Welcome to 31 Days of Star Wars! As this is a new blog I thought this would be the perfect way for you to get to know me a bit by answering a different question about my Star Wars preferences each day in March. Today’s subject is…
Favourite Canon Book
I will start this by saying that I have not yet read every canon book, so it is highly possible that ones I haven’t read (perhaps Thrawn or Battlefront II: Inferno Squad) may change my view, but as it stands my pick has to be Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars.
I agree with what Kristian Harloff has said on Collier Jedi Council that Claudia Gray just gets Star Wars, which makes her books feel so much better. A young-adult novel that is basically a romance would not usually interest me, but the way Gray fits the tale into the Galactic Civil War and puts a character on both sides of the war brings a great dynamic to the story.
“Maybe Ciena was right. Maybe the Force was bringing them together, over and over. If so, Thane decided, the Force had a sick sense of humor.”
Seeing so many moments we know from the films from a different point of view is great too (Cienna Ree is coordinating the TIE fighters that chase the Millennium Falcon through the asteroid field and both watch the destruction of Alderaan) and though it feels a bit odd that there is no mention of the Battle of Scarif (this was released well before Rogue One)it can easily be explained away by the size of the Devastator and the Death Star meaning the protagonists were simply not aware if they were off duty at the time. Not just that, but this is a great chance to see things from an Imperial point of view, showing that not everybody in the Empire was evil.
I really hope that the characters of Thane Kyrell and Cienna Ree appear in more stories moving forward, ideally in a sequel.
What is your favourite book? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and May the Force be with you…