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Updated! Ranking The Canonical Star Wars Novels

POV Phasma SW

  1. Star Wars: Catalyst- A Rogue One Story- Not only is it a great novel on its own, but the fact that it is a PERFECT companion piece to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” makes it so much more special.

 

  1. Star Wars: Lost Stars- Claudia Gray has written 3 fantastic SW novels, but this one is still her best so far. She manages to create compelling new characters all while telling a clever story that ties into the saga as a whole.

 

  1. Star Wars: Dark Disciple- This Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos centric book is an essential read for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” fans.

 

  1. Star Wars: Rebel Rising- A highly underrated novel that sheds light on Jyn and Saw’s past. This should be getting more press than it is.

 

  1. Star Wars: A New Dawn- Maybe I got caught up in the hype of reading this prior to the premiere of “Star Wars Rebels,” but I still thoroughly enjoyed the first canonical SW novel.

 

  1. Star Wars: Lords of the Sith- Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Cham Syndulla. Need I say more?

 

  1. Leia, Princess of Alderaan- A young Leia story by Claudia Gray? It’s as good as it sounds.

 

  1. Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad- The tie in to the forthcoming “Star Wars: Battlefront 2” video game delivers pulse pounding action, a unique POV, and some deliciously dark drama.

 

  1. Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View- This anthology novel that contains 40 stories with 40 different character POVs during the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope” is a fun read.

 

  1. Star Wars: Bloodline- Claudia Gray’s first Leia novel was an intriguing precursor to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

 

  1. Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills- Even though the story is rather slight, Greg Rucka perfectly captures the characters of Baze and Chirrut.

 

  1. Phasma- Although parts of it don’t feel very Star Warsy, there’s a lot to like here. Not only do we FINALLY get some much needed Phasma characterization, but the plot also does a fine job of shedding light on the First Order as well.

 

  1. Ahsoka- As a fan of Ahsoka, this novel was rather disappointing in the story department as it feels like author E.K. Johnston is hamstrung by the story she can tell. Still, it’s a decent enough read.

 

  1. Star Wars: Heir To The Jedi- Despite having some decent character moments, there’s a reason why this Luke novel doesn’t get mentioned much.

 

  1. Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt- Ranking the “Aftermath” novels is like pulling teeth to me as I find all of them to be a colossal let down. However, the second one has a slight edge…I guess?

 

  1. Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End- The third part of the “Aftermath” trilogy is arguably the most eventful, but the fact that the MAJOR events in this deeply flawed book are canon is a real shame as this epic story could have been saved for a film or series.

 

  1. Star Wars: Aftermath- The first in the “Aftermath” story is filled with jumbled storytelling and dull characters. As with the other two novels, however, the best part is the side stories.

 

  1. Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company- A tedious and flat tie-in to the 2015 “Star Wars: Battlefront” video game.

 

  1. Thrawn- Unless you enjoy a seemingly endless amount of moments involving Thrawn’s mindset about everything and anything, Timothy Zahn’s highly anticipated return to the SW universe was an utter slog to get through.

 

  1. Star Wars: Tarkin- As a big fan of James Luceno, it pains me to put this one last. Alas, I don’t feel like it does the character of Tarkin justice. I don’t buy his boring backstory here.
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