Star Wars: Lost Stars – Book Review

Despite being aimed at the YA audience, Lost Stars by Claudia Gray tells one of the most eye-opening stories from the Star Wars universe, shedding a light on past events whilst also revealing new ones with a focus on two new characters, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree.

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Star Wars: Black Spire – Book Review

After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

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Star Wars : Before the Awakening – Book Review

Before the Awakening is one of the many books released in preparation for the release of The Force Awakens back in 2015; It provides a glimpse in to where Rey, Finn and Poe are building up to the events of the film whilst also providing information about the state of the galaxy as a whole.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens: Finn’s Story – Book Review

Jesse Holland re-tells the narrative of The Force Awakens through Finn’s eyes. The book, surprisingly, opens at the ending of Finn’s story in Before the Awakening rather than starting at the beginning of the film. This was really well done as it adds a bit more depth to certain elements of the story.

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Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run – Book Review

Smuggler’s Run sees an older Han Solo recounting a story from his past. Han’s story is about a mission he and Chewbacca were sent on by Leia and the Rebellion in order to find Rebel spy Ematt who has been stranded on the planet Cyrkon.

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Star Wars: Thrawn Treason – Book Review

Star Wars: Thrawn – Treason, the third book in this series, is an ideal way to wrap up this current-canon story of Grand Admiral Thrawn. After Thrawn: Alliances connected the prequel and Original trilogies together, Treason delves in to the early days of the Galactic Civil War where the Rebellion is barely present and Orson Krennic’s Death Star project is well underway.

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Who is the Black Panther? – Book Review

Following the plot of Hudlin’s 2005-2008 run on Marvel’s Black Panther, Jesse J Holland’s adventure shines the spotlight on the technologically superior kingdom of Wakanda and its king T’Challa as he fends off invasion led by M’Butu, Ulysses Klaw, The Rhino, and the Black Knight.

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Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances – Book Review

Author Timothy Zahn returns once again for a follow up to Thrawn. In Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances, the Grand Admiral has been assigned a mission to work alongside the dark lord himself, Darth Vader.

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Star Wars: Thrawn – Book Review.

Timothy Zahn’s newest Star Wars trilogy promises to fill in some of the backstory for the version of Grand Admiral Thrawn seen in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, a character introduced to Star Wars fans by Zahn many years ago.

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Captain Marvel: StarForce On The Rise – Book Review

The Centum books that tie into the new Marvel Studios film releases have allowed fans to get more information on the build-up to these big events. Captain Marvel: Starforce On The Rise focuses on some of Vers adventures during her time with StarForce, acting as a prequel to the Captain Marvel movie released earlier this year.

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Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron – Book Review

Set after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron is the story of a group of Rebel pilots tasked sent on a mission against the remains of the Empire.  Alphabet Squadron follows Yrica Quell, a defector from the Empire’s TIE Fighter group Shadow Wing as she enlists in the New Republic. As a member of the intelligence department she is tasked with hunting down her former squadron.

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Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills – Book Review

Set on Jedha, a world full of myth and legend, two friends Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe, former Guardians of the Whills and protectors of the Kyber Temple find themselves at odds when the Empire arrive and place the planet under Imperial rule.

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Star Wars: Lando – Comic Book Review

Marvel’s Lando Series is set prior to the events of Empire Strikes Back, and sees Lando seducing an Imperial Governor into giving him an item that he uses to pay off some debts he owes to Papa Toren. Upon arrival to pay off his debt with Toren, only a small fraction of the debt is honoured, leaving Lando in a predicament.

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Star Wars: A New Dawn – Book Review

John Jackson Miller has provided the first official book from the new canon material. A New Dawn  gives Star Wars fans an insight into the Life of Kanan Jarrus after the events of Order 66, highlighting how he began fighting the Empire, his love for women and how he met a very special woman who would have a huge impact on his life moving forward; that of course being Hera Syndulla.

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Star Wars: Thrawn – Comic Book Review

As the Imperial crew of the Strikeforce investigate an uncharted planet, they are attacked, and a lone Chiss warrior infiltrates the ship before being captured. The Warrior is Mitth ‘Raw’ Nuruodo, or as he prefers to be called, Thrawn; he is brought before the Emperor where Thrawn asks for a position in the Imperial Navy in exchange for his knowledge of the unknown regions of the galaxy.

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Star Wars: Beckett – Comic Book Review

The Beckett comic series brings Star Wars fans three mini stories about a series of jobs Tobias Beckett, Val and Rio Durant encountered prior to the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Star Wars: Han Solo – Comic Book Review

Han Solo is by far one of the most beloved characters in Star Wars as well as film in general, so it comes to no surprise that the character has had several comic book runs over the years. In 2016, Marvel launched the 5 issues Solo series, focusing on the events that take place after the Death Star is destroyed when Han has returned to his smuggler roots.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Book Review

When I read a film novelisation, I look for things that may not have featured in the film, or scenes that have been expanded on to further enhance the story; Alan Dean Fosters provides readers with some extra scenes, more character insight as well as answers several questions asked after watching the The Force Awakens.

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Star Wars: Ahsoka – Book Review

Ahsoka Tano was introduced to the Star Wars Universe in 2008 where she instantly became one of the shows most popular characters, defying all expectations and becoming a voice for fans across the globe.

The Togrutan went from being the padawan of Anakin Skywalker to leaving the Jedi order and renouncing her ties to the order in order to follow her own path after becoming confused and disconnected to the order.

In 2014, Star Wars Rebels hit TV screens and fans were thrilled to see several appearances from Ahsoka, or as she is now known ‘Fulcrum’ an agent now working for the Rebel Alliance. What fans wanted to know next was, what happened to her in between the events of The Clone Wars and Rebels? E.K Johnston’s book Ahsoka answers this question.

Star Wars fans were itching for more of Ahsoka after the sudden end of the Clone Wars, given that Lucasfilm had a huge amount of untold stories to tell, some made there way into this book. It definitely seems like a story for fans who are already familiar with the character, so if you aren’t familiar with Ahsoka, I would definitely encourage you to watch The Clone Wars and Rebels beforehand.

The story is set a year after Order 66, the majority of clones are being replaced by stormtroopers, and Ahsoka has made the choice to live under the alias of “Ashla” working as a mechanic on the outer rim planet of Thabeska. She is later forced to leave Thabeska, resulting in Ahsoka travelling to the agricultural moon of Raada, a large producer of food to the galaxy.

Raada’s food production gains attention from the Empire who need resources for their command of the galaxy, in particular a plant that will produce food quickly for the Empire. Unfortunately, the plant being looked for could prove to be detrimental to the planets soils as it’s extremely destructive.

The Empire takes matters into their hands by employing a garrison on the planet in which they use to takeover the planets resources. As a result of the Empire’s actions, Ahsoka and her new group of friends team up to help prevent the takeover.

This proves to be harder than Ahsoka would like as she struggles to contain the force, gaining attention from both the Empire and the Rebellion. Bail Organa takes a particular interest in Ahsoka and towards the end of the book, the pair discuss plans to build an intelligence network in which Ahsoka will lead under the name of Fulcrum.

Ahsoka also gains interest from an Inquisitor known as the Sixth Brother, who has been sent to investigate Ahsoka as she has been identified as a force user. Ahsoka spends the majority of the story in survival mode, and readers explore the depths of this as well as understanding how she learnt to feel herself again and to have hope after suffering loss across the spectrum since leaving the Jedi Order.

E.K Johnston must have felt a lot of pressure coming into this project, especially considering how popular Ahsoka is and how desperate fans are for more content surrounding the character. I can honestly say that she does not disappoint, not only continuing the story, but also expanding on it and taking fans deeper into Ahsoka’s story. The book delves into aspects of action, politics, friendship and drama with an emotional core that will make readers love the character even more than before.

Star Wars: Aftermath – Book Review

Aftermath is the first in Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars trilogy, and takes place after the events of Return of the Jedi.  The story begins in Coruscant as people gather to pull down the statue of Emperor Palpatine, the man responsible for enslaving the galaxy who had recently been killed during the Battle of Endor.

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