Top 5 Best Star Wars Canon Books That A Huge Fan Of Star Wars Movies MUST READ

I’m positive that everyone becomes a huge Star Wars geek after watching the prequels and the cult favorite classics. Naturally you’d want to dig up new information and dive into this terrific world. However, surely you’re completely taken aback by how gigantic the Star Wars book collection is and wonder about the best Star Wars canon books to start!

Well, you’ve come to the right place. Out of dozens of books surrounding the events in and out of the movie adaptations, we have selected the top 5 best canon Star Wars books for you to binge this summer. Keep on reading!

Quick Comparison On 5 Best Star Wars Canon Books

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TIMOTHY ZAHN

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CLAUDIA GRAY

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E. K. JOHNSTON

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CLAUDIA GRAY

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PAUL S. KEMP

Best for newcomers

Best for YA fans

Best for those into character-driven plots

Best for understanding the politics of Star Wars

Best for fans of villains

Deeper Considerations on Best Canon Star Wars Books


Since his introduction in Heir to the Empire (1991) from the original Thrawn trilogy, Grand Admiral Thrawn has been one of the most intriguing and captivating villains of the Star Wars universe. However, his background and subsequent rank climbing and rise to power had remained a mystery, until the announcement of a character-centric book back in 2017.

The book provides fascinating details surrounding Thrawn’s ascent in the Empire, including his discovery and save by the Imperial Scouting Party, his navigation of the political and societal waters of the Empire and rise to the highest ranks, and finally his relationship with the almighty Darth Vader.

Not only does this book offer details on one of the most interesting characters of the franchise, but it is a solid character-focused book with a strong and controversial protagonist who faces dilemmas between a long-standing fascist regime and decent moral codes. This book is and rightfully hailed, as the best place to start for Star Wars beginner.

Things we liked:

  • Strong and intriguing character description and development
  • Great depiction of villain’s internal conflict
  • Suitable for beginner


A novel that covers a large span of time and events throughout the history of Star Wars from the classic movies until the aftermath of The Return of The Jedi, through the eyes of two close friends. This incredibly light-hearted young adult novel will take your breath away at its sheer spectacularity and touching intimacy.

Once aspiring to join the Imperial Academy to satisfy their love of flying, two friends-turned-lovers, Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell, end up on two opposite sides as Thane decides to join the Rebellion out of spite for the evil of the Empire. Here, friendship, love, and integrity will be challenged to their fullest extent.

This new canon novel will have you read it in one sitting, and marvel at the breathtaking world-building, the riveting actions, and the delicate yet complex character creation and development throughout the story.

Things we liked:

  • Covers a huge chunk of Star Wars history
  • Light-hearted and swoon-worthy
  • Intriguing new characters


Again, one of the most mysterious and beloved characters gets her own novel and background story. After leaving the Jedi Order and completely vanishing by the end of the Clone Wars, she reappeared in the Rebels as an operative. After years of wondering what happened in between, fans can now have the answer.

The gap between those two stories is told in detail in this side novel. Her uncertainty of belonging to a group coupled with her increased hatred towards the Empire led Ahsoka to become a key figure in the founding of the Alliance.

A truly compelling story with many nuances regarding politics, drama, and actions. You’ll witness an incredible journey of not only a fearsome soldier but a vulnerable human being on her path of self-discovery and life-long beliefs. It is a treat for fans of both the originals and new canon books.

Things we liked:

  • Nice and light enough for beginners
  • The captivating backstory of a beloved character


Even if you have never watched the Star Wars franchise, you would still have heard of the legendary Princess Leia. The title pretty much explains it all: an exceptionally riveting story about familial relationships and the acceptance of Leia’s own royal heritage.

The peace that was established after the Rebellion’s victory against the Empire wasn’t meant to last, and Leia knows it. Facing a political crisis that threatens the position and strength of the New Republic, Leia decides to embark on one final mission before retiring, and it sure is a dangerous one.

Not only does this novel fill the gap between the victory and the events of The Force Awakens and set a distinct political atmosphere in the Republic, but it also is a complex and intricate book about one of the most popular fictional characters of all time. Even the fact that the story deals with Leia and her cope with Darth Vader’s identity is a good enough excuse to pick this up!

Things we liked:

  • Stronger political presence
  • Great build-up to The Force Awakens


What is more fun than the exploration of an ultimate villain of the whole franchise? The answer is simple: two. Even with a large number of movies and TV shows, and myriads of theories, nowadays, the relationship between Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine was never fully developed and analysed to its fullest potential.

After travelling to a resistive planet called Ryloth, the two supervillains were ambushed near the surface. Now stranded in the area and faced with the constant danger of the resistance army of Ryloth, the two powerful Sith lords will be seen in action and struggles to survive while their turbulent relationship slowly unveils.

Taking place only a short while after the rise of the Empire, the book follows a troubled Darth Vader as he still bears some distinguished characteristics of Anakin Skywalker, and his submission and acceptance of his part next to the Emperor. Also, it is nice to see Emperor Palpatine in action for once!

Things we liked:

  • Complicated relationship between two villains
  • Action-packed and fast-paced

Best Canon Star Wars Books - Detail Comparison table

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My Rating

Author

Timothy Zahn

Claudia Gray

E. K. Johnston

Claudia Gray

Paul S. Kemp

Quick remarks

Best for newcomers

Best for YA fans

Best for those into character-driven plots

Best for understanding the politics of Star Wars

Best for fans of villains

Fast-paced

4.6

4.4

4.6

4.4

4.5

Major topics

Politics, villain internal conflict

Lovers-turned-enemies

Self-discovery

Political chaos

Evil ideologies

Contributory to the franchise

4.2

4.1

4.1

4.5

4.5

Available

A Brief Guide To The Canon Star Wars Books

You can certainly be baffled by the plethora of Star Wars books out there and probably have no clue where to begin with after seeing the movies. The whole galaxy of Star Wars books is essentially divided into many different dimensions and worlds, including both Canon and Legends timelines.

Here, I will only cover the Canon material based on the events of the movies for you guys who want a nice and clear head start and some action in between.

best star wars canon books

The Prequel Era

Before The Phantom Menace film, during the Prophecy of the Force, we have:

  • Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
  • Queen's Peril by E.K. Johnston (this is a newly released book)

Between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones

  • Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston

Between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith

  • The Clone Wars Anthology: Stories of Light and Dark
  • Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

After Revenge of the Sith

  • Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston
  • Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno.
best canon star wars books

The Original Classic Era

Before A New Hope, entering the rise of the Empire Era:

  • Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp.
  • Tarkin by James Luceno. 
  • Most Wanted by Rae Carson (young adult novel).
  • Thrawn Ascendency Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.
  • A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
  • Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
  • Thrawn by Timothy Zahn. This can serve as a solid entry point into the franchise as well, if you don’t want to read this chronologically.
  • Rebels (TV show)

Between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back

  • Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by various authors
  • Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden

Between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

  • The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View by various authors
  • Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed
  • Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci
best star wars canon books

The Sequel Era

Before The Force Awakens

  • Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
  • The Aftermath Trilogy by Chuck Wendig
  • Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (young adult novel)
  • Last Shot, Daniel José Older
  • Bloodline by Claudia Gray
  • Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

Between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

  • The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein

After The Last Jedi

  • Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson
  • Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker "Expanded Edition" novel by Rae Carson

If you want to know more about the timeline, check this out:

A few more words on the best canon Star Wars books

After reading all of these books recommended above, you’ll 100% be excited to go through the rest of them! But for now, each and every one of them is worth checking out. However, my personal favourite would be Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

That is just me, though! You should totally pick out your favourite era and base your first book on it. What do you think about the best Star Wars canon books? 

  • So, have you chosen the best canon Star Wars books for you yet? Do you suggest any others? Share with us!
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