Hera Syndulla
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Hera Syndulla

Hera Syndulla was born into chaos.

The Clone Wars left her homeworld devastated and broken. Growing up with a father who refused to let the Empire reign over his people, she learned what it meant to fight for what she believed in. But she also learned if she was going to change the galaxy, she was going to have to do it her own way.

Desperate to make the galaxy a better, safter place -- on her own terms, not under her father’s control -- she set out to transform her passion into a rebellion.

Her quest began with a jaded hidden Force-user named Kanan Jarrus. It didn’t take long for these two to form an unbreakable bond. Though they put their work before their feelings for as long as they could, their crew grew from two to six before their eyes. It was no longer just a crew; it became a family.

Together, the Ghost family risked their lives time and again to protect the innocent as well as each other. Eventually, one of them would give their life to save everything they loved -- but not before leaving Hera with someone else to continue to fight for.

Hera Syndulla has yet to appear in more than a few adult novels. But her presence in comics continues to grow, and the trend is sure to continue. Alexander Freed’s recent books have given us glimpses into her post-Rebels life. But it’s doubtful this is the end of her story.

While you rewatch her evolution through the animated series and reread the Alphabet Squadron books, you can also check out Hera Syndulla’s additional appearances in the Star Wars Expanded Universe -- including multiple Doctor Aphra comics.

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A New Dawnamazon button
Adult Novel
Canon

A New Dawn

September 2, 2014
John Jackson Miller
11 BBY

Star Wars Rebels tugged on the heartstrings of countless fans, and this story is where it all began. Taking place before the beloved show, A New Dawn shows us how Kanan and Hera were destined to cross paths and fight together in the Galactic Civil War.

Being the first novel released in the new Canon era of Star Wars books, John Jackson Miller leaves a lasting first impression on what’s to come.

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Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 1amazon button
Children's Book
Canon

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 1

August 1, 2017
Emma Carlson Berne
21 BBY - 34 ABY
The animated micro-series Forces of Destiny has since been adapted into several chapter books featuring the same art and characters from several of the renowned video shorts. The chapter book adapts four separate episodes of the series: Star Wars: Forces of Destiny: Sands of Jakku, BB-8 Bandits, Newest Recruit and The Imposter Inside, and features beloved characters such as Rey, Sabine Wren, and Padme Amidala.
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Children's Book
Canon

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 2

October 3, 2017
Emma Carlson Berne
21 BBY - 3 ABY
Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures Volume 2 adapts three episodes of the Star Wars: Forces of Destiny series: The Padawan Path, Beasts of Echo Base, and The Stranger, while adding new scenes and introductions. The Padawan Path revolves around an adventure of Ahsoka Tano, while Beasts of Echo Base focuses on Leia and The Stranger primarily features Jyn Erso.
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Graphic Novel
Canon

Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle

May 7, 2019
Cavan Scott
1 BBY

Tales from Vader's Castle follows the story of Rebel commander Lina Graf and the rest of the crew of her ship, the Auric, as they crash land on Mustafar. With no way to communicate with the rest of the Rebellion and no way off of the lava planet, they are forced to venture towards the only sign of civilization they can find—a dark, eery castle off in the distance. As the small rebel band travels ever further into the bowels of the castle, they relate stories to one another about some of the horrors of the galaxy, including haunted ships, strange monsters, and cursed planets, all starring some of the most well-known heroes of the Rebellion. However, as the owner of the dark castle becomes aware that he has intruders, Lina and her crew realize that their very own horror story may be unfolding before them...

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Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (cinestory comic)amazon button
Graphic Novel
Canon

Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (cinestory comic)

August 8, 2017
Dave Filoni
5 BBY - 4 BBY
Spark of Rebellion: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic brings the characters and story you know and love into comic book form, featuring the early beginnings of the adventures featuring Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, and the remaining crew of The Ghost. This graphic novel adapts the first five episodes of the series: Spark of Rebellion, Droids in Distress, Fighter Flight, Rise of the Old Masters and Breaking Ranks. Stills from the series are used to recreate key moments from each episode.
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The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus: Rebel Leaderamazon button
Junior Reader
Canon

The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus: Rebel Leader

February 5, 2015
Ben Harper
5 BBY
If you’ve ever wanted someone to pick out the best Kanan moments from the first ten episodes of Star Wars Rebels, then this is the perfect book for you. The hardcover features a shiny holocron next to Kanan’s overly enthusiastic face and the book also includes instructions on how to access a secret Jedi website. What more could you possibly ask for?
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Omnibus
Canon

Kanan: Hardcover Omnibus Collection

December 20, 2016
Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz
22 BBY - 4 BBY
Kanan Jarrus wasn’t always his name. Former Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume was on a remote mission with his master when their clone troopers turned on them. This comic series tells the story of how Caleb survived countless obstacles to become the Jedi we meet in Star Wars: Rebels. The hardcover omnibus combines all 12 issues of Kanan’s story into one volume so you can easily read from start to finish.
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Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)amazon button
Graphic Novel
Canon

Doctor Aphra (2016) Vol. 4: The Catastraphe Con (Trade Paperback)

January 8, 2019
Simon Spurrier
2 ABY

Rogue archaeologist Chelle Aphra is in hot water—an Imperial prison ship where she is close supervised at all times by guard droids. Despite her sketchy past, she might prove to be the Rebels' only hope. She teams up with a delightful crew consisting of a colorful and exesiential destroyer droid, a wimpy shapeshifter named Lopset, and ex-lovers Sana Starros and Imperial Inspector Tolvan. They’re on the run from Imperial authorities, a self-righteous lawman, the bloodthirsty droid Triple Zero, and even the psychotic ghost of a long-dead Jedi trapped in a fungus trapped in the hull of a crashed ship!

The characters of Doctor Aphra, Triple Zero, and BT-1 are first introduced in Kieron Gillen’s run on Darth Vader. When that series concluded, Aphra received her own solo series. This series is Si Spurrier’s run on these dark, twisted, and never boring characters.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Alphabet Squadron

June 11, 2019
Alexander Freed
4 ABY

The Emperor is dead. But the Empire is still clinging to what remains of its resources to survive. It’s up to a mismatched team of pilots to finish chipping away at what remains of one of the worst threats the recent galaxy has ever known.

If you’re a fan of the X-Wing books on the legends timeline, you will love the debut novel in this trilogy set just after the events of Return of the Jedi. With so little known about the events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is the perfect book to introduce you to the Galactic Empire’s final end.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall

June 23, 2020
Alexander Freed
4 ABY
Following the success of his entry novel Alphabet Squadron, Alexander Freed is back and better than ever with the much-anticipated sequel, Shadow Fall. Set shortly after the victorious (albeit costly) battle at Pandem Nai, Yrica Quell's ragtag Alphabet Squadron continues their task of finding and eliminating the elite Imperial 204th Fighter Wing, better know as Shadow Wing. Working under the supervision of New Republic Intelligence Agent Caern Adan and General Hera Syndulla, Quell is faced with the challenge of managing her ill-fitting group of pilots while at the same time protecting a secret that could cause irreparable damage to not only Alphabet Squadron, but to the entire New Republic. Meanwhile, a familiar face with a new name has returned to Shadow Wing, and his mission is quite clear: revenge. Check out the second installment in this action packed trilogy!
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