"I know something about pain you don't. Pain drowns other people. I just swim in it."
Tragedy is no stranger to the characters in Star Wars. Think about it—Anakin fell to the dark side in an attempt to save the one he loved. Padmé’s death came at the hand of her husband. Luke and Leia were left as orphan infants. Luke took up the hero’s journey when he witnessed his aunt and uncle’s corpses smoldering outside of his childhood home.
You get the picture. There isn’t an abundance of happily-ever-afters in the galaxy far, far away. That’s certainly the case with Tahiri Veila.
Tahiri is many things. A Tatooinian. Anakin Solo’s childhood best friend. Barefoot warrior half-alien Tusken Raider Jedi. Broken-hearted lover. Sith apprentice. Addict. Tool in multiple galactic wars. And that barely scratches the surface of her story.
Few characters in Star Wars are as easy to empathize with nor are as frustrating to us as readers rooting for her. And yet every misstep and every tragedy is believable, well-written, and utterly heartbreaking. Despite the hurt and frustration, her journey is well worth the investment.
In this collection you’ll find multiple lengthy Legends series: Junior Jedi Knights, the New Jedi Order, the Dark Nest Trilogy, Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi.
Junior Jedi Knights from Rebecca Moesta and Nancy Richardson is Tahiri’s light-hearted origin in which she trains alongside Anakin Solo at Luke Skywalker’s Jedi academy on Yavin IV. Compared to the Young Jedi Knights series, Junior Jedi Knights is much shorter.
From there, Tahiri was absent from the first six books of the New Jedi Order series, making her adult-novel debut in Greg Keyes’s Edge of Victory I: Conquest. It, alongside Star by Star, is the most important book in the series for Tahiri. Therein, Anakin Solo embarked on a rogue rescue mission to save the students at the Jedi academy on Yavin IV from the Yuuzhan Vong. Her experiences at the hands of the Vong in Conquest changed her irrevocably.
After her brainwashing and Anakin’s attempts to rescue her, there was a part of Tahiri that became part Yuuzhan Vong and would never be the same. This was a crucial development in the New Jedi Order as we now had a sympathetic character who both resented and identified with the Yuuzhan Vong and gave both the Jedi and the reader insight into their culture and their thinking.
Her story pivoted drastically once again in Legacy of the Force as she is taken in under the wing of Darth Caedus, strung along under his Sith influence by being taught the most sci-fi Force power in all of Legends: flow-walking.
She harnesses the power—a cross between time travel and a lucid Force vision--in order to relive one of her most life-changing and heartbreaking moments over and over again. And she can’t move on. Thus she is somehow Jedi, Sith, Yuuzhan Vong, with her identity caught in-between heroes, villains, and galactic forces competing for her along the way.
Jacen and Jaina Solo are off on adventures of their own, and now it's time for their younger brother Anakin to begin his training at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Temple on Yavin IV. He befriends a girl from Tatooine named Tahiri and soon discover that they are both having the same nightmare. Believing that the Force is calling them on an adventure, they sneak out of the academy, discover an ancient Jedi Master, and are soon in way over their heads. . .
Anakin and Tahiri journey with their friend Lyric to one of Yavin's other moons—Yavin VIII! There, they must seek to understand an alien culture, battle a vicious monster, and unravel the mystery similar to what they found back on Yavin IV.
In a way that is redeemed beautifully by Anakin Skywalker's hatred for the sandpeople in Attack of the Clones, in the Junior Jedi Knights we find Anakin Solo befriending Tahiri Veila, who was raised by sandpeople on Tatooine. In this book Tahiri and Anakin go to Tatooine to solve the mystery of the Golden Globe and to discover the truth of Tahiri's parentage. Plus, they battle a Krayt Dragon!
In a perfect blend of emotional depth and fan service, Anakin's Quest is the story of Anakin Solo's journey to Dagobah to reckon with his namesake.
Anakin, Tahiri, Ikrit, and Tionne set off to the spooky planet of Vjun—infested with parasitic plants and ghosts of dark siders of the past. They're chasing the rumor that Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber was retrieved by Darth Vader and hidden in his now abandoned fortress. This story is truly one of the long lost gems of Legends storytelling.
The Junior Jedi Knights concludes with Anakin taking his leap toward Jedi Knighthood. He's contrasted with Uldiir, a student weak with the Force who steals a Jedi Holocron and Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber, thinking he can shortcut his path to becoming a Jedi. Anakin must follow in his uncle's footsteps in redeeming a lost Jedi in order to become one himself.
The Yuuzhan Vong war has reached Yavin IV, where the students at the Jedi Academy are in grave danger because the New Republic and Jedi forces are spread thin across the galaxy. Anakin Solo takes it upon himself to come to the rescue. There he is reunited with his childhood friend Tahiri and the ancient Jedi Master Ikrit from the Junior Jedi Knights series. Soon Anakin finds himself behind enemy lines and befriending the unlikeliest of allies in order to save his friend and escape.
Following the events on Yavin IV, Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila go out of the frying pan and into the fire! Aided by Jedi Master Corran Horn aboard the Star Destroyer Errant Venture, they are captured by Yuuzhan Vong sypathizers. Meanwhile Jacen has to reconcile with this father, Jaina clashes with the infamous Jedi Kyo Durron, and Luke looks to expel the virus from Mara using whatever means necessary—even the dark side. . .
Star by Star is a major turning point in the New Jedi Order series. A massive strike team consisting of Jacen, Jaina, Anakin, and many other young Jedi must infiltrate a Yuuzhan Vong worldship. They are tasked with taking out a cloning lab for voxyn—vicious beasts bred from the vornskyrs native to Mykyr—who specialize in hunting Jedi. The mission is incredibly hard-fought and has devastating consequences for our heroes, for whom life will never be the same.
One of the five original hardcover tentpole books of the New Jedi Order, Destiny's Way is a pivotal book in the grand scheme of galactic politics. A new government is forming to better handle the galactic shakeup that has come at the hands of the Yuuzhan Vong. Luke Skywalker positions the Jedi to be major players in galactic events and inducts a new class of Jedi Knights into a now fully-formed Jedi Order. But disparate factions within the government propose various solutions to the Yuuzhan Vong problem—including biological warfare that would exterminate the Vong in their entirety.
This is the first of a trilogy set near the end of the war. Our heroes go off in search of the mysterious living planet, Zenoma Sekot, in the Unknown Regions, following up on a lead Jacen was given by Vergere. The Imperial Remnant battles with the Yuuzhan Vong in a series of battles that will take Gillad Pellaeon to the brink of death. And Nom Anor is forced into hiding among the Shamed Ones in the under levels of Coruscant.
As Nom Anor plans an overthrow and assassination of Supreme Overlord Shimrra, the Solos return to the planet of Bakura to recruit their aid in the war against the Yuuzhan Vong. Upon arrival, they discover that the planet’s politics have been turned inside out, with the formerly enslaved P’w'ecks having revolted against the Ssi-ruuvi. On top of that, Tahiri Veila must face her inner demons as she comes face-to-face with the Shaper who molded her mind back on Yavin IV. . .
The New Jedi Order series nears its close as Tahiri must reconcile her dual identities, Nom Anor’s plan goes awry, and the truth of Zenoma Sekot comes to light.
The Yuuzhan Vong near ultimate victory in their quest to conquer the galaxy. The floundering Alliance is on the brink of total collapse. Meanwhile, some of its greatest heroes have vanished in its most dire time of need. However, an uprising from among the Yuuzhan Vong’s own ranks and a strange new toxin known as Alpha Red offer a small ray of hope. As the final moves of the war are made, Luke, Han, and Leia are desperate to stop the Yuuzhan Vong and save their galaxy once and for all...no matter the cost.
With this novel, James Luceno takes readers on one final ride in the climactic conclusion of the lengthy New Jedi Order series.
Where do you go after a 19-book series like the New Jedi Order? Into a hive of mind-controlling space bugs, obviously! Troy Denning goes full-throttle on this incredibly off-kilter sci-fi series. Jacen is dark and broody, Leia training as a Jedi, and a crazed Dark Jedi Alema Rar on a rampage.
Troy Denning pulls out all the sci-fi stops in his Dark Nest trilogy. The Dark Nest, harboring thieves and pirates and plotting to assassinate Mara Jade, must be stopped. The Unseen Queen makes the war personal. Jaina and Zekk struggle to break free of the Killiks’ influence, the Jedi find themselves at odds with the government they’re sworn to serve, Luke and Leia learn more about the events surrounding the downfall of their parents and the truth of Order 66, and Jacen takes an irrevocable step down the dark path as he gets tangled up in family drama on Hapes and is targeted by the Dark Nest.
In the explosive conclusion to the Dark Nest trilogy, Denning delivers on decapitations, epic lightsaber fights, character drama, biological warfare, assassination attempts, subterfuge, and so much more! The trilogy sees many of the major characters undergoing permanent change—Luke Skywalker assumes the mantle of Grand Master of the New Jedi Order, Jacen Solo commits to his own path of following his own moral compass and burying the lies of what really happened on Hapes, Leia becomes a fully-fledged Jedi Knight, and several of the younger Jedi are banished for their dark actions during this messy war. It bridges the gap between the New Jedi Order and the Legacy of the Force series in a way that is uniquely Star Wars Legends.
Jacen Solo is one of the most well-developed characters in the Legends timeline. His experiences in the hands of Vergere and the Yuuzahn Vong changed him irrevocably. He saved the galaxy once, but to what lengths is he willing to go in order to save it again? Betrayal takes his story in a new direction, reintroducing a villain from the original Marvel comics, Lumiya, who guides Jacen along a dark path. All the while, Jacen is serving as the Jedi teacher to his nephew, Ben Skywalker, and the Skywalker and Solo clans might be torn apart along family lines.
It would be helpful to have read the New Jedi Order before starting Legacy of the Force, but we realize that's a tall order. At the very least, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the main characters and with Jacen's torture at the hands of Vergere in Traitor before diving in.
The third entry in the Legacy of the Force series revolves around the planet Hapes and Jacen's lover, Jedi and Queen Mother Tenel Ka. Because of her loyalty to Jacen, she has sided with the Alliance against Corellia. But she faces opposition from within as the cutthroat political rivals on Hapes hire bounty hunters to eliminate her. Han and Leia go to Hapes to reason with Tenel Ka, unknowingly stepping into a flashfire that will incur the wrath of Jacen, who blames them for the upheaval.
Troy Denning seizes the opportunity to weave deranged Dark Jedi Alema Rarr into the plot. She looks to assassinate Jacen, but is secretly sought after by Jagged Fel, who is exiled by the Chiss.
As the fourth book in nine book series, this novel continues to build on the plot lines of books 1-3. Exile also brings back Wedge, Lando, and Booster to help aid the main characters and their plot points. The story is told from multiple character perspectives and is packed with steady action.
We begin with Han and Leia in exile, Jacen Solo continues to struggle, while the tensions between the Alliance and the Confederation are at an all time high, and Ben Skywalker embarks on a solo mission that seems key to his character's development.
In order for Jacen Solo to complete his transformation into a Sith Lord, he must make a drastic sacrifice. His former Jedi Master, Mara Jade Skywalker, investigates his turn to the dark side. Jacen continues his negative influence over Ben Skywalker by tasking him with an assassination.
Karen Traviss picks up plot threads from her Republic Commando series by sending Boba Fett on a quest for a cure for complications with his compromised clone body. He teams up with Null ARC Jaing Skirata and Darman's son Venku.
Inferno is a critical turning point in the Legacy of the Force series. Darth Caedus sends troops to arrest Han and Leia Solo, Ben Skywalker looks for his chance to strike, and the great forests of Kashyyyk are burned to the ground! It's jam-packed with the action, heartbreak, and deception that makes Legacy of the Force such a great series.
Darth Caedus, formerly Jacen Solo, kidnaps his daughter, Allana, from Hapes, threatening her life if her mother Tenel Ka doesn’t pledge Hapes to the Galactic Alliance. Tenel Ka turns to the Jedi for help rather than caving in to Caedus’s pressure. Meanwhile, Han and Leia track down the ever elusive Dark Jedi Alema Rar. As Caedus continues his domination, he turns his sights on obtaining a super weapon: Centerpoint Station.
Legacy of the Force continues in this entry from the infamous Legends author Karen Traviss. And it wouldn't be a Traviss book if it didn't have Mandalorians! Jaina Solo trains under Boba Fett himself to learn the skills it will take to defeat Darth Caedus.
In the final, explosive conclusion to the incredible Legacy of the Force series, we see Jaina Solo go toe-to-toe with Darth Caedus. But it's not a 400 page lightsaber battle—Invincible brings absolutely every player to the table and lays it all on the line. Anything and everything you could want in a Legends book is here, complete with massive space battles, infiltration missions, Jedi strike teams, emotional gut punches, kidnapping, and of course one heck of a lightsaber duel.
Outcast is the first novel in the Fate of the Jedi series. It takes place in the aftermath of the reign of Darth Caedus and primarily features Luke Skywalker, Han, Leia, and their children. In Outcast, an arrest order is put out for Luke, the start of anti-Jedi sentiments brewing in the galaxy, forcing Luke’s hand and setting him out on a mission with Ben Skywalker. Outcast is a great start to the Fate of the Jedi series, and continues to develop some of the main stories in the EU.
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.
Abyss succeeds in moving the series forward while maintaining roots and connections to the rest of the Star Wars galaxy. This installment is not to be missed, full of battle sequences that keep the reader on the edge of their seat, philosophical exploration of Force themes, and struggles against the Galactic Alliance while combating a low public opinion of the Jedi!
In the nostalgic victory lap of the Expanded Universe that is the Fate of the Jedi series, our heroes visit locations from the early days of the Legends continuity. Backlash takes them to Dathomir, where Vestara Khai seeks the aid of the Nightsisters against Luke Skywalker. Plus, more Jedi psychosis and Admiral Daala commands an army of Mandalorians!
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.
Loaded with betrayal, a faked death, the breakdown of the Jedi-Sith alliance, a revelation of the Jedi Queen, an assassination of a beloved character, and a schism within the ranks of the Jedi Council, Vortex is a hard-hitting book with plenty of gravitas to propel you forward in the series.
The Abeloth-induced Jedi psychosis continues to rage among their ranks, especially in Valin and Jysella Horn. Saba Sebathyne becomes interim Chief of State when the Jedi remove Daala from office. The Sith look to take out the Jedi Queen of their visions—leading them to Hapes.
Aaron Allston's interests are on display as this novel is full of espionage, political and military coups, romance, and Tahiri Veila's trial.
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.
In the explosive finale to the Fate of the Jedi series, the Jedi secretly arrive on Coruscant to discover that the Lost Tribe of the Sith have invaded the planet on every level of society. The Jedi and Sith face off in a climactic battle of epic proportions and Abeloth's conquest comes to a head in a shockingly mythological twist. . .
As the final novel in the Legends timeline, this story pits Luke, Leia, and Han against the highest stakes they've ever faced and, in more ways than one, concludes their adventures once and for all.
As the last Star Wars novel to fall into readers’ hands before Disney’s official canon reboot, it has not only brought a close to a decades-long adventure in the Star Wars universe, but also provides closure to the fans who have become invested along the way.