A long time ago in a galaxy far away…

Bouyed up by The Last Jedi I have decided to buy a couple of Star Wars novels to fill in the gaps. I am not sure if they are still considered “canon” but having enjoyed a couple of other James Luceno and Alan Dean Foster Star Wars novels i could not resist.

Star Wars:Darth Plagueis by James Luceno

Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno is the story of the rise and fall of Darth Plagueis the wise, one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. It takes place Over the span of sixty plus years from his early years as a troubled teen who is not in control of his powers through his days working in the banking clan . As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master – but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power…command over life and death.

Then Darth Plagueis meets a young and ambitious Palpatine who is also keen to learn the ways of the sith and he agrees to become his apprentice Darth Sidious. Under the guidance of his Master, Sidious secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator Palpatine, then as Chancellor Palpatine, and eventually as Emperor Palpatine. Both wildly ambitious Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, hatch a sinister plan to target the galaxy for domination – and the Jedi Order for annihilation. However this has unexpected repercussions for one of them as they defy Sith Traditions in their quest for the ultimate power.

Star Wars Catalyst: Rogue One by James Luceno

Star Wars Catalyst: Rogue One is set during troubled times and the war between the Galactic Republic and the Seperatists is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, however Krennic has other more sinister and tyrannical plans for the research and plans to use it to build a new superweapon and destroy the lives of untold billions of people across the galaxy unless he is stopped…

Star Wars:A New Hope by George Lucas

Star Wars: A New Hope takes place Immediately after Catalyst and Rogue one and features a young farm boy named Luke Skywalker who finds himself inadvertently  swept up into the above galactic conflict when he buys two droids named C3-PO and R2-D2 and meets a mysterious old Jedi Knight named Obi-Wan Kenobi who teaches the rudiments of a mysterious power known as the Force and takes him to Mos Eisley where he asks pilots Han Solo and Chewbacca to take them and the droids to the the Planet Alderaan aboard their ship “The Millennium Falcon.

Unfortunately  this is fraught with danger when they find themselves captured by the Evil Galactic Empires new superweapon The Death Star, which is capable of destroyng whole planets. Aboard the Death Star they meet the Emperor’s terrifying and sinister apprentice Darth Vader. However they manage to rescue Princess Leia of Alderaan who was captured by the Empire en-route to Alderaan. However they are almost thwarted, before Obi Wan Kenobi confronts Darth Vader, while the rest try to escape from the Death Star. They then learn Princess Leia’s true identity and her importance as a member of the rebel alliance. This comprises of a large number of planets who are fighting against the tyranny of the evil galactic Empire hoping to defeat it. Leia then explains the importance of R2-D2 and the rebel alliance are able attack the Death Star in an effort to destroy it.

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