Ranking The Canonical Star Wars Novels
With “Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt” due out next week, it seems only logical for this week’s list to be about, you guessed it, the new Star Wars book canon. Below I have ranked the 9 “Star Wars” novels to date. I will update this list with each new novel release in the future.
- Star Wars: Lost Stars- I was as skeptical as anyone about a young adult “Star Wars” romance novel so imagine my surprise when this turned out to be a great read. From the fully realized new characters in Thane and Ciena to the clever storytelling that ties into the original trilogy and beyond, this is easily the best new SW novel thus far.
- Star Wars: Dark Disciple- If you’re a fan of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” this is an essential read as it is comprised of unmade episode material that delves into the characters of Asajj Ventresss and Quinlan Vos.
- Star Wars: A New Dawn- A fun and fast paced precursor to “Star Wars Rebels.”
- Star Wars: Lords of the Sith- The story may be simple, but there’s a lot of rich character work here involving Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Cham Syndulla.
- Star Wars: Bloodline- Claudia Gray’s follow-up to “Lost Stars” is an involving political thriller that fills in some gaps between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”
- Star Wars: Aftermath- The much maligned ‘Aftermath’ isn’t as bad as some people make it out to be, but it is underwhelming due to a jumbled structure and a forgettable main storyline. The best elements come from the side stories (if you want to call them that).
- Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company- Aside from the connections to the original trilogy, this was a tough one to get through for me as it suffered from an overabundance of flat new characters and tedious action scenes.
- Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi- This feels like the work of a first time “Star Wars” author and it is. Writer Kevin Hearne stuffs in some truly puzzling scenes and goofy dialogue here, but he does provide some insight into Luke and the Rebellion. Overall though, it’s a very slight novel.
- Star Wars: Tarkin- It’s hard to believe that the usually reliable James Luceno (who penned the brilliant “Darth Plagueis”) could create something so mind numbingly boring. Not only is the plot very thin, but I personally felt that it sullied the character of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin.
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