Star Wars Reading

Hello Again Star Wars Fans Everywhere!!!

Hello again fellow Star Wars fans! For all the book readers out there, I have found the full list of Star Wars books in chronological order, that was recently updated in July of 2016. Books whose stories overlap within the same timeline are listed in “recommended reading order” for the best reader experience!

The list is as follows…

Years before/after Ep. IV ⇩


These books are part of the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, and follow an internally consistent timeline. Upcoming films will not be based on these books, but some parts of them may still be incorporated into future stories.


The newly standardized Star Wars “canon” includes all the movie episodes, The Clone Wars and Rebels TV shows, and new books since 2014. The Lucasfilm Story Group coordinates all new stories, including the films, to prevent contradictions between them.

Years before/after Ep. IV ⇩

The Pre-Republic Era

25,793 Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon

The Old Republic Era

5,000-2,975 Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller
3,954-3,950 The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
3,653 The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp
3,645 Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber
3,643 The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
3,640 The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn
1,032 Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller
1,003-1,000 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn
1,000-990 Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn
980 Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn

The Prequel Era

67-32 Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
33 Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber
32 Cloak of Deception by James Luceno
32 Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves
32 Episode I: The Phantom Menace movie novelization by Terry Brooks (Episode I: The Phantom Menace film) 32
29 Rogue Planet by Greg Bear
27 Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn
22 The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster
22 Episode II: Attack of the Clones movie novelization by by R.A. Salvatore (Episode II: Attack of the Clones film) 22
22 The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes**
22 Jedi Trial by David Sherman & Dan Cragg**
22 Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie novelization by Karen Traviss (The Clone Wars film and TV show) 22-19
22 The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller*
22 Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss
22 Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover
22 The Clone Wars: No Prisoners by Karen Traviss*
21 Republic Commando: Triple Zero by Karen Traviss
21 The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller*
21 The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller*
21 Republic Commando: True Colors by Karen Traviss
20 Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
20 Medstar II: Jedi Healer by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry
19 Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart
Dark Disciple by Troy Denning ~19
19 Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno
19 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie novelization by Matthew Stover (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith film) 19
19 Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel by Karen Traviss
19 Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
19 Imperial Commando: 501st by Karen Traviss
19 Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
19 Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight by Mchael Reaves
18 Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves
18 Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force by Michael Reaves
17 The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves & Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

The Classic Era

Lords of the Sith by Troy Denning 14
Tarkin by James Luceno 14
A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller 11
10 The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin (May 2018: Untitled young Han Solo film) ~10
October 2016: Ahsoka by E K Johnston (mature young adult novel) 19-4
April 2017: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn ~10-4
5-4 The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit by A. C. Crispin (Rebels TV show) 5-4
3 Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith
3 Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith
2 Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith
2 Han Solo at Stars’ End by Brian Daley
2 Han Solo’s Revenge by Brian Daley
2 Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley
2-0 The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn by A. C. Crispin
3-1 The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams
1 The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams
1 Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber November 2016: Catalyst: A Rogue One Story by James Luceno ?
3-0 Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry Rogue One movie novelization by Alexander Freed (eBook Dec. 2016/Hardcover Jan. 2017) ~0
0 Shadow Games by Michael Reaves & Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
0 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope movie novelization by George Lucas(ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster; originally titled Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker) (Episode IV: A New Hope film) 0
0 Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina by Various Authors
Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne 0
0 Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
0.5 Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
0.7 Choices of One by Timothy Zahn
1 Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Correy
1.5 Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Veronica Whitney-Robinson with Haden Blackman Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed 1.5
2 Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster
2 Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells
3 Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back movie novelization by Donald F. Glut (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back film) 3
3 Tales of the Bounty Hunters by Various Authors
3.5 Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry
4 Episode VI: Return of the Jedi movie novelization by James Kahn (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi film) 4
4 Tales from Jabba’s Palace by Various Authors
4 The Bounty Hunter Wars: The Mandalorian Armor by K. W. Jeter
4 The Bounty Hunter Wars: Slave Ship by K.W. Jeter
4 The Bounty Hunter Wars: Hard Merchandise by K. W. Jeter
(various) Tales from the Empire by Various Authors

The New Republic Era

The Sequel Era

4 The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
Aftermath by Chuck Wendig ~4.5
Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig ~4.5
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray(mature young adult novel) -11 to +5
5 Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover January 2017: Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig 5
6.5 X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
7 X-Wing: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole
7 X-Wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole
7.5 X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole
7.5 X-Wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
7.5 X-Wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
7.5 X-Wing: Solo Command by Aaron Stackpole
8 The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
8.5 Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning
9 Heir to the Empire, book 1 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
9 Dark Force Rising, book 2 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
9 The Last Command, book 3 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
9.5 X-Wing: Isard’s Revenge by Michael Stackpole
11 The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
11 The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice by by Kevin J. Anderson
11 The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson
11 I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole
12 Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly
12.5 Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson
13 X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston
13 Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly
14 The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre
16 The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
16 The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
16 The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
17 The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
18 The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia by Roger McBride Allen
18 The Corellian Trilogy: Assault at Selonia by Roger McBride Allen
18 The Corellian Trilogy: Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger McBride Allen
19 The Hand of Thrawn: Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn
19 The Hand of Thrawn: Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn
19 Scourge by Jeff Grubb
22 Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn
(various) Tales From the New Republic by Various Authors

The New Jedi Order Era

The New Jedi Order series:

25 Vector Prime by R. A. Salvatore
25 Dark Tide I: Onslaught by Michael Stackpole
25 Dark Tide II: Ruin by Mchael Stackpole
25 Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial by James Luceno
25 Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse by James Luceno
26 Balance Point by Kathy Tyers
26 Edge of Victory I: Conquest by Greg Keyes
26 Edge of Victory II: Rebirth by Greg Keyes
27 Star by Star by Troy Denning
27 Dark Journey by Elaine Cunningham
27 Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston
27 Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston
27 Traitor by Matthew Stover
28 Destiny’s Way by Walter Jon Williams Bloodline by Claudia Gray 28
28 Force Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
28 Force Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
28 Force Heretic III: Reunion by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
28 The Final Prophecy by Greg Keyes
29 The Unifying Force by James Luceno
Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie novelization by Alan Dean Foster 34
(December 2017: Episode VIII film) 34

The Dark Nest trilogy:

35 The Joiner King by Troy Denning
36 The Unseen Queen by Troy Denning
36 The Swarm War by Troy Denning

The Legacy Era

The Legacy of the Force series:

40 Betrayal by Aaron Allston
40 Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
40 Tempest by Troy Denning
40 Exile by Aaron Allston
40 Sacrifice by Karen Traviss
40 Inferno by Troy Denning
40 Fury by Aaron Allston
41 Revelation by Karen Traviss
41.5 Invincible by Troy Denning

Stand-alone novels:

41.5 Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp
41.5 Riptide by Paul S. Kemp
43.5 Millennium Falcon by James Luceno

The Fate of the Jedi series:

43.5 Outcast by Aaron Allston
43.5 Omen by Christie Golden
43.5 Abyss by Troy Denning
43.5 Backlash by Aaron Allston
44 Allies by Christie Golden
44 Vortex by Troy Denning
44 Conviction by Aaron Allston
44 Ascension by Christie Golden
44 Apocalypse by Troy Denning

Stand-alone novels:

44 X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston
45 Crucible by Troy Denning

*The original tie-in novel series to The Clone Wars animated series do not appear to be included in the New Canon. Despite having some timeframe contradictions with earlier Clone Wars stories, they were recently worked into the Legends timeline by The Essential Reader’s Companion.

**The Cestus Deception and Jedi Trial were originally placed later in the period between Episodes II and III, but were recently moved forward by The Essential Reader’s Companion in order to reconcile them with The Clone Wars TV Show and books. Anakin Skywalker is already a Jedi Knight at the beginning of The Clone Wars, but is still a padawan in The Cestus Deception and at the beginning of Jedi Trial.

I would like to personally thank you for visiting! I truly hope you enjoyed being here and I hope you found everything you were looking for. Have you collected all of the Star Wars Novel books yet? Which one is your favorite? I have yet to read any of the books, but I feel that I may start reading them very soon!

I couldn’t help but think as I was typing all this up, how cool some of these Star Wars Novels might be as movies! The Bounty Hunter Episodes, The X-Wing Episodes, The Black Fleet Crisis maybe? What do you think? Are there any Star Wars Novels that aren’t movies already that you would like to see made a movie? I would love to hear below! Thanks again!

Credits go to for the list of the Star Wars Books in chronological order! Although I did the works in creating and setting up this page and the links above, the list of novels and the two paragraphs immediately below the list are credited to! Thank you!

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