I just bought a few Star Wars books to keep me occupied for the next couple of months, so I thought I’d list them here and maybe get your opinion on what I should read next.
I will say that right now I’m reading Light of the Jedi, by Charles Soul, the first of the High Republic books, and will be busy with that for at least a couple of weeks.
But what should I read next? Here’s what I’ve got lined up:
- The Phantom of Menace, by Ian Doescher. I’ve been looking to read these Shakespeare-inspired versions of Star Wars for some time now, and finally got Episode One. I’ve always enjoyed Shakespeare, and I love Star Wars, so this seems like a perfect pairing. I’ve always said that Star Wars IS akin to Shakespeare, with larger-than-life characters, high drama, battles, and philosophical themes. It’s also a great way to see a story you’ve probably watched or read at least a thousand times in a different light. I’m hoping to get through all nine episodes by the end of the year.
- Lost Stars, by Claudia Gray. I’ve heard a lot about this one. It’s a big fan favorite, even described as their “favorite Star Wars book of all time.” Wow. I’ve loved all of Claudia Gray’s books, so I’m not sure why I’ve been putting this one off. It’s about star-crossed lovers, two young people who grow up together, become pilots, and fall in love; however, one remains with the Empire, and the other joins the Rebels, from what I understand. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it, but I haven’t been chomping at the bit for it.
- Cloak of Deception, by James Luceno. This is a Legends novel that is a prequel of sorts to The Phantom Menace. It involves Chancellor Valorum, who has suffered some accusations of corruption and scandal. He sends some Jedi Knights to a political hotspot to help reconsolidate his power. Since there’s an image of Qui Gon on the cover, I’m hoping he plays a large part in the story. I’ve enjoyed some of James Luceno’s other novels, and I’m sure this one will be a great read, too.
- Into the Dark, by Claudia Gray. Another Claudia Gray book, this one a YA novel in the High Republic era. It’s coming out February 9th, and I’ve got it on pre-order. I might love Light of the Jedi so much I’ll want to get right into this one. Or maybe not. Who knows? But it concerns a Padawan, Reath Silas, who becomes stranded on a space station with others and has to deal with the challenges associated with that.
So what do you think? What should I read next? Let me know in the comments and we’ll talk about it!
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