Remember…you always have a choice to be better. You always have a choice to…to pick the right path… Even if that choice comes a little late.
A veteran of the Star Trek and World of Warcraft franchises among others, Christie Golden was no stranger to telling stories within the sandboxes of intellectual properties when she came out of hyperspace into the Star Wars universe in 2009.
Her first works appeared as part of the Fate of the Jedi series, nine novels written cyclically by three authors: Golden, Aaron Allston, and Troy Denning. This Legends series, set more than 30 years after Return of the Jedi, follows the further adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo and their surviving children in the years after yet another disastrous galactic civil war. Golden’s first entry in the series, 2009’s Omen, reached #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list and #3 on the Publisher’s Weekly list—and introduces the Lost Tribe of the Sith whose backstory we learn about in John Jackson Miller’s series of novellas.
After writing the series’ fifth and eighth books, Allies and Ascension, Golden was set to write her own trilogy of Star Wars novels—the Sword of the Jedi series. However, this series was an unfortunate casualty of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, and the subsequent decision to “reset” the canon. While we here at Youtini love and celebrate all of Star Wars—including all of the new books—sometimes it’s hard not to wonder what this trilogy might have been like!
Fortunately, the momentous acquisition didn’t mean the end of Christie Golden’s Star Wars writing. In 2015, she published Dark Disciple, in which she adapted scripts for the Clone Wars television show that went unproduced due to its cancellation (but, hey, #clonewarssaved!). The book, featuring a forward by Katie Lucas (yes, relation), follows the fascinatingly complex former Sith assassin Asajj Ventress and enigmatic Jedi Quinlan Vos - and if you haven’t read it already, it pairs nicely with the recently-released Dooku: Jedi Lost.
In her most recent Star Wars novel, 2017’s Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, Golden gives us the story of Iden Versio and her companions starting with the aftermath of the Battle of Yavin, painting the backstory for the Battlefront II video game. Later that same year, she contributed a short story to From a Certain Point of View. Appropriately titled “The Bucket,” it shows us Princess Leia Organa’s apprehension aboard the Tantive IV from the perspective of one of the stormtroopers (who, as you might expect, is none too sympathetic after having seen her shoot one of his comrades dead).
Does the future of Star Wars publishing hold more work from Christie Golden? If it does, you can count on Youtini to tell you all about it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not often we get to see conflicts in the Star Wars saga from the other side’s point of view. In most Star Wars stories, the heroes are Jedi, rebels, the “good guys.” We forget that from the point of view of an Imperial, the rebels are the evil ones, the ones that must be stopped: the “bad guys.”
In Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad, the attack on the first Death Star is an offense that must be avenged. Iden Versio and her team of special Imperial agents must go undercover to infiltrate Saw Gerrera’s group of Partisans and eliminate their threat. A prequel to Battlefront II, this book offers a new perspective on the aftermath of the events of A New Hope and what remaining Imperial troops were forced to endure in order to survive.
A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.
The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.