BBY/ABY is used to position items along the Star Wars Timeline. BBY refers to Before the Battle of Yavin. ABY refers to After the Battle of Yavin. The Battle of Yavin in Episode IV: A New Hope occured in 0 BBY/ABY.
The Youtini Expanded Universe Ranking system is a 1-5 scale that ranks EU book quality, difficulty, and importance. Books closer to Level 1 are easier to read and understand, more important, and of higher quality.
What if Vader had taken on a forbidden apprentice with whom he planned to overthrow the Emperor’s reign? The Force Unleashed answers this question by following the story of the nameless apprentice as he carries out several missions at Vader’s bidding. However, as he explores the galaxy and builds new relationships with those other than his merciless master, the apprentice begins to question his own role in the fate of the galaxy.
In The Force Awakens, Sean Williams composes a brand new story perfectly wedged into a well-known time period complete with a full cast of refreshing new characters. As a stand-alone or a part of the larger saga, this story is a fun read for any fan.
The overthrow of the Republic is complete. Absolute power now rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith Lord better known as Emperor Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor’s ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader, who in turn has groomed a lethal, nameless Sith apprentice to secretly dispatch the last of his masters’ enemies. This acolyte’s journey will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy and test him with shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes, stirring within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name . . . and changing his destiny.
- Darth Vader finds a Force-adept child and secretly raises him as his apprentice
- Vader trains the apprentice—codenamed “Starkiller”—by sending him to kill Jedi who survived Order 66, though he ultimately plans to use him to help overthrow the Emperor
- Starkiller questions doing Vader’s bidding after he befriends an old Jedi master and falls in love with one of his companions, Juno
- Starkiller ultimately joins the Rebellion and faces off with the Emperor
- Starkiller sacrifices himself to allow several key senators and members of the Rebellion to escape and thus carry on the cause
- The Rebels adopt the apprentice’s family crest as the symbol of the Rebellion to honor him
This is one of the more unique Star Wars novels on the market, as part of the intense marketing blitz surrounding the much-hyped video game from 2008. Filling a hole in both the Star Wars timeline and in the real-world Star Wars media, the Force Unleashed fit nicely as something we Star Wars fans were craving in its original context. Despite being extremely excited for the game and the story concept back around the time of its original release, I never had the opportunity to play the game for more than an hour or so. Years later, I finally grabbed a copy of the novel and was pleasantly surprised. The novelization of the Force Unleashed is by no means the most well-written Star Wars book I’ve ever digested. But for me, that didn’t matter. This book is a perfect example of the enjoyable content that Legends has to offer: Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, a lovable droid hell-bent on assassinating its master and helping him train by transforming into many fan-favorite Jedi and Sith of old for the purpose of a good-old-fashioned lightsaber-fight, a fully fleshed-out starship, compelling companions, Sarlaac pits, lively planets, and nostalgia galore! If you like Star Wars at all, this is a fun read. You don’t necessarily need to have a rich knowledge of the Expanded Universe to enjoy it, either. I found myself simply smiling and saying, “sure, why not?” With that in mind, this was a book I’m glad I picked up, and hope to give the game a long-awaited play-through.
As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclipse, never suspecting that he was just a tool in the schemes of his masters—until it was too late to escape their lethal betrayal.
Juno mourned Starkiller as dead…but now he is back, purged of all memories and programmed to kill. And as fate brings Juno and Starkiller closer to reuniting, with Darth Vader determined not to lose his assassin a second time, they will both have to make a stand. The prize is freedom. The punishment for failing will be eternal enslavement to the dark side of the Force…