A Grown-Up’s Guide to Star Wars Books

Like reading sci-fi and fantasy? Want to dive deeper into the ever-expanding Star Wars universe through its hundreds of books? Here’s everything you need to know.

Are Star Wars Legends Books Different From Canon?

Think of Canon and Legends as two separate timelines in the Star Wars universe – Legends being an alternate history of events, if you will.

Every Star Wars book published from 2014 onward is considered Canon because they both build off each other and mostly don’t contradict events from the Star Wars movies or TV shows.

Star Wars Books for Beginners

Some books and series set in the Star Wars universe, however, can be read easily without much prior Star Wars knowledge at all, which makes them the ideal entry points for interested readers.

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray takes place alongside the events of the Original Trilogy and features some familiar characters from the movies such as Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin.

Lost Stars

Light of the Jedi

It reads as though everyone picking up the book is new to Star Wars, which creates a perfect gateway for anyone interested in getting into the books. However, if you’re already a Star Wars fan, the beginning of The High Republic can be just as enjoyable for you.

It follows Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi years before The Phantom Menace as the two struggle to get along and learn from one another.

Master & Apprentice


Thrawn by Timothy Zahn follows an exile who joins and quickly rises through the ranks of the Galactic Empire prior to the original Star Wars films.

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