Star Wars became the most demandable book ever when the first film in 1977 was released. Then, young people all over the world were obsessed with the subject of cosmos and everything related to it. Till now, the topic of the futuristic destiny of the Earth and its inhabitants along with the Star Wars novels are still actively discussed. If you are one of those fans, you are invited to get acquainted with popular and definitely the best Star Wars books ever created.
Top Rated Star Wars Legends Books (EU) to Read
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
If you don’t know anything about the Sith race, then you should have a book Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. Here you will find out their story that starts a long time ago and how many representatives there were. And finally, what has been done by the Jedi so the Sith race almost disappeared.
In fact, this story will also shed a light on a person who made all the Sith representatives reunite and revenge the Jedis by wiping off their enemies’ existence. And most important is what’s going to be next with the universe after obtaining the power of the dark side by the Siths.
This book is hardcover and has 324 pages. The release date was September 26, 2006. The author is Drew Karpyshyn.
- The writing is an ideally crafted interaction between a reader and the story
- The story makes you read the book in one breath
- There is a connection to the Old Republic, but it is not necessary that a reader has to be already acquainted with the prehistory
- There is a straightforward skipping to Bane, and there are not enough details about his adventures
- The story plot is quite predictable
The Thrawn Trilogy: The Last Command
If you are familiar with the famous brother Luke and sister Leia along with their friends Chewbacca and Han Solo, then after the end of the canon trilogy, you might be curious about what will happen to them next. The Thrawn Trilogy: The Last Command is the version of how they live afterwards.
Here you will find out that Leia is waiting to give birth to Jedi twins, and at the same time, she heads the Alliance, while their twins’ father Han Solo with Chewbacca does everything to unite the smugglers in order to resist the Empire’s attack.
Luke Skywalker leads the warriors into the epicenter where the Empire’s forces under the command of Grand Admiral Thrawn are based. Thereby Luke becomes the easy target for Dark Jedi C’baoth.
This installment was created by Timothy Zahn, one of the most successful writers of Star Wars.
- There is an amazing detailed elaboration
- There is a seamless and logical sequence of scenes
- Worthy eu story that can replace the canon ones
- There are some inconsistencies with the canon version of the trilogy
- There might be a feeling that the story isn’t ended
The Thrawn Trilogy: Dark Force Rising
One of the top rated books from the Extended Universe of Star Wars is The Thrawn Trilogy: Dark Force Rising. Here a reader will be involved in the whirl of events caused by Grand Admiral Thrawn. He consolidates the left forces into a great army in order to wipe off the New Republic.
At the same time, the main characters Han Solo and Lando Calrissian make everything possible to show members of The Highest Council true colors. Since some of them are suspected to be rats and do nothing on purpose in order to prepare the defending campaign.
On the other side of the universe, the risen Dark Jedi, who committed to the destruction of the Republic, is willing to have revenge. Thus, Dark Jedi tries to enlist young Luke Skywalker.
Like the previous book, it is also written by Timothy Zahn.
- There are enough details about each character
- There is a smooth and logical transition from scene to scene
- The book is stuffed with various actions – it’s not boring
- There are some name inconsistencies with the canon version of the trilogy
- The characters don’t correspond to the characters in the canon version of Star Wars
Do you want to know about the sources of anger and how the Sith Order appeared? There is a good chance to do that through the essential book Darth Plagueis. In fact, Darth Plagueis is the first Dark Lord of Siths who had the inimitable power. However, he also had a weak point: it was his fear of losing this power.
In a while, there appeared an apprentice who learned everything from his master and even more. Behind the master’s back, the apprentice Darth Sidious desired to obtain a more powerful force and get rid of his mentor. So here’s the thing, what’s going to be next? Who will stay alive?
James Luceno has devoted a piece of his soul in order to create this installment.
- There is extended information about Darth Plagueis with a detailed description of his forces and what they are capable of
- The first pages make you to dive into reading a book by teasing words that the main character has just been killed
- It may be quite boring for some readers since there are lots of political scenes
- There is not much interaction between main and secondary characters
The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn
For sure, Han Solo has impressed everyone by his resourcefulness and ability not to despond. However, those who are familiar with this character through the books when he rebels against the Empire and how he gets acquainted with Leia and Luke don’t know anything about his story in the past.
The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn is the legends about young smuggler Han Solo and his shaggy friend Chewbacca, their adventures and how they became the most elusive smugglers in the whole universe thanks to the Millenium Falcon – the fastest spaceship.
This is not the only book made by A. C. Crispin, later you will see the others.
- This is the last third book that sums everything up
- The ending is beautiful
- There is a huge chunk of text about Solo’s lover Bria Tharen
- It’s like a collection of adventures for teens, but not for adults
The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire
Just to be clear, The Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire is the reissued 20th Anniversary Edition. Here you will find familiar characters: Leia, Luke and Han Solo. And the plot takes place 5 years after the Death Star’s destruction by the Rebel Alliance. Luckily, everything goes as it should: Luke is waiting to join the Jedi ranks, Leia and Han are expecting their twins.
However, there wouldn’t be a plot if everything passed by smoothly. Thus, there appears the main antagonist – Grand Admiral Thrawn who accumulates the fleet forces on the other end of the galaxy. There is going to be something unbelievable!
This is another installment about the extended universe from Timothy Zahn.
- The plot is wonderful and doesn’t relieve a reader till the end
- This book is stuffed with various intriguing scenes
- Luke Skywalker is out or has a lack of focus in this book unlike Leia and Han
- There are some continuously repeated author’s “bad habits” in the text such as the word “just”
The Old Republic: Annihilation
This legend will bring readers to a detached time period. Here you will find out that the Emperor is considered to be killed and the temporary command is performed by Darth Karrid.
Luckily, the Jedi Order has an ace in the hole – Theron Shan, the son of Jedi, who doesn’t have the Force but still has the power to act, and that is why he has already a proven track record. Like a hero, he reveals the hidden Empire’s weapon arsenal and destroys it.
Then, Theron along with his friend smuggler Teff’ith and Gnost-Dural who was the master of Darth Karrid in the past joins the forces and directs them towards destroying the Ascendant Spear where the Darth Karrid is based.
The Old Republic: Annihilation is an exciting work of a Canadian writer Drew Karpyshyn.
- The legend is self-sufficient and doesn’t require prior reader’s familiarity with the main characters
- The characters are vivid and well-described
- There might be difficult to follow the author’s thoughts from time to time
- Some scenes are quite predictable
The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit
The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit is the second book from the trilogy about Han Solo, the smuggler. This installment will show you the younger version of Han Solo. Moreover, a reader will see how the bonds of friendship between Chewie and Han Solo are forming.
In fact, he was looking for help to outrun his pursuer – Boba Fett.
However, in a while, when Han Solo and Chewie were hired by crime heads Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt, they realized that they have been trapped in another trouble. Unfortunately, any outcome leads to the death of Han Solo and Chewie.
As you might have guessed, this installment is also made by A. C. Crispin.
- The story is great
- It’s full of fascinating plot twists
- It lacks the details
- The used language is not quite sophisticated, and thus it might be exciting not for adults but teens
The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission
There is an intriguing story about Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission. The former master of Anakin has arrived at Tatooine to look after his padawan’s son Luke. And while he’s there, he finds out that one of the padawans of Jedi Order Ferus Olin is being guarded by Imperials on Bellasa.
After inner struggling, Obi-Wan decides to go on Bellasa and rescue Ferus Olin. And that’s where his adventures start.
This is a fabulous extension of the Star Wars universe from Jude Watson.
- The story is entertaining and makes a reader keep turning pages
- Although the book is designed for adolescents, the language and the plot are fit for adults, too
- Despite the book is dedicated to Obi-Wan’s adventures, there are not enough scenes of him
- There are not much plot twists
The Wrath of Darth Maul
By reading the book title, it’s quite obvious that The Wrath of Darth Maul is exactly about the point of view of Darth Maul. But what will a potential reader find out from this?
Here you will see how the Darkest Evil in the universe grows and masters the Force. And, of course, the to-be Darth Maul can’t do that without assistance. But what will the union of master and his apprentice lead to in the future?
No one has even got closer to the philosophy and such an amazing description of the evil character as Ryder Windham did.
- This is an amazing story of the evil character
- It’s good for young and adult readers
- There are not enough action scenes
- The writing is a little bit disorganized
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
One of the most famous parts of Star Wars where the readers watch not just how the relationships between Anakin and Padme develop. Everyone gets involved in the plot with numerous twists and conspiracies spiced by a great disturbance in the Force.
Senator Padme Amidala’s life was threatened, and this was a push to the Republic’s ruining. Moreover, the Jedi Order members feel that something terrible is coming since the Dark Forces are strengthening, and they know nothing how to react.
No doubt you will enjoy reading this particular installment created by R. A. Salvatore.
- Each character has a deep description
- There are some scenes that are excluded from film versions
- There is more insight about Padme’s family
- It might seem that the story is quite wordy. Moreover, some of the words are often repeated
- The action sequences do not correspond to each other
The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare
Finally, we’ve reached the first part of the trilogy about Han Solo, the smuggler.
Here, the readers will watch the late teen years of the main character and how he escapes his home. In fact, his escape was not without a purpose; he desired to have lots of adventures and, of course, to be a pilot of an interstellar spaceship.
The first part of the trilogy is written by the same author as the next parts are – A. C. Crispin.
- There is a deep description of the main character and his nobleness
- It entertains a reader
- The writing style may seem rather childish to someone
- Each dialogue is stuffed with repetitions, such as “pal”, “sweetheart”, etc.
While the Star Wars plot is focused on the main characters, such as Senator Amidala, Anakin, later on their children Leia and Luke, the other strong and influential characters deserve attention, too.
Thus, John Jackson Miller has created a story about the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi. In fact, this installment depicts Jedi Master on Tatooine where there is a huge deficit of water and the citizens are constantly attacked by marauders. However, Ben, as he was known there, never took part in these fights until he suddenly appears right in the middle of hassle between the civilian farmers and Sand People.
His mission to take after the child who is a galaxy’s future hope is in danger. What should he do if the blood of innocents is spilled?
- The characters’ description is deep and well-made
- The plot involves the reader’s attention very quickly
- The story isn’t dedicated to Obi-Wan only, and the plot is quite vague
- This book is out of Star Wars spirit
The Old Republic: Revan
The most intriguing character in the Star Wars series is Revan presented in installment The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn. Revan is one of the Jedis who fought Mandalorians and died, while the dark apprentice has returned. Fortunately, Revan took on life but his memories completely disappeared. However, the backwash of the actions still remains in his head, and he sees the nightmares.
Nobody, including himself, knew anything about what happened there. But later, he still discovers the conspiracy that the Republic is endangered. There is nothing left to do but to fight against the Dark Force until the end.
- It is a page-turner
- The characters are compelling
- The ending is awesome
- The plot is not completely focused on Revan
- It’s not a good standalone installment
The Old Republic: Deceived
The next piece of the Star Wars universe is about another evil character irresistibly depicted by Paul S. Kemp. However, as always, each evil character has the opposite force. Here in The Old Republic: Deceived, the reader will get acquainted with Aryn Leeneer.
Malgus has destroyed The Jedi Temple that was based on Coruscant, and Aryn’s master was one of Jedis who fight for the Temple. Now, it’s time to figure out what exactly happened to her master there.
- The characters are well depicted with a deep description
- The vivid storytelling
- The names Arra and Aryn may be confusing to a reader due to their congeniality
- At the end of the book, there might appear a feeling that the story is not accomplished
Shadows of the Empire
Another famous episode of Star Wars well known by genuine fans was made by Steve Perry. The plot is about the union of Darth Vader and Xizor that is designed to catch Luke Skywalker. Meanwhile, the other twin, Princess Leia, is trying to free her friend Han Solo from the slab he was frozen in before.
Will those campaigns against Luke and Princess Leia work? Everyone can discover in Shadows of the Empire.
- The plot is stuffed with plot twists
- The writer constantly regulates the number of details
- Although Xizor is a villain, the description presents him rather a playboy
- The plot is quite predictable
Most Essential Canon Star Wars Books
One of the most mysterious and fear arousing characters in the Star Wars universe is Grand Admiral Thrawn created by Timothy Zahn. His appearance is another thing that makes readers think he is powerful and terrifying at the same time.
However, behind the mask of terrifying and faithfully serving Empire leader, the human being is hidden. And it reveals when he receives bad news from his homeland, that the planet is in danger. Grand Admiral Thrawn has to choose whether he crosses everything out that he has been earning for years of serving Empire and go to save his home or stay as he is. What would you do?
- There are a lot of plot twists
- Deep and wonderful description of chracters
- The book cover has a picture of Palpatine, but his presence during the actions is quite rare
- The outcome is quite predictable
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Expanded Edition)
The next highly recommended installment about the Star Wars universe is Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty. If you have already read the trilogy about Han Solo’s adventures, then you should have this to read, too. Here you will watch the adventures of young Solo and his girlfriend who want to escape from the hated planet. And what’s going to be with them when they meet each other in a decade of years.
- The plot is fascinating and funny
- The characters’ details including their inner feelings are wonderfully depicted
- The book is relatively short
- There are some inconsistencies with Han Solo’s depictions by other authors
There must be the most powerful enemy who knows both sides of the Force. Taught by Jedis and then switched to the dark side, he has lots of advantages and makes the possibility to be overthrown minimal. That’s what Count Dooku thought.
Unfortunately for him, Dooku didn’t know that his former disciple Asajj Ventress along with Quinlan Vos would play a crucial role in Sith Lord’s fate. Even considering that Asajj used to be on the dark side, the Jedi Order couldn’t miss this chance to resist Dooku.
- The actions are exciting
- The style of writing is light-hearted and the plot is funny, so the book is easy to read
- The plot is more designed for young adult readers rather than for mature people
- The whole character of the book doesn’t correspond to the Star Wars mood
Master & Apprentice
Have you ever experienced the situation when you have been taught for a long time, and there comes a final test that shows whether you are ready to move forward or stay where you are? That happened with Obi-Wan as an apprentice and his master Qui-Gon.
As to-be the Jedi, Obi-Wan faced a problem with misunderstanding his master Qui-Gon. And because of this, Obi-Wan is afraid that the upcoming mission is the last one in his learning because he frustrated the expectations of his master, and he will never become the Jedi warrior.
- The plot is a page-turner and casting a spell actions
- This installment explains all the Jedis’ prophecies
- Some phrases are not always improper for the Star Wars style
- The major chunk of the plot is about arguing, fighting and sorting things out between the master and the apprentice
After the successful insurgency operation where the Empire was defeated by the Rebellion, there was no doubt that this is the end of the war and the beginning of the new era and the New Republic in peace. However, when there is supposed to be an election for the post of the First Senator, Leia’s candidacy wasn’t supported due to her kinship with Darth Vader.
For better or worse, her promotion was truly the right decision in order to resist upcoming danger from the other end of the galaxy.
- The plot is a mixture of scenes that promotes the emotional game in a reader
- The plot is totally focused on Leia and her development as a politician
- There are lots of skips of detailed depictions
- The reader’s interaction is minimal, and there is not enough stimulus to think about the particular case since the explanation is given immediately
Timothy Zahn masterfully works on each installment of Star Wars, regardless of whether it is the legends or the canon versions. Thrawn: Alliances is a canon version of Star Wars fully dedicated to Thrawn’s alliances, and not just any someone else but Darth Vader, the powerful and ruthless villain.
In fact, despite both characters are on the dark side and obey Emperor Palpatine, they do rival each other. The reason is that both of them want to win favor with their master. Moreover, there won’t be the only one time when the force of Darth Vader and Thrawn’s ability to think strategically are bound together to form an alliance.
- The developing relationships between Darth Vader and Thrawn are quite engaging to follow
- There are lots of plot twists
- The characters’ descriptions do not correspond to the real mood of both
- The dialogues are boring and difficult to follow
Tarkin is the name of the Governor who has the most respecting status: he’s an ally of the Jedi Order, the Republic supporter and was promoted by the future Emperor – the Sith Lord. And it was done not without a purpose since Tarkin is a secret weapon of the Emperor against the separatists.
Thus, when it comes to the Rebellion annihilation, the proponents including Darth Vader will unite and bring the victory to the new Emperor.
- There is a fabulous description of Tarkin who has inimitable skills of deduction
- This is a standalone story
- The chapter with a description of young Tarkin resembles the story of young Anakin, but it’s still boring
- The talks are really difficult to follow
The Last Jedi (Expanded Edition)
As always, there is a huge threat for the Republic to be destroyed by the risen from the ashes of the Empire. And, as usual, the Republic has new brave heroes who will defend it along with the General Leia Organa. However, the number of enemy’s firepower exceeds the Republic’s, and nothing can help but the last Jedi of all time Luke Skywalker.
- The characters are well-developed
- The style of writing is light, which makes reading more enjoyable
- Some phrases screw up the serious scenes making them comical
- The new characters are seemed to be feeble because of their thoughts
A New Dawn
As you might already know, the galaxy was constantly guarded by the Jedi Order, and as a result, the Republic was always free of the Empire dictatorship. However, Palpatine became the Chancellor who secretly followed the dark side. From that time, the galaxy obtained the long-awaited peace, no matter that it was achieved through repression.
However, the repression always produces the resistance that appears in the remote corners of the galaxy. And sooner or later, the resistance will reveal itself surprisingly.
- The characters’ description is enjoyable
- Generally, the story is fast-paced
- The beginning of the book is quite slow and boring
- Some of the chapters might be boring as well
Lords of the Sith
Lords of the Sith is the story of the developing relationships between Emperor Palpatine and the new-comer apprentice Darth Vader. In fact, turning Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader doesn’t mean that Palpatine fully trusts his disciple. Thus, when on the strategically important planet of slave trade and drug-supplying the riot broke out, the Emperor decided to go there and put it down but himself and Darth Vader. Now, there is a perfect time to pass the crucial exam.
- The story is intense and completely interacting with the reader’s attention
- The author fully discloses the emotional aspects of both main characters
- It has a great beginning but doesn’t correspond to the whole mood of the story
- There are some plot inconsequences
It’s obvious that this installment is dedicated to diving into the world of Phasma. But who’s this and what’s wrong with this character?
Phasma is one of the officers of First Order, but nobody knows exactly who she is, including her past. So when the spy of the Resistance was caught on the Absolution spaceship, the mysterious stormtrooper in crimson armor made the spy speak. But the thing the stormtrooper wanted to find out was not about the Resistance but Phasma.
- The battles are captivating and well depicted
- The plot is a page-turner
- The decent chunk of the book shows nothing but roaming around the desert
- There might be a strong feeling of repetition
Unlike all the books mentioned in this review, Pirate’s Price is specially designed for children, not for adults. Thus, the style of narration obviously differs.
In this book, Honda Ohnaka, the galaxy pirate, introduces his Millenium Falcon and tells the stories related to it.
Still, the Pirate’s Price has a strong connection to the canon books of Star Wars, so the reader will meet the familiar characters there, too.
- The style of narration is light
- The plot is funny and intriguing
- Some of the tales may seem quite long and boring
The main leaders of the Rebellion – Leia, Chewbacca, Finn, Poe, Rey, and Rose – are still struggling against attacks of the Empire. And as always, the forces are not equal, so the chance that the Rebellion will withstand the next attack is really low.
That is why the Rebellion members have to change their location and roam the galaxy searching for the aid and new leaders.
- The characters are well-developed
- The narrative is totally focused on the main characters, and it doesn’t depict the other aspects of this story precisely
Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire
The Rebellion constantly seeks for the allies. However, in a while, it’s getting more difficult to search for those who can support the Rebellion against the Empire. Thus, Leia Organa orders the companions to go to the edge of the galaxy.
Meanwhile, at the edge of the galaxy, on the Batuu planet, the First Order terrorizes the civilian habitants, despite the planet is stuffed with the smugglers and adventurers.
Thus, by coincidence, the nest base of the Rebellion will be Batuu.
- There is a wonderful adventure of traveling to Batuu
- There are a lot of repetitions
One of the most intriguing characters in the Star Wars universe is Ahsoka. She took part in the battle against the clones but then disappeared. What happened to her while she was out of focus and before she finally appeared in the reunion of the Rebellion?
- Different familiar characters appear in the story from time to time
- The structure of the story is odd
Lost Stars is an unusual story from the Star Wars universe. In fact, this is a point of view on the events happening with the Republic, Rebellion and Empire but from children Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell. Moreover, the weirdness of this story is that this is rather a love story designed for young adults. The reader will find out how their relationships will develop, taking into account that one of them is a member of the Rebellion and the other is on the side of the Empire.
- This is a standalone story
- There are new characters from new planets
- It’s not the proper story for investigating the Star Wars universe
Best Star Wars Audiobooks
The progress doesn’t stay still, and if the readers read books by themselves in the past, nowadays the modern technology allows us not only to learn a book through the screen of devices but also to listen to it as well. As proof, you might have already noticed some of the desired books on Audible.
The Star Wars books are no exception. Here are some of the most famous and demandable books about Star Wars available for listening:
- Star Wars: Aftermath
- Legacy of the Force
Believe it or not, but to record, the audiobook requires a special script that is usually written 2 weeks in advance before the first record. In addition, taking into account that Star Wars implies that there are lots of species and characters, the narrator has to try their voices, then record them, and if they are good – the narrator tries to reproduce them again in the final recording. Thus, recording by small pieces, there appears the whole audiobook the reader interacts with.
Interesting Facts That Make You Wonder
Creating books is so mesmerizing and quite a challenging task sometimes. Thus, the fans may have some speculations about the books creating and their authors. In order to avoid negative thoughts and secrets about the books, you are invited to find out the most interesting facts:
- Unlike the major conviction that the first Star Wars book was written after the 4th film episode was released, the truth is that the book was the first. Moreover, it was published half a year before the film release.
- The cheapest book about the extended universe of Star Wars is Splinter in the Mind’s Eye.
- The George Lucas’ influencer to create another film was Timothy Zahn’s book Heir to the Empire.
Hopefully, there are enough facts to spark the desire to go to read one of the books about Star Wars. And once you start reading, there you will definitely find out even more fascinating things.
Since the time when Star Wars became extremely popular, till now its popularity doesn’t subside. The same concerns the books and the legends, the number of which rises every year. It means that a potential reader will face a huge challenge every time when decides to start one of the Star Wars installments. Luckily, there is BooKKooks, the source of the review of the best books ever. So whether you want to read or listen to an audio version of the publishing – you can find everything in one place. Moreover, here you can find all the must-read and highly ranked writing reviews of all time.