10 Best Star Wars Novels
Star Wars’ the story as a multimedia sensation is essentially encoded in its DNA. The first glimpse of the world in the galaxy far, far away was actually the novelization of the first film, and since then the property has had a storied history when it comes to the books. In fact, without the return to the early 90s of star wars on the shelves, chances are the property will languish as a niche fandom that once took over the world.
Like anything else, star wars the novels ran the gamut of quality. However, the best star wars books are things of beauty, taking fans to new corners of the star wars universe.
ten The Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy Explore Thrawn and the Chiss in more detail
Author Timothy Zahn is the MVP of star wars publishing, and its latest foray is no different. The Launched thermal trilogy — Chaos Rising, greater good, and Lesser evil – explores fan-favorite Mitth’raw’nuruodo, future Grand Admiral Thrawn, in the days before his exile from his people in the Chiss Ascendancy.
It explores the Chiss and their corner of the galaxy in greater detail than ever before. Furthermore, it gives readers the kind of political intrigue and tactics-packed space battle scenes that Zahn’s novels are known for. Everything about these books is top notch and can be enjoyed by Canon and Legends fans alike.
9 X-Wing: Bacta War Stars Rogue Squadron Pilots
The X-wing the novels are full of nuggets, but some stand out above the rest. X-Wing: Bacta War, by author Michael Stackpole, is one of them. The fourth book of Stackpole’s Rogue Squadron novels sees the pilots stray from the New Republic to pursue former Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard and free the world of Thyferra from her terrible grip.
Stackpole X-wing the novels are masterpieces of characterization and action. The squadron pilots are endearing and interesting, the bad guys are vile monsters, and the space combat scenes are white-knuckle rides. It all combines to make for an enthralling read.
8 X-Wing: Mercy Kill is about reforming the Wraith Squadron
After Stackpole’s Rogue Squadron cycle ended, author Aaron Allston took over the X-wing books and featured the Wraith Squadron, a combined fighter and commando squadron. The first three Wraith books are all highly recommended, but the best is the last, X-Wing: Mercy Kill. Set after the Second Galactic Civil War, Garik “Face” Loran brings together old and new Wraiths for a mission to root out corruption in the Galactic Alliance military.
Allston’s books have always found a way to blend pathos and humor, while giving readers some clever twists along the way. kill out of pity does it all expertly and is the best of the late Allston star wars novel.
seven Star Wars: Shatterpoint Stars Mace Windu During The Clone Wars
There are few Republic Jedi more respected than Mace Windu. He’s also among the most popular with fans, which is why it’s so mystifying that there are so few novels featuring him. However, if one reads Star Wars: Shatterpoint, by author Matthew Stover, there’s a good reason why; no other book could surpass it.
Seeing Mace go on a mission to his old homeworld of Korun to rescue Jedi Master Depa Billaba after having a vision of her. It is a dark mediation on war and the effect it can have on the human psyche. It has all the characteristics of a great star wars but with a veneer of realism that makes it stand out.
6 Star Wars: Tarkin focuses on the legendary Grand Moff
Grand Moff Tarkin has never been among the most popular star wars bad guys. His screen time was too short and he was overshadowed by Darth Vader. Even the Expanded Universe spin-offs, known for giving detailed backstories to every character in the original trilogy, haven’t done much with him. However, he starred in one of the first canonical novels, Star Wars: Tarkin by author James Luceno.
The book sees him go on a mission for the Emperor while digging deep into his past. It gives readers the kind of backstory for the character they may never have known they wanted, something that characterizes Luceno’s work.
5 The Darth Bane trilogy dug deep into Sith history
star wars Legends novels are full of important original characters, and few can match Darth Bane’s impact on galactic history. Bane first appeared in Jedi vs. Sith comedy before getting his own trilogy of novels from author Drew Karpshyn. Path of destruction, rule of two, and evil dynasty told the story of the legendary Sith who broke and rebuilt the Sith Order.
Bane is an intriguing character who completely redid the ethos of the dark side of the Force. The final two books feature his apprentice Darth Zannah, and all three show the Sith in different phases of their power. This trilogy tops the list of Legends novels that fans want to be canonized for good reason.
4 Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is a story of evil
The Sith are one of Star Wars’ most intriguing factions, and fans were wowed by the mention of Darth Plagueis the Wise in Revenge of the Sith. They have the whole story in Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, by author James Luceno. The book told the story of the titular Sith Lord, his choice of Palpatine as his apprentice, and his final fate.
Luceno paints the perfect picture of a Sith Lord during the last days of the Republic. It gives readers insight into Plagueis and his quest for immortality, while focusing on a young Palpatine. It’s dense with action and lore, the perfect star wars novel.
3 Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor is a story of self-discovery through pain
The New Jedi Order years of star wars novels chronicled the horrors of the Yuuzhan Vong war in nineteen novels. There are a few gems some everywhere, but the best is Traitor, by author Matthew Stover. Captured by the Yuuzhan Vong after a mission to Myrkr, Jacen Solo is left in the loving care of Vergere, an Old Republic Jedi who has worked with the Vong for decades.
Stover is an expert at looking at the dark side of Star Wars. Solo’s time among the Yuuzhan Vong is filled with moments of pain, all of which teach him a lesson about who and what to be loyal to. It’s a journey into the heart of darkness and what comes out of it is very different from what went in.
2 Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Expands On The Film Brilliantly
The Prequel Trilogy has a lot of issues, but it’s still a beloved part of the saga. Revenge of the Sith is considered the highlight, and for fans who want to dive deep into it, there’s the film’s novelization by author Matthew Stover. Stover delves deeper into the characters than a movie can, giving events more context and revealing hidden nuggets.
Movie novelizations are always interesting because of the difference in mediums and the Rot adaptation is no different. Stover was the perfect author, like his previous star wars the novels all did a great job of exploring the shady corners of the galaxy far, far away.
1 The Thrawn Trilogy is still the best
Without The Thrawn Trilogy, by author Timothy Zahn, chances are there won’t be star wars as fans know it today. These three books… Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The last command — were bestsellers that reignited fans’ passion for the property and resurrected the franchise at a time when it was all but dead.
Continuing the adventures of the heroes of the original trilogy and introducing new favorites like Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Kardde, Gilad Pellaeon, and more, this trilogy is easily the best set of star wars books never published. These were the Legends books everyone wanted to see on screen, and nothing written since can compete with them.