“In my book, experience outranks everything.”
“You fought in the Clone Wars?”
Old Ben replied, “Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father.” The robed man smiled faintly, lost in days gone past. “He was the best star pilot in the galaxy, and a cunning warrior...and he was a good friend.”
Fans first heard whispers of the Clone Wars on the big screen in 1977, but for many years they were left with only their imaginations. The era may have been briefly mentioned in novels here and there, but the era wasn’t officially revisited until the release of Attack of the Clones a couple decades later. Even then, the clone army was barely introduced during the last portion of the film, and Revenge of the Sith only saw the tail end of the war.
It wasn’t long after the grand finale of the prequel trilogy that Lucas introduced a new animated film called The Clone Wars, followed by a television series which would provide fans with everything they’d only been dreaming of up until this point.
“I’m Master Skywalker’s Padawan. The name’s Ahsoka Tano.”
With so many unfamiliar elements being introduced, fans were torn between excitement and mild skepticism. But George and the newly hired Dave Filoni powered through by listening to the viewers while handing them irresistibly spectacular stories. People began to warm up to the show to the point of finding themselves sitting at the foot of their TV every week in anticipation for more. Fans even opened up to Ahsoka as she aged and matured after facing many daunting challenges. In a way, we were all Ahsoka.
The Clone Wars blossomed into a catalyst connecting the fan base together with those involved in the production of this incredible wealth of lore. The passion within the closely-knitted tribe became apparent to the world when Disney announced the early cancellation of the show. There was a tremble in the Force as supporters protested the decision by tweeting #SaveTheCloneWars, signing online petitions, and mailing in physical letters of their raw feelings for the story and characters that they shared an unbreakable bond with. The cries were acknowledged, but to no avail. All seemed to be lost, until…
With the return of the cast and crew for one final mission, The Clone Wars finally ended the way it was always intended to conclude and the excitement of the fans roared out into the heavens. If you are a big-time fanatic of The Clone Wars looking for more ways to feed your hunger for even more content, these stories may be just what you need.
After the events of Order 66, survivors of the Jedi Purge must navigate the galaxy undetected. It's been a year since Ahsoka Tano watched the Galactic Republic fall, and she's leaving yet another planet to dodge Imperial suspicion and start over. Again. Something strange is happening, however, and she can't help but let her curiosity get her into serious trouble.
E.K. Johnston's young adult novel builds an important bridge between the Ahsoka we knew from The Clone Wars and the Fulcrum we meet in Star Wars Rebels. It's in this story that our hero must come to terms with her past and discover the role she is meant to play in her darkened galaxy's future.
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.
Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is a fresh take on the animated series that has become a often-binged staple of Star Wars fans young and old. A talented stable of authors has adapted iconic episodes and story-arcs for inclusion in this anthology. Some are from a different character’s perspective from what we see in the tv show: the Senate hostage crisis is told from Anakin’s point of view rather than Padmé’s, for example. Other stories are told in a first-person-POV so as to lend a heavily-stylized slant to the familiar story. This is at the same time interesting, entertaining, and surprising—especially when we get inside the mind of a character such as Count Dooku! Plus, it includes one original story written exclusively for inclusion in this collection. Great for Clone Wars fans or for young readers looking to get started with Star Wars books.
Few know much about Count Dooku or his past that led him from the highest ranks of the Jedi Order to the knee of Darth Sidious. But when he charges his new assassin, Asajj Ventress, with her first mission, he also opens a window into his past. That past, riddled with dark prophecies and broken relationships is the key to Ventress understanding her new master…and his weaknesses.
Cavan Scott, bolstered by a whole host of voice actors, delivers one of the most engaging, immersive stories in all of the Expanded Universe with Dooku: Jedi Lost. This origin story enriches Dooku’s character so much that it even manages to elevate his on-screen appearances in the films.
Throughout all Star Wars stories, you’d be hard-pressed to find two villains held in higher regard than Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn. Though they operate entirely differently, both are incredibly effective tools of the Emperor. When they’re sent to the planet Batuu on the same mission, they must find a way to work together. However, sparks fly as memories of a mission long past involving a younger Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker resurface…
Timothy Zahn weaves together the prequel era with the rebellion era in this novel that manages to pull together some of the biggest names that Star Wars has to offer. While attempting to balance the prowess of Vader with the intellect of Thrawn, it manages to offer a glimpse in the characters’ futures as well as their pasts.
What does one do after ruling an entire planet? For Padmé Amidala, that answer came easily: move on to even bigger things. However, transitioning from the throne on Naboo to a seat in the Galactic Senate is not without challenges, especially at such a young age. Uneasy alliances, ruthless media, and hidden agendas not only leave her wondering how she can possibly hope to instate positive change in the galaxy, but also how she can survive long enough to do it.
EK Johnston’s story bridges the gap between the Padmé fans see in The Phantom Menace and the one they see in Attack of the Clones. It largely expounds upon Naboo culture, including the fashion, government, and the role of the handmaidens.
The Star Wars: The Clone Wars novelization follows the plot of the film that kicks off the Clone Wars TV series. The book documents the first meeting between Anakin and his padawan Ahsoka, and their quest alongside Obi-Wan to rescue Jabba the Hutt's missing son.
This remarkable Clone Wars novel is largely a buddy-cop adventure starring Obi-Wan and Senator Bail Organa. And Obi-Wan famously isn’t overly fond of politicians. But in order to escape Zigoola, they’ll have to find common ground. This book serves as an important piece of the connectivity puzzle linking Episodes II, III, and IV, as Organa and Kenobi forge a friendship that will serve pivotal to galactic events.
Taking place early in the Clone Wars timeline, Wild Space is the story of Obi-Wan and Bail Organa going in search of a Sith holocron on the far away planet of Zigoola.
The Clone Wars novels are very accessible to fans with all levels of prior knowledge. You don’t have to have seen a single episode of the TV series or have read any other Star Wars books to be able to enjoy this. However, it features Ahsoka as a sideline character and takes place alongside Clone Wars Season One episodes Downfall of a Droid and Duel of the Droids.
Torrent Company’s Captain Rex takes Ahsoka on a three-day cruise on Captain Pellaeon's new ship. However, what was intended as a training cruise turns into a rescue mission as an undercover agent for the Republic goes missing.The Clone Wars: No Prisoners continues to tie into the popular Clone Wars TV show, adding to the development of the characters in the show while expanding on plot lines from its episodes.
The Clone Wars are being fought on many fronts, battles between Jedi and Sith, Republic and Separatists, clones and droids, good and evil. Just how far are the Separatists willing to go to achieve victory? On the planet Lanteeb, Obi-Wan and Anakin track down a scientist developing a catastrophic biological weapon for the Nemoidian Lok Durd. The story is an excellent addition to the drama of the drama of the Clone Wars because of the massive threat of the bioweapon, the personal moments between Obi-Wan and Anakin, and the inclusion of characters like Ahsoka.
The Clone Wars novels are very accessible to fans with all levels of prior knowledge. You don’t have to have seen a single episode of the tv series or have read any other Star Wars books to be able to enjoy this. The Clone Wars Gambit books, Stealth and Siege, form a two-part story arc.
The Clone Wars Gambit books are an Anakin and Obi-Wan story, in which the two attempt to take down a Separatist scientist who is developing a bioweapon with crippling destructive capabilities.
This is the sequel to Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth. It is an exciting conclusion to the storyline set up in the first book.
Who else to tell a better story from the Clone Wars than the clones themselves? See through the eyes of the Republic’s greatest soldiers through this miniseries written by none other than Michael Moreci! The talented writer’s hope is that children will find lessons to be learned from clones that they can look up to, whether it be from the ever-popular Rex and Cody or more lesser-known characters.
Anakin and Ahsoka disguise themselves as part of their mission to liberate the Togruta population that’s been taken captive by slavers. Sound familiar? The story arc from the hit show was first introduced in comic book form a couple years prior. Indulge yourself in the entire Clone Wars comic series to see your favorite Jedi as you’ve never seen them before!
If you were to look into a Clone Wars history book, you’d see many significant names of both heroes and villains alike. See more of the Republic’s major players in this impressive comic book collection.
Prior to the Phantom Menace, Darth Maul grows restless of waiting in the wings for his Master’s plan to come to fruition. He fills his time by establishing himself against the forces of Coruscant’s criminal underworld, but it isn’t enough. One thing and one thing only can satisfy his need to prove himself—eliminating Jedi. But for a student of the Dark Side, will Maul ever truly be satisfied?
This is the only canon comic series from Dark Horse. It was published very close to the Legends/Canon cutoff in 2014 and is an adaptation from unreleased episodes of the Clone Wars. Maul is caught in a power play between Sidious, Mother Talzin, Count Dooku, and the Death Watch of the Mandalorians. Maul forms the Shadow Collective, an army of Mandalorians, criminals from gangs such as Black Sun, and the Nightbrothers, to take down the Sith Lords.
In this Marvel miniseries, we get a glimpse at a mission wherein Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, receive a distress call to a remote snowy planet where two factions wage war for dominance. Written by masterful comics writer Charles Soule, this series provides something quite rare for Star Wars canon publishing–a Jedi team dispatched on a mission to preserve peace for the galaxy. It’s not a part of a larger galactic war, but a more localized story to a lone planet and two Jedi struggling to form a bond after the Force brought them together.
Take a seat and witness Mace Windu, Jedi Master, coming to terms with his new role in the galaxy as the Clone War rages on. Joining Master Windu on his mission are Jedi Kit Fisto, Prosset Dibs, and Rissa Mano. Mace will soon find out that some of his peers are prone to struggling with the ways of the Jedi Order. But how will he handle the situation when worse comes to worst?
Still a fresh-off-the-transport Padawan, Ahsoka becomes an integral part of Anakin and Obi Wan’s plot to destroy a Separatist shipyard. Is she up for the task? Does she really have a choice? For more stories set in-between episodes of The Clone Wars, check out all eleven issues of this incredible graphic novella series.
In this Ahsoka and Padme team-up, the brave senator helps relinquish any doubt that the young padawan has in her own abilities. Because of Padme’s faith in Ahsoka’s skills, they strengthen their bond of friendship when faced with an unexpected visitor while preparing for an important meeting with a group of Arthurian senators.
We all love the narrations that appear at the beginning of every Clone Wars episode, but did you know that besides those short recaps, Star Wars released short prequel stories to each episode as a webcomic on their website? The comic ran through the end of the third season of the show. Before you watch an episode, try reading the corresponding prequel comic!