The Empire Strikes Back
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The Empire Strikes Back

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The Death Star was a monument to everything that the Empire stood for. When the Rebel Alliance succeeded in obliterating the battle station against all odds, Imperial forces craved to see the terrorist group stomped out for good. That required the best the galaxy had to offer, albeit coming from the least glamorous of worlds.


In 1977, Star Wars rocked the box office and formed one of the largest fanbases in history. It had everything you could hope for in a space opera and the rest was open to interpretation. A sequel was not guaranteed, and Splinter of the Mind’s Eye was even written as a follow-up in case another film was unable to happen. But the fans’ dreams came true a couple years later when The Empire Strikes Back was released and expanded on the Star Wars universe in so many ways.


Empire Strikes Back introduced Jedi Master Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, Lando Calrissian, and a handful of unique bounty hunters. Many aspects that we love about Star Wars came from this highly-anticipated sequel which is still praised by fans to this day. The novels below capture the elements that made this film one to remember for ages.

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Adult Novel
Loosely Canon

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Donald F. Glut
3 ABY

You’ve probably seen the movie a hundred times, so why not give the novelization a try? You just might enjoy the story in a whole new light, especially if you keep in mind that the novel came out shortly before the film’s release so this is how some fans experienced Empire Strikes Back for the first time. Imagine finding out about THAT spoiler through the book!

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Adult Novel
Legends

Shadows of the Empire

Steve Perry
3.5 ABY

The Empire Strikes Back was a big hit, as was Return of the Jedi. But many fans wondered what our heroes were up to in preparation for Han’s rescue at Jabba’s palace. Shadows of the Empire fills the blanks in between the two films and gained enough popularity to be released in various media like comic adaptations, video games, and action figures.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Splinter of the Mind's Eye

Alan Dean Foster
2 ABY

Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye—written as a potential sequel to A New Hope—is a fascinating look at the direction the Star Wars saga may have gone. After crash landing on a jungle planet, Luke and Leia once again find themselves pitted against the Empire. But before they can escape, they must investigate local rumors of something known as a "Kaiburr crystal"—an object in which Darth Vader also has great interest.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge

Martha Wells
2 ABY

After their victory in the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Alliance make plans to set up a new base on the planet Hoth. Han and Leia set off to gather supplies for the base, but Leia is troubled when she encounters a group of Alderaanians who survived their planet’s destruction but had resorted to living as pirates. Razor’s Edge is a great Leia-centered story leading up to The Empire Strikes Back.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Choices of One

Timothy Zahn
0.5 ABY

After being forced to evacuate its base on Yavin, the Rebellion is in turmoil. Its pledge to overthrow the Empire's iron-fisted rule is dependent upon finding a new headquarters for their operations. So, when an unlikely source approaches Rebel leadership offering the perfect location in exchange for Rebel protection from an invading alien war force, it seems the Force may be working in the Rebels' favor.


Unbeknownst to Luke, Han, Leia, and the rest of the fledgling Rebellion, Mara Jade, the Hand of the Emperor, and five stormtroopers called the Hand of Judgement, are on their way to that exact prospective base location, looking to destroy the Rebellion once and for all.

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Adult Novel
Legends

Scoundrels

Timothy Zahn
0 ABY

Scoundrels is a classic heist story involving none other than Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian.

After Han’s reward for helping the Rebellion at the Battle of Yavin is stolen, he finds himself in desperate need of credits. So, when he is approached about a job stealing back hundreds of millions of credits from a crime lord on the planet Wukkar, he jumps at the chance. However, more than a few twists and turns along the way threaten to derail the entire operation and leave Han wondering which of the people standing by his side can be trusted…

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Adult Novel
Legends

Tales of the Bounty Hunters

Various Authors
3 ABY

Since their debut in Empire Strikes Back, bounty hunters have taken the Star Wars fandom by storm with costumes and figurines expressing their love for the popular space profession. If you fit in with those fans and your favorite characters include Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, or dare I say, Dengar, then you will find plenty of joy in this timeless classic.

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Adult Novel
Legends

The Lando Calrissian Adventures

L. Neil Smith
4-3 BBY

Hello, what have we here? Why, it’s a collection of novels specifically about Lando Calrissian! If you just can’t resist the smooth-as-silk gambler, smuggler, and entrepreneur, don’t even try to pass up The Lando Calrissian Adventures. This book includes Lando’s best shenanigans in the time before he lost the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo.

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Young Adult Novel
Canon

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure

Greg Rucka
0 ABY

After the destruction of the Death Star, Han & Chewie are more than happy to take their promised reward and head off to pay back Jabba the Hutt, but Princess Leia Organa has something else in mind for the duo. A quick rescue mission to help the burgeoning Rebellion - what harm could it do?

Bounty hunters and Imperials, alike, repeatedly chase the pair across the planet Cyrkon, and by the time it’s all over, Han finds himself deeper than he ever thought possible in a cause he tried so long to avoid.

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