One glance around my office will tell you that I am a shameless Star Wars nerd. A variety of books, action figures, and posters decorate my counters and shelves. Since I was a small child I have been fascinated by the characters who populate the Star Wars galaxy, the adventures and intrigue, and the stories themselves. With the new additions to the film and TV world of Star Wars, I have been excited to see all the new material from a galaxy far, far away.
But, as a hard-core Star Wars fan, one of the greatest discoveries I ever made was the world of Star Wars print media. Yes, friends, there are Star Wars books. Many, many books. And comics. And graphic novels. Books for all ages that open up a whole new world. Or universe. Or, I guess I should say, galaxy.
The world of Star Wars novels started with the OG George Lucas’ three original stories, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. These were adapted into novels by Lucas, Donald F. Glut, and James Kahn, respectively. And the phenomenon just grew from there. As fans consumed each new book, more were written. Currently, there are more than 500 Star Wars books in print. Yes, you read that right, more than 500. There is a wealth of material out there for people who want to experience more adventures with our galactic heroes.
But, in honor of the new TV series that released last week, today I’d like to introduce you to my favorite books written about my favorite Star Wars character, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray – This book, published in 2019, focuses on the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master, Qui-Gon Jinn and how they learn to trust and respect each other. Set against the backdrop of an assassination attempt, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. There is tremendous character development in this book, and readers get to see Kenobi come into his own. The scenes between Jinn and Kenobi are beautifully written, and Gray weaves important character moments into the action. This is a definite must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about a young Kenobi.
Brotherhood by Mike Chen – Just published this year, this book is set at the beginning of the Clone Wars, and has Kenobi in the role of detective, trying to get to the truth about a bombing that takes place on Cato Neimoidia. Enemies of the Jedi, Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress, are on site and are blaming the Republic for the bombing and loss of life. As always, though, something goes wrong, and Kenobi finds himself in danger only his former padawan, Anakin Skywalker can help him escape. There is political intrigue, betrayal, and some really exciting Jedi action, which is great, but more importantly, the character building of both Kenobi and Skywalker is masterful. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of Kenobi or of Anakin Skywalker.
Some other great Star Wars books I recommend:
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View – tells the original Star Wars story from the perspectives of supporting characters.
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig – takes place directly after the Battle of Endor and deals with the fallout.
Dark Disciple by Christie Golden – follows Jedi Quinlan Vos and Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress on a joint mission.
A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller – introduces Kanan Jarrus and Hera of the Ghost crew in their first meeting and heist.
Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Corey – follows the OG trio of Han, Leia, and Luke as they rescue a rebel agent from the Empire’s clutches.
Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed – follows a squad of misfit New Republic pilots as they hunt down a deadly Empire TIE fighter squadron.
And, if you’re a graphic novel fan, I definitely recommend Darth Vader by Charles Soule, and Doctor Aphra by Kieron Gillen. Soule’s stories add rich layers and history to the character of Darth Vader; Gillen’s stories introduce audiences to space archaeologist Dr. Chellie Lona Aphra.
Check out these and so. many. more. Star Wars books at the library!