10 Star Wars Expanded Universe Books To Read After Watching ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

As Disney took over the Star Wars franchise in 2012, the vast Expanded Universe, made up primarily of books and video games, has been null and void, declared non-canon with Disney’s new vision. But that doesn’t mean it’s still not worth looking into, especially for those who crave more. Star Wars media other than television!

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Whether a fan is more interested in continuing the stories of Luke, Leia and Han or looking back at the likes of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn, there’s no doubt they can find something in the hundreds of books, series animated and video games that were produced over a period of 20 years. There are also a good number of completely new characters that add more depth and world building to the Jedi universe.


The Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton

Aimed at children from middle to high school, the series for young adults Jedi Apprentice It offers the perfect adventurous look at the Jedi Republic of the pre-prequel era! Follow Obi-Wan Kenobi as he goes through his Padawan training with Qui-Gon Jinn, exploring the universe of Star Wars before the Skywalkers entered the scene.

The growing force it’s a great entry to a nice, fun, light-hearted series if there is one Star Wars fans eager to experience the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi as a pre-teen. While it’s not usually rated as highly as the later books in the series, it’s a good and enjoyable place to start your journey.

shadows of the empire by Steve Perry

Situated in the gap between The Empire Strikes Back Y return of the jedi—that is, unfortunately, not Han—, however, this is a great adventure. Darth Vader faces an enemy with plans of his own to curry favor with the Emperor, but in the meantime, they agree to work together to bring down Luke Skywalker. His combined intelligence and skills promise to make this easy, but of course Luke and the Rebellion present some complications.

At the very least, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, fun book with great characters to follow and tense, exciting action.

Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover

Commonly regarded as the best film novelization of the group, and better than the film on which it is based,Revenge of the Sith it actually makes the reader sympathize with Anakin Skywalker. no disrespect Hayden Christensenespecially after his great performance in Obi Wan Kenobibut most people can agree that his performance in the prequels it was brought down by awkward dialogue and very little focus on what could have been great.

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The book may not fix the dialogue, but it does offer an excellent look at what Anakin was thinking and feeling during a tumultuous time in his life. It really enhances the tone of the movie and gives Anakin Skywalker’s story the tragic propulsion he was looking for.

Loyalty by Timothy Zahn

One of the few books to feature Stormtroopers as protagonists, Loyalty It is a fundamental novel in the Star Wars universe. Occurring in the interval between A new hope Y The Empire Strikes Backthis book and its sequel introduce the origins of Palpatine’s right-hand woman, Mara Jade, an intriguing character first seen years ago heir to the empiretells a compelling story of Imperial Stormtroopers trying to escape the life they’ve builtand manages to stay true to the tone of the original trilogy.

Loyalty it gives a great sense of humanity to the Stormtroopers, making them individuals in a way that the sequel trilogy tried to do but failed.

The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn

Picking up where the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic sidelined Video Game, Revan It is an excellent option, if you have knowledge of the video game. It’s definitely not standalone, but it packs a great story. Darth Revan, a former Jedi who turned to the Sith, has been reinstated as a Jedi at the price of memory loss. He remembers nothing of his previous life, and goes on a quest to rediscover whatever it is that keeps intruding on his nightmares.

For those interested in reading the book, the MMORPG it is based on is free and highly regarded. This could be a great introduction to the world of video games! Or, you know, just search for the plot online and go from there.

darth plageuis by James Luceno

Fans of the prequels will know the name Darth Plageius, but the movies don’t say much about him other than that he was Palpatine’s teacher. Freed from most of the compulsion of a preordained plot, the author goes wild with this Sith’s story: it’s almost as tragic as Anakin Skywalker’s, which follows a brilliant Sith scientist obsessed with discovering immortality.

Vowing never to follow the fate of his murdered master, he investigates the art of manipulation of midichlorians—the only regrettable point in this book— to live forever, while taking on Palpatine as his apprentice. Those familiar with Star Wars nothing knows how it ends, but the journey and the fun is in how the end comes.

Star Wars: Lost Stars by claudia gray

With claudia grayWith typical well-written characters and charming prose, this story is a young adult love story on two opposite sides of the universe: two pilots joining very different sides of the fight for the galaxy.

Despite the potential pitfalls a young adult romance could fall into, claudia gray he evades them all and shapes a believable and sympathetic relationship between two believable and sympathetic protagonists. One of the most respected books in the new Disney universe, lost stars is definitely one for fans of a classic tale set in a world far away. It’s also a great option for those who want the Rey/Kylo Ren relationship in the sequels. I would have been better prepared.

Kenobi by John Jackson Miller

Kenobi presents the origin story of what Obi-Wan Kenobi did in that twenty-year gap between the rise of Darth Vader and Luke’s call to rebellion. Obi-Wan has remained in hiding on Tatooine, known to the locals only as Ben, considered a mysterious outsider, just as he is introduced in A new hope. He has given up his role as a Jedi to protect Luke, but when a rebellion breaks out between a local group of moisture farmers and the Tuskan Raiders, Kenobi is swept up and must finally act.

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It’s different from the show, to be sure, but it’s also fun to read and look for the scattered clues that Disney drew inspiration from this book for their own Kenobi story.

master and apprentice by claudia gray

Two people as different as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi would eventually come to a head, and claudia gray—writing what she writes best—comes full force into character study in master and apprentice.

Sent to resolve a tense political divide in Pijal’s court, Kenobi and Qui-Gon end up in a feud of their own when their views on the Force and the ways of the Jedi conflict. With a great atmosphere, great characters, and a well-written story worthy of the Star Wars Mark, this book is lovely.

heir to the empire by Timothy Zahn

The classic introduction to Grand Admiral Thrawn (also written by Star Wars veteran Timothy Zahn), this book is even more important for understanding the strengths of the Star Wars Extended Universe than Loyalty.

Thrawn is a fan-favorite villain, and with good reason: One of the last remnants of the Imperial forces after Emperor Palpatine was defeated, Thrawn is dedicated to putting down the rebellion, but he has his own moral standards and motivations. heir to the empire is a great follow up return of the jedidelving into what really happened after he supposedly won the Rebellion.

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