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Old School Star Wars: A Book List and Reading Order for the Star Wars Legends Books

I’ve read some of today’s Star Wars novels and I enjoy many of them. But they aren’t really my stories. They aren’t my era or my characters.

So, I’ve decided I’d just re-read the old school Star Wars books again because I love those. This article is nothing more than a simple list of all of those Star Wars novels from back in the day that have been given the “Legends” moniker because Disney removed them from canon. I suspect there are many Star Wars fans like me, so consider this article a public service.

And they aren’t necessarily in order of date published, they are in chronological order of when the stories take place. It’s a simple book list and reading order for Star Wars Legends books. One more note: this list doesn’t include novellas or the young reader books because I had to draw the line somewhere.

The Old Republic EraYears before A New Hope
Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon-25,793
Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller-5,000-2,975
The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn-3,954-3,950
The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp-3,653
Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber-3,645
The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams-3,643
The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn-3,640
Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller-1,032
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn-1,003
Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn-1,000
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn-980
The Prequel EraYears before A New Hope
Darth Plagueis by James Luceno-67-32
Cloak of Deception by James Luceno-32
Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber-32
Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves-32
Episode I: The Phantom Menace (movie novelization) by Terry Brooks-32
Rogue Planet by Greg Bear-29
Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn-27
The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster-22
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (movie novelization) by R. A. Salvatore-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-22
The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller-22
Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss1-22
Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover-22
The Clone Wars: No Prisoners by Karen Traviss-22
Republic Commando: Triple Zero by Karen Traviss1-21
The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller-21
The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller-21
Republic Commando: True Colors1 by Karen Traviss-21
Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry-20
Medstar II: Jedi Healer by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry-20
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart-19
Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno-19
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (movie novelization) by Matthew Stover-19
Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel1 by Karen Traviss-19
Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno-19
Imperial Commando: 501st1 by Karen Traviss-19
Kenobi by John Jackson Miller-19
Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves-19
Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves-18
Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force by Michael Reaves-18
The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff-17
1 – Republic Commando series.
The Original Trilogy EraYears before/after A New Hope
The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin-10
The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit by A. C. Crispin-5
Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith-3
Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith-3
The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams-3
Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry-3
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
The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn by A. C. Crispine-2
The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams-1
Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber-1
Shadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff0
Rogue One (movie novelization) by Alexander Freed20
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (movie novelization) by George Lucas
(ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster)
Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina by various authors0
Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn0
Allegiance by Timothy Zahn0
Choices of One by Timothy Zahn1
Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Correy1
Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson w/ Haden Blackman1
Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster2
Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells2
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (movie novelization) by Donald F. Glut3
Tales of the Bounty Hunters by various authors3
Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry3
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (movie novelization) by James Kahn4
Tales from the Empire by various authors4
Tales from Jabba’s Palace by various authors4
The Bounty Hunter Wars: The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter4
The Bounty Hunter Wars: Slave Ship by K.W. Jeter4
The Bounty Hunter Wars: Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter4
2 – Sure, Rogue One isn’t Legends but it’s the Disney created property that hews most closely to the Legends materials, so I’m counting it… because I want to.
The New Republic EraYears after A New Hope
Tales From the New Republic by various authors
The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers4
Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover5
X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole6
X-Wing: Wedge’s Gamble by Michael Stackpole7
X-Wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole7
X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole7
X-Wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston8
X-Wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston8
X-Wing: Solo Command by Aaron Allston8
The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton8
Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning8
Heir to the Empire3 by Timothy Zahn9
Dark Force Rising3 by Timothy Zahn9
The Last Command3 by Timothy Zahn9
X-Wing: Isard’s Revenge by Michael Stackpole10
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson11
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson11
The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson11
I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole11
Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly12
Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson12
X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston13
Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly13
The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre14
The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell16
The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell16
The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant’s Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell16
The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch17
The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia by Roger McBride Allen18
The Corellian Trilogy: Assault at Selonia by Roger McBride Allen18
The Corellian Trilogy: Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger McBride Allen18
The Hand of Thrawn: Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn19
The Hand of Thrawn: Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn19
Scourge by Jeff Grubb19
Survivor’s Quest by Timothy Zahn22
3 – The Thrawn Trilogy
The New Jedi Order EraYears after A New Hope
Vector Prime4 by R. A. Salvatore25
Dark Tide I: Onslaught4 by Michael Stackpole25
Dark Tide II: Ruin4 by Michael Stackpole25
Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial4 by James Luceno25
Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse4 by James Luceno25
Balance Point4 by Kathy Tyers26
Edge of Victory I: Conquest4 by Greg Keyes26
Edge of Victory II: Rebirth4 by Greg Keyes26
Star by Star4 by Troy Denning27
Dark Journey4 by Elaine Cunningham27
Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream4 by Aaron Allston27
Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand4 by Aaron Allston27
Traitor4 by Matthew Stover27
Destiny’s Way4 by Walter Jon Williams28
Force Heretic I: Remnant4 by Sean Williams and Shane Dix28
Force Heretic II: Refugee4 by Sean Williams and Shane Dix28
Force Heretic III: Reunion4 by Sean Williams and Shane Dix28
The Unifying Force4 by James Luceno29
The Joiner King5 by Troy Denning35
The Unseen Queen5 by Troy Denning36
The Swarm War5 by Troy Denning36
4 – The New Jedi Order Series
5 – The Dark Nest Trilogy
The Legacy EraYears after A New Hope
Betrayal6 by Aaron Allston40
Bloodlines6 by Karen Traviss40
Tempest6 by Troy Denning40
Exile6 by Aaron Allston40
Sacrifice6 by Karen Traviss40
Inferno6 by Troy Denning40
Fury6 by Aaron Allston40
Revelation6 by Karen Traviss41
Invincible6 by Troy Denning41
Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp42
Riptide by Paul S. Kemp42
Millennium Falcon by James Luceno43
Outcast7 by Aaron Allston43
Omen7 by Christie Golden43
Abyss7 by Troy Denning43
Backlash7 by Aaron Allston43
Allies7 by Christie Golden44
Vortex7 by Troy Denning44
Conviction7 by Aaron Allston44
Ascension7 by Christie Golden44
Apocalypse7 by Troy Denning44
X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston45
Crucible by Troy Denning45
6 – Legacy of the Force series
7 – The Fate of the Jedi series

I can’t be bothered to do an exact count but this has to be 100+ Star Wars Legends novels. Sure, they aren’t hot off the press anymore, but they follow the OG storylines and characters which hits the sweet spot for a large swath of Star Wars fans.

The New Republic Era is the place to start for many and that would be my recommendation as well. Happy reading and…may the Force be with you.

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