Star Wars Legends Books

So here at Star Wars Reader I’ve been reviewing canon books, because that’s what I’m most interested in. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to neglect the EU/Legends books. The only Legends book I’ve read and reviewed so far is Kenobi, and I absolutely loved it. So there’s no reason to think I wouldn’t love others.

I look at the Legends books as a side project for me, one that I’m going to chip away at, picking them up here and there wherever I find them–for example, at a used book store, a tag sale, a free little library, or in a box by the side of the road. Who knows where they’ll turn up?

But I recently took a trip to Barnes and Noble to buy my daughter a couple of books to read over the summer, and out of curiosity, I perused their sci-fi/Star Wars section. I couldn’t resist getting a couple of Legends books that stood out to me:

Legends can be a bit bewildering, as there’s so many, dealing with so many different time periods in the Star Wars universe. And many, many of them are in a series; unless one is familiar with them, one could end up with a book that belongs in the middle of a series and not know what’s going on.

So I stuck with characters I knew and which seemed fairly self-contained: The Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley, and Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells.

The Han Solo Adventures actually contain three novels: Han Solo at Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge, and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. They were written way back in the late 1970’s, after A New Hope came out. I feel like I might have read them back in the day, but I’m not sure; I might be thinking of another Han Solo trilogy called, simply, The Han Solo Trilogy, which includes The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn. I’m eager to see if any of it sounds familiar to me.

Razor’s Edge takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and was written in 2013. It’s mainly about Leia dealing with survivors of Alderaan who have turned to piracy to survive, but also has Han, Luke, and Chewie. I’m curious and eager to read it, since I’ve been on a Leia kick lately with Bloodline and Leia: Princess of Alderaan.

I’m planning on reading at least one of these books after the current canon novel I’m reading (Queen’s Shadow, about Padme Amidala), so stay tuned!

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