By James Luceno
One of the first entries into the new continuity was this biography of the ruthless Imperial leader Grand Moff Tarkin. Once a promising and loyal Republic governor, Tarkin fell under the spell of Palpatine and soon became a feared leader in the Empire. The novel follows his fall and rise to supervising the building of the Death Star.
By Chuck Wendig
Wendig asked to write a Star Wars novel on Twitter, and a year later he was writing the trilogy that bridged the events in Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The series introduced new characters who would appear in the film (Snap Wexley) and revealed the tragic fate of a reviled character from the prequels.
By Timothy Zahn
He didn’t stay relegated to "Legends" for long. The blue-skinned Grand Admiral made his official canon entry in the third season of Star Wars: Rebels. Zahn’s latest novel tells the master tactician’s origin and rise through the ranks of the Imperial Navy. A sequel, Thrawn: Alliances, came out in 2018.
By Delilah S. Dawson
Before The Force Awakens hit screens, fans couldn’t wait to see the imposing, chrome trooper in action. Sadly, she had about as much action as Boba Fett in the film before being tossed in a trash compactor. Dawson makes up for Phasma’s ignoble treatment in this origin novel, which hit the bestseller list earlier this year. It even won the seal of approval from Phasma actress Gwendolyn Christie.
Celebrating 40 years of Star Wars, this anthology collects 40 short stories by some of the most acclaimed names in sci-fi, including award winners Ken Liu and Nnedi Okorofor. Each story examines a different character or event, from Rae Carson’s “The Red One,” an intimate look at R5-D4, the faulty droid who Uncle Owen originally purchased, to Pierce Brown’s “Desert Son,” about Luke’s friend and fellow pilot, Biggs Darklighter.
Editor's note: This piece originally ran in 2018.