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More Stories From a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Guide to Star Wars Novels

She may not have played much of a role in The Force Awakens, but Delilah S. Dawson's best-seller explores the origins of Phasma.
She may not have played much of a role in The Force Awakens, but Delilah S. Dawson's best-seller explores the origins of Phasma. Del Rey Books

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click to enlarge James Luceno explores the rise of the ruthless mastermind behind the Death Star in Tarkin. - DEL REY BOOKS
James Luceno explores the rise of the ruthless mastermind behind the Death Star in Tarkin.
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The New Canon

Tarkin
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.

Aftermath
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.

click to enlarge The Grand Admiral returns to the official canon as Timothy Zahn returns to his most famous creation in Thrawn. - DEL REY BOOKS
The Grand Admiral returns to the official canon as Timothy Zahn returns to his most famous creation in Thrawn.
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Thrawn
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.


click to enlarge She may not have played much of a role in The Force Awakens, but Delilah S. Dawson's best-seller explores the origins of Phasma. - DEL REY BOOKS
She may not have played much of a role in The Force Awakens, but Delilah S. Dawson's best-seller explores the origins of Phasma.
Del Rey Books
Phasma
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.

click to enlarge Forty authors tell 40 stories to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars in From a Certain Point of View. - DEL REY BOOKS
Forty authors tell 40 stories to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars in From a Certain Point of View.
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From a Certain Point of View
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.
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Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
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