The 10 Best Star Wars Books

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1. Lost Stars

2. A Crash of Fate

3. Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn"

Editor's Notes

April 29, 2020:

There is no way that a list of only ten Star Wars books will contain every viable work and please everyone, as countless novels have been written over the last few decades. Our approach was to take some of the most popular fan favorites, as well as engaging and well-written volumes that require no familiarity with the films or TV shows to ensure we had some of the best books out there to appeal to aficionados and newbies alike.

For today's update, we sadly said goodbye to Delilah S. Dawson's "Phasma", even though this underused character is a curiosity for many. The book is still worth a read, but its tedious pacing and underdeveloped characters made us rethink keeping it on this list. We also removed Chuck Wendig's "Aftermath", which suffers horribly from stilted writing and a spotty plot that distracts from what is a promising premise.

We decided to fill these vacancies with two books that add a bit of color to our selections. While we already had one YA friendly novel with A New Dawn, we wanted to add another with the recently released A Crash of Fate. Parents who loved Lost Stars will appreciate this one, as it contains similar elements of romance and adventure, but is suitable for ages 12 and up. It offers insights into what a day-to-day life might be for someone living in the Star Wars universe, and since it is a standalone novel with no overt ties to films or other established characters, it is an ideal choice to get a youngster's interest piqued.

We also added Ultimate Star Wars for those who want to have a definitive visual guide on their bookshelf. It's an excellent coffee table book for fans as well as a perfect primer for people looking to learn about all things Star Wars before diving into the rest of the universe. Be aware, though, that while it has been recently updated, it was released before "The Rise of Skywalker," and so only hints at facts relating to that film, such as Rey's heritage.

Special Honors

E.K. Johnston's Ahsoka Ahsoka Tano holds a special place in the hearts of many fans, and this now out-of-print novel revolves around what happened after she left the Jedi Order near the end of "The Clone Wars" before she reappeared in "Rebels." It traces Ahsoka's experiences as she tries to keep a low profile to avoid attention from the Empire, and includes an abundance of flashbacks that answer some questions and raise others.

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4. Claudia Gray's "Bloodline"

5. James Luceno's "Tarkin"

6. Dark Disciple

7. James Luceno's "Catalyst"

8. Ultimate Star Wars

9. From a Certain Point of View

10. A New Dawn

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
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Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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