Star Wars Author Spotlight: James Luceno

James Luceno is a prolific Star Wars author, with many titles (SW or not) to his name. Here’s just a partial list of his Star Wars novels:

  • Labyrinth of Evil. This is a Legends novel that takes place in between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It’s actually a prequel to a prequel, in that it leads right up to the events of ROTS. Anakin and Obi-Wan are sent on a mission to help the Jedi Council trace the whereabouts of Darth Sidious. (Legends)
  • Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. I haven’t read this one, but it takes place just after ROTS (in fact, the three books, Labyrinth of Evil, Revenge of the Sith, and Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, comprise a set called The Dark Lord Trilogy). It tells the story of Anakin Skywalker coming to terms with who he has become, as well as some surviving Jedi who become the targets of Vader and the Emperor. I believe this is a Legends book.
  • Darth Plagueis. Have you ever heard the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? Well, here it is, the story of Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious and his Sith Master. I don’t think I need say anything more; a must read. (Legends)
  • Tarkin. I actually have this book on my shelf, and began to read it…and then put it down for another book. This book about Grand Moff Tarkin’s history and rise to power is no doubt excellent, and I have every intention of reading it. Someday. It was just a bit slow to start, and I got distracted by other, shinier Star Wars books. (Canon)
  • Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. I loved this book about Galen Erso, his wife Lyra, and their child Jyn before the events of Rogue One. I LOVED Rogue One, and so this tie-in greatly satisfied me concerning how Jyn’s father was recruited and duped by Orson Krennic to work on the Death Star. With wistful references to the now-extinct Jedi, and a focus on kyber crystals, I ate this one right up. (Canon)
  • Millenium Falcon. This one concerns–you guessed it–the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. Han and Leia make a discovery on the Falcon that leads them to investigate its history and former owners all the way back to the time of The Phantom Menace. (Legends)

Luceno has written several other Star Wars novels, including the New Jedi Order series, and many other non-Star Wars books.

Most of Luceno’s novels are not breezy reads–he pays close attention to detail, and deals a lot with military and technological subjects. The prose can seem a bit dense at times. But it’s well worth the effort, at least with the two books of his I have read, and I presume it will be the same with his others.

I couldn’t seem to find an author website for Luceno, but if you want to see more of his work, check out Goodreads:

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