After 20+ years of hunting at used book/good will/thrift stores, my Legends paperback collection is complete! (album and spreadsheet in comments)
Every Legends book published. My new mission in life?

EU refers to all media of Star Wars that takes place outside of the movies. It stands for Expanded Universe, or Extended Universe. This is further broken down into two categories: Canon and Legends.

So what the heck is the difference between Canon and Legends books?

What’s now considered the Legends books were written over many years both before and after Return of the Jedi, when everyone thought it was all done but wanted more Star Wars. Some continue the story of Luke, Leia, Han, et al; many are completely new characters; some go back and tell stories of the Old Republic; some even before the Republic. It’s a vast, varied, and not always cohesive world.

Once Disney took over Lucasfilm and planned the sequel trilogy, all the books that came before were no longer considered “canon” (or the “official” story of what actually happened.) They were relegated to “Legends”, and new canon was written with the new books.

Confused yet? Don’t worry. If you’re more interested in what’s considered canon, stick with those. If you’re okay with a little discontinuity and are curious, check out the Legends as well. It’s all Star Wars, and it’s all fun, so dig in!

I’ll provide links to reviews as I read and write them. (I’ve included Young Adult novels in the Canon, since I enjoy reading them. They’re specified by a YA after the title).


The High Republic Era:

The Skywalker Era:

(I’m sure there’s more and I’ll fill them in when I become aware of them!)


Before the Republic (37,000-25,000 years before A New Hope)

Dawn of the Jedi

Old Republic (5,000-67 years before A New Hope)

  • Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories
  • The Old Republic: Revan
  • The Old Republic: Deceived
  • Red Harvest
  • The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance
  • The Old Republic: Annihilation
  • Knight Errant
  • Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two
  • Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

Rise of the Empire (67-0 years before A New Hope)

Rebellion (0-5 years after A New Hope)

  • Death Star
  • Shadow Games
  • (Episode Four: A New Hope)
  • Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina
  • Tales from the Empire
  • Tales from the New Republic
  • Scoundrels
  • Allegiance
  • Choices of One
  • Honor Among Thieves
  • Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine
  • Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
  • Razor’s Edge
  • (Episode Five: The Empire Strikes Back)
  • Tales of the Bounty Hunters
  • Shadows of the Empire
  • (Episode Six: Return of the Jedi)
  • Tales from Jabba’s Palace
  • The Bounty Hunter Wars:
    • The Mandalorian Armor
    • Slave Ship
    • Hard Merchandise
  • The Truce at Bakura
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor

New Republic (5-25 years after A New Hope)

  • X-Wing
    • Rogue Squadron
    • Wedge’s Gamble
    • The Krytos Trap
    • The Bacta War
    • Wraith Squadron
    • Iron Fist
    • Solo Command
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia
  • Tatooine Ghost
  • The Thrawn Trilogy
    • Heir to the Empire
    • Dark Force Rising
    • The Last Command
  • X-Wing: Isard’s Revenge
  • The Jedi Academy Trilogy
    • Jedi Search
    • Dark Apprentice
    • Champions of the Force
  • I, Jedi
  • Children of the Jedi
  • Darksaber
  • Planet of Twilight
  • X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar
  • The Crystal Star
  • The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy
    • Before the Storm
    • Shield of Lies
    • Tyrant’s Test
  • The New Rebellion
  • The Corellian Trilogy
    • Ambush at Corellia
    • Assault at Selonia
    • Showdown at Centerpoint
  • The Hand of Thrawn Duology
    • Specter of the Past
    • Vision of the Future
  • Scourge
  • Survivor’s Quest

Jedi New Order (25-40 years after A New Hope)

  • The New Jedi Order
    • Vector Prime
    • Dark Tide I: Onslaught
    • Dark Tide II: Ruin
    • Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial
    • Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
    • Balance Point
    • Edge of Victory I: Conquest
    • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth
    • Star by Star
    • Dark Journey
    • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream
    • Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
    • Traitor
    • Destiny’s Way
    • Force Heretic I: Remnant
    • Force Heretic II: Refugee
    • Force Heretic III: Reunion
    • The Final Prophecy
    • The Unifying Force
  • The Dark Nest Trilogy
    • The Joiner King
    • The Unseen Queen
    • The Swarm War

Legacy (40+ years after A New Hope)

  • Legacy of the Force
    • Betrayal
    • Bloodlines
    • Tempest
    • Exile
    • Sacrifice
    • Inferno
    • Fury
    • Revelation
    • Invincible
  • Crosscurrent
  • Riptide
  • Millenium Falcon
  • Fate of the Jedi
    • Outcast
    • Omen
    • Abyss
    • Backlash
    • Allies
    • Vortex
    • Conviction
    • Ascension
    • Apocalypse
  • X-Wing: Mercy Kill
  • Crucible

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