"Begun the Clone War has." - Yoda
Attack of the Clones, the middle chapter of the Prequel Trilogy, has a colossal amount of responsibility to the story as a whole. Within its pages, it introduces a political faction attempting to secede from the Galactic Republic, a mysterious new apprentice to Darth Sidious, a mystery surrounding the creation of a clone army, that clone army’s subsequent mobilization to start the Clone War, and Anakin and Padmé falling in love. No wonder there are two movies and a television series dedicated to it!
With so many story lines rooted in this time period, there is a tremendous amount of written material dedicated to it. This collection couldn’t possibly contain it all, but we believe we’ve curated some of the most compelling stories. Whether you want to learn about the events of Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars that followed from the perspective of a clone trooper or a Jedi (or even a Sith apprentice) you’ll find something in this collection for you.
Begun the Clone War has. Now, your journey deeper into the story can, too.
Ten years have passed since Obi Wan Kenobi defeated the mysterious Sith warrior on Naboo. His apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, has grown into a young man with exceptional potential in the Force. However, as tensions in galactic politics reach a boiling point, Obi Wan must allow Anakin to undertake a mission on his own to protect Padmé Amidala from those seeking to assassinate her. He can only hope his young apprentice will continue to walk the path of a Jedi while out from under his tutelage…
RA Salvatore, celebrated science fiction/fantasy author, delivers a wonderful rendition of the second film in the Prequel Trilogy. With just enough small changes to keep even veteran fans of the saga on their toes, this novelization is an absolute must-read.
The Separatist movement and the Galactic Republic are quickly growing further apart. Whispers of war are spreading. When there is an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala, the Jedi are forced to become involved. However, what they uncover proves to be much more than an assassination plot, but rather what seems to be the promise of an unavoidable galaxy-wide war.
Patricia Wrede, author of every prequel film’s junior novelization, takes Attack of the Clones’ story and puts it on the perfect level for younger readers looking to break into the prequels.
Asajj Ventress did not deserve the pain she endured as a child, but she endured it all the same. While most know her as the relentless, hardened Sith apprentice who will stop at nothing to please her master, there’s a much less sinister side to her -- one that may even be capable of falling in love.
There were many stories originally meant to complete The Clone Wars that never got their chance to be told. But Ventress’s journey deserved a proper ending, and it got exactly that. In this story of love, loss, and triumph, watch as the villain you thought you knew transforms into a celebrated hero of the Republic.
As a tie-in novel to Attack of the Clones, The Approaching Storm fills in the time period immediately before the film. Jedi Knights Obi Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawan learners Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, must travel to the planet Ansion in an attempt to stop the planet from joining the Separatist alliance.
Penned by Alan Dean Foster, the famous ghostwriter of the original Star Wars film's novelization, this book offers the first canonical introduction to several characters who would ultimately play big roles in the future of both the war and the saga.
A tie-in novel to the Republic Commandos video game, Hard Contact is the first in a five book series. This novel introduces a squad of clone troopers as they take on a precarious mission to destroy a nanovirus production facility on the Separatist-controlled planet of Qiilura. When the clones find themselves split up behind enemy lines, their chances of success seem slim. If they’re to be successful and make it out alive, each trooper will have to rely on his clone brothers to have his back.
Karen Traviss’ Republic Commando series is one of the most celebrated and dearly loved Legends series out there. Hard Contact, its first installment, is responsible for laying the foundation for fans’ staunch dedication.
Mace Windu hails from the jungle planet of Haruun Kal, even though his true home is now with the Jedi. However, when Haruun Kal becomes another war-torn world in the galactic struggle, the Council decides to send his former Padawan, Depa Billaba, to help train the natives to fight back against the Separatist invasion. When Billaba disappears, leaving only a mysterious recording behind, Mace must return to his old home, face his past, and do all he can to save the future of his old Padawan.
Matthew Stover delivers a thrilling story that not only gives the fan-favorite character of Mace Windu the spotlight, but also introduces “shatterpoint,” or the ability to sense when significant events are occurring through the Force.
The Republic’s greatest strength against the Separatists is the Jedi. But when the planet of Ord Cestus begins manufacturing a new form of bio-droid called the JK-13 that rivals the Jedi in martial prowess, the Chancellor becomes deeply concerned. Obi Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto soon find themselves dispatched to Ord Cestus to stop the sale of the JK-13s to the Separatists before it’s too late. However, if diplomacy should fail, the Chancellor has given strict instructions to destroy the bio-droids at all costs—even if it requires means that are…not the Jedi way.
The Cestus Deception, written by Steven Barnes, presents wonderful foreshadowing into Obi Wan’s eventual disillusionment with the Republic and its actions across the galaxy.
Each individual Jedi is particularly strong in some aspect of the Force. For Barriss Offee, that aspect is Force healing. When she is dispatched on a mission to a medical facility helping tend to the wounded at the battle of Drongar, it seems her abilities can be of vital importance. But not all those at Drongar have such innocent intentions, and Barriss quickly finds that her mission will require much more than a healing touch.
Michael Reaves and Steve Perry team up for the first half of the Medstar duology that will challenge readers to truly define what it means to be a Jedi.
Waging a galaxy-wide war requires strong communication. So, when the planet of Praesitlyn, which serves as the Republic’s communications hub, is attacked by a massive Separatist force, they must be stopped. Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon, young Anakin Skywalker, and a handful of battle-hardened clone troopers are all that stand between a Separatist army one million strong and the backbone of the Republic’s military operations. The entire outcome of the war depends on them overcoming those impossible odds.
Part of the Clone Wars multimedia project of the early 2000s, this novel, written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg, tells the story of one of the most exciting missions of The Clone Wars.
Yoda, Grand Master of the Jedi Order, carries the weight of the Clone Wars on his shoulders. When his former Padawan and leader of the Separatist movement, Count Dooku, reaches out and asks to meet for a truce, that burden becomes heavier still. Knowing that Dooku is likely laying a trap, Yoda places the needs of the galaxy before his own and ventures forth to the mysterious world of Vjun to face his old apprentice for perhaps the final time.
Author Sean Stewart clearly loves Christopher Lee’s background in monster movies and writes Dooku as a sympathetic villain reminiscent of the golden age of Hammer Films. He both heightens Dooku as a villain and humanizes him as a sympathetic character through his exploration of the novel's central question: is Count Dooku redeemable?