“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.
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.
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.
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.