenobi and his fellow Padawan, Siri Tachi, find themselves separated from their Masters while protecting a gifted young boy, Taly Fry, from a team of bounty hunters. While facing life and death choices around every corner, they discover they love each other. Despite their feelings, they resolve to put them aside and remain Jedi…no matter what the cost. The second part takes place during the Clone Wars. Taly Fry is now the head of a major corporation and has developed codebreaker technology that could win the war for the Republic…or the Separatists. Obi-Wan and Siri are dispatched to negotiate for the Republic. Seeing Taly again reminds them of the past they thought they had left behind. [Pt. 1 is set 40 years before SW; Pt. 2 is set 20 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 17: The Only Witness by Jude Watson [2002]

Although still grieving over the death of his love, Tahl, the Jedi Council has decided to send Qui-Gon Jinn on a mission. Obi-Wan hope the mission to the world the planet Frego will help his Master. However, Qui-Gon’s heart is not in his duties as a Jedi and Obi-Wan finds himself taking the lead in the mission. The Jedi are to escort Lena Cobral, the sole witness against a ruthless crime family, back to Coruscant. As usual, a seemingly simple mission becomes complicated. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are forced to keep their wits about them. Their only hope to keep Lena safe and is to uncover the truth from the lies. [Set 40 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Book 18: The Threat Within by Jude Watson [2002]

Obi-Wan Kenobi is rapidly approaching the age when he will become a Jedi Knight. However, he is still Qui-Gon Jinn’s padawan and is assigned with his Master on a mission to the Vorzyd system. The leaders of Vorzyd 4 are certain their neighbors on Vorzyd 5 are behind a series of terrorist attacks on their world. Obi-Wan’s investigations reveal that the true culprits are a rebellious organization of Vorzyd 4’s youth. Both Jedi are reminded of the situation on Melida/Daan that tore them apart. With great reluctance, Qui-Gon allows Obi-Wan to infiltrate the Vorzyd 4 youth organization. Will the situation on Melida/Daan repeat itself on Vorzyd 4? Or have both Master and Padawan grown in ways neither could have anticipated? [Set 40 years before SW]

noimageJedi Apprentice, Special Edition 2: The Followers by Jude Watson [2002]

For thousands of years, the Sith have been the most dangerous adversaries to the Jedi Order. Though believed to be extinct, the Jedi are always wary of their return. A determined academician, Dr. Lundi, is desperate to learn the mysteries of the Sith. He has located a Sith Holocron on the remote world of Kodai. In the first part of this novel, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn manage to capture Lundi, but the Sith Holocron disappears. The second part of this novel takes place when Obi-Wan is a Jedi Knight and Master to the headstrong padawan, Anakin Skywalker. Reports of Sith followers have reached the Jedi. Obi-Wan and Anakin recruit the insane Dr. Lundi to help them track down the would-be Sith. But, Lundi is to be feared not trusted. The Sith are on the rise and only the Jedi can stop them. [Pt. 1 is set 39 years before SW; Pt 2 is set 29 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest: Path to Truth by Jude Watson [2001]

Four years have passed since the death of Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan Kenobi worries if he is being a good enough Master to his thirteen-year old Padawan, Anakin Skywalker. After a voyage to the planet Ilum to construct Anakin’s lightsaber, Obi-Wan and Anakin are sent on a mission to protect a diplomatic vessel against pirates. The pirate attack forces both Anakin and Obi-Wan to confront their pasts. The leader of the pirates is a slaver who raided Tatooine when Anakin was just a boy. Obi-Wan learns that an ex-Jedi is working with the pirates: Siri Tachi. Anakin draws upon the gifts that will make him a powerful Jedi and foreshadow a dark fate that awaits him . [Set 28 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 1: Way of the Apprentice by Jude Watson [2002]

Fourteen-year old Anakin Skywalker is one of the most gifted Padawans in the history of the Jedi. He desperately wants to be a model Jedi, but he is impatient and chafes under the instruction of the Jedi in general and his Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan and Anakin are part of a team of Jedi dispatched to investigate what appears to be an environmental disaster. Events conspire to separate the Padawans from their Masters. In order to save himself, his fellow padawans, their Masters and a world from being conquered, Anakin must put aside his personal feelings and rivalries with a fellow Padawan. [Set 27 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 2: The Trail of the Jedi by Jude Watson [2002]

Obi-Wan Kenobi is concerned about the relationship he has with Anakin Skywalker. He does not feel as close to Anakin as he felt with his old Master, Qui-Gon Jinn. He plans an exercise with Anakin on a remote world. Their mission will be to track down an experienced Jedi Master seeking to evade them. What starts out as a challenging battle of wits turns into a desperate battle for survival. The Jedi find themselves the targets of a number of bounty hunters. The bounty hunters themselves are but pawns of a mysterious foe with a burning hatred for the Jedi. [Set 27 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 3: The Dangerous Games by Jude Watson [2002]

Faces from the past await both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. On a mission with a team of Jedi to oversee the Galactic Games, Anakin discovers a semi-legal Podracing event taking place. In the course of aiding a team of Podracers, Anakin discovers someone is racing in his old Podracer from Tatooine. Worse, he discovers the pilot is Hekula, the son of his old nemesis Sebulba. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan Kenobi runs into his old friend Didi and his daughter, Astri. An errand to aid an old friend soon places Obi-Wan on the trail to discover a plot against a number of influential Senators.. [Set 27 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 4: The Master of Disguise by Jude Watson [2002]

The Jedi Order has a new enemy determined to destroy them. He has riches and resources to buy unlimited power. He is mysterious, lurking in the shadows, employing agents to do his bidding. He is elusive, cunning and utterly evil. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi find themselves matching wits with a master of disguise and deception named Granta Omega. Granta Omega has constructed an elaborate scheme to undermine the Republic for a dark and sinister purpose. If Obi-Wan and Anakin can’s stop him, it will mean danger for the entire galaxy. [Set 26 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 5: The School of Fear by Jude Watson [2003]

The son of an influential Senator has gone missing from the elite Leadership School on the planet Andara. The Jedi Council sends Anakin Skywalker and Ferus Olin, a rival Padawan, on a mission to investigate. They discover a group of young mercenaries using the school as a base of operations and a training ground. Anakin find himself liking and admiring the mercenaries even as envy of Ferus grows. But, Anakin must overcome these emotions if he is to uncover the true nature of what is happening at the school. Because the young mercenaries are involved in a conspiracy much with repercussions for the whole galaxy. [Set 26 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 6: The Shadow Trap by Jude Watson [2003]

The planet Mawan is threatening to tear itself apart by a war between a trio of crimelords. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are sent to help restore order to this chaotic planet. Despite their best efforts, things begin to go horribly wrong. Matters become even worse when the Jedi learn that Granta Omega is orchestrating the chaos of Mawan for a darker purpose than anyone can guess. To prevent Granta Omega from succeeding, a Jedi Master will have to make the ultimate sacrifice. [Set 26 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 7: The Moment of Truth by Jude Watson [2003]

Trust is the most important part of the relationship between Master and Padawan. But, that is not the case with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Despite the best efforts of both, a rift is forming between the two. Their personal conflicts threaten both of them during a mission to Uziel system. They are separated during a rescue mission on a dangerous planet. A nest of gundarks proves to be the least of their troubles as Obi-Wan and Anakin encounter a past foe with a very keen interest in the Jedi. [Set 26 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 8: The Changing of the Guard by Jude Watson [2004]

The Jedi have learned that the criminal scientist, Jenna Zan Arbor, has taken refuge on the planet Romin. Romin is an impoverished world ruled by the dictator, Teda, who provides his world as a haven for wanted criminals across the galaxy. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker join Siri Tachi, Obi-Wan’s former rival, and her padawan, Ferus Olin, Anakin’s rival, on a mission to infiltrate Romin and bring Jenna Zan Arbor to justice. To trap a master deceiver, the Jedi will have to master the art of deception and pose as the sort of criminal scum they usually capture. Their plans take a turn for the worse when they learn Jenna Zan Arbor has a new, powerful ally. [Set 25 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 9: The False Peace by Jude Watson [2004]

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are called off their pursuit of Jenna Zan Arbor and Granta Omega. They return to Coruscant to find that the Senate is considering revoking its sponsorship of the Jedi Order. Leading the Anti-Jedi faction is Bog Divinian, husband of Obi-Wan’s friend Astri. The Jedi find themselves entangled in the unfamiliar and uncomfortable world of galactic politics with precious few allies to aid them. Anakin Skywalker accepts Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s offer to mentor him in politics. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan’s investigations reveal the possibility that all of these events have been orchestrated by Granta Omega to plunge the Republic into turmoil. [Set 25 years before SW]

noimageJedi Quest, Book 10: The Final Showdown by Jude Watson [2004]

The Jedi pursuit of Granta Omega leads them to the planet Korriban, a graveyard of the ancient Sith Lords. Granta Omega has come to make contact with the Dark Lord of the Sith and help him to destroy the Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker join a team of Jedi on the mission to Korriban. Unfortunately for Anakin, one of the other Jedi is his rival, Ferus Olin. Jealousy and envy cause Anakin to view the capture of Granta Omega as a contest to be won. The Jedi pursuit leads them deeper into the dark side of the Force. The final confrontation will lead to death and a shocking betrayal. [Set 25 years before SW]

noimageDarth Maul: Saboteur by James Luceno [2001]

Two powerful corporations, InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Unlimited, compete for mining a precious ore on the distant world of Dorvalla. Neither suspects they are being manipulated by the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, for his own sinister goals. Sidious dispatches his deadly apprentice, Darth Maul, on his first solo mission to destroy both companies and leave them ripe for takeover by the Trade Federation. Maul unleashes an explosive chain of events within Lommite Limited. However, one of Lommite Limited’s managers, a being with a thirst for vengeance against InterGalactic Ore, threatens to expose Darth Maul and Sidious’s fiendishly crafted plans. This title available only as a purchasable electronic download from online merchants. [Set 33 years before SW]

Cloak of Deception - CoverCloak of Deception by James Luceno [2001]

The Trade Federation is crumbling within its own greed and corruption. Tensions are boiling over in the Outer Rim worlds, where the Trade Federation maintains a stranglehold on shipping routes. After foiling an assassination attempt on Valorum, Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigate charges that Valorum is involved in the machinations of the Trade Federation. To resolve the crisis, Valorum calls for an emergency trade summit. Conspiracies and greed run rampant as three members of the Trade Federation form a pact with the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, and Jedi valiantly attempt to keep the Republic from exploding into chaos. [Set 33 years before SW]

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter - CoverDarth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves [2001]

After years of waiting in the shadows, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious is ready to bring the Republic to its knees. His plans center around the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo. Meeting secretly with his Neimoidian contacts, he learns one of them, Hoth Monchar, is missing. Suspecting betrayal, Sidious dispatches the merciless Darth Maul to hunt down the traitor. Before Maul can deal with Monchar, the Neimodian defector has sold information to a shady information broker named Lorn Pavan. While fleeing from Maul, Pavan meets up with a Jedi padawan named Darsha Assant. The two must escape through the labyrinthine underworld of Coruscant and inform the Republic of the true motivations of the Trade Federation blockade. But first, they must escape from the relentless Darth Maul. [Set 32 years before SW]

Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter - CoverMaul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber [2014]

To fulfill his do-or-die mission for the dark masters he serves, the dreaded Darth Maul must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror in order to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy. Set just before the events of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace. [Set 32 years before SW]

The Phantom Menace - CoverStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks [1999]swcanon

Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning. When the greedy Trade Federation blockades the peaceful world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his loyal padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, embark on a mission to resolve the conflict. But, there are dark forces behind this conflict. The Jedi are forced to flee Naboo with the young ruler of the world, Queen Amidala. Their journey takes them to the desert world of Tatooine and a chance encounter with Anakin Skywalker, a young boy strong in the Force, and evenually into a deadly battle with the ancient enemy of the Jedi Order, the Sith. [Set 32 years before SW]

Rogue Planet - CoverRogue Planet by Greg Bear [2000]

The Force is very strong with twelve-year-old Anakin Skywalker. Despite the misgivings of the Jedi Council, Anakin is apprenticed to Obi-Wan Kenobi. To help Anakin reach his potential as the prophesied Chosen One, Obi-Wan must help his undisciplined, idealistic apprentice find balance. However, lessons give way to the responsibilities to the Jedi as Obi-Wan and Anakin are dispatched to the mysterious world of Zenoma Sekot, home to the fastest ships in the galaxy. Obi-Wan and Anakin are swept up in intrigue and disturbances in the Force as the secrets of Zenoma Sekot are revealed. Anakin comes face-to-face with his deepest fears and his darkest destiny. [Set 29 years before SW]

Outbound Flight - CoverOutbound Flight by Timothy Zahn [2006]

Jorj Car’das is a young navigator for the freighter, Bargain Hunter. His hot-headed captain has just got them into another firefight and a hyperspace malfunction has landed them in the Unknown Regions. They soon run across a picket force of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet. Leading the force is a brillant Chiss officer the galaxy will one day fear: Commander Thrawn. Back in the Republic, Jorus C’baoth, an influential Jedi Master, is negotiating a trade agreement between the Brolf and the Corporate Alliance. Obi-Wan Kenobi and his fourteen-year old Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, are on hand to assist. The outcome of those negotiations gives C’baoth the leverage he needs to launch his abitious project: Outbound Flight. Unknown to the Jedi is that the powerful Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, has taken a very deadly interest in Outbound Flight. [Set 27 years before SW]

The Approaching Storm - CoverThe Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster [2002]

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was elected to save the Republic from the forces of discontent. But, even his leadership hasn’t been able to keep the Republic from crumbling. Ansion is a tiny, remote planet. But, it is of strategic importance in the Republic’s fight against the growing Separatist movement. Two teams of Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi and his padawan, Anakin Skywalker, and Luminara Unduli and her padawan Barriss Offee, are dispatched to settle a border dispute among Ansion’s populace. To succeed, the Jedi will need to accomplish near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies. At the same time, they are stalked by an enemy determined to see their negotiations fail. [Set 22 years before SW]

Attack of the Clones - CoverStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore [2002]swcanon

A Jedi shall not know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love. The Republic is on the brink of civil war. More and more worlds, becoming frustrated with the corruption of the Republic Senate, are aligning themselves with Count Dooku, an enigmatic former Jedi Master, and his Separtist movement. Padme Amidala, now a Senator, finds herself targeted by assassins. Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his willful padawan, Anakin Skywalker, are dispatched to investigate. As Anakin’s and Padme’s feelings for each other grow with possibly dangerous consequences, Obi-Wan uncovers layer upon layer of conspiracy and deception orchestrated by the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. [Set 22 years before SW]

Republic Commando: Hard Contact - CoverRepublic Commando: Hard Contact by Karin Traviss [2004]

The Clone Wars have engulfed the galaxy. Four clone troopers are dispatched deep within Separatist territory to sabotage a chemical weapon research facility. During planetfall, Darman, the squad’s demolition expert, is separated from his comrades. He encounters Etain, an inexperienced Jedi padawan. A long, dangerous journey awaits commando and Jedi alike in a hostile territory brimming with Trandoshan slavers, Separatist forces and suspicious natives. A single misstep could mean discovery…and death. It’s a virtual suicide mission for anyone…anyone except Republic Commandos. [Set 22 years before SW]

no cover image availableBoba Fett, Book 1: The Fight to Survive by Terry Bisson [2003]

Boba Fett is the son (and clone) of Jango Fett, the most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy. But when Jango is killed, Boba must fend for himself — against some very powerful enemies. [Set 22 years before SW]

no cover image availableBoba Fett, Book 2: Crossfire by Terry Bisson [2003]

It is after the events of Episode II. Boba Fett is trapped in the lair of someone who he thinks is a friend . . . but is really an enemy. Escape becomes the only option. But escape has its own risks. Boba must survive to fight . . . and fight to survive. [Set 22 years before SW]

no cover image availableBoba Fett, Book 3: The Maze of Deception by Elizabeth Hand [2003]

When he died in the first Clone War battle, Jango Fett left a fortune somewhere on the planet of Aargau. The bounty hunter Aurra Sing is the only person who knows where the fortune is. But Jango’s son, Boba Fett, is the only person who can get to it… [Set 22 years before SW]

no cover image availableBoba Fett, Book 4: Hunted by Elizabeth Hand [2003]

The story of how young Boba Fett first met the notorious Jabba the Hutt is now told. [Set 22 years before SW]

Republic Commando: Triple Zero - CoverRepublic Commando: Triple Zero by Karin Traviss [2006]

Following the eruption of the bloody Clone Wars at the battle of Geonosis, both sides remain deadlocked in a stalemate that can be broken only by elite warrior teams like Omega Squad, clone commandos with terrifying combat skills and a lethal arsenal. For Omega Squad, deployed deep behind enemy lines, its the same old special ops grind: sabotage, espionage, ambush, and assassination. But when Omega Squad is rushed to Coruscant, the wars most dangerous new hotspot, the commandos discover theyre not the only ones penetrating the heart of the enemy. A surge in Separatist attacks has been traced to a network of Sep terror cells in the Republics capital, masterminded by a mole in Command Headquarters. To identify and destroy a Separatist spy and terror network in a city full of civilians will require special talents and skills. Not even the leadership of Jedi generals, along with the assistance of Delta squad and a certain notorious ARC trooper, can even the odds against the Republic Commandos. And while success may not bring victory in the Clone Wars, failure means certain defeat. Also includes the bonus story “Omega Squad: Targets.” [Set 22 years before SW]

Shatterpoint - CoverShatterpoint by Matthew Stover [2003]

For the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war. With the Clone Wars raging across the galaxy, Jedi Master Mace Windu undertakes a dangerous return to his homeworld, the jungle planet of Haruun Kal. His homeworld has become a battleground between forces of the Republic and the Separatists. His mission has dire personal consequences, as Depa Billaba, his former padawan and fellow Council Member, has gone missing from her mission to train local tribefolk as a guerilla resistance force. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle…a recording in Depa’s own voice. [Set 22 years before SW]

The Clone Wars - CoverThe Clone Wars by Karin Traviss [2008]swcanon

Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and their Jedi generals. Anakin Skywalker, believed by some to be the prophesied “Chosen One” destined to bring balance to the Force, is now a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Death is a constant possibility – and his chances of survival aren’t improved by the unexpected arrival of an apprentice: Ahsoka, a brash, inexperienced fourteen-year-old Padawan. But there’s no time for Anakin to question his latest orders. He and Obi-Wan have been assigned a new mission, and failure is not an option. Jabba the Hutt’s precious infant son has been kidnapped, and when the frantic parent applies to the Jedi for help, it falls to Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and their clone troops to track down the evidence and retrieve the missing Huttlet. And more is at stake: For a grateful Jabba just might allow the Republic access to the Hutt-controlled space lanes that the Grand Army desperately needs in order to beat the Separatists into submission. But the Republic is not the only power that craves access to those space lanes. Count Dooku, determined to win the prize for the Separatists, has set a trap for the Jedi. When they find the Huttlet, they will also find Dooku’s master assassin, Asajj Ventress, and countless legions of battle droids waiting to spring a trap. [Set 21 years before SW]

The Clone Wars: Wild Space - CoverThe Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karin Miller [2008]

The Clone Wars have exploded across the galaxy as Republic forces and Separatists struggle to gain the upper hand. But while the Jedi generals work tirelessly to defeat Count Dooku and his rebels, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is hatching his own dark plans. [Set 22 years before SW]

The Clone Wars: No Prisoners - CoverThe Clone Wars: No Prisoners by Karin Traviss [2009]

Dispatched to a distant world to aid a local dictator facing a revolution, Republic undercover agent Hallena finds herself surrounded by angry freedom fighters and questioning the Republic’s methods–and motives. Meanwhile Captain Gilad Pellaeon–sworn to protect the Republic over all–is torn between duty and desire and Ahsoka encounters a new and different Jedi philosophy, which shakes the foundation of her upbringing to the core. [Set 22 years before SW]

noimageThe Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth by Karin Miller [2010]

Planet by planet, darkness creeps across the galaxy. Among warriors and generals, among ordinary beings living in far-flung worlds, the fear will not go away: We are losing this war…Anakin Skywalker feels it, too. The Separatist Alliance, with ruthlessness and treachery, is beating the Republic to every strategic target. But after a costly clash with General Grievous for the planet Kothlis, Anakin has a mission that will focus his anxious mind. Alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is posing as a long-lost native of Lanteeb, an impoverished world on the Outer Rim. This seemingly unimportant planet has drawn the interest of the Seps—and Anakin and Obi-Wan soon discover the disturbing reason: A scientist enslaved by General Lok Durd is drawing on Lanteeb’s one natural resource for a devastating bioweapon. Now Anakin and Obi-Wan have entered the eye of a storm. Their presence has been exposed, Lok Durd’s plans unveiled, and a fight has begun for survival behind enemy lines—and a chance of winning a war that must be fought at any cost. [Set 22 years before SW]

noimageThe Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karin Miller [2010]

On the Outer Rim, the planet Lanteeb has no strategic value, no political power, and one enormous problem: It has been invaded by an emboldened Separatist Alliance. To find out why, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi have snuck onto Lanteeb–and now look oblivion in the eye…Hiding their lightsabers beneath their dusty disguises, Anakin and Obi-Wan draw on their Jedi skills to stay one step ahead of Lok Durd’s droid army on Lanteeb. The Jedi know that a captive scientist has given Durd the keys to a terrifying bioweapon. Durd knows that the Jedi are on his planet. With Yoda calling on the powers of the Jedi Council, with a new Separatist technology jamming the Guardians’ communications, and with a traitor at the heart of the Republic’s government, the wheels of war are turning. But the Separatists have blockaded Lanteeb. The finishing touches are being put on a weapon to destroy whole worlds. And it will be up to the two Jedi Knights and their most trusted comrades to liberate Lanteeb or forever suffer the consequences. [Set 22 years before SW]

The Cestus Deception - CoverThe Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes [2004]

No corner of the galaxy has been spared the ravages of the Clone Wars. Ord Cestus is on the verge of economic collapse after the Republic bans the sale of its most lucrative export: battle droids. The Separatists have offered Ord Cestus salvation. They will purchase an army of advanced bio-droids, a sale that will bring prosperity and security to their world. These bio-droids possess fighting skills on par with the most advanced Jedi. An army of bio-droids deployed against the Republic would spell certain defeat. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to persuade Ord Cestus to abandon its dealings with the Separatists. However, if Obi-Wan’s negotiations fail, Palpatine will not hesitate to launch a full-scale attack on Ord Cestus itself. Obi-Wan finds himself in a crisis of conscience as he fights to prevent a bloodbath and save the Republic, while abiding by the ancient code to which he has pledged his life. [Set 21 years before SW]

noimageThe Hive by Steven Barnes [2004]

In the wake of a deadly plague on Ord Cestus, the rulers of the native X’Ting are dead. The once tightly knit race has splintered into factions. Their only hope is reunification, which can only come with the rise of new royals, whom all X’Ting are bound by blood to serve. But, the eggs that will spawn these new sovereigns are out of reach in a secret chamber guarded by traps. Worse still, the only beings with knowledge of its location died in the plague. To salvage a people’s destiny, Obi-Wan Kenobi risks a perilous descent into a hell of unknown horrors in the forgotten depths of an alien world from which none have ever returned. This title available only as a purchasable electronic download from online merchants. [Set 21 years before SW]

True Colors - CoverRepublic Commando: True Colors by Karin Traviss [2007]

With the horrors of the Clone Wars continuing to rage on unchecked, the elite warriors of the Republic stumble upon a growing menace that threatens their victory, the Omega Squad’s loyalty is tested by a shocking discovery, and the lines begin to blur between friend and foe. [Set 20 years before SW]

Battle Surgeons - CoverMedstar, Book I: Battle Surgeons by Steve Perry and Michael Reaves [2004]

The Clone Wars continue to tear apart the galaxy. Embattled medics are stuck on the hot, humid, smelly world of Drongar as they struggle to save lives in the midst of the devastating conflict around them. Drongar has become important as it is the home of a new miracle drug that can save the lives of countless races across the galaxy. However, a greedy Admiral has hatched a plan with a notorious Hutt to smuggle the miracle drug for a tidy profit. The Admiral’s plans are complicated by the presence of an unknown spy and a Jedi padawan, Barriss Offee, who has been assigned to aid the beleagured medics. [Set 20 years before SW]

Healer - CoverMedstar, Book II: Jedi Healer by Steve Perry and Michael Reaves [2004]

While the Clone Wars wreak havoc throughout the galaxy, the situation on the far world of Drongar is desperate, as Republic forces engage in a fierce fight with the Separatists…The threatened enemy offensive begins as the Separatists employ legions of droids into their attack. Even with reinforcements, the flesh and blood of the Republic forces are just no match for battle droids’ durasteel. Nowhere is this point more painfully clear than in the steaming Jasserak jungle, where the doctors and nurses of a small med unit face an impossible situation. As the dead and wounded start to pile up, surgeons Jos Vandar and Kornell “Uli” Divini know that time is running out. Even the Jedi abilities of Padawan Barriss Offee have been stretched to the limit. Ahead lies a test for Barriss that could very well lead to her death–and that of countless others. For the conflict is growing–and for this obscure mobile med unit, there’s only one resolution. Shocking, bold, unprecedented, it’s the only option Jos and his colleagues really have. The unthinkable has become the inevitable. Whether it kills them or not remains to be seen. [Set 20 years before SW]

Jedi Trial - CoverJedi Trial by David Sherman and Dan Cragg [2004]

Pors Tanith, financier turned Separtist military commander, has launched a cunning attack on the planet Praesitlyn, home of the Republic’s intergalactic communications center. Left unchallenged, this move will leave the Republic all but helpless against the Separatist armies. But there are few forces to spare to resist the attack. Command of this do-or-die mission is given to Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon and the skilled Jedi padawan, Anakin Skywalker. The Republic forces are outnumbered and outgunned. An enemy ultimatum soon leaves them out of options, unless Anakin Skywalker can strike a balance between wisdom born of the Force and the instincts of a born warrior. [Set 20 years before SW]

Jedi Trial - CoverYoda — Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart [2004]

The savage Clone Wars have forced the Republic to the edge of collapse. One Jedi Knight is spared certain death to deliver a message to Jedi Master Yoda. Count Dooku, former Jedi Master and leader of the Separatists, makes an offer of peace and demands a rendezvous with Yoda. While none fully believe the treacherous Dooku is sincere, the stakes are too high to ignore the offer. The meeting is set for Vjun, a planet twisted by the dark side of the Force. Can Yoda win back his once promising apprentice from the dark side? Or will Count Dooku unleash his sinister might against his former master? Either way, it is certain to be one of the fiercest battles Yoda has ever faced. [Set 20 years before SW]

no cover image availableBoba Fett, Book 5: A New Threat by Elizabeth Hand [2004]

On his first big assignment for Jabba the Hutt, Boba must confront a new galactic villain — a sinister force who will play a significant role in the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode III. [Set 19.5 years before SW]

no cover image availableBoba Fett, Book 6: Pursuit by Elizabeth Hand [2004]

Boba Fett is in danger. He’s been captured by his enemies, his life nearly forfeit. His job for Jabba the Hutt is far from done. Things are looking grim. . . . But Boba Fett didn’t become the most famous bounty hunter in the galaxy through defeat. Now he must turn the tables and come out on top — to ensure his infamous future. [Set 19.5 years before SW]

Order 66 - CoverRepublic Commando: Order 66 by Karin Traviss [2008]

Even as the Clone Wars are about to reach an explosive climax, no one knows if victory will favor the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or the Separatists. But no matter who wins, the stakes are highest for elite Special Ops clones like the Republic Commandos in Omega and Delta squads – and the notorious renegade Advance Recon Commando troopers known as Null ARCs. With Republic forces stretched to the max and casualties mounting, the last thing these beleaguered warriors need to hear is that Chancellor Palpatine is keeping vast armies of secret clone troops in reserve. Sergeant Skirata, a mentor to the clone commandos, has no intention of standing idly by while Palpatine sends them into battle like lambs to the slaughter. Skirata begins to plan the clones’ escape from the GAR, but his heroic effort will be in vain unless he can reverse the clones’ accelerated aging process. Caught in the treacherous dealings of their leaders, and locked in the battles of their lives, the disillusioned Null ARCs and Commandos nonetheless fight with everything they’ve got, determined to wrest victory from the Seps and save the galaxy. But even the deadliest weapons may not be powerful enough to defeat the real menace. And nothing will stop the apocalyptic horror unleashed when Palpatine utters the chilling words The time has come. Execute Order 66. Translation: The Jedi have tried to stage a coup, and all must be shot on sight. [Set 19 years before SW]

Labyrinth of Evil - CoverLabyrinth of Evil by James Luceno [2005]

The Clone Wars nears its boiling point as the Separatists continue their assault on the Republic. Nute Gunray, Trade Federation Viceroy and Separatist Councilmember, barely escapes capture on Cato Neimoidia. However, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do gain an unexpected prize. They find a unique holotransciever that contains intelligence on their ultimate quarry, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, the true architect of the Clone Wars. Anakin and Obi-Wan’s pursuit takes them to far-flung worlds, every step bringing them closer to pinpointing the Sith Lord’s location. Yet, Darth Sidious remains one step ahead of his pursuers. And his next move could very well herald the end of the Republic and the Jedi. The events of this novel immediately precede the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. [Set 19 years before SW]

Revenge of the Sith - CoverStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover [2005]swcanon

The Clone Wars have torn the galaxy apart. Separtist forces under the command of Count Dooku and General Grievous, the cyborg commander of the droid armies, have launched a desperate attack on Coruscant, capital of the Republic, and captured Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his former padawan and friend Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, engage in a rescue of the Supreme Chancellor. More than war threatens the Republic. Anakin has grown in power as well as a deepening anger and resentment to the Jedi, as well as fear for his wife and expectant mother of his children, Padme. As the powerful Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, reveals himself, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padme are drawn into a series of events that will see the death of the Republic, the birth of the Empire, the betrayal of the Jedi, the creation of Darth Vader and the ultimate revenge of the Sith. [Set 19 years before SW]

Kenobi - CoverKenobi by John Jackson Miller [2013]

As tensions escalate on Tatooine between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to the desert planet. [Set 18-11 years before SW]

Dark Lord - CoverDark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno [2005]

Anakin Skywalker is no more. Only Darth Vader remains. Only a few weeks have passed since Vader’s fateful duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar. His new biomechanical shell of black armor feels like a prison. He struggles with mastering the dark side of the Force, his increasingly suspicious relationship with Palpatine and vanquishing the last remnants of Anakin Skywalker within him. Meanwhile Palpatine plots to consolidate his power. Many worlds and events present him opportunities to eliminate rivals and dissident factions. Also, a pair of Jedi survived the fateful Order 66 on the Outer Rim world of Murkhana. One is Olee Starstone, an idealist Padawan who wants to rescue and gather the surviving Jedi to oppose the Empire. The other is Roan Shryne, a Jedi Knight disillusioned by the Clone Wars who just wants to leave his past responsibilities behind him. Events on Kashyyyk, homeworld of the Wookies, will bring Darth Vader face to face with the band of Jedi survivors. Their confrontation will decide the fate of Vader, the Empire and the Jedi. [Set immediately after Revenge of the Sith — 19 years before SW]

Jedi Twilight - CoverJedi Twilight by Michael Reaves [2008]

Jax Pavan is one of the few Jedi Knights who miraculously survived the slaughter that followed Palpatine’s ruthless Order 66. Now, deep in Coruscant’s Blackpit Slums, Jax ekes out a living as a private investigator, trying to help people in need while concealing his Jedi identity and staying one step ahead of the killers out for Jedi blood. And they’re not the only ones in search of the elusive Jax. Hard-boiled reporter Den Dhur and his buddy, the highly unorthodox droid I-5YQ, have shocking news to bring Jax–about the father he never knew. But when Jax learns that his old Jedi Master has been killed, leaving behind the request that Jax finish a mission critical to the resistance, Jax has no choice but to emerge from hiding–and risk detection by Darth Vader–to fulfill his Master’s dying wish.. [Set 19 years before SW]

Street of Shadows - CoverStreet of Shadows by Michael Reaves [2008]

After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down. ut he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right on the top of Darth Maul’s hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?. [Set 19 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission by Jude Watson [2005]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Dark Warning by Jude Watson [2005]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Underworld by Jude Watson [2005]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Death on Naboo by Jude Watson [2006]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: A Tangled Web by Jude Watson [2006]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side by Jude Watson [2006]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Secret Weapon by Jude Watson [2007]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Against the Empire by Jude Watson [2007]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Master of Deception by Jude Watson [2008]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

noimageLast of the Jedi: Reckoning by Jude Watson [2008]

PLOT [Set 18 years before SW]

The Last Jedi - CoverThe Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff [2013]

When Jax Pavan, one of the few remaining Jedi, takes on the vital mission of transporting a rebel leader away from Coruscant, he and his crew face the might of Darth Vader, who will stop at nothing to exterminate the Jedi. [Set 18-17 years before SW] [The following “Han Solo” and “Lando Calrissian” series feature characters from the original trilogy of films, but are set in the years leading up to the original SW.]

Patterns of Force - CoverPatterns of Force by Michael Reaves [2008]

Jedi Knight Jax Pavan champions the causes of the oppressed with the help of hard-nosed reporter Den Dhur and the wisecracking droid I-5YQ. But Jax is also involved in another struggle–to unlock the secrets of his father’s death and his own past while evading Darth Vader. [Set 18-11 years before SW]
[The following “Han Solo” and “Lando Calrissian” series feature characters from the original trilogy of films, but are set in the years leading up to the original SW.]

The Paradise Snare - CoverThe Han Solo Trilogy, Book One: The Paradise Snare by A.C. Crispin [1997]

A child without a past, Han Solo was an abandoned street urchin. Foraging for scraps of food, he was “rescued” by the cruel Garris Shrike. Han is abused and forced to steal and scam people as part of Shrike’s nomadic band of criminals. Years later, a 19-year old Han Solo has had enough of Shrike’s sadistic tyranny. Driven by dreams of adventure and glory as a pilot for the Imperial Navy, Han escapes thanks to the sacrifice of his lone friend, the wookie Dewlanna. Needing some hands-on experience as a pilot, Han takes a job transporting spice on the Hutt-controlled world of Ylesia. Han’s plan is to keep his head down, collect his money and survive his contract. That all changes when he meets Bria Tharen, a young woman about to sold into slavery to the Hutts. [Set 10 years before SW]

The Hutt Gambit - CoverThe Han Solo Trilogy, Book Two: The Hutt Gambit by A.C. Crispin [1997]

Han Solo, ousted from the Imperial Navy, finds himself under the not entirely welcome guard of a wookie, Chewbacca, whom he rescued from slavery. With little in line for future prospects, he takes on the opportunity to haul freight. On one of his first deliveries he spots Bria Tharen, the girl who abandoned him. In an attempt to catch up with her, slavers in service to the Ylesian Hutts identify him. They put a bounty on his head big enough to attract numerous bounty hunters, including Boba Fett. Between fending off bounty hunters and staying out of trouble, Han begins a period of employment with Jiliac the Hutt, uncle of Jabba the Hutt. This relationship brings Han to Nar Shadaa, the Smuggler’s Moon. Han is drawn into the intrigue of Hutt politics. Trouble between the Hutts and the Imperials turn Nar Shadaa (and the smuggler friends Han makes there) into a sacrificial target for an Imperial attack. Can a ragtag group of fiercely independent spacers turn back the attack of an Imperial Star Destroyer? [Set 5 years before SW]

noimageThe Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith [1983]

Gambler, rogue, and con-artiste, Lando Calrissian has just won a ship, the Millennium Falcon. Not being able to pilot the ship, he rents a pilot droid and heads out to Oseon 2795. During a game of Sabacc with an archeologist, he learns that the planets of the Rafa System are rumored to be buried in ancient alien treasure. During the game he wins a droid named Vuffi Ra, but must journey to Rafa IV to retrieve his prize. When he goes to pick up the droid, the local cops jump him. Their bosses, the local governor and an evil sorcerer, say the only way Lando can escape the charges is to hunt down a lost treasure for them…the Mindharp of the Sharu. Lando accepts the deal, though he never stops to think that someone might be conning the con man … [set 5 years before SW]

noimageThe Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith [1983]

A series of bad business deals have left Lando Calrissian strapped for cash and trying to earn a living as a cargo hauler and salesman. An unsolicited invitation to a very high stakes Sabacc game takes Lando to the Oseon System, a system of luxury hotels catering to the underemployed filthy-rich. It was every gambler’s dream come true. And so it was for Lando Calrissian, until he broke the gambler’s cardinal rule: never beat a cop at high-stakes games of chance. Completely set-up by the local police, Lando is forced to help put the sting on a drug dealer/gangster from a local asteroid. The catch is it is the season for Flamewind, a colorful astronomical event that essentially grounds all ships for a few weeks. Lando and his feckless five-armed robot companion, Vuffi Ra, find themselves stalked by two enemies – one they knew but could not see, and one they saw but did not recognize . . . until it was too late. [set 5 years before SW]

noimageThe Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith [1983]

Still on a quest for easy credits and an occasional Sabacc game, Lando and Vuffi Ra come across a young Oswat, a star-faring species, adrift and starving. After aiding the Oswat, they learn its name is Lehusu. In return for this rescue, Lehusu reveals that his species can make precious gems at will, and will gladly share this wealth as a reward for Lando’s help. They agree to a later rendezvous at the Starcave in the ThonBoka Nebula. However, the Empire has decided the Oswats are a threat that must be destroyed. Even worse, Lando’s nemesis, Rokur Gepta, has joined forces with the Imperial Fleet. To complicate matters further, Vuffi Ra’s father, a gigantic, space-faring, sentient droid/spaceship, shows up along with a fleet of similar beings to bring him back home. [set 5 years before SW]

The Last Jedi - CoverShadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff [2011]

When he agrees to be the bodyguard of Javul Charn–the most famous pop star in the galaxy and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun–Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, must discover who is trying to sabotage Javul’s tour and finds an unexpected ally in Han Solo. [Set 2 years before SW]

The Force unleashedThe Force Unleashed by Sean Williams [2008]

The overthrow of the Republic is complete. The Separatist forces have been smashed, the Jedi Council nearly decimated, and the rest of the Order all but destroyed. Now absolute power rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious – the cunning Sith lord better known as the former Senator, now Emperor, Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for … and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor’s ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader. In turn, the Dark Lord has groomed a lethal apprentice entrusted with a top-secret mission: to comb the galaxy and dispatch the last of his masters’ enemies, thereby punctuating the dark side’s victory with the Jedi’s doom. Since childhood, Vader’s nameless agent has known only the cold, mercenary creed of the Sith. His past is a void; his present, the carrying out of his deadly orders. But his future beckons like a glistening black jewel with the ultimate promise: to stand beside the only father he has ever known, with the galaxy at their feet. It is a destiny he can realize only by rising to the greatest challenge of his discipleship: destroying Emperor Palpatine. The apprentice’s journeys will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy, from the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to the junkyard planet of Raxus Prime. On these missions, the young Sith acolyte will forge an unlikely alliance with a ruined Jedi Master seeking redemption and wrestle with forbidden feelings for his beautiful comrade, Juno Eclipse. And he will be tested as never before – by shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes and stir within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name … and changing his destiny.. [set 2 to 3 years before SW]

Rebel Dawn - CoverThe Han Solo Trilogy, Book Three: Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin [1998]

Now that the Smugglers’ Moon is safe from Imperial attack, Han is ready to get back to business. However, he’s now a pilot without a ship. Scraping together some money, Han enters the Sabacc tournament on Bespin, hoping to win enough credits to buy a ship. He finds himself in the finals against his friend, Lando Calrissian, and wins Lando’s ship, the Millennium Falcon. Han returns to Nar Shadaa to pick up Chewbacca and return to work. An unwelcome marriage proposal compels Han to head off to the Corporate Sector (chronicled in Brian Daley’s series, The Han Solo Adventures). When Han returns to Nar Shadaa he is reunited with Bria Tharen, now an agent with the Rebel Alliance. She convinces Han to organize a band of smugglers to raid Ylesia in hopes of freeing slaves and stealing spices. The raid ends with a twist that Han could never have seen coming. Afterwards, Han heads toward his destiny and picks up the infamous load of spice on Kessel that leads to his eventual troubles with Jabba the Hutt. [Continuity note: the first half of Rebel Dawn takes place roughly 3 years before SW; the second half takes place roughly 1 year before SW]

Han Solo at Star's End - CoverThe Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley [1979]

Han Solo trusts no one, and does no favors. However, when the Corporate Sector Authority informs Han that he would have to bring the Millennium Falcon up to certain technical standards, Han finds himself making an exception. The man they call Doc is the best illegal shipbuilder in the galaxy. Unfortunately Doc has disappeared. His daughter, Jessa, is willing to make the necessary repairs; if Han and Chewbacca help find Jessa’s father. Unfortunately neither Han nor Chewbacca could foresee the incredible twists of fate that would pit them against powerful and ruthless enemies bent on their destruction…events that would drive them to a place of rocky desolation, an airless speck few star charts even knew: the Corporate Sector Authority prison planet known as Stars’ End. [set 2 years before SW]

hansolosrevengeThe Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo’s Revenge by Brian Daley [1979]

Lured by a profitable venture, Han Solo took the job–no questions asked. 10,000 credits was the all the reason he needed to forego any awkward questions. After Han and Chewbacca made planetfall and picked up their living cargo, it was then that they discovered they were committing a capital crime. The Corporate Sector Authority overlooked many crimes, but slave trading carried a mandatory death sentence. Thanks to quick thinking by Blue Max, the computer-partner to Han’s droid Bollux, Solo and Chewbacca rapidly turned the tables on the slavers. But that left them out of work, dead broke and no prospects in sight. Figuring that someone still owed them 10,000 credits, Han decided to keep his scheduled meeting with the trader’s shadowy leader. But the person he met didn’t fit his idea of a slave trader. With good reason. And the truth meant real trouble… [set 2 years before SW]

noimageThe Han Solo Adventures: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley [1980]

Han and Chewbacca arrive in the Tion Hegemony more down and out than up and running. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of the law and broke…again. A chance reunion with an old friend sends Han on a quest to uncover the fabled hoard of the mad tyrant Xim. While Han considered the legendary fortune a myth, a misunderstanding with a deadly gunman made the expedition look very desirable. Joining forces with a female companion and an unusual assortment of other travelers, our heroes head for the Vaults of Dellalt where the location of the undiscovered treasure of Xim the Despot is rumored to be. Soon after landing, the Millennium Falcon is hijacked, and the party has to contend with assassins and an army of killer droids. Was this any way for a pair of honest smugglers to make a living? [set 2 years before SW]

Death Troopers - CoverDeath Troopers by Joe Schreiber [2014]

When the Imperial prison barge Purge breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But soon after a boarding party returns from a scavenging expedition, a horrific disease breaks out and takes the lives of all but a half-dozen survivors whose only option forces them to return to the Star Destroyer–and the soulless, unstoppable dead waiting aboard its vast emptiness. [Set 1 year before SW]

Death Star coverDeath Star by Michael Reaves [2007]

The Death Star’s name says it all, with bone-chilling accuracy. It is a virtual world unto itself equipped with uncanny power for a singularly brutal purpose: to obliterate entire planets in the blink of an eye. Its annihilation of the planet Alderaan, at the merciless command of Grand Moff Tarkin, lives in infamy. And its own ultimate destruction, at the hands of Luke Skywalker, is the stuff of legend. But what is the whole story, and who are the players, behind the creation of this world-killing satellite of doom? The near extermination of the Jedi order cleared the way for Palpatine – power-hungry Senator and Sith Lord – to seize control of the Republic, declare himself Emperor, and usher in a fearsome, totalitarian regime. But even with the dreaded Darth Vader enforcing Palpatine’s sinister will, the threat of rebellion still looms. And the Emperor knows that only abject fear – and the ability to punish dissent with devastating consequences – can ensure his unchallenged control of the galaxy. Enter ambitious and ruthless government official Wilhuff Tarkin, architect of the Emperor’s terrifying dream come true. From inception to completion, construction of the unprecedented Death Star is awash in the intrigues, hidden agendas, unexpected revelations, and daring gambits of those involved on every level. The brightest minds and boldest egos, the most ambitious and corrupt, the desperate and the devious, all have a stake in the Death Star – and its potential to control the fate of the galaxy. Soldiers and slaves, loyalists and Rebels, spies and avengers, the innocent and the evil – all their paths and fates will cross and intertwine as the Death Star moves from its maiden voyage to its final showdown. And a shadowy chapter of Star Wars history is stunningly illuminated in a thrilling, unforgettable adventure. [set 1 year before SW]

cover of The Force Unleashed IIThe Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams [2010]

As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters-until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal. Juno mourned Starkiller as dead…but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force… [set 1 year before SW]

Era — Empire and Rebellion

These stories are set during the era of the original Star Wars trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and their immediate aftermath.

A New Hope - CoverStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by George Lucas [1977]swcanon

A long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away the Rebel Alliance battles the evil Galactic Empire. Princess Leia, an Imperial Senator and secretly a member of the Rebel Alliance, dispatches information vital to the Rebellion’s survival with her loyal droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, shortly before being captured by the villainous Darth Vader. On the desert world of Tatooine, they meet a young farmboy who dreams of adventure, Luke Skywalker, and a mysterious old hermit, Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi. To escape the pursuing Imperial forces, they join up with a world-weary smuggler, Han Solo, and his Wookie co-pilot, Chewbacca. They are drawn into events that lead them to a confrontation with Darth Vader and the Empire’s new superweapon, the Death Star.

noimageTales From Mos Eisley Cantina by Kevin J. Anderson [ed.] [1995]

“Mos Eisley Spaceport,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker as they stand on a mesa overlooking the Tatooine city. “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” This collection of original short stories is set during and after the events depicted in Star Wars: A New Hope. This collection contains many little tidbits of heretofore-unknown data of the other cantina patrons present on that fateful day. Want to know the name of the cantina band? What are those two women who look like twins doing in the cantina? Among the characters who have stories here are a Jawa, a moisture farmer, the cantina band, the bartender himself, and, of course, the unfortunate bounty hunter Greedo. [Set 0 years after SW]

Choices of One - CoverChoices of One by Timothy Zahn [2011]

Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca head for Candoras Sector to evaluate an alliance proposed by the governor that would provide the rebels a new base, while Mara Jade and five renegade stormtroopers also head for Candoras to smash the rebels. [Set 1/2 years after SW]

Scoundrels - CoverScoundrels by Timothy Zahn [2013]

Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian work together on a potentially lucrative heist in the hopes of paying of Jabba the Hutt’s bounty on Han’s head. [Set 0 years after SW]

Honor Among Thieves - CoverHonor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey [2014]

When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo-something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough. But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect-including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands. But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever. [Set 1-3 years after SW]

Allegiance - CoverAllegiance by Timothy Zahn [2007]

The destruction of the Death Star was a decisive blow against the Empire, but the threat to the fragile Rebel Alliance has not diminished. Princess Leia travels to the Shelsha Sector to mediate a dispute between the local Rebel factions. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca find more than they bargain for while investigating pirate activity in the Shelsha Sector. Meanwhile, eighteen-year old Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is looking into the illicit financial affairs of a planetary governor, hoping to find evidence that he might be funding the Rebellion. But the Rebels will prove to be only one of the Empire’s concerns. Daric LaRone, a Stormtrooper whose faith in the Empire is shaken by the wanton destruction of Alderaan, commits a sudden and violent act of defiance that takes four other Stormtroopers with him in a desperate bid to elude the Empire’s wrath. [set 1year after SW]

Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of DantooineStar Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson [2003]

As the Empire consolidates its control over the galaxy, an Imperial spy discovers that the Rebel Alliance has accidentally left a holocron containing a list of their spies on the world of Dantooine. If that list were to fall into the hands of Darth Vader, the Rebel Alliance would lose its most valued support — and possibly the war itself. At the same time, the Rebel Alliance launches its own covert mission to recover the list as well. Key in this race to find the holocron is Dusque Mistflier, an Imperial bioengineer who frequently visits other worlds. She longs to do something more important and make her mark in the universe. When Rebel spy Finn Darktrin for help approaches her, she sees her opportunity. As their journey takes them into the fiery belly of the beast that is galactic civil war, Dusque and Finn will learn that the hardest part of all is figuring out whose side you’re on — and how far you’re willing to go to win… [Set 1 year after SW]

The Mandalorian Armor - CoverThe Bounty Hunter Wars: Book 1: The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter [1998]

Following the destruction of the Death Star, Prince Xizor, confidant to Emperor Palpatine and head of the Black Sun crime syndicate, proposes a cunning plan to the Emperor and Darth Vader: smash the power of the Bounty Hunters Guild by turning its members against each other. Only the strongest and most ruthless will survive, and they can be used against the Rebellion. Xixor knows there’s only one man for the job, Boba Fett. While breaking up the Guild, Boba Fett humiliates Bossk, the heir to the leadership of the guild, and destroys his inheritance. Bossk vows to kill Boba Fett who has other problems. Fett soon realizes the game is rigged, as he finds himself the target of murderous factions, criminal conspiracies, and the evil at the Empire’s dark heart. The story is told through flashbacks by Boba Fett after his escape from the Sarlacc’s belly that he fell into in Return of the Jedi. [Set 1 year after SW, note: part of the book is set 4 years after SW, shortly after Return of the Jedi]

Slave Ship - CoverThe Bounty Hunter Wars: Book 2: Slave Ship by K.W. Jeter [1998]

The once powerful Bounty Hunter’s Guild has been shattered into warring factions. Prince Xizor, servant of the Emperor and leader of the mysterious Black Sun organization, has set a trap for Boba Fett–by dangling the largest bounty ever offered for the capture of renegade stormtrooper Trhin Voss’on’t. Hoping to fuel rumors of his death, Boba Fett abandons his ship, Slave I, and sets out to claim the prize. All Fett has to do is evade a galaxy of deadly enemies who want to make the rumors of his death a reality, especially the relentless reptilian bounty hunter Bossk. The story jumps back and forth in a series of plot twists that involve everyone from Emperor Palatine and Darth Vader to Zuckuss and Bossk. [Set 1 year after SW, note: part of the book is set 4 years after SW, shortly after Return of the Jedi]

Hard Merchandise - CoverThe Bounty Hunter Wars: Book 3: Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter [1999]

Boba Fett’s desperate struggle to survive his powerful enemies’ conspiracy against him leads him to evidence implicating Prince Xizor in the murder of Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle. Fett’s last hope is to run through the list of Xizor’s hidden enemies. And Xizor’s hidden enemies are almost as legion as Fett’s. Fett has little to rely on save his skills and the true identity of an amnesiac slave-girl rescued from Jabba’s Palace. For Boba Fett to survive, he’ll have to navigate a web of intrigue between the Empire, a ruthless criminal syndicate, a powerful shipbuilding corporation and a rival bounty hunter driven by revenge. The trilogy’s conclusion skips back and forth between the time of Star Wars: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi to bring the two tales together. [Set 1 year after SW, note: part of the book is set 4 years after SW, shortly after Return of the Jedi]

SWsplinterminiSplinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster [1978]

The very first Star Wars novel set in the Expanded Universe, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa are on a diplomatic mission for the Rebellion to the planet, Circarpous IV. Unfortunately, their ship crash-lands on the primitive jungle planet, Mimban, occupied by an Imperial mining colony. They soon learn Mimban is also the home of the Kaiburr Crystal, a crystal that magnifies the power of Force so that its wielder is all but invincible. In the wrong hands, especially Imperial hands, it would be an especially dangerous weapon. They strike a bargain with a local named Halla who will provide them transportation off Mimban in exchange for the Kaiburr Crystal. However, Stormtroopers, unfriendly natives and the Sith Lord, Darth Vader, complicate their journey. First “original” novel (i.e. not a movie novelization) to be written in the Star Wars saga. [Set 2 years after SW]

Razor's Edge - CoverRazor’s Edge by Martha Wells [1978]

Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal for much-needed materials for the Rebel Alliance when they fall into the hands of fierce marauders from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. [Set 0-3 years after SW]

Tales From the Empire - CoverTales From the Empire by Peter Schweighofer [ed.] [1997]

Anthology of short stories. From the desperate flight of a civilian mail courier carrying vital Rebel intelligence through an Imperial blockade, to a suicidal commando raid on an impregnable Imperial prison, to a Corellian smuggler mysteriously hired by an actor turned Jedi Knight turned Imperial assassin for one final transformation, these tales capture all the high adventure, imaginative genius, and nonstop action that are the hallmarks of the Star Wars saga. What’s more, the centerpiece of this collection is the short novel Side Trip, the first-ever collaboration between Timothy Zahn and Michael A. Stackpole, in which a freighter smuggling arms for the Rebels is commandeered by an Imperial Star Destroyer led by a mysterious helmeted figure who claims to be the notorious bounty hunter Jodo Kast. It is all part of a devious plan that includes Hal and Corran Horn, who are working undercover to nail the infamous Corellian warlord Zekka Thyne. But one slip-up can get them all killed. [Set 2 years after SW]

Tales of the Bounty Hunters - CoverTales of the Bounty Hunters by Kevin J. Anderson [ed.] [1996]

Anthology of short stories. “Bounty hunters,” notes Admiral Piett “We don’t need their scum.” The motley collection of bounty hunters Darth Vader summoned to capture the Millenium Falcon had little in common except lust for profit and contempt for life. The stories of these bounty hunters are detailed in this collection of short stories. Characters featured include the free-willed assassin droid IG-88, the Corellian cyborg Dengar, the vicious Wookie-hunter Bossk, the ammonia-breathing alien Zuckuss, the rogue droid 4-LOM and the most dangerous of them all, Boba Fett… [Set 3 years after SW]

The Empire Strikes Back - CoverStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back by Donald F. Glut [1980]swcanon

The saga continues as the Empire relentlessly pursues the scattered Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker, during a near death experience on the ice planet Hoth, is visited by the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan tells Luke he must journey to the swamp world Dagobah and seek out the Jedi Master Yoda. Meanwhile, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO seek to escape the Imperial pursuit coordinated by Darth Vader. Refuge turns to betrayal on the gas-mining world Bespin, as Darth Vader reveals his real interest in Luke Skywalker, for reasons that will challenge all that Luke holds dear. [Set 3 years after SW]

Shadows of the Empire - CoverShadows of the Empire by Steve Perry [1996]

On Tatooine, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia wait for word that the bounty hunter Boba Fett has landed with his prized captive, Han Solo. But Fett has taken a detour to repair his ship, Slave I, and has been spotted on an Imperial-held world known as Gall. Deciding it’s worth the risk, and with the assistance of Rogue Squadron and a dashing and brash mercenary named Dash Rendar, Luke and his friends mount a rescue attempt. Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Vader juggles his quest to find Luke Skywalker and at the same time contend with the machinations of Prince Xizor, head of the Black Sun crime syndicate and Vader’s rival for the favor of Emperor Palpatine. Xizor, a Falleen with great intellect, fighting prowess, and even greater ambition, seeks to usurp Vader’s position in the Empire. His plan combines the elimination of Vader’s son and the setting of a deadly trap for the Rebel Alliance. [Set 4 years after SW]

Return of the Jedi - CoverStar Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi by James Kahn [1983]swcanon

It is a dark time for the Rebel Alliance. They have learned that the Empire is near completion of a second Death Star, a superweapon even more powerful than the first. Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Luke Skywalker seek to rescue Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, from the clutches of the vile gangster, Jabba the Hutt. After rescuing Han, the Rebels gather for an assault on Endor to destroy the Death Star before its construction is completed. Luke allows himself to be captured in order to be brought before Darth Vader and his scheming master, Emperor Palpatine, in a confrontation that will determine the fate of the galaxy. [Set 4 years after SW]

jabbaspalaceminiTales From Jabba’s Palace by Kevin J. Anderson [ed.] [1996]

Anthology of short stories. “If I told you half the things I’ve heard about this Jabba the Hutt,” said C-3P0 to R2-D2 before the entrance to Jabba’s Palace, “you’d probably short-circuit.” As it turns out, there is a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Mos Eisley. This collection of original short stories is set during and after the events depicted in Return of the Jedi. Among the characters that have gravitated towards the bloated crimelord are the major domo Bib Fortuna, the ill-fated dancing girl Oola, Malakili the Rancor Keeper, the psychotic droid EV-9D9 and Salacious Crumb (Jabba’s annoying pet monkey-lizard). Notable stories feature Gartogg, a dim-witted Gammorean trying to solve a murder mystery, a cameo appearance by Mara Jade and the story of how Boba Fett escaped from the Sarlacc… [Set 4 years after SW]

The Truce at Bakura - CoverThe Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers [1994]

On the heels of their victory at Endor, the Rebel Alliance receives a message meant for the Emperor. Bakura, a fur-flung Imperial outpost on the edge of known space, is under attack from a reptilian species called the Ssi-Ruuk. Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a diplomatic victory for the Alliance. But Bakura is still part of the Empire, and the Rebels aren’t exactly welcomed with open arms. For Luke, still recovering from his injuries at the hands of the Emperor, the mission to Bakura takes on extra meaning when he discovers an untrained human Force Sensitive aiding the Ssi-Ruuk. When the Ssi-Ruuk learn of Luke’s connection to the Force, they become determined to capture him. In the turmoil that follows, loyalties and relationships will face the ultimate test. [Set 4 years after SW]

Era — The New Republic

These stories are set anywhere from 5 to 24 years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, featuring the establishment of The New Republic.

Rogue Squadron - CoverX-Wing, Book 1: Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole [1996]

The first of an exciting series inspired by the blockbuster computer game, X-Wing, this new Star Wars series features Rebel hero Wedge Antilles, who rebuilds the legendary Rogue Squadron with the most skilled and daring X-Wing pilots–hard-bitten warriors ready to die for their cause. [Set 7 years after SW]

Wedge's Gamble - CoverX-Wing, Book 2: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael A. Stackpole [1996]

The squadron must embark on a dangerous espionage mission, braving betrayal and death on the Imperial homeworld to smash the power of a ruthless foe! It is the evil heart of a battered and reeling Empire: Coruscant, the giant city-world from whose massive towers the Imperial High Command directs the war. The Rebels will invade this mighty citadel in a daring move to bring the Empire to its knees. But first Wedge Antilles and his X-wing pilots must infiltrate Coruscant to gain vital intelligence information. Capture means death, or worse–enslavement by the vicious leader known as “Iceheart,” Ysanne Isard, now Emperor in all but name. And one of Rogue Squadron’s own is already her slave, a traitor hidden behind a mask of innocence, working to betray both colleagues and the Rebellion itself [Set 7 years after SW]

krytostrapminiX-Wing, Book 3: The Krytos Trap by Michael A. Stackpole [1996]

The Rebels have taken Coruscant. But their problems are far from over. A killer virus called Krytos is wiping out the indigenous population, and a counterrevolution is exploding. At the center of the storm is the highly charged treason trial of Rebel hero Tycho Celchu. While agents provacateurs carry out their acts of terrorism, the fledgling state can bedefended only by the blood and courage of the Rogue Squadron. As the X-wing fighters scramble to save the Rebellion, Corran Horn, given up for dead in Ysanne Isard’s inescapable prison, discovers he alone holds the key to freeing Coruscant from the Empire! [Set 7 years after SW]

The Bacta War - CoverX-Wing, Book 4: The Bacta War by Michael A. Stackpole [1997]

When the Alliance Fleet mounts a major campaign against a deadly warlord, tyrant Ysanne Isard has taken control of Thyferra, intending to use its supply of medicinal bacta to destabilize and destroy the New Republic. Undermanned, deprived of Alliance support, Rogue Squadron must oppose Isard’s plans, defeat her Star Destroyer fleet, and free Thyferra from her rule in a winner-take-all battle against a seemingly superior force. [Set 7 years after SW]

Wraith Squadron - CoverX-Wing, Book 5: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston [1998]

The squadron goes on a daring undercover mission–as the crew of an Imperial warship. It is Wedge Antilles’ boldest creation: a covert-action unit of X-wing fighters, its pilots drawn from the dregs of other units, castoffs and rejects given one last chance. But before the new pilots can complete their training, the squadron’s base is attacked by former Imperial admiral Trigit, and Wraith Squadron is forced to swing into action–taking over an Imperial warship and impersonating its crew. The mission: to gain vital intelligence about Trigit’s secret weapons, to sabotage the admiral’s plans, and to lure him into an Alliance trap. But the high-stakes gamble pits Wraith Squadron’s ragtag renegades against the Empire’s most brilliant master of guile and deception. Are they up to the challenge? If not, the penalty is instant death [Set 7 years after SW]

Iron Fist - Cover X-Wing, Book 6: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston [1998]

Against all odds, the controversial Wraith Squadron has survived its first covert mission. But now they are called upon to cheat death twice. This time Wedge Antilles sends them in to stop the warlord Zsinj and his Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. If Zsinj joins the Empire, it could turn the tide of war against the Rebels. The Wraith Squadron’s mission: infiltrate the warlord’s fleet and uncover his carefully guarded plans. To do so, they must pose as ruthless pirates seeking to join Zsinj’s forces. And that means first becoming pirates in space lanes teeming with Imperial Navy patrols. If that isn’t enough to get them killed, they’ll have to pass one last test–a suicide mission for Zsinj. Can they survive the test and turn the tables on Zsinj? Or is this the end for Wraith Squadron? [Set 7 years after SW]

Solo Command - CoverX-Wing, Book 7: Solo Command by Aaron Allston [1999]

Their covert mission has been a success. The enemy has been vanquished. Or so they thought. The Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist somehow escaped destruction and with it the New Republic’s greatest threat, the infamous warlord Zsinj. To defeat him, Wraith Squadron must join a combat task force led by the only man crafty enough to beat Zsinj at his own game: Han Solo. But Zsinj knows the X-wing fighters’ indomitable courage is both their greatest strength–and their greatest weakness. For even against the most overwhelming odds, the Rebels will fight to the death. And that will leave Zsinj the galaxy’s unchallenged master! [Set 7 years after SW]

Courtship of Princess Leia - CoverThe Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton [1994]

Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of 63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder, Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained “witches,” and a showdown with an invincible foe. [Set 8 years after SW]

noimageA Forest Apart by Troy Denning [2003]

Like father, like son. Growing up in the shadow of his heroic father, Lumpawarrump, son of Chewbacca, feels tremendous pressure to match his father’s daring exploits. Chewie’s life-debt to Han Solo keeps him from returning home, and without the steadying influence of his father, Lumpy is unfocused and out of control. So Chewie’s wife decides that a visit to Coruscant is in order. It’s the perfect opportunity for the family to bond-and for Chewbacca to teach his son some much-needed life-lessons. But when Lumpy’s eagerness to impress his father leads to direct disobedience, Chewie is forced into an extreme pursuit that will lead him into Coruscant’s dangerous underlevels — and to a secret as shocking as it is deadly… This title available only as a purchasable electronic download from online merchants. [Set 8 years after SW]

Tatooine Ghost - CoverTatooine Ghost by Troy Denning [2003]

Wondering whether they should have children, newlyweds Han and Leia go to Tatooine, where Leia searches for information on her grandmother, Shmi Skywalker. Finding Shmi’s diary, in which she recorded all her hopes for her beloved son Anakin, Leia learns something of her heritage–something that will change her forever. [Set 8 years after SW]

Heir to the Empire - CoverThe Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn [1991]

It’s five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. [Set 9 years after SW]

Dark Force Rising - CoverThe Thrawn Trilogy, Book 2: Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn [1992]

The dying Empire’s most cunning and ruthless warlord–Grand Admiral Thrawn–has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic’s destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council–only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies. Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness…and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side. [Set 9 years after SW]

The Last Command - CoverThe Thrawn Trilogy, Book 3: The Last Command by Timothy Zahn [1993]

The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor’s secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn’s command, the Republic has one last hope–sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn’s terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C’baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker. [Set 9 years after SW]

Isard's Revenge - CoverX-Wing, Book 8: Isard’s Revenge by Michael A. Stackpole [1999]

Now the X-Wing squadron must make a deal with the devil herself–an enemy whose ultimate goal is their total annihilation. It’s the kind of mission only Wedge Antilles and the Rogue Squadron would dare to undertake. Against impossible odds they will stage a daring raid into an enemy stronghold–only to be rescued from certain destruction by an unexpected ally. Ysanne Isard, the ruthless Imperial commander, has appeared on the scene seemingly from out of nowhere. Now she proposes a most unusual alliance, offering to help Wedge rescue his captured comrades from Imperial Warlord Admiral Krennel’s sadistic prison camp. But her offer is not without a price. Wedge must lead Rogue Squadron in Isard’s deadly struggle against an enemy made in her own image. It’s an offer Wedge would love to refuse, for Isard is certain to betray them. But how can they leave their comrades at Krennel’s mercy? The answer is: they can’t–even if it means being caught between Krennel’s ruthlessness and Isard’s treachery. [Set 9 years after SW]

I, Jedi - CoverI, Jedi by Michael A. Stackpole [1998]

The story of Corran Horn, a heroic X-wing pilot who faces the greatest challenge of his life: trying to come to terms with his Jedi heritage and learning to use the Force–without succumbing to the dark side. Corran Horn was an officer in the Corellian Security Force before casting his lot with the New Republic. As the grandson of a legendary Jedi hero, he has latent Force powers that have yet to be developed. But he has managed to distinguish himself with Rogue Squadron, the X-wing fighter force that has become the scourge of the Empire and of the pirates that prey on Republic shipping. When a new pirate band begins terrorizing the space lanes, Rogue Squadron seems at last to have met its match. Led by an ex-Moff in an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, the pirates appear uncannily aware of the squadron’s plans and tactics, and are able to detect and escape even the cleverest ambushes. Either there is a security leak…or the pirates have access to a dark and unnatural power that only a trained Jedi could contend with. Then Corran’s wife, Mirax, vanishes on a covert mission to locate the pirates’ secret base, and Corran vows to find her. He begins Jedi training at the Jedi academy, hoping to develop his untapped powers. But as he grows dissatisfied with Luke Skywalker’s methods, he will break with the academy before his training is finished. Calling on his Corellian undercover experience, he infiltrates the pirate organization. His plan is daring and dangerous. He will learn what he can, sabotage what he can, and use every means possible to find his wife. And his very survival may depend on a terrible choice–whether or not to surrender to the dark side. [Set 11 years after SW]

Jedi Search - CoverJedi Academy Trilogy, Book 1: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson [1994]

As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children–the Jedi twins–will come into their powers in a universe on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins. While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee desperately to a secret imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes–and go from one danger to a far greater one. On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome, it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself [Set 11 years after SW]

Dark Apprentice - CoverJedi Academy Trilogy, Book 2: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson [1994]

As the New Republic takes devastating losses in the ongoingwar with the scattered remnants of the Empire, the galaxy’s future depends on three small children — among them the Jedi twins — born to incredible powers and perils, as an extraordinary new saga unfolds. While the New Republic struggles to decide what to do with the deadly Sun Crusher — a new doomsday weapon stolen from the Empire by Han Solo — the renegade Imperial Admiral Daala uses her fleet of Star Destroyers to conduct guerrilla warfare on peaceful planets. And now she threatens the watery homeworld of Admiral Ackbar. But as the battle for a planet rages, an even greater danger emerges at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy. A brilliant student delves dangerously into the dark side of the Force and unleashes the spirit of an ancient master of the evil order that warped Darth Vader himself. Working together, they may become an enemy greater than the New Republic has ever fought…more powerful than even a Jedi Master can face. [Set 11 years after SW]

Champions of the Force - CoverJedi Academy Trilgoy, Book 3: Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson [1994]

Suspended helplessly between life and death, Luke Skywalker lies in state at the Jedi academy. But on the spirit plane, Luke fights desperately for survival, reaching out physically to the Jedi twins. At the same time, Leia is on a life-and-death mission of her own, a race against Imperial agents hoping to destroy a third Jedi child — Leia and Han’s baby Anakin — hidden on the planet Anoth. Meanwhile, Luke’s former protege Kyp Durron has pirated the deadly Sun Crusher on an apocalyptic mission of mass destruction, convinced he is fighting for a just cause. Hunting down the rogue warrior, Han must persuade Kyp to renounce his dark crusade and regain his lost honor. To do it, Kyp must take the Sun Crusher on a suicide mission against the awesome Death Star prototype — a battle Han knows they may be unable to win… even with Luke Skywalker at their side! [Set 11 years after SW]

Children of the Jedi - CoverChildren of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly [1995]

Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca set out on a mission vital to the survival of the fragile New Republic. They are searching for the long-lost children of the Jedi, a quest that takes them to the once vibrant stronghold of Belsavis — a nearly forgotten frozen world. Leia has heard tales of a Jedi exodus from the dark crypts below the planet’s surface. She has also heard that since the time of the exodus no one entering the crypts has returned alive. Halfway across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker has undertaken an equally dangerous expedition that, if it fails, could have fatal consequences for Leia, Han, and Chewbacca. Haunted by ominous dreams and guided by a force he cannot identify, Luke journeys to a remote asteroid field over the planet Pzob. There he discovers the automated Dreadnought Eye of Palpatine — from the days of all-out war. Camouflaged deep within a nebulous gas cloud and dormant for thirty years, Eye of Palpatine is governed by a supersophisticated artificial intelligence system known as the Will. Taken aboard the Dreadnought, Luke is counseled by the spirit of Callista, a Jedi Knight who gave her life to stop the ship once before. Now Luke must learn from her how to destroy it once and for all. The Will has awakened. The Eye of Palpatine is on the move. Its mission: the toal annihilation of Belsavis. [Set 12 years after SW]

Darksaber - CoverDarksaber by Kevin J. Anderson [1995]

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, cloaked by the Force and riding with the hostile Sand People, have returned to the dunes of the desert planet Tatooine in hopes of finding what Luke so desperately seeks: contact with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke is hoping the old Jedi Knight’s spirit will tell him how to help his love, Callista, regain her lost ability to use the Force. Tormented and haunted, Luke cannot rest until Callista is a Jedi in the fullest sense, for only then will the link between their minds and souls be restored. Yet brewing on Tatooine is news that will shake Luke and Han and threaten everything they value. The disturbing piece of information is that the evil Hutts, criminal warlords of the galaxy, are building a secret superweapon: a reconstruction of the original Death Star, to be named Darksaber. This planet-crushing power will be in the ruthless hands of Durga the Hutt — a creature without conscience or mercy. But there is worse news yet: the Empire lives. The beautiful Admiral Daala, still very much alive and more driven than ever to destroy the Jedi, has joined forces with the defeated Pellaeon, former second in command to Grand Admiral Thrawn. Together they are marshaling Imperial forces to wipe out the New Republic. Now, as Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Artoo and Threepio regroup to face these threats, they are joined by new Jedi Knights and Callista. Together they must fight on two fronts, outshooting and outsmarting the most formidable enemies in the galaxy. [Set 12 years after SW]

Planet of Twilight - CoverPlanet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly [1997]

A breathtaking tale of a mysterious world where the battle between the New Republic and the Empire takes a shocking new twist…. Nam Chorios is a barren backwater world–once a dreaded prison colony, now home to a fanatic religious cult. It is here that Princess Leia has been taken captive by a ruthless and charismatic warlord bent on destroying the New Republic. Meanwhile, Luke lands on a mysterious planet in search of his lost love, Callista, only to discover the Force is his own worst enemy. But worst of all, as Han, Chewie, and Lando leave Coruscant on a desperate rescue mission, a strange life-form, unlike any the galaxy has ever seen, awakens…a life-form so malevolent it will destroy everything–both Empire and New Republic–on its path to domination. [Set 13 years after SW]

Starfighters of Adumar - CoverX-Wing, Book 9: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston [1999]

The neutral world of Adumar has decided to pick a side in the war to control the galaxy. Delegates from both the New Republic and the Empire have been invited to Adumar, and each camp will be given a chance to plead its government’s case. But there is one small catch: since the Adumari prize military skill above all else, they insist that both delegations be composed exclusively of fighter pilots. For pilot Wedge Antilles and his company, it’s an unfamiliar exercise in diplomacy–and one that’s filled with unexpected peril. For once they arrive, the X-wing pilots are challenged by Adumar’s fierce warriors and attacked by Imperial assassins bent on eliminating all competition. But these challenges pale in comparison to the threat posed by a rogue Republic agent…one who is determined to win Adumar’s allegiance once and for all–even if it costs the X-wing pilots their lives. [Set 13 years after SW]

The Crystal Star - CoverThe Crystal Star by Vonda N. McIntyre [1994]

Princess Leia is dealt a crushing blow when her three children — Anakin and the twins Jaina and Jacen — are kidnapped. Leia’s advisers counsel her to wait for a ransom note, but waiting is the hardest thing for a mother to do when her children are in danger — and worse than waiting is her discovery that she cannot sense her children through the Force. Ultimately, the princess has no choice. She, Chewbacca, and Artoo-Detoo track the kidnappers, following their trail to a disabled refugee ship where the answers provided by Rillao, a mysterious fugitive, only provoke more questions. The refugees’ children are also missing — and Rillao thinks she knows who has them: a powerful Imperial officer named Hethrir who has his own twisted plans to restore the Empire to its former glory. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are on a separate mission to the planet Crseih to investigate a report of a lost group of Jedi. Crseih is at the mercy of strange quantum effects caused by the death of a nearby star that is slowly freezing into a uniquely perfect crystal. This crystal star causes a disruption in the Force, blunting Luke’s power and cutting the Millenium Falcon off from Leia and their home base. What Han and Luke find on the planet is even stranger than a crystallizing sun: a charismatic alien named Waru who has attracted a following of fanatic devotees through his miraculous healing powers. Is Waru a being of benevolence? Or do his healing arts conceal a darker purpose? As Leia, Chewbacca, and Rillao follow Hethrir’s trail of treachery across space, Luke and Han draw closer to the truth behind Waru’s sinister cult. Ultimately, they will face an explosive showdown that could determine not only their own fates and the fate of the New Republic but whether the universe itself will survive. [Set 14 years after SW]

Tales From the New Republic - CoverTales From the New Republic by Peter Schweighofer [ed.] [1999]

Anthology of short stories. these tales sweep us into a world where the only laws are cunning, force, and power — and only the bravest, craziest, and deadliest dare to tread. Here mercs and smugglers, gangsters and warriors fight toe to toe, side by side, and behind each other’s backs in the backwaters of a universe ripped apart by war… [Set 15 years after SW]

Before the Storm - CoverThe Black Fleet Crisis, Book 1: Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell [1996]

It is a time of tranquillity for the New Republic. The remnants of the Empire now lie in complete disarray, and the reemergence of the Jedi Knights has brought power and prestige to the fledgling government on Coruscant. Yesterday’s Rebels have become today’s administrators and diplomats, and the factions that fought against imperial tyranny seem united in savoring the fruits of peace. But the peace is short-lived. A restless Luke must journey to his mother’s homeworld in a desperate and dangerous quest to find her people. An adventurous Lando must seize a mysterious spacecraft that has weapons of enormous destructive power and an unknown mission. And Leia, a living symbol of the New Republic’s triumph, must face down a ruthless leader of the Duskhan League, an arrogant Yevetha who seems bent on a genocidal war that could shatter the fragile unity of the New Republic…and threaten its very survival. [Set 16 years after SW]

Shield of Lies - CoverThe Black Fleet Crisis, Book 2: Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell [1996]

As Leia must deal with a new threat to the fragile alliance that binds the New Republic, Lando becomes a prisoner aboard a runaway spacecraft of unknown origin. Luke continues his quest to learn more about his mother among the Fallanassi, where his every belief about the use of the Force is about to be challenged. And while Leia ponders a diplomatic solution to the aggression of the fierce Yevetha race, Han pilots a spy ship into the heart of Yevethan space and faces a vast fleet of warships under the command of a ruthless leader — a fleet more than a match for the New Republic’s forces… [Set 16 years after SW]

Tyrant's Test - CoverThe Black Fleet Crisis, Book 3: Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell [1996]

In the wake of a shattered alliance, the New Republic fights a relentless new enemy in an all-new adventure in the bestselling Star Wars saga… Faced with an alarming image of Han as a battered hostage of the Yevetha, Chewbacca takes on an urgent mission. Meanwhile, Leia calls upon the Senate to take a stand and eliminate the Yevetha threat–even at the cost of Han’s life. As a former Imperial governor takes his battle to the runaway Qella spaceship, Luke’s continuing search for his mother brings him dangerously close to Nil Spaar’s deadly forces. And as the Yevetha close in on the forces of the New Republic, Luke takes a desperate gamble with an invisible weapon… [Set 16 years after SW]

The New Rebellion - CoverThe New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch [1996]

The New Republic faces sudden and total annihilation…. Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish–a disruption of the Force so shocking it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy and by Leia on Coruscant. While Leia must deal with an assassination attempt, a rumored plot against the New Republic, and allegations that Han Solo is involved, Luke seeks out a former Jedi student who may hold the key to the mass destruction. But Brakiss is only the bait in a deadly trap set by a master of the dark side who is determined to rule as emperor. He’s targeted Luke, Leia, and Leia’s Jedi children to die. Then billions will follow, in a holocaust unequaled in galactic history. [Set 17 years after SW]

Ambush at Corellia - CoverThe Corellian Trilogy, Book 1: Ambush at Corellia by Roger MacBride Allen [1995]

A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back to the home world he left many years before. Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even he understands. One thing is clear: the five inhabited worlds of the sector are on the brink of civil war and the once peaceful coexistence of the three leading races — human, Selonian, and Drallan — has come to an end. [Set 18 years after SW]

Assault at Selonia - CoverThe Corellian Trilogy, Book 2: Assault at Selonia by Roger MacBride Allen [1996]

Imprisoned on the planet Corellia, Han Solo finds himself at the mercy of his evil cousin, Thracken Sal-Solo. Thracken plans to restore the Imperial system and seize total power — no matter what the cost. Han has one chance to stop him. But to do so he must turn his back on his human cousin and join forces with a female alien. Dracmus was arrested as a ringleader in a plot against the corrupt Human League. Now she and Han will attempt a daring escape to Selonia in time to warn Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Lando of Thracken’s plan. But can Han trust the alien to keep her word? Meanwhile, other questions threaten the New Republic — and the lives of millions. Who is behind the deadly Starbuster plot? Why is someone attempting to take possession of Corellia’s powerful planetary repulsors? And what is the secret behind the mysterious Centerpoint Station, and ancient, artificial world of unknown origin that has suddenly — and inexplicably — come alive? [Set 18 years after SW]

Showdown at Centerpoint - CoverThe Corellian Trilogy, Book 3: Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger MacBride Allen [1996]

When a loyalist ship approaching Selonia is blasted out of space, Han Solo quickly realizes that rebel forces are turning planetary repulsors into weapons of immense destruction. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian manage to discover the terrifying secret of Centerpoint Station. It is the infamous Starbuster itself, and its next programmed nova, hard-wired in, is set to annihilate a chosen star, its inhabited worlds, and millions of innocent lives. There’s only one way to stop it: blow up the station. But as a massive rebel fleet closes in on Centerpoint, Han, Luke and their friends will discover time is running out. Then the true leaders of the rebellion reveal their identities, and issue their final ultimatum: The New Republic must withdraw all claim to power over the entire Corellian sector. With the future of Corellian freedom at stake, Han and those loyal to the Republic must somehow resist. But how can they possibly stop the deadliest weapon the galaxy has ever known? [Set 18 years after SW]

Specter of the Past - CoverThe Hand of Thrawn, Book 1: Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn [1997]

The New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet–a dead Imperial warlord. The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn–the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history–has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats–one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones. Yet, perhaps most dangerous of all, are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings. [Set 19 years after SW]

Vision of the Future - CoverThe Hand of Thrawn, Book 2: Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn [1998]

The fledgling New Republic struggles to consolidate its power while Han, Luke and Leia must prevent the genocidal war being prepared against the Bothans. Meanwhile, the cunning Major Tierce has engendered a grand deception–the faked return of Grand Admiral Thrawn from the dead. [Set 19 years after SW]

Scourge - CoverScourge by Jeffrey Grubb [2012]

When a novice Jedi is killed while trying to obtain the coordinates of a secretive, yet beneficial trade route, his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, must enter the dangerous underworld of the Hutts to find the truth. [Set 19 years after SW]

noimageFool’s Bargain by Timothy Zahn [2002]

The history of the planet Kariek has been one of seemingly endless violence — thanks to the constantly erupting revolutions among the many divided tribes of the native Eickarie race battling for dominance. Yet none of these tribes has held sway since a mysterious Warlord and his legion of alien mercenaries seized power and began a fifty-year reign of terror. Now, at last, the tide may be turning: the leaders of the warring Eickarie factions have forged an alliance — strong enough to capture a city and corner the Warlord and his minions in their fortress. And the post-Palpatine Empire of the Hand is lending support to this revolt against tyranny by deploying no less a fighting force than the Imperial 501st Legion of stormtroopers. Once infamously known as “Vader’s Fist,” the legendary 501st are the best men for the dangerous objective at hand — capturing the Warlord alive. It’s a risky mission that might be jeopardized when Imperial unit commander Twister and his comrades, Shadow, Cloud, and Watchman, are waylaid by a band of zealous freedom fighters, armed with their own agenda… and plenty of firepower. The Eickarie renegades — determined to free hundreds of their people from the Warlord’s dungeons — have an offer to make, and a strategy that could give the Imperials the edge in the bloody showdown to come. But can Twister and his men trust their new allies? Or will they get more than they bargain for? This title available only as a purchasable electronic download from online merchants. [Set 22 years after SW]

Survivor's Quest - CoverSurvivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn [2005]

Sometimes it seems a Jedi’s work is never done, and Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker know this only too well. Despite the bond they share in the Force, after three years of marriage the Jedi Master and his wife are still learning the ropes of being a couple – and struggling to find time together between the constant demands of duty. But all that will change when they’re united on an unexpected mission – and must pool their exceptional skills to combat an insidious enemy…and salvage a part of Jedi history. It begins wtih a message from a surprising source: Nirauan, the planet where Thrawn, dangerous disciple of Emperor Palpatine, once held sway…and from which Luke and Mara barely escaped with their lives. The message itself is shocking. After fifty years, the remains of Outbound Flight – a pioneering Jedi expedition viciously destroyed by Thrawn – have been found on Nirauan. Now, the fiercely honor-bound aliens who reside there wish to turn over the remnants of the doomed mission to the New Republic. Accepting the gesture will mean a long voyage into the treacherous cluster of stars where the thousands of souls aboard the Outbound flight vessel met their grim fate. But it may also mean something more…something that has stirred an inexplicable sense of foreboding in Mara. Whatever may await, the Skywalkers will not face it alone. Joining them on the strange and solemn journey are an officer of the post-Palpatine Empire escorted by a detachment of Imperial stormtroopers; a party of diplomats from a gentle alien species that reveres the fallen Jedi for saving them from blood-thirsty conquerors; and a New Republic ambassador who harbors his own mysterious agenda. Soon enough, suspicion, secrecy, and an unknown saboteur run rampant aboard the isolated ship. But it is within the derelict walls of Outbound Flight itself, buried for half a century on a desolate planetoid, where the gravest danger lies. As the marooned hulk yields up stunning revelations and unexpected terrors to its visitors, Luke and Mara find all they stand for – and their very existence – brutally challenged. And the ultimate test will be surviving the deathtrap carefully laid by foes who are legendary for their ruthlessness…and determined to complete the job Thrawn began: exterminating the Jedi. [Set 22 years after SW] [The 6-volume “Junior Jedi Knights” series is set 22 years after SW, and features the pre-teen adventures of Anakin Solo, son of Han and Leia.]

noimageJunior Jedi Knights, Book 1: The Golden Globe by Nancy Richardson [1995]

Anakin Solo is now eleven – and headed for the Jedi Academy! The Force is very strong with him – he can feel it. And his uncle Luke thinks it is time for him to start his training… On his first day at the Jedi Academy, Anakin makes a new friend named Tahiri. The Force is with her too. Soon they find out that together they can accomplish feats that suprise even their teachers! But the teachers don’t know what else Anakin and Tahiri do together. Every night, they both have the same dream of going down the river by the academy on a raft. In the dream, they are drawn by the Force…but for all they know, it could be the dark side! There is only one way to find out for sure. They have to go down the river all by themselves – for real!

noimageJunior Jedi Knights, Book 2: Lyric’s World by Nancy Richardson [1996]

Anakin and Tahiri are off on an adventure to the distant moon of Yavin 8! There they will help their alien friend Lyric join the “elders,” the adults of her race. To do it, she must go through a strange and wonderful change. And when it’s over, Lyric won’t look anything like her old self! But Anakin and Tahiri are in for an even bigger surprise. Deep within the covers of Lyric’s world are carvings that match the ones they found back in the temple on Yavin 4. If they can read them, they might be able to break the curse of the mysterious Golden Globe and defeat the dark side of the Force! But there is something waiting for them down in the caves. Something large and dangerous. And it will take more than the Force to defeat it.

noimageJunior Jedi Knights, Book 3: Promises by Nancy Richardson [1996]

Before she joined the Jedi academy, Anakin’s friend Tahiri knew nothing of her real parents–or how she came to live with the treacherous Tusken Raiders. Now the day has come when Tahiri will learn everything, But first she must prove herself worthy. With Anakin at her side, she must pass a deadly test, using the Force like never before.

noimageJunior Jedi Knights, Book 4: Anakin’s Quest by Rebecca Moesta [1997]

Anakin has been having terrible dreams of a secret cave on Dagobah. He asks his uncle Luke if he can go there, to see if it’s real. Luke says yes — but only if Tahiri, R2-D2 and the Jedi Master Ikrit go along. Anakin and his friends find more danger than they bargained for in the swamps of Dagobah. But they do find the cave. What is inside? And will Anakin be strong enough in the Force to face it?

noimageJunior Jedi Knights, Book 5: Vader’s Fortress by Rebecca Moesta [1997]

Anakin and his friends just heard an incredible secret! Darth Vader may have retried Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber from the original Death Star. The lost weapon may be hidden in Vader’s abandoned fortress on the planet Vjun, and Luke Skywalker agrees that it must be recovered. Now Anakin and his friends — along with Tionne and the Jedi Master Ikrit — are heading off to Vjun to find the legendary fortress. Untold dangers await them, for no one knows what secrets still lie within those ancient walls. Even abandoned, it is a stronghold of dark power. But the biggest danger may not have shown its face. For if they know about Obi-Wan’s saber…who else does?

noimageJunior Jedi Knights, Book 6: Kenobi’s Blade by Rebecca Moesta [1997]

Uldir, Anakin’s classmate at the Jedi Academy, wants to be a Jedi more than anything. But he can’t even lift a feather with the Force. He thinks he knows how he can learn faster: the Holocron. The Holocron is a cube that holds all the secrets of the ancient Jedi Masters. By “borrowing” it, along with Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber, Uldir believe he will become a powerful Jedi Knight. Now, Anakin — along with Tahiri, R2-D2, Tionne and the Jedi Master Ikrit — must race across the galaxy to find Uldir. If they don’t, Uldir could be killed. And Kenobi’s blade and the Holocron will fall into the hands of a very evil man…

[The 14-volume “Young Jedi Knights” series is set 23-24 years after SW — When the Empire died, they were born – a new hope for a New Republic. The young twins of Han Solo and Princess Leia are now fourteen, and enrolled at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy on Yavin 4. Together with friends both old and new, the future heroes of an already legendary saga begin their training.]

Young Jedi Knights, Book 1: Heirs of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1995]

While exploring the jungle outside the academy, the twins make a startling discovery – the remains of a TIE fighter that had crashed years ago during the battle against the first Death Star. Mechanical whiz Jaina thinks she can repair it…if they can sneak the right parts from the academy. Meanwhile, their work is being closely watched – but not by academy eyes. The original pilot, an Imperial Trooper, has been living wild in the jungle since his ship went down. Waiting to return to duty. And now his chance has come…

Young Jedi Knights, Book 2: Shadow Academy by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1995]

The Dark Jedi Brakiss–the student Luke Skywalker expelled from his academy–has learned much since he left. Enough to master the dark side of the Force, and enough to establish his own school for training Jedi–the Shadow Academy. Now Brakiss has an even greater task–kidnap the heirs of the Skywalker bloodline, and turn them to the dark side of the Force.

The Lost Ones - CoverYoung Jedi Knights, Book 3: The Lost Ones by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1995]

Jacen and Jaina are reunited with their old friend Zekk. Young, wild, and free, Zekk has never had a care in the world–until now. A powerful being has seen his potential. And the dark side of the Force could have its next servant.

Young Jedi Knights, Book 4: Lightsabers by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1995]

There is more to mastering the ancient weapon than mere swordmanship. Each student must learn about the mysterious bond between Jedi and lightsaber. For Jacen and Jaina, success will mean growing stronger in the Force. But for one of their friends, failure will mean tragedy.

Young Jedi Knights, Book 5: Darkest Knight by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1996]

The Dark Jedi student Zekk has been given his rite of passage–lead a raid on the Wookiee computer center on Kashyyyk. Finally he will fulfill his awesome potential and become the second Imperium’s darkest knight. But first he must face his old friends Jacen and Jaina once and for all.

Young Jedi Knights, Book 6: Jedi Under Siege by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1996]

Jacen and Jaina, along with Luke Skywalker and their friends, must trust in the Force and do battle with their sworn enemies–the Dark Jedi Zekk, his master Brakiss, and the loathsome Nightsister Tamith Kai. Victory means a new generatio of Jedi coming of age. Defeat means a cloak of darkness over the entire galaxy.

Shards of Alderaan - CoverYoung Jedi Knights, Book 7: Shards of Alderaan by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1996]

Jacen and Jaina set off for the Alderaan system, determined to salvage a piece of the shattered planet as a gift for their mother. But amid the ghosts of a dead world, the twins are in for a lethal surprise–some ghosts still live. A long-lost enemy of the Solo family is about to return.

Diversity Alliance - CoverYoung Jedi Knights, Book 8: Diversity Alliance by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1997]

Everyone is searching for Bornan Thul. Not only is he father to one of Jacen and Jaina’s fellow students, he holds the key to a secret coalition gaining power in the New Republic. The young Jedi Knights race across the galaxy to find him–but they may be too late. For their true enemy is about to show its treacherous face. And it will be shockingly familiar.

Delusions of Grandeur - CoverYoung Jedi Knights, Book 9: Delusions of Grandeur by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1997]

As the search for Raynor Thul’s father continues, the Young Jedi Knights turn for help to a most unusual–and dangerous–source: the reprogrammed assassin droid, IG-88. They think they can keep him under control. But can one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy ever be trusted?

Young Jedi Knights, Book 10: Jedi Bounty by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1997]

Lowbacca has left the Jedi academy and traveled to the planet Ryloth, headquarters of the Diversity Alliance, to see what the Alliance is really all about. On Yavin 4, Jacen, Jaina and the other young Jedi Knights have already discovered one truth about the Alliance–once you go to Ryloth, you either join, or you die. Lowie is in great danger, and they must rescue him. But what can a small group of humans do against a planet full of hostile aliens?

The Emperor's Plague - CoverYoung Jedi Knights, Book 11: The Emperor’s Plague by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1998]

Bornan Thul’s secret is out: he’s protecting a deadly plague that could devistate the galaxy if released. And the evil Nolaa Tarkona – leader of the Diversity Alliance – knows where it is hidden. Now Jacen, Jaina, and their allies must race against time. As a massive battle rages between New Republic soldiers and the forces of the Diversity Alliance, the young Jedi Knights must find and destroy the plague before it can be released. But first they must face Nolaa Tarkona. And her very lethal hired hand, Boba Fett…

Young Jedi Knights, Book 12: Return to Ord Mantell by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1998]

Han Solo’s past is about to catch up with him. When he and the twins take the Millenium Falcon to Ord Mantell for a high-speed race, they meet a battle-hungry young woman wielding a lightsaber. Her name is Anja Gallandro, and she knows more about Han’s history than he likes. But Anja Gallandro guards an even more devastating secret — a secret that could mean disaster for the entire Solo family…

Young Jedi Knights, Book 13: Trouble on Cloud City by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1998]

Lando Calrissian offers the twins a rare opportunity–a vacation on Cloud City. They jump at the chance, as long as their mysterious new friend Anja Gallandro can come along. Anja is happy to be included. But little do the twins know that they are actually helping Anja hatch her sinister plan. A plan that goes far deeper than simple revenge…

Young Jedi Knights, Book 14: Crisis at Crystal Reef by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta [1998]

Anja Gallandro planned to destroy the Solo family. But now she fights an intense inner battle–against her increasing spice addiction, and her growing friendship with Jacen and Jaina. In desperation for spice, she steals a ship and flees the Jedi academy. The young Jedi Knights follow her from the spice mines of Kessel to the dangerous beauty of Crystal Reef–where an even more sinister plan is hatching…

Era — The New Jedi Order

These stories are set approximately 25 or more years after the original Star Wars trilogy.

Vector Prime - CoverVector Prime by R.A. Salvatore [1999]

In Vector Prime, the launch novel for this thrilling new saga, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore takes the Star Wars universe to previously unscaled heights of action and imagination, expanding the beloved story of a galaxy far, far away… Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread; tensions erupt in outbreaks of rebellion that, if unchecked, threaten to destroy the Republic’s tenuous reign. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. In an effort to avert a catastrophic civil war, Leia travels with her daughter Jaina, her sister-in-law Mara Jade, and the loyal protocol droid C-3PO, to conduct face-to-face diplomatic negotiations with Nom Anor. But he proves resistant to Leia’s entreaties–and, far more inexplicably, within the Force, where a being should be, was… blank space. Meanwhile, Luke is plagued by reports of rogue Jedi Knights who are taking the law into their own hands. And so he wrestles with a dilemma: Should he attempt, in this climate of mistrust, to reestablish the legendary Jedi Council? As the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces, unnoticed, beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim. An enemy appears from outside known space, bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen. Suddenly Luke, Mara, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca — along with the Solo children — are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, all their courage, sacrifice, and even the power of the Force itself may not be enough… [Set 25 years after SW]

Onslaught - CoverDark Tide 1: Onslaught by Michael A. Stackpole [2000]

When alien invaders known as the Yuuzhan Vong strike without warning, Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat to the New Republic since Emperor Palpatine. [Set 25 years after SW]

Ruin - CoverDark Tide 2: Ruin by Michael A. Stackpole [2000]

The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless, without regard for life — and they stand utterly outside the Force. Their ever-changing tactics stump the New Republic military. Even the Jedi, once the greatest guardians of peace in the galaxy, are rendered helpless by this impervious foe — and their solidarity has begun to unravel. While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi, an occupied world. There, at last, they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy — if only they can stay alive long enough to use it! [Set 25 years after SW]

Hero's Trial - CoverAgents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial by James Luceno [2000]

Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived — and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith. Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner’s death in adventure…and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han’s investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic’s will and ability to fight — the Jedi. Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca’s sacrifice in the only way that matters — by being worthy of it… [Set 25 years after SW]

Jedi Eclipse - CoverAgents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse by James Luceno [2000]

A string of smashing victories by the forces of the sinister aliens known as the Yuuzhan Vong has left New Republic resources and morale stretched to the breaking point. Leia Organa Solo, estranged from her husband, Han, oversees the evacuation of refugees on planets in the path of the merciless invaders. Luke Skywalker struggles to hold the fractious Jedi Knights together, even while one of them undertakes a bold but reckless undercover mission. Manipulating their alliance with the amoral Hutts, the Yuuzhan Vong leave a cunning trail of vital information where New Republic agents are sure to find it — information the desperate defenders cannot afford to ignore: the location of the aliens’ next target. Then Han Solo stumbles into the dark heart of raging battle, thus beginning a furious race against time that will require every skill and trick in his arsenal to win… [Set 25 years after SW]

Balance Point - CoverBalance Point by Kathy Tyers [2000]

The New Republic, led by the battered but still unbroken Jedi, braces for the next onslaught of its merciless alien foe. Poisoned by centuries of technological excess, the planet Duro is an unlivable hell, long abandoned by its own inhabitants, who dwell above their polluted world in orbital habitats. But there is no place else to channel the flood of refugees fleeing the murderous Yuuzhan Vong. So a deal is struck: In exchange for a new home, the refugees will work to restore the planet to health, under the watchful eye of Leia Organa Solo. As tempers begin to flare between the Duros and the New Republic, and between groups of refugees, Han Solo, his son, Jacen, and the Ryn called Droma arrive to keep the peace. They are unaware that Leia is on Duro… and that Luke, Mara, and Anakin are on their way, searching for a missing Jedi apprentice. And none realize that the Yuuzhan Vong have chosen this embattled planet as the next target in their brutal coreward thrust. The unrest only strengthens Jacen Solo’s growing belief that a true Jedi should not fight, but should lead others to peace through a deeper understanding of the Force. Now, as the fragile stability on Duro threatens to collapse into violence, Jacen Solo must face his greatest dilemma: At what point does the use of power become aggression? Whatever he decides, his next step could tip the galaxy’s destiny toward the light or toward darkness — with the life of someone he loves hanging in the balance… [Set 26 years after SW]

noimageRecovery by Troy Denning [2001]

As the forces of darkness threaten to engulf the galaxy, one last defiant spark remains… Though the Yuuzhan Vong were victorious in their savage conquest of the planet Duro, they failed to extract sensitive information from Leia Organa Solo, who now barely clings to life after enduring the enemies’ torture. Unless she receives medical attention soon, the badly wounded Princess and former head of the New Republic will surely die. Pursued by bounty hunters, Han Solo begins a race against time, only to find his urgent pleas for help rejected by planet after planet, as the Jedi are blamed for the continuing fight against the seemingly invincible aliens. Desperate, the Solos decide on a suicide mission. They must reach Coruscant, the New Republic’s strife-ridden capital where traitors, appeasers, and assassins now share the same goal as the fierce Yuuzhan Vong: kill all Jedi. This title available only as a purchasable electronic download from online merchants. [Set 26 years after SW]

Conquest - CoverEdge of Victory I: Conquest by J. Gregory Keyes [2001]

Luke Skywalker, Anakin Solo, Mara Jade Skywalker, and others battle their deadliest enemy in a tale of nonstop action, shadowy evil, and spectacular triumph… No longer content with the destruction the Yuuzhan Vong have already sown, Warmaster Tsavong Lah has demanded the heads of all the Jedi. Now the Jedi Knights are in terrible danger — and none more so than the young students at the Jedi academy on Yavin 4. Already the sympathizers known as the Peace Brigade are in the Yavin system — and a Yuuzhan Vong fleet is not far behind. At Luke Skywalker’s request, Talon Karrde mounts an expedition to rescue the young students. Anakin Solo has his own ideas. Impatient, and figuring that forgiveness is easier to come by than permission, he takes off for Yavin 4 in his X-wing. When it comes to confidence, courage, and raw Force talent, Anakin has few peers. But when his friend Tahiri is separated from the other academy kids and captured by the Yuuzhan Vong, even Anakin may be in over his head. For the aliens have a different future in mind for Tahiri, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their horrific ends. [Set 26 years after SW]

Rebirth - CoverEdge of Victory II: Rebirth by J. Gregory Keyes [2001]

The brutal Yuuzhan Vong are scouring the universe for Jedi to slaughter. With no help from the divided New Republic, the Jedi stand alone against their seemingly invincible foe. And with unrest stirring within their own ranks, they find peril everywhere they turn. But the fiercest battle is coming–one in which it is hard to know who will survive. [Set 26 years after SW]

Star by Star - Cover Star by Star by Troy Denning [2001]

It is a solemn time for the New Republic, as the merciless Yuuzhan Vong continue their ruthless campaign of terror and destruction. The brutal enemy has unleashed a savage creature capable of finding — and killing — Jedi Knights. And now Leia Organa Solo faces a terrible ultimatum from the mighty alien foe determines to conquer the galaxy. If the location of the secret Jedi base is not revealed within one week, the Yuuzhan Vong will blast millions of refugee ships into oblivion. As the battered but still unbroken Jedi scramble to deal with the newest onslaught, Leia’s son Anakin lays out a daring plan. A Jedi strike force will allow itself to be “captured” by the Yuuzhan Vong and taken to their stronghold in the realm of darkness, where the Jedi will sabotage the evil empire’s deadliest weapons. The leaders of the force are the three Solo siblings. The risks are tremendous. Can the Jedi fight a ruthless enemy without becoming ruthless themselves and falling victim to the dark side? [Set 27 years after SW]

Dark Journey - CoverDark Journey by Elaine Cunningham [2002]

The New Jedi Order continues as Jaina Solo struggles with anger and despair after the Jedi Knights’ harrowing adventure behind enemy lines. Though the Jedi strike force completed its deadly mission into Yuuzhan Vong territory, the price of success was tragedy: not everyone made it out alive. In a daring getaway, hotshot pilot Jaina Solo stole an enemy ship, taking along her fellow survivors–and leaving behind a huge piece of her heart. With the enemy in hot pursuit, Jaina is forced to seek haven in the unprotected, unfriendly Hapes Cluster, where the Jedi are held responsible for a past tragedy–and where the royal family has grim plans for their famous Jedi guest. Even more sinister are the intentions of the Yuuvhan Vong, desperate to capture Jaina for a hideous sacrifice. Grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge, Jaina is blind to these threats–and to the overpowering evil dangerously close to consuming her. In the coming conflagration, Jaina will be fighting not for victory or vengeance, but for her very being… [Set 27 years after SW]

Rebel Dream - CoverEnemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston [2002]

As the Yuuzhan Vong’s spectacular conquests continue unchecked, Luke Skywalker, Han and Leia Solo , and Wedge Antilles are forced to destroy what they have risked their lives to create… Scattering like rats before the Yuuzhan Vong’s invasion of Coruscant, the panic-stricken members of the New Republic Advisory’s Council pause just long enough to set up a mock defense on nearby Borleias — a transparent attempt to buy time that fools no one, least of all the Jedi. Leia and Han Solo trek from world to world to foment rebellion against the New Republic’s disastrous appeasement policies. But Luke Skywalker has chosen the most dangerous assignment of all: to sneak into the Yuuzhan Vong’s stronghold on Coruscant. His outrageous scheme to gain entry is either brilliant or suicidal, depending on the outcome. And bearing down swiftly on Borleias is a Vong invasion fleet, determined to destroy the galaxy’s remaining defenders… [Set 27 years after SW]

Rebel Stand - CoverEnemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston [2002]

As Luke Skywalker struggles in his mission to halt the Yuuzhan Vong’s plot to overthrow the New Republic, Han and Leia Organa Solo are trapped on a small planet whose rulers are about to give up the Jedi rebels. Meanwhile on Coruscant, Luke and Mara make a shocking discovery that is preventing the Yuuzhan Vong from exerting complete control. [Set 27 years after SW]

Traitor - CoverTraitor by Matthew Stover [2002]

From the depths of catastrophe, a glimmer of hope After the capture of Coruscant, the mighty heart of the New Republic, a stunned galaxy fears that nothing can stop the Yuuzhan Vong. Still, that crushing defeat produces one small miracle: Jacen Solo is alive. Yet he can scarcely imagine himself in stranger circumstances. The young Jedi Knight is in the care of Vergere, a fascinating creature of mystery and power, her intentions hard to fathom, her cruelties rarely concealed. But this master of inscrutable arts has much to teach the young Jedi… for she holds the key to a new way to experience the Force, to take it to another level — dangerous, dazzling, perhaps deadly. In the wrong hands, the tremendous energies of the Force can be devastating. And there are others watching Jacen’s process closely, waiting patiently for the moment when he will be ready for their own dire purposes. Now, all is in shadows. Yet whatever happens, whether Jacen’s newfound mastery unleashes light or darkness, he will never be the same Jedi again… [Set 27 years after SW]

Destiny's Way - CoverDestiny’s Way by Walter Jon Williams [2002]

The time of reckoning is close at hand. Events in The New Jedi Order series take a decisive turn, as the heroes of the New Republic prepare for their most volatile clash yet with the enemy-from without and within. In the war against the ruthless Yuuzhan Vong, the fall of Coruscant leaves the New Republic divided by internal strife, and on the verge of bowing to conquest. But those who steadfastly refuse to consider surrender — Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and their children and comrades-in-arms — are determined to seize victory against overwhelming odds. And now, finally, there are signs that the tide may be turning in the New Republic’s favor. After capturing crucial Yuuzhan Vong intelligence, Jedi fighter-pilot Jaina Solo prepares to lead a daring surprise strike against an enemy flagship. Meanwhile, Jaina’s brother Jacen — liberated from the hands of the enemy and newly schooled in an even greater mastery of the Force by the Jedi Knight Vergere — is eagerly poised to bring his unique skills to bear against the invaders. And on Mon Calamari, the New Republic’s provisional capital, the retired, ailing hero Admiral Ackbar has conceived a major tactical plan that could spell the beginning of a swift end for the Yuuzhan Vong. Yet even as opposing squadrons face off in the depths of space, intrigue runs rampant: in the heated political race for Chief of State… in the shadows where Yuuzhan Vong spies plot assassinations… and in the inscrutable creature Vergere, a Jedi Knight whose allegiance is impossible to predict. And as Luke Skywalker sets about reestablishing the Jedi Council, the growing faction opposed to the ways of the Force unveil a terrifying weapon designed to annihilate the Yuuzhan Vong species. But in doing so, they may be dooming the New Republic to becoming the very thing it has sworn to fight against — and unleashing the power of the dark side. [Set 28 years after SW]

noimageYlesia by Walter Jon Williams [2002]

Ripe for the plucking — that’s Jedi Knight Kyp Durron’s opinion about the planet Ylesia, home base of the so-called Peace Brigade, a group of traitors dedicated to hindering the war efforts of the New Republic and hastening the ultimate victory of the merciless Yuuzhan Vong. Kyp’s plan calls for a lightning-fast strike, backed with overwhelming force, to destroy the Brigade’s offensive capabilities and teach prospective traitors that betrayal carries a heavy price. But young Jacen Solo, still bearing the scars of his imprisonment by the Yuuzhan Vong, has a better idea: a daring raid into the heart of Ylesia’s capital, with the objective of capturing the Brigade’s top leaders — including the newly sworn-in President, Thrackan Sal-Solo, cousin to Jacen and his twin, Jaina. But unknown to the Jedi and the New Republic forces, Supreme Overlord Shimrra of the Yuuzhan Vong has dispatched reinforcements to the Ylesia system. Instead of a swift surgical strike, Jaina, Jacen, Kyp, and their comrades are about to find themselves locked in a desperate battle for survival, with the odds stacked against them and time running out. This title originally appeared only as a purchasable electronic download from online merchants, but has since been included in the printed edition of The Joiner King, below. [Set 28 years after SW]

Remnant - CoverForce Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams and Shane Dix [2003]

The newly formed Galactic Alliance is determined to bring peace to the entire galaxy. But first the Yuuzhan Vong must be contained. Luke Skywalker seeks a world lost to legend: Zonama Sekot, a sentient planet believed to have repelled an invasion by the Yuuzhan Vong decades ago. Deciphering the secrets of the planet could turn the tide of the war.

Refugee - CoverForce Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams and Shane Dix [2003]

As the Yuuzhan Vong stand on the threshold of total victory, Luke Skywalker and the Jedi search for Zonama Sekot, the living planet that may hold the key to dealing with the Yuuzhan Vong once and for all. [Set 28 years after SW]

Reunion - CoverForce Heretic III: Reunion by Sean Williams and Shane Dix [2003]

In the conclusion of the Force Heretic trilogy, the search for Zonama Sekot is over for Luke Skywalker and the others aboard the “Jade Shadow.” But the living planet refuses to follow them back to a galaxy full of war. [Set 28 years after SW]

The Final Prophecy - CoverThe Final Prophecy by J. Gregory Keyes [2003]

As a beleaguered galaxy fights its way back from the brink of destruction, the Jedis’ most fearsome enemy plots to end the war — and claim victory — with a final act of domination… The troubles for the embattled living planet Zonama Sekot have just begun. As Luke Skywalker and Jacen Solo negotiate its place in the galactic struggle against the Yuuzhan Vong, one of its organic ships is taken by the alien invaders. Scientist Nen Yim is ordered to use the captive to find weak spots in Zonama Sekot’s technology. But what Nen Yim discovers about the planet harbors not only the key to its own destruction, but the long-forgotten secrets of the Yuuzhan Vong themselves. Meanwhile, General Wedge Antilles, commanding one fleet in a three-pronged campaign to retake the Bilbringi system, is suddenly stranded deep in Yuuzhan Vong space, cut off from all contact. Wedge and his ships must rely on trickery and brilliant battle tactics if they are to survive long enough to ensure the success of one of the deadliest and most crucial missions the Galactic Alliance forces have ever undertaken. [Set 28 years after SW]

The Unifying Force - CoverThe Unifying Force by James Luceno [2003]

At long last, the series that launched the Star Wars saga into the next generation and into thrilling new territory reaches its spectacular finale. Side by side, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, their children, and their comrades in the Galactic Alliance rally for their last stand against the enemy that threatens not only the galaxy, but the Force itself. The Galactic Alliance’s hard-won success in countering the Yuuzhan Vong onslaught has proven all too brief – and the tide has turned once more to the invaders’ advantage. Having overcome the sabotage strategies of the Jedi and their allies, the marauding aliens have pushed deeper into the galaxy and subjugated more worlds in their ruthless quest for domination. Coruscant has been remade into a Yuuzhan Vong stronghold. The remnants of the resistance are struggling to form a united front. Luke, Mara, and Jacen are missing in action. Clearly the stage is set for endgame. Now, as Han and Leia receive the chilling news that hundreds of high-ranking Galactic Alliance prisoners face slaughter in a sacrifice to the enemy’s blood-thirsty gods, Luke and his team try desperately to convince the living world of Zonama Sekot to join the Jedi’s final campaign against the Yuuzhan Vong. Yet even as they speak, a lone space station is all that stands between Alliance headquarters on Mon Calamari… and wave after wave of ferocious enemy forces waging their most decisive assault. At the same time, the Jedi’s alliances throughout the galaxy are being tested – and the chances of victory jeopardized – by rogue factions determined to deploy the lethal weapon that will exterminate the Yuuzhan Vong… and perhaps countless other species. And among the Yuuzhan Vong themselves, the threat of revolt has reached a boiling point – as the oppressed underclass and powerful officials alike fear their Supreme Overlord’s mad actions will provoke the wrath of the gods. Ultimately, for both the forces of invasion and resistance, too much has been sacrificed – and too much is at stake – to ever turn back. And now, nothing can stand in the way of seizing victory… or facing annihilation. [Set 29 years after SW]

The Joiner King - CoverThe Dark Nest Trilogy, Book 1: The Joiner King by Troy Denning [2005]

The past does not rest easy. Five years have passed since the Yuuzan Vong were defeated. The new Galactic Alliance is struggling to rebuild a galaxy torn apart by a devastating war. A handful of Jedi Knights, all survivors of a fateful mission to Myrkyr, feel a cry for help through the Force that draws them to the Unknown Regions of the galaxy. Soon afterwards, the Chiss lodge a complaint accussing the missing Jedi of meddling in a border dispute involving an unidentified aggressor. Luke Skywalker, Han and Leia Solo travel to the Unknown Regions only to discover a colony of Killiks, alien insects long ago thought extinct. Even more mysterious is the presence of countless aliens who have joined with the Killiks and their Colony in some very bizarre ways. The most mysterious is the Killik leader, a Jedi Knight believed to have been lost at Myrkyr. As if the motives of the Killik and the Chiss weren’t trouble enough, Luke discovers some old data while repairing R2-D2, faint clues as to who was his mother. Also included is Ylesia [2002] by Walter Jon Williams, previously only available as an e-book. [Set 35 years after SW]

The Unseen Queen - CoverThe Dark Nest Trilogy, Book 2: The Unseen Queen by Troy Denning [2005]

Peace does not come easily to the galaxy. Summoned by the Killik ruler, UnuThul, the Solos and Skywalkers discover the Killiks are suffering from a disease on the new worlds granted to them. Jacen Solo makes a discovery of his own-one that change him, and perhaps the galaxy, forever. Each new revelation leads to more questions. Why does the Dark Nest want Mara dead? What other secrets does R2-D2 hold concerning Luke’s parents? Does UnuThul truly rule the Killiks or is he but a pawn in a dark plot? With Luke indisposed, the nascent Jedi Order threatens to tear itself apart through internal conflict. Narcotic trafficking, smuggling and hostile maneuverings by the Killiks result in both the New Republic and the Chiss preparing a military response to the situation. Will the tenuous time of peace continue in the galaxy? Or will Jacen’s vision come true and the galaxy be plunged into eternal war? [Set 36 years after SW]

The Swarm War - CoverThe Dark Nest Trilogy, Book 3: The Swarm War by Troy Denning [2005]

Unity does not come easy to the Jedi. They are divided by conflicting loyalties and personal agendas. Luke Skywalker is left with no choice but to take control over the Jedi Order as its Grand Master. While Luke attempts to bring harmony back to the Jedi Order, the war between the Chiss and the Killik grows more vicious by the day. The Dark Nest launches insurrections among various insectoid worlds within the Galactic Alliance. But are these uprisings another distraction designed to hide the true motives of the Dark Nest? Luke knows if there is to be peace, the Colony must be defeated. And the only way to defeat the colony is to deal with UnuThul once and for all. But, before Luke can confront the trials of the present, he must confront his fears of the past and learn what R2-D2 has been trying to protect him from for so many years. [Set 36 years after SW]

Betrayal - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 1: Betrayal by Aaron Allston [2006]

Luke Skywalker has unified the Jedi Order into a cohesive group. Though the Jedi have attained peace among themeselves, the galaxy itself still finds peace an elusive goal. Many worlds chafe under the strict regulations of the Galactic Alliance. Chief among them is Correllia. While Corellia’s insurrection has, so far, been peaceful, intelligence suggests the Corellians are secretly building a fleet and are close to reactivating Centerpoint Station. A pre-emptive strike against Corellia by the Galactic Alliance brings the galaxy closer to civil war. Duty collides with friendship and blood ties as the Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of a brewing war. And even as both sides struggle to find a diplomatic solution, mysterious acts of treachery and sabotage threaten peace efforts at every turn. Meanwhile evil is rising again out of the best of intentions. And it looks like the legacy of the Skywalkers may come full circle… [Set 40 years after SW]

Bloodlines - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 2: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss [2006]

Boba Fett, one of the most dangerous men in the galaxy, is dying. Determined not to go out without a fight, Fett is in pursuit of the Kaminoan scientist Taun We and the secrets she possesses of the cloning process that created him. Meanwhile, the conflict between Corellia and the Galactic Alliance intensifies with neither side willing to back down. An act of terrorism on Coruscant is linked to the Corellians. Jacen Solo embarks on an all-too-familiar path, as he takes on the job of bringing order to the galaxy by any means necessary. Luke Skywalker is concerned over the choices his nephew is making and that his son, Ben, is an eager partner in Jacen’s plans. On Corellia, Han and Leia Solo work undercover in an effort to thwart the machinations of Han’s nefarious cousin, Thrackan Sal-Solo. A contract put on Han’s life soon finds him crossing paths with his old nemesis, Boba Fett. And both men find themselves caught up in events that may lead up to a civil war. [Set 40 years after SW]

Tempest - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 3: Tempest by Troy Denning [2006]

Han and Leia Solo, now fully supporting the rebellious Corellians against the Galactic Alliance’s blockade, are dispatched on a mission to meet with Tenel Ka, a longtime family friend and Queen Mother of the Hapes Consortium, to persuade her to switch her allegiance from the Galactic Alliance to Corellia. Unfortunately, the Solos find themselves caught in the middle of an assassination attempt on Tenel Ka’s life. Their loyalties are torn when they learn that the Corellians are aiding a group of Hapan usurpers in overthrowing Tenel Ka. Luke and Mara Skywalker discover an old enemy has returned and may be influencing their son, Ben, and their nephew, Jacen Solo. Meanwhile, Jacen’s power and influence continues to grow as he prepares to make the sacrifice that will complete his journey to the dark side. [set 40 years after SW]

Exile - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 4: Exile by Aaron Allston [2007]

Once again, civil war threatens to engulf the galaxy. Han and Leia Solo, on the run from both the Galactic Alliance and the Corellian insurgents, join forces with their old friend Lando Calrissian in an effort to uncover the forces behind the impending civil war. Wedge Antilles is forcibly retired as commander of the Corellian forces after taking a principled stand against the insurgent leaders and soon finds himself on the run. Luke and Mara Skywalker, while searching for their runaway son, Ben, also suspect there are forces at work to not only plunge the galaxy into civil war, but also shatter the unity of the Solos and Skywalkers. As Jacen Solo continues his Sith training in secret, he agrees to let Ben Skywalker be submitted to a trial; one that will either determine him suitable to be a Sith apprentice or see him dead. [set 40 years after SW]

Sacrifice - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 5: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss [2007]

In these chaotic, turbulent times the moment of truth has finally arrived for Jacen Solo. The time has come for Jacen to make the final sacrifice on his path to becoming a Sith Lord. Boba Fett has returned to the Mandalorian homeworld in an attempt to unite his people before he dies. A new lead on a cure for Boba’s fatal condition comes on the heels of a discovery that may once again make the Mandalorians a force to be reckoned with in the galaxy. Mara Jade Skywalker intensifies her search for Lumiya in a desperate effort to save her family from the evil machinations of the Dark Lady of the Sith. Ben Skywalker makes a dark discovery that sends his mother headlong into a confrontation that will give rise to the new Sith Lord, Darth Caedus. [set 40 years after SW]

Inferno - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 6: Inferno by Troy Denning [2007]

Luke Skywalker wanted to unify the Jedi order and bring peace to the universe. Instead his wife Mara lies dead at the hands of an unknown assassin, his wayward nephew Jacen has seized control of the Galactic Alliance, and the galaxy has exploded in all-out civil war. With Luke consumed by grief, Jacen Solo works quickly to consolidate his power and jumpstart his plan to take over the Jedi. Convinced he’s the only one who can save the galaxy, Jacen will do whatever it takes, even ambush his own parents. With the Rebel confederacy driving deep into the Core to attack Coruscant and the Jedi under siege, Luke must reassert his position. Only he can lead the Jedi through this crisis, but it means solving the toughest problem Luke’s ever faced. Does he fight alongside his nephew Jacen, a tyrant who’s illegally taken over the GA, or does he join the rebels to smash the Galactic Alliance he helped create? [set 40 years after SW]

furySW-miniLegacy of the Force, Book 7: Fury by Aaron Allston [2007]

Fighting alongside the Corellian rebels, Han and Leia are locked in a war against their son Jacen, who grows more powerful and more dangerous with each passing day. Nothing can stop Jacen’s determination to bring peace with a glorious Galactic Alliance victory–whatever the price. While Luke grieves the loss of his beloved wife and deals with his guilt over killing the wrong person in retaliation, Jaina, Jag, and Zekk hunt for the real assassin, unaware that the culprit commands Sith powers that can cloud their minds and misdirect their attacks–and even turn them back on themselves. As Luke and Ben Skywalker struggle to find their place among the chaos, Jacen, shunned by friends and family, launches an invasion to rescue the only person still loyal to him. But with the battle raging on, and the galaxy growing more turbulent and riotous, there’s no question that it is Jacen who is most wanted: dead or alive. [set 40 years after SW]

Revelation - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 8: Revelation by Karin Traviss [2008]

During this savage civil war, all efforts to end Jacen Solo’s tyranny of the Galactic Alliance have failed. Now with Jacen approaching the height of his dark powers, no one–not even the Solos and the Skywalkers–knows if anything can stop the Sith Lord before his plan to save the galaxy ends up destroying it. Jacen Solo’s shadow of influence has threatened many, especially those closest to him. Jaina Solo is determined to bring her brother in, but in order to track him down, she must first learn unfamiliar skills from a man she finds ruthless, repellent, and dangerous. Meanwhile, Ben Skywalker, still haunted by suspicions that Jacen killed his mother, Mara, decides he must know the truth, even if it costs him his life. And as Luke Skywalker contemplates once unthinkable strategies to dethrone his nephew, the hour of reckoning for those on both sides draws near. The galaxy becomes a battlefield where all must face their true nature and darkest secrets, and live–or die–with the consequences. [set 40 years after SW]

Invincible - CoverLegacy of the Force, Book 9: Invincible by Aaron Allston [2008]

No war can last forever. Now, in the long and punishing battle between the defiant champions of the New Jedi Order and the juggernaut that is the Galactic Alliance, the endgame is finally at hand. With so much lost – and nothing less than the course of the future at stake – there can be no turning back. No matter the consequences. The rebel cause is losing ground under the twin blows of Admiral Gilad Pellaeon’s assassination and the death of Mara Jade Skywalker. At the same time, having gained the support of the Imperial Remnant and its ruthlessly efficient forces, the Galactic Alliance, with the extraordinary power and dark brilliance of newly ascendant Sith Lord Darth Caedus at its helm, may be unstoppable. Tormented and torn between the call of duty and the thirst for vengeance, Luke has searched the Force and beheld an unspeakable vision of the galaxy enslaved under tyranny more monstrous than even Palpatine’s. Now it seems that the last, best hope lies in mobilizing the scattered Jedi for one decisive search-and-destroy mission. The objective: eliminate Darth Caedus. It is a plan that will be as difficult and dangerous to execute as it is daring. For Caedus is a scion of both the Skywalker and Solo bloodlines whose command of the force surpasses even that of his grandfather Darth Vader. There is only one who is bound by destiny to stand against him in what will surely be a duel to the death, only one with an outside chance of bringing down the dark lord who was once Jacen Solo. Failure is not an option. The furious final moments between power and peace are here, and whoever confronts Darth Caedus will decide the outcome – and the fate of those left standing. [set 40 years after SW]

Crosscurrent - CoverCrosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp [2010]

After experiencing an intense Force vision, Jedi Knight Jaden Korr enlists the help of two salvagers and their ship to locate the source of a distress signal in space–a discovery that yields a unimaginable bounty and poses a threat to everything the Jedi Order stands for. [set 41 years after SW]

Riptide - CoverRiptide by Paul S. Kemp [2010]

When a ship full of Sith warriors arrived in Galactic Alliance space, the fight to destroy it accidentally uncovered a deadly menace. [set 41 years after SW]

Millennium Falcon - CoverMillennium Falcon by James Luceno [2008]

Two years have passed since Jacen Solo, seduced by the dark side and reanointed as the brutal Sith Lord Darth Caedus, died at the hands of his twin sister, Jaina, Sword of the Jedi. For a grieving Han and Leia, the shadow of their son’s tragic downfall still looms large. But Jacen’s own bright and loving daughter, Allana, offers a ray of hope for the future as she thrives in her grandparents’ care. And when the eager, inquisitive girl, in whom the Force grows ever stronger, makes a curious discovery aboard her grandfather’s beloved spacecraft – the much-overhauled but ever-dependable Millennium Falcon – the Solo family finds itself at a new turning point, about to set out on an odyssey into uncertain territory, untold adventure, and unexpected rewards. To Han, who knows every bolt, weld, and sensor of the Falcon as if they were parts of himself, the strange device Allana shows him is utterly alien. But its confounding presence – and Allana’s infectious desire to unravel its mystery – are impossible to dismiss. The only answer lies in backtracking into the past on a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the vessel that’s done everything from making the Kessel Run “in less than twelve parsecs” to helping topple an evil empire. From the moment the Falcon broke loose from a Corellian assembly line like an untamed creature with a will of its own, it seemed destined to seek out trouble. It wasn’t long before the feisty YT-1300 freighter went from shuttling cargo to smuggling contraband. But it’s a fateful rendezvous on Coruscant, at the explosive height of the Republic/Separatist uprising, that launches a galaxywide cat-and-mouse game whose newest players are Han, Leia, Allana, and C-3PO. And they’re not alone: Crime lords, galactic pirates, rogue politicians, and fortune hunters alike loom at every turn of the quest – each with his or her own desperate stake in the Millennium Falcon’s most momentous mission. Through the years and across the stars, from the Rim worlds to unknown points beyond, the race will lead them all to a final standoff for a prize some will risk everything to find – and pay any cost to possess. [set 43 years after SW]

Outcast - CoverFate of the Jedi: Outcast by Aaron Allston [2009]

Though forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is determined to keep history from being repeated. With his son, Ben, at his side, Luke sets out to unravel the shocking truth behind Jacen Solo’s corruption and downfall. But the secrets he uncovers among the enigmatic Force mystics of the distant world Dorin may bring his quest–and life as he knows it–to a sudden end. And all the while, another Jedi Knight, consumed by the same madness as Jedi Knight Valin Horn, is headed for Coruscant on a fearsome mission that could doom the Jedi Order…and devastate the entire galaxy. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Omen - CoverFate of the Jedi: Omen by Christie Golden [2009]

The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo’s shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is exploiting anti-Jedi sentiment to undermine the Order’s influence within the Galactic Alliance. Forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is on a desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen’s fall to the dark side– and to learn what’s turning peaceful Jedi into raving lunatics. But finding answers will mean venturing into the mind-bending space of the Kathol Rift and bargaining with an alien species as likely to destroy outsiders as deal with them. Still, there is no other choice and no time to lose, as the catastrophic events on Coruscant continue to escalate. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Abyss - CoverFate of the Jedi: Abyss by Troy Denning [2009]

Following a trail of clues across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker continues his quest to find the reasons behind Jacen Solo’s dark downfall and to win redemption for the Jedi Order. Meanwhile on Coruscant, Han and Leia Solo, along with their daughter Jaina, join the fight to protect more stricken Knights from arrest while Jedi healers race to find a cure for the rapidly spreading affliction. And deep in the Maw Cluster the Sith is poised to strike against the Skywalkers and the forces of good. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Backlash - CoverFate of the Jedi: Backlash by Aaron Allston [2010]

Countering growing mistrust in the wake of increasing cases of insanity among the Jedi, Han and Leia flee with three afflicted Jedi, while Luke travels to the homeworld of the Night Sister to learn why Jacen Solo turned to the dark side. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Allies - CoverFate of the Jedi: Allies by Christie Golden [2010]

A precarious alliance between the Jedi and the Sith is compromised by a strange being that reaches out to Luke, interference from the Hutt family, and conflicting edicts by the Galactic Alliance. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Vortex - CoverFate of the Jedi: Vortex by Troy Denning [2010]

In a stunning turn of events, Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben, joined forces with members of the Sith armada sent to kill them-and turned their combined might against the monstrous being Abeloth. But with one menace dealt with, a new and even more insidious threat looms. Now Luke and Ben must go on the run, taking along the inscrutable — and ever dangerous — Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. With a host of Sith warriors in hot pursuit, the Skywalkers soon find themselves trapped on the moon Pydyr, caught between their former allies and a mob of angry Fallanassi. A new truce may be their only hope. But can a Sith ever be trusted? With the Jedi’s most famous father-and-son team outnumbered and outgunned, the countdown to galactic disaster has begun-and time is running out. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Conviction - CoverFate of the Jedi: Conviction by Aaron Allston [2011]

Follows the efforts of Luke and Ben Skywalker to investigate the mysterious Abeloth with unlikely Sith allies while the exiled Grand Master and the Republic clash over the fate of the afflicted Jedi Order during the trial of Tahiri Veila. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Ascension- CoverFate of the Jedi: Ascension by Christie Golden [2012]

As Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power–which will thrust one dark lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh and blood. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Apocalypse - CoverFate of the Jedi: Apocalypse by Troy Denning [2012]

In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Mercy Kill - CoverX-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston [2012]

Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission. A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitors and “license to do so by any and all means” the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers–and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test against the most lethal of adversaries. [set 43.5 years after SW]

Crucible- CoverCrucible by Troy Denning [2013]

Han and Leia Solo arrive at arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover but soon the stakes are raised and, to save Han — and the galaxy — Luke Skywalker and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare. [set 43.5 years after SW]

The New Continuity [2015 and beyond]

With the acquisition of Star Wars by the Disney company, and the plans to create all-new motion pictures in the SW universe, a decision was made to classify the past 35+ years of Star Wars fiction continuity (much of which is known as the Expanded Universe) as non-canon. Nearly everything that was published prior to 2015 is now referred to as STAR WARS LEGENDS. The new Star Wars literary continuity begins with the new novels published starting in 2015, and includes any new films or other Star Wars entertainment properties developed and released from 2015 onwards. Continuity is referenced to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (a.k.a. Star Wars I) as “year one”. This includes the following books for adult readers:

Master & Apprentice - CoverMaster & Apprentice by Claudia Gray [2019] swcanon

An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace .

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council–knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested–just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever. [set 7 years before SW: TPM, 39 years before A New Hope]

Catalyst- CoverCatalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno [2016] swcanon

Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before the Republic’s enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself. [set 22-17 years before A New Hope]

Dark Disciple - CoverDark Disciple by Christie Golden [2015] swcanon

Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy.

The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt. [set 12-13 years after SW: TPM]

Lords of the Sith - CoverLords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp [2015]swcanon

Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries. [set 18 years after SW: TPM]

Tarkin - CoverTarkin by James Luceno [2015]swcanon

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction. [set 18 years after SW: TPM]

Tarkin - CoverThrawn by Timothy Zahn [2017]swcanon

In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power–uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power–and infamy. [set 11-2 years before A New Hope]

Star Wars: A New Dawn - CoverA New Dawn by John Jackson Miller [2015]swcanon

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off…

The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni. [set 21 years after SW: TPM]

Lost Stars - CoverLost Stars by Claudia Gray [2015]swcanon

The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule. Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion–putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she’s known since childhood. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart? [set 21-37 years after SW: TPM]

Solo - CoverSolo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty [2018] swcanon

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate…and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut #65533;mwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory–if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy–a monstrous world unto itself–darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star. [set 13-10 years before A New Hope]

Tarkin - CoverThrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn [2017]swcanon

Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team up against a threat to the Empire in this thrilling novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

“I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.”

Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root – -its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs–including the Death Star project — the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown…and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance — neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.

Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged — by a test of their allegiance to the Empire…and an enemy that threatens even their combined might. [set 11-2 years before A New Hope]

Twilight Company - CoverBattlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed [2015]swcanon

A companion novel inspired by the hotly anticipated videogame Star Wars: Battlefront, this action-packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil.

The bravest soldiers. The toughest warriors. The ultimate survivors.

Among the stars and across the vast expanses of space, the Galactic Civil War rages. On the battlefields of multiple worlds in the Mid Rim, legions of ruthless stormtroopers—bent on crushing resistance to the Empire wherever it arises—are waging close and brutal combat against an armada of freedom fighters. In the streets and alleys of ravaged cities, the front-line forces of the Rebel Alliance are taking the fight to the enemy, pushing deeper into Imperial territory and grappling with the savage flesh-and-blood realities of war on the ground.

Leading the charge are the soldiers—men and women, human and nonhuman—of the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, better known as Twilight Company. Hard-bitten, war-weary, and ferociously loyal to one another, the members of this renegade outfit doggedly survive where others perish, and defiance is their most powerful weapon against the deadliest odds. When orders come down for the rebels to fall back in the face of superior opposition numbers and firepower, Twilight reluctantly complies. Then an unlikely ally radically changes the strategic equation—and gives the Alliance’s hardest-fighting warriors a crucial chance to turn retreat into resurgence.

Orders or not, alone and outgunned but unbowed, Twilight Company locks, loads, and prepares to make its boldest maneuver—trading down-and-dirty battle in the trenches for a game-changing strike at the ultimate target: the very heart of the Empire’s military machine [set 26-35 years after SW: TPM, 2-3 years before and after A New Hope]

Tarkin - CoverThrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn [2019]swcanon

Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.

As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason. [set 1 year before A New Hope]

Rogue One- CoverRogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed [2016] swcanon

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate…and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire’s mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire’s military; Chirrut #65533;mwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory–if only they can capture the plans to the Empire’s new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy–a monstrous world unto itself–darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire’s brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star. [set a few days before A New Hope]

Inferno Squad - CoverBattlefront II: Inferno Squad by Alexander Freed [2015]swcanon

Set in the aftermath of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , this action-packed prequel to the hotly anticipated videogame Battlefront II introduces the Empire’s elite force: Inferno Squad.

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. But not for long. In retaliation, the elite Imperial soldiers of Inferno Squad have been called in for the crucial mission of infiltrating and eliminating the Partisans–the rebel faction once led by notorious Republic freedom fighter Saw Gerrera.

Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire–no matter the cost. Now Inferno Squad must prove its status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But the growing threat of being discovered in their enemy’s midst turns an already dangerous operation into a do-or-die acid test they dare not fail. To protect and preserve the Empire, to what lengths will Inferno Squad go . . . and how far beyond them?

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad.

 [set immediately after A New Hope]

Heir to the Jedi - CoverHeir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne [2015]swcanon

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.

Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive. [set shortly after A New Hope]

Alphabet Squadron - CoverAlphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed [2019]swcanon

The first novel in a new trilogy starring veteran New Republic pilots!

On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.

The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. In the aftermath, Yrica Quell is just one of thousands of defectors from her former cause living in a deserters’ shantytown–until she is selected to join Alphabet Squadron.

Cobbled together from an eclectic assortment of pilots and starfighters, the five members of Alphabet are tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Like Yrica, each is a talented pilot struggling to find their place in a changing galaxy. Their mission: to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.

The newly formed unit embodies the heart and soul of the Rebellion: ragtag, resourceful, scrappy, and emboldened by their most audacious victory in decades. But going from underdog rebels to celebrated heroes isn’t as easy as it seems, and their inner demons threaten them as much as their enemies among the stars. The wayward warriors of Alphabet Squadron will have to learn to fly together if they want to protect the new era of peace they’ve fought so hard to achieve. [set 4 years after A New Hope]

Aftermath - CoverAftermath by Chuck Wendig [2015]swcanon

As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all. [set 4 years after A New Hope]

Aftermath: Life Debt - CoverAftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig [2015]swcanon

It is a dark time for the Empire. . . .

The Emperor is dead, and the remnants of his former Empire are in retreat. As the New Republic fights to restore a lasting peace to the galaxy, some dare to imagine new beginnings and new destinies. For Han Solo, that means settling his last outstanding debt, by helping Chewbacca liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Meanwhile, Norra Wexley and her band of Imperial hunters pursue Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and the Empire’s remaining leadership across the galaxy. Even as more and more officers are brought to justice, Sloane continues to elude the New Republic, and Norra fears Sloane may be searching for a means to save the crumbling Empire from oblivion. But the hunt for Sloane is cut short when Norra receives an urgent request from Princess Leia Organa. The attempt to liberate Kashyyyk has carried Han Solo, Chewbacca, and a band of smugglers into an ambush–resulting in Chewie’s capture and Han’s disappearance.

Breaking away from their official mission and racing toward the Millennium Falcon ‘s last known location, Norra and her crew prepare for any challenge that stands between them and their missing comrades. But they can’t anticipate the true depth of the danger that awaits them–or the ruthlessness of the enemy drawing them into his crosshairs. [set 5 years after A New Hope]

Aftermath: Empire's End - CoverAftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig [2015]swcanon

As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.

The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion’s victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal–and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia’s urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane’s assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice.

But Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire’s devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire’s war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine’s final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku, an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided. [set 5 years after A New Hope]

Bloodline - CoverLast Shot by Daniel Jose Older [2018]swcanon

Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are reunited on the Millennium Falcon in a galaxy-spanning novel inspired by Solo: A Star Wars Story . But even the fastest ship in the universe can’t outrun the past…


It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize–first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge…


It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando–and all life on Cloud City — will be annihilated.

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars–and into the past–before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy. [set 7 years after A New Hope, with some flashbacks to earlier times]

Bloodline - CoverBloodline by Claudia Gray [2015]swcanon

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy– from both within and without. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy. Supporters even suggest Leia herself for the job. But at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing… [set 28 years after A New Hope]

Phasma - CoverPhasma by Claudia Gray [2015]swcanon

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins–and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper–Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order.

What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma’s past — and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won’t surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it — and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury. [set between 28 and 34 years after A New Hope]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - CoverStar Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster [2015]swcanon

Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges. [set 34 years after A New Hope]

Star Wars: The Last jedi - CoverStar Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry [2015]swcanon

New heroes emerge to take up arms against the First Order: Rey, the orphan strong in the Force; Finn, the ex-stormtrooper who stands against his former masters; and Poe Dameron, the fearless X-wing pilot, have been drawn together to fight side-by-side with General Leia Organa and the Resistance. But the First Order’s Supreme Leader Snoke and his merciless enforcer Kylo Ren are adversaries with superior numbers and devastating firepower at their command. The champions of light may finally be facing their extinction. Their only hope rests with a lost legend: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. [set 34 years after A New Hope]

Printed Lists in 1997 sdc, and 1999 bwc | Adapted for the Web June 2005 cg and sdc | Last completely updated May 2019 sdc