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What are the best Star Wars books?

May the force be with YOU! Go on a space adventure far within the Star Wars lore and read these best Star Wars books on your free time! If you find your favorite Star Wars novel, let us know your thoughts about it on the comments section below.

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  1. 1Star Wars - Kenobi

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    Kenobi is a Star Wars novel where Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is hiding in Tatooine, and although he tries to lay low, he finds he can't ignore evil. When blood is unjustly spilled, he has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

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  1. 2Star Wars - Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories

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    Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories chronicles the struggles of the commander of a marooned Sith ship who is forced to venture into an unknown planet's desolate surroundings with his crew. As their legacy grows over thousands of years, the Sith will ultimately find themselves tested by the most dangerous threat of all: the enemy within.
  2. 3Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide

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    Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide is a reference book released by Dorling Kindersley and written by Ryder Windham. It is marketed as the "ultimate guide" for any Star Wars fan, whether new or fanatic. 
  1. 4Star Wars - Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void

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    Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void tells the story of Lanoree Brock, a powerful Je’daii disciple with a deep connection to the force. However, her brother's training in these ancient ways ends in tragedy. Years later, Lanoree is summoned from her solitary life by the Je’daii Council. The leader of a fanatical cult may generate a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system, and she must prevent it. 
  2. 5Star Wars - Revan

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    Revan tells the story of a Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians—and returned a disciple of the dark side. The Jedi Council brings him back, but the price of redemption is total amnesia. What happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget a terrible secret that threatens the Galaxy. Revan has never faced a more powerful enemy, but only death will stop him.
  3. 6Star Wars - The Thrawn Trilogy

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    The Thrawn Trilogy is set five years after the Rebel Alliance destroys Darth Vader and the Emperor. Leia and Han are married and expecting Jedi twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic.
  4. 7Heir to the Jedi (Star Wars)

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    Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne tells the story of Luke Skywalker on a mission. This high-stakes espionage operation will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and a Jedi to the limit.

  5. 8Star Wars: The Jedi Path, A Manual for Students of the Force

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    The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force is a guidebook published by the Jedi Order to be used as an instruction manual for Jedi Initiates as they familiarized themselves with the Order's teachings and the ways of the Force.
  6. 9Star Wars - Darth Plagueis

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    Darth Plagueis tells the story of one of the most powerful Sith Lords who ever lived. Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination - and the Jedi Order for annihilation. Can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of another to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?
  7. 10Star Wars - The Dark Lord Trilogy

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    The Dark Lord Trilogy chronicles an epic chain of events: the last days of the Republic, the creation of the Empire, and the ultimate transformation of Jedi Anakin Skywalker into the notorious Darth Vader.
  8. 11Star Wars - A New Dawn

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    Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary Dark Times between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths.

  9. 12Star Wars - Shadows of the Empire

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    Shadows of the Empire illuminates the shadowy outlines of a criminal conspiracy that exists in the background of the events in the movies, ruled by Prince Xizor, a mastermind of evil who dares to oppose Darth Vader. The story involves Star Wars movie characters, Emperor Palpatine and Lord Vader himself.
  10. 13Star Wars - Tarkin

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    Tarkin is a Star Wars novel by James Luceno that tells a compelling tale of mystery while revealing details about Governor Wilhuff Tarkin as he zealously pursues his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion of the Galaxy.
  11. 14Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane)

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    In Star Wars: Darth Bane - Rule of Two by New York Times bestselling author Drew Karpyshyn, Darth Bane is led by Force-induced visions to a moon where he will acquire astonishing new knowledge and power.
  12. 15Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)

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    Star Wars: Darth Plagueis is written by James Luceno, the New York Times bestselling author of the several Star Wars novels. It recounts the tale of one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Darth Darth Plagueis.
  13. 16Star Wars - The X-Wing Series

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    The X-wing Series are some of the most popular books in the Star Wars Legends universe, featuring galactic intrigue, hair-raising dogfights, and a diverse group of pilots determined to fight the good fight. This 10 book bundle includes: Rogue Squadron, Wedge’s Gamble, The Krytos Trap, The Bacta War, Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist, Solo Command, Isard’s Revenge, Starfighters Of Adumar, and Mercy Kill.

  14. 17Ahsoka (Star Wars)

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    Star Wars: Ahsoka is a Star Wars Disney canon novel by E.K. Johnston and designed by Jason P. Wojtowicz. It tells the story of Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order. After the Clone Wars, she reappeared as the rebel operative.

  15. 18Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane)

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    Star Wars: Darth Bane - Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn is the third book in the Star Wars: Darth Bane series, set in the Old Republic era. In this, Zannah is trying to find Bane in order to kill him and become a Dark Lord of the Sith.

  16. 19Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane)

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    Star Wars: Darth Bane - Path of Destruction by New York Times bestselling author Drew Karpyshyn is the first book in the Star Wars: Darth Bane series. Sith Bane is set to forge a new era of absolute dark power.

  17. 20Darth Maul (Star Wars)

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    Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir is a Star Wars Disney canon graphic novel by Jeremy Barlow. It is illustrated by Juan Frigeri, inked by Mauro Vargas, colored by Wes Dzioba, lettering by Michael Heisler, and cover art by Chris Scalf.

  18. 21Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

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    Star Wars: The Old Republic - Deceived is the second novel set in the Old Republic era, based on the multiplayer online game, Star Wars®: The Old Republic™. Written by Paul S. Kemp, it brings readers face-to-face with a Sith warrior.

  19. 22Darth Maul (Star Wars Episode 1: Journals)

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    Star Wars Episode 1: Journals - Darth Maul by Judy Blundell provides an in-depth "biography" of the powerful Sith Lord who fought the Jedi in Episode 1. It's an original story that recounts Darth Maul's training as a Sith Master.
  20. 23Shadow Hunter (Star Wars: Darth Maul)

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    Star Wars: Darth Maul - Shadow Hunter by Michael Reeves is a New York Times Bestseller. It recounts the tale of the infamous, power-hungry Darth Maul. It also has an all-new short story from New York Times bestselling author James Luceno.

  21. 24Star Wars: Darth Vader

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    Vader (Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1) by Marvel is written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larocca. This book follows the adventures of the Dark Lord: Darth Vader, just after the events happened in Episode IV: 'A New Hope'.  

  22. 25Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars Episode III)

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    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by bestselling Star Wars author Matthew Stover is based on the screenplay of the final film in George Lucas' epic saga. It captures the iconic characters and brings the story full circle.

  23. 26Star Wars - Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side

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    Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side is a reference book on the Sith Order and the dark side of the Force by Daniel Wallace.
  24. 27The Mandalorian Armor (The Bounty Hunter Wars)

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    The Mandalorian Armor is a science fiction novel by K.W. Jeter. Set in the Star Wars universe, it tells the story of Boba Fett, a bounty hunter, as he wages war against his rivals. It is the first book in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy.
  25. 28Saboteur (Star Wars: Darth Maul)

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    Star Wars: Darth Maul - Saboteur is a short story featuring Darth Maul, the merciless apprentice of evil on his first mission. This book also contains an excerpt from Star Wars: Darth Maul - Shadow Hunter.

  26. 29The Bounty Hunter Code

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    The Bounty Hunter Code is a book by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Jason Fry. Written from the perspective of Star Wars character Boba Fett, it is composed of The Bounty Hunter's Guild Handbook and a recruiting booklet.

  27. 30The Last Padawan (Star Wars)

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    The Last Padawan is the first volume in Star Wars, Kanan by Greg Weisman. This is illustrated by Pepe Larraz and Mark Brooks, with Jacopo Camagni as the artist, David Curiel as the colorist, and Joe Caramagna as the letterer.

  28. 31The Freedon Nadd Uprising (Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi)

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    The Freedon Nadd Uprising is written by Tom Veitch, the best-selling author of the STAR WARS graphic novels DARK EMPIRE and TALES OF THE JEDI. It's about the adventures of Jabba the Hutt into the seediest corners of the galaxy.

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31 comments

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    Anonymous
    April 3, 2018
    "This book focuses on the Dark Side of Star Wars characters. It provides an in depth look at major characters and is one of the most comprehensive books in the star wars series. At the same time this focuses entirely on one element of the star wars universe and as such cannot be considered the best book. This is a great book for Star Wars lovers who are familiar with and enjoy the Dark Side, but would not be great for a beginner getting interested in the Star Wars Series"
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    Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane)
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    Anonymous
    April 4, 2018
    "If you were a fan of KOTOR games then this is what you want to be reading! I stumbled upon this book while I was shopping and was so excited to give a it a read. I was able to find out what happens with Revan and the Exile. It was a great and easy read. I was able to move right through it and couldn't put this book down until I was finished. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an easy and enjoyable book to read."
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    Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
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    Anonymous
    March 27, 2018
    "It's a good short story that paints a different picture of the villain we've all seen in the movies. Good value for the money if you're into the Star Wars world and love to continue all aspects of the series. Including the short story, only available via e-book, if you want a physical copy look elsewhere. But for the price it is a good value. I enjoyed the series, as it was quick read and painted a quick perspective for me."
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    Saboteur (Star Wars: Darth Maul)
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    Anonymous
    March 29, 2018
    "Although this would be considered science fiction by genre classification, there is also a great story to be found in Path of Destruction(Star Wars: Darth Bane) written by Drew Karpyshyn. Karpyshyn is a pretty good storyteller and all in all I found the saga of Darth Bane to be a fairly entertaining read. I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book; but I was definitely pleased with what I found."
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    Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane)
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "Star Wars - The X-Wing series is a group of 10 books that take place in the Star Wars universe. They are some of the most popular Star Wars books off all time. The linked solution is for a set of ebooks instead of actual hard/paperback books. That gives you a little more flexibility on when and where you can enjoy this classic set. There is little doubt that this fits the topic."
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    Star Wars - The X-Wing Series
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    Anonymous
    April 1, 2018
    ""Darth Maul (Star Wars Episode 1: Journals)" might be a decent read for the hardcore Star Wars fans but it among the best books of this universe? No way. First of all, it is hard to tell whether it belongs to the continuity that Disney chose to pursue. And more than that, it is a very short story and even calling it a book is a long stretch."
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    Darth Maul (Star Wars Episode 1: Journals)
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    Anonymous
    March 30, 2018
    "If you wanted to learn more about Darth Maul and the Star Wars expanded universe, I recommend skipping this book. There are many inconsistencies between the cinematic movies and the story line provided within. The book follows the same writing narrative as the other Star Wars - Legends books and for me, its a hard skip."
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    Shadow Hunter (Star Wars: Darth Maul)
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    Anonymous
    April 21, 2017
    "Takin: Star Wars kindle edition is a great star wars book. I've seen every Star Wars movie and am very familiar with the plot line. One thing that is lacking with Star Wars is the background of other characters. Tarkin was always a character that I've wanted to get to know better. This book fulfills that need."
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    Star Wars - Tarkin
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    Anonymous
    September 29, 2017
    "I am a Star Wars nut. This book is awesome. Darth Sidious compiled the history of the Sith and put the into 6 books. I have read many of the Star Wars books and all have been good, including this one. If you wanted to know everything that you could know about Sith, then get this book."
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    Star Wars - Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
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    Anonymous
    March 23, 2018
    "The first book in the Bounty Hunter Wars trilogy really does start things off right, setting up future developments surrounding Boba Fett's character and his own private war. It does a good job of depicting him as a relatable character, and I think this is a read anyone can enjoy."
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    The Mandalorian Armor (The Bounty Hunter Wars)
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    Anonymous
    April 7, 2018
    "Star Wars has always had a surpisingly vibrant and rich novel world, and this book is no exception. It's written by one of the authors of the graphic novels and it tracks Jabba, who is a largely unexplored character through his past which is an interesting take on things."
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    The Freedon Nadd Uprising (Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi)
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    Anonymous
    July 5, 2017
    "I was confused at first as to what this was. Fan fiction, authorized franchise novelizations. I mean those are two entirely different things! But if I wanted more Star Wars stories in general I suppose that the ratings would be a guide to more or less effective choices."
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    Star Wars - Shadows of the Empire
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "This book was given to me as a gift and I'm still thankful to that friend because this Star Wars book is pure awesome! The annotations really helped a lot and it is really a cool guide for Jedi as it explains everything you need to know"
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    Star Wars: The Jedi Path, A Manual for Students of the Force
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    Anonymous
    April 18, 2018
    "Ahsoka (Star Wars) is one fo my daughter's favorite novels. She was so obsessed with it she couldn't put it down when she read it the first time. Until now, she has always put it in a special place in her collection of good reads."
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    Ahsoka (Star Wars)
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    Anonymous
    March 26, 2018
    "Boba Fett is one of the most fascinating 'minor' characters in entertainment history. Any works that add more background to Fett are worth a look. This book is a great dive into the bounty hunter's world."
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    The Bounty Hunter Code
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    Anonymous
    March 16, 2018
    "What is not to like about Darth Vader, the story makes you want to read more and more about him. Good looking, nice story line and fits into the Canon of star wars and the Skywalker story nicely."
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    Star Wars: Darth Vader
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "All the time I spent reading this trilogy is definitely worth it! Casual readers might not like it as much because this is more of a prequel but avid Star Wars fan will surely love this"
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    Star Wars - The Dark Lord Trilogy
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "This is actually a good star wars book in terms of entertainment quality. There are lots of twists and turns and random surprises. John Jackson Miller was a great storyteller ❤️️"
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    Star Wars - Kenobi
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "Wow! I really enjoyed reading this one but I have to say I was misled with the book being titled "Revan" given that the story is actually focused on Sith Lord's rise to power"
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    Star Wars - Revan
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    Anonymous
    January 10, 2017
    "Any enjoyable Star Wars book but not overly gripping like past editions have been. Sure, most people will enjoy it, but others will be asking themselves "Is that all?""
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    Star Wars - Darth Plagueis
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    Anonymous
    March 30, 2018
    "Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars Episode III) is a fantastic part of the Star Wars story. It shows how Vader became Vader and is a must for fans and new readers alike."
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    Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars Episode III)
  • #22
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "This is a must-read for all the Star Wars fans out there 😍 This has the right amount of humor and you'll end up loving the characters (especially Luke) EVEN MORE 😉"
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    Heir to the Jedi (Star Wars)
  • #23
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "My reading experience really gave off that classic Star Wars vibe. I also like that the cast is really diverse and the story really brings you into their world"
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    Star Wars - A New Dawn
  • #24
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "All the stories in it and how it was compiled and told is the best thing about this book! When you start now, you can finish this book within a week"
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    Star Wars - Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories
  • #25
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "Cool art book with amazingly done drawings 😍 this is a great reference for the entire Star Wars universe comics, games, movies, books all in one!"
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    Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "One of the best star wars books that I've seen so far 👍 It's a nice standalone story and it could also be an introduction to the Dawn of Jedi."
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    Star Wars - Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
  • #27
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    Anonymous
    May 9, 2019
    "THE BEST STAR WARS BOOK SERIES EVER!!! The way Tim Zahn portrayed the characters gave justice to our favorite characters (Han, Leia, Luke)"
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    Star Wars - The Thrawn Trilogy
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    Anonymous
    March 26, 2018
    "The Last Padawan has great artwork. It's also very entertaining if you're into star wars. The story is also top notch."
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    The Last Padawan (Star Wars)
  • #29
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    Anonymous
    March 29, 2018
    "If you enjoy Star Wars this is a must read book. It will entertain and keep you hooked til the very end"
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    Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane)
  • #30
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    Anonymous
    March 19, 2018
    "This is a great read and it definitely is a great addition to the story line."
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    Darth Maul (Star Wars)
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    Anonymous
    March 26, 2018
    "Darth Plagueis (Star Wars) is a great read about star wars."
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    Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)
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