Ben Skywalker
A Youtini Reading Guide
Luke: "What's one of the first things you learned in training to be a Jedi?" Ben: "Don't cut your own head off with your lightsaber." Luke: "After that." Ben: "Your eyes can deceive you. Be mindful of your feelings. Girls are fun but dangerous. Lando has extra cards up his sleeve."

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Ben Skywalker

Can you imagine being the one and only son of the savior of the galaxy? The man who faced down the entire Empire with a laser sword?! (Well, kind of. . .) The son of the last of the Jedi and the Grand Master of the New Jedi Order. His mother? The Emperor’s right-hand-woman-turned-scoundrel-turned-Jedi Council member. Born in the midst of a galaxy-spanning war, Ben Skywalker came from a Legendary lineage and had tremendous shoes to fill. And fill them he did.

On top of all that, once the evil, horrible, no-good, very bad Yuuzhan Vong were eventually vanquished, or, er, relocated, Ben was ready to settle into some regular, old-school, boring Master-Padawan Jedi tutelage under his heroic uncle Jacen Solo. What could go wrong, right? As it turns out, everything. Long story short, Ben found himself being slowly and secretly led down the path to becoming a Sith apprentice. . . until Mom intervened. Thank the Force for Moms, right?! 

Ben was a character whose journey developed beautifully throughout the Legends timeline. We saw the blossoming romance between his larger-than-life parents in the earliest days of the Expanded Universe in Heir to the Empire. From there, his birth took place in Edge of Victory: Rebirth

Throughout the New Jedi Order, Ben was basically a young child inconsequential to the grand scheme of galactic events. He didn’t stay that way, however. For someone whose story began with such disastrous trauma, he became heartwarmingly heroic in his own right. His Jedi training under his dark and broody uncle, Jacen Solo, began in Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. Jacen was able to take Ben under his wing when Ben cut himself off from the Force due to feeling the weight of the war through the Force. 

It’s in Legacy of the Force where Ben moved into the limelight as a central character whose decisions had the power to change the fate of the galaxy. The subsequent series, Fate of the Jedi, jettisoned an angsty, teenage Ben and his cringy, out-of-touch father on a father-son Odyssey-esque road trip into the far reaches of space in order to investigate the mysterious psychosis threatening the Jedi Order. 

Ben, though the heir to the most legendary lineage in the history of Star Wars, was a teenager through-and-through—bickering with his dad and falling head-over-heels with renegade Sith Vestara Kai. It’s a whole thing. 

Ben’s relationship with Vestara is symbolic of his tendency to extend forgiveness to those the Jedi establishment was unwilling to work with. With both Vestara and Tahiri Veila, Ben served as the extended hand ready and willing to welcome them back into the light. In this way, he demonstrated that he inherited more than the Skywalker name from his father.

Ben is one of the Legends characters who is worth investing in without reservation. There’s no character quite like him in the modern Canon. The trajectory of Luke’s story arc when such a wildly different direction in Legends. 

Because of this, we have Ben Skywalker in all of his complicated whirlwind of feelings and family drama. Plus, there’s a delightful comic story in Tales: 19 in which Ben duels a Dark Jedi for Anakin’s/Luke’s legacy lightsaber, which has taken on a whole new level of significance in the Sequel Trilogy. 

While we’ll never know just where his Jedi journey would end due to the Legends universe’s abrupt end, you’ll certainly find a wealth of wonderful storytelling here.

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Edge of Victory II: Rebirth

Greg Keyes
26 ABY

Following the events on Yavin IV, Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila go out of the frying pan and into the fire! Aided by Jedi Master Corran Horn aboard the Star Destroyer Errant Venture, they are captured by Yuuzhan Vong sypathizers. Meanwhile Jacen has to reconcile with this father, Jaina clashes with the infamous Jedi Kyo Durron, and Luke looks to expel the virus from Mara using whatever means necessary—even the dark side. . .

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Legends

The Unifying Force

James Luceno
29 ABY

The Yuuzhan Vong near ultimate victory in their quest to conquer the galaxy. The floundering Alliance is on the brink of total collapse. Meanwhile, some of its greatest heroes have vanished in its most dire time of need. However, an uprising from among the Yuuzhan Vong’s own ranks and a strange new toxin known as Alpha Red offer a small ray of hope. As the final moves of the war are made, Luke, Han, and Leia are desperate to stop the Yuuzhan Vong and save their galaxy once and for all...no matter the cost.

With this novel, James Luceno takes readers on one final ride in the climactic conclusion of the lengthy New Jedi Order series.

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Legends

The Joiner King

Troy Denning
35 ABY

Where do you go after a 19-book series like the New Jedi Order? Into a hive of mind-controlling space bugs, obviously! Troy Denning goes full-throttle on this incredibly off-kilter sci-fi series. Jacen is dark and broody, Leia training as a Jedi, and a crazed Dark Jedi Alema Rar on a rampage.

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The Unseen Queen

Troy Denning
36 ABY

Troy Denning pulls out all the sci-fi stops in his Dark Nest trilogy. The Dark Nest, harboring thieves and pirates and plotting to assassinate Mara Jade, must be stopped. The Unseen Queen makes the war personal. Jaina and Zekk struggle to break free of the Killiks’ influence, the Jedi find themselves at odds with the government they’re sworn to serve, Luke and Leia learn more about the events surrounding the downfall of their parents and the truth of Order 66, and Jacen takes an irrevocable step down the dark path as he gets tangled up in family drama on Hapes and is targeted by the Dark Nest.

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Legends

The Swarm War

Troy Denning
36 ABY

In the explosive conclusion to the Dark Nest trilogy, Denning delivers on decapitations, epic lightsaber fights, character drama, biological warfare, assassination attempts, subterfuge, and so much more! The trilogy sees many of the major characters undergoing permanent change—Luke Skywalker assumes the mantle of Grand Master of the New Jedi Order, Jacen Solo commits to his own path of following his own moral compass and burying the lies of what really happened on Hapes, Leia becomes a fully-fledged Jedi Knight, and several of the younger Jedi are banished for their dark actions during this messy war. It bridges the gap between the New Jedi Order and the Legacy of the Force series in a way that is uniquely Star Wars Legends.

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Betrayal

Aaron Allston
40 ABY

Jacen Solo is one of the most well-developed characters in the Legends timeline. His experiences in the hands of Vergere and the Yuuzahn Vong changed him irrevocably. He saved the galaxy once, but to what lengths is he willing to go in order to save it again? Betrayal takes his story in a new direction, reintroducing a villain from the original Marvel comics, Lumiya, who guides Jacen along a dark path. All the while, Jacen is serving as the Jedi teacher to his nephew, Ben Skywalker, and the Skywalker and Solo clans might be torn apart along family lines.

It would be helpful to have read the New Jedi Order before starting Legacy of the Force, but we realize that's a tall order. At the very least, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the main characters and with Jacen's torture at the hands of Vergere in Traitor before diving in.

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Bloodlines

Karen Traviss
40 ABY

In this solid entry in the Legacy of the Force series, a number of story-lines intertwine, revolving around the Solo family. Jacen continues down the dark path he began down in this book’s predecessor, Betrayal, under the influence of a dark side Force user from Luke’s past, Lumiya. Meanwhile, Han and Leia seek to intervene in the pending Civil War that threatens the Galactic Alliance by returning to Han’s homeward of Corellia. Upon returning, they find out that Han’s estranged cousin, Thrackan, has a bounty out for Han! Another major plot point in this book is concerning an aging Boba Fett, whose past has caught up with him and who might have to team up with an old nemesis in order to get a job done. For both Fett and the Solos, they will have to reckon with the idea of legacy.

This book relies heavily upon numerous elements of the Legends universe, including the New Jedi Order, the Corellian trilogy, the Mandalorian culture fleshed out in Karen Traviss’s Republic Commando series, and even the old Marvel comics!

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Legends

Tempest

Troy Denning
40 ABY

The third entry in the Legacy of the Force series revolves around the planet Hapes and Jacen's lover, Jedi and Queen Mother Tenel Ka. Because of her loyalty to Jacen, she has sided with the Alliance against Corellia. But she faces opposition from within as the cutthroat political rivals on Hapes hire bounty hunters to eliminate her. Han and Leia go to Hapes to reason with Tenel Ka, unknowingly stepping into a flashfire that will incur the wrath of Jacen, who blames them for the upheaval.

Troy Denning seizes the opportunity to weave deranged Dark Jedi Alema Rarr into the plot. She looks to assassinate Jacen, but is secretly sought after by Jagged Fel, who is exiled by the Chiss.

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Legends

Exile

Aaron Allston
40 ABY

As the fourth book in nine book series, this novel continues to build on the plot lines of books 1-3. Exile also brings back Wedge, Lando, and Booster to help aid the main characters and their plot points. The story is told from multiple character perspectives and is packed with steady action.

We begin with Han and Leia in exile, Jacen Solo continues to struggle, while the tensions between the Alliance and the Confederation are at an all time high, and Ben Skywalker embarks on a solo mission that seems key to his character's development.

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Legends

Sacrifice

Karen Traviss
40 ABY

In order for Jacen Solo to complete his transformation into a Sith Lord, he must make a drastic sacrifice. His former Jedi Master, Mara Jade Skywalker, investigates his turn to the dark side. Jacen continues his negative influence over Ben Skywalker by tasking him with an assassination.

Karen Traviss picks up plot threads from her Republic Commando series by sending Boba Fett on a quest for a cure for complications with his compromised clone body. He teams up with Null ARC Jaing Skirata and Darman's son Venku.

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Legends

Inferno

Troy Denning
40 ABY

Inferno is a critical turning point in the Legacy of the Force series. Darth Caedus sends troops to arrest Han and Leia Solo, Ben Skywalker looks for his chance to strike, and the great forests of Kashyyyk are burned to the ground! It's jam-packed with the action, heartbreak, and deception that makes Legacy of the Force such a great series.

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Legends

Fury

Aaron Allston
40 ABY

Darth Caedus, formerly Jacen Solo, kidnaps his daughter, Allana, from Hapes, threatening her life if her mother Tenel Ka doesn’t pledge Hapes to the Galactic Alliance. Tenel Ka turns to the Jedi for help rather than caving in to Caedus’s pressure. Meanwhile, Han and Leia track down the ever elusive Dark Jedi Alema Rar. As Caedus continues his domination, he turns his sights on obtaining a super weapon: Centerpoint Station.

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Legends

Revelation

Karen Traviss
41 ABY

Legacy of the Force continues in this entry from the infamous Legends author Karen Traviss. And it wouldn't be a Traviss book if it didn't have Mandalorians! Jaina Solo trains under Boba Fett himself to learn the skills it will take to defeat Darth Caedus.

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Legends

Invincible

Troy Denning
41 ABY

In the final, explosive conclusion to the incredible Legacy of the Force series, we see Jaina Solo go toe-to-toe with Darth Caedus. But it's not a 400 page lightsaber battle—Invincible brings absolutely every player to the table and lays it all on the line. Anything and everything you could want in a Legends book is here, complete with massive space battles, infiltration missions, Jedi strike teams, emotional gut punches, kidnapping, and of course one heck of a lightsaber duel.

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Legends

Outcast

Aaron Allston
43 ABY

Outcast is the first novel in the Fate of the Jedi series. It takes place in the aftermath of the reign of Darth Caedus and primarily features Luke Skywalker, Han, Leia, and their children. In Outcast, an arrest order is put out for Luke, the start of anti-Jedi sentiments brewing in the galaxy, forcing Luke’s hand and setting him out on a mission with Ben Skywalker. Outcast is a great start to the Fate of the Jedi series, and continues to develop some of the main stories in the EU.

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Legends

Omen

Christie Golden
43 ABY

In the second novel in the Fate of the Jedi series, we find the Jedi Order out of favor in the galaxy. With a strange psychosis plaguing Jedi and in the wake of a destructive war ignited by a fallen member of their ranks, the Galactic Alliance actively seeks to reduce the Order’s influence. 

Luke Skywalker faces criminal charges and exiles himself from the order. The only way to make things right is to find out what drove his nephew to the dark side—and what’s driving Jedi insane. But doing so means crossing paths with a lost tribe of Sith seeking to claim their destiny.

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Legends

Abyss

Troy Denning
43 ABY

Abyss succeeds in moving the series forward while maintaining roots and connections to the rest of the Star Wars galaxy. This installment is not to be missed, full of battle sequences that keep the reader on the edge of their seat, philosophical exploration of Force themes, and struggles against the Galactic Alliance while combating a low public opinion of the Jedi!

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Legends

Backlash

Aaron Allston
43 ABY

In the nostalgic victory lap of the Expanded Universe that is the Fate of the Jedi series, our heroes visit locations from the early days of the Legends continuity. Backlash takes them to Dathomir, where Vestara Khai seeks the aid of the Nightsisters against Luke Skywalker. Plus, more Jedi psychosis and Admiral Daala commands an army of Mandalorians!

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Allies

Christie Golden
44 ABY

On a quest to learn the secret behind his nephew’s fall to the dark side and restore the Jedi Order to its rightful place in the galaxy, Luke Skywalker and his son Ben find themselves surrounded by Sith. Yet it turns out the Sith aren’t the biggest threat, and their High Lord makes Skywalker a previously unthinkable offer. With unexpected allies, father and son head off to face the source of the psychosis plaguing the Jedi Knights.

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Legends

Vortex

Troy Denning
44 ABY

Loaded with betrayal, a faked death, the breakdown of the Jedi-Sith alliance, a revelation of the Jedi Queen, an assassination of a beloved character, and a schism within the ranks of the Jedi Council, Vortex is a hard-hitting book with plenty of gravitas to propel you forward in the series.

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Conviction

Aaron Allston
44 ABY

The Abeloth-induced Jedi psychosis continues to rage among their ranks, especially in Valin and Jysella Horn. Saba Sebathyne becomes interim Chief of State when the Jedi remove Daala from office. The Sith look to take out the Jedi Queen of their visions—leading them to Hapes.

Aaron Allston's interests are on display as this novel is full of espionage, political and military coups, romance, and Tahiri Veila's trial.

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Ascension

Christie Golden
44 ABY

Luke and Ben Skywalker continue their quest to eliminate a powerful dark being while Galactic Alliance faces the fallout from the Chief of State’s fall from power. While the Jedi Order has been largely redeemed, Luke removes it from the Galactic Alliance’s halls of power. The Lost Tribe has been angling to subvert the Alliance, and with the government in chaos and the Jedi preoccupied with their hunt, the Sith are in position to seize control.

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Apocalypse

Troy Denning
44 ABY

In the explosive finale to the Fate of the Jedi series, the Jedi secretly arrive on Coruscant to discover that the Lost Tribe of the Sith have invaded the planet on every level of society. The Jedi and Sith face off in a climactic battle of epic proportions and Abeloth's conquest comes to a head in a shockingly mythological twist. . .

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Legends

Crucible

Troy Denning
45 ABY

As the final novel in the Legends timeline, this story pits Luke, Leia, and Han against the highest stakes they've ever faced and, in more ways than one, concludes their adventures once and for all.

As the last Star Wars novel to fall into readers’ hands before Disney’s official canon reboot, it has not only brought a close to a decades-long adventure in the Star Wars universe, but also provides closure to the fans who have become invested along the way.

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