10 Star Wars Books to Get You Ready for the New Film

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is fast approaching. To commemorate this exciting event, we’ve selected ten of our favorite Star Wars books. Have you read any of these? Suggest your own favorites in the comments!


The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

As the title suggests, this book follows the story of Han Solo and Princess Leia’s romance. A character called Hapan Prince Isolder proposes to Leia, and Han Solo is having none of that. This is obviously not as dark of a story as some of the others on this list, but it’s a good one nonetheless.


The Dark Lord Trilogy by James Luceno and Matthew Stover

The Dark Lord Trilogy follows Anakin Skywalker as he becomes the evil Darth Vader. These books actually weren’t originally intended to act as a trilogy, but they worked so well together that fans insisted on calling them one. Eventually, the books publishers caved in and published this great all-in-one volume.


Episode 1: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks

We know, we know: Episode 1 was not a good movie. But this novelization is actually quite good. Terry Brooks, the master storyteller known for his The Sword of Shannara books, does a great job of adding to the story and keeping things exciting.


Darth Plagueis by James Luceno

This book follows one of the most important unseen characters in the Star Wars movies. Darth Plageis is a powerful and brilliant Sith Lord, and he’s the guy that eventually trains Darth Sidious (the Emperor). This novel sets up the action of the prequel trilogy.


Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

This is the original Expanded Universe book, and it still might be the best. Hugo-winner Timothy Zahn takes the reins and picks up the story five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This novel is the first installment of the Thrawn Trilogy, the greatest of all Expanded Universe series. Until Disney announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would scrap the Expanded Universe, Zahn’s post-Jedi world was accepted as canon.


Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival by Jude Watson

The Jedi Apprentice series is a young adult series that follows the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn, before the events of Star Wars: Episode 1. The Dark Rival is actually the second book in the series, but it’s the first one written by Jude Watson. Watson went on to write all of the rest of the books in the series.


Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Kenobi is a part of the excellent Legends series of Star Wars books. It follows Obi-Wan Kenobi after the end of the prequel trilogy, as he travels to Tatooine and keeps an eye on a young Luke Skywalker. This novel provides some cool backstory to the original film.


Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry

This novel is part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project that Lucasfilm pushed in the mid-90s. There’s also a video game, a graphic novel, toys, and more. Like all of the Shadows of the Empire projects, this novel explores the time between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi.


X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole

There’s a whole series of these X-Wing books, and they’re all pretty exciting. Luke Skywalker’s old buddy Wedge Antilles figures prominently in these books, which detail the Rebel Alliance’s assault on the capital planet of Coruscant. If space battles were the part of Star Wars that you liked best, this is the book for you.


Young Jedi Knights: Heirs of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta

Heirs of the Force is a young adult novel. This is the first book in the Young Jedi Knights series, which follows the twin children of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The twins are studying at the Jedi Academy, and a threat rises from the rival Shadow Academy.