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Master & Apprentice Phasma Dooku: Jedi Lost From a Certain Point of View
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Discover Captain Phasma’s mysterious history in this “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novel. Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in the original script to the thrilling Star Wars audio production. More than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of A New Hope. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“Unmissable . . . Bloodline’s tense politics, vivid new characters, and perfectly characterized Leia make it feel as central to the Star Wars universe as one of the films.”Tordotcom

WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE
 
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
 
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
 
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .

Praise for Bloodline
 
“[Claudia] Gray paints a much more complete galaxy than we often get to see on the big screen. . . . Knowing that Rian Johnson (writer, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII) had some creative input on the novel provides hope that we haven’t seen the last of all of these wonderful characters. . . . Star Wars: Bloodline isn’t just a great  Star Wars book, or a great Leia book, or a great book; it’s a great introduction into the larger world of  Star Wars in general.” ComicBookdotcom
 
Bloodline is a nonstop page-turner that grabs at heartstrings that you weren’t aware of and yanks down on every one of them. The story is loaded with context for The Force Awakens that plants the seeds for The First Order in perfectly haunting ways, and leaves the reader grasping for more details on newly discovered favorite characters.” Inverse

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“Unmissable . . . Bloodline’s tense politics, vivid new characters, and perfectly characterized Leia make it feel as central to the Star Wars universe as one of the films.” Tordotcom
 
“[Claudia] Gray paints a much more complete galaxy than we often get to see on the big screen. . . . Knowing that Rian Johnson (writer, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII) had some creative input on the novel provides hope that we haven’t seen the last of all of these wonderful characters. . . . Star Wars: Bloodline isn’t just a great  Star Wars book, or a great Leia book, or a great book; it’s a great introduction into the larger world of  Star Wars in general.” ComicBookdotcom
 
Bloodline is a nonstop page-turner that grabs at heartstrings that you weren’t aware of and yanks down on every one of them. The story is loaded with context for The Force Awakens that plants the seeds for The First Order in perfectly haunting ways, and leaves the reader grasping for more details on newly discovered favorite characters.” Inverse

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of Star Wars: Lost Stars , as well as A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

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The conference building of the New Republic senatorial complex contained multiple rooms appropriate for every kind of auxiliary function imaginable, from memorial concerts to awards ceremonies. Leia and Tai-Lin headed toward one of the smallest banquet rooms. The breakfast meeting had been organized by Varish Vicly, who couldn’t imagine a bad time for a party.
 
Varish came loping toward them now on all fours. “There you are! I was worried you’d be late.”
 
“We’re still early,” Leia protested as both she and Tai-Lin were wrapped in quick, long-limbed hugs.
 
“Yes, but I worry. You know how they get.”
 
“They” meant prominent representatives of both the far-left and far-right branches of the Populist faction. The far-right branches wanted to dissolve the Senate so each world would again become a totally separate entity; the far left hoped to open voting to the general populace, so that instead of thousands of senators refusing to agree, they could have countless citizens refusing to agree. The only thing these senators had in common was, it seemed, a willingness to support Leia’s candidacy for First Senator.
 
“Now come along and be introduced to everyone,” Varish insisted. Soon Leia found herself shaking hands and paws, murmuring greetings; thanks to some review holos Korrie had prepared for her, she recognized each senator in attendance and could even ask a few pertinent questions about their families and worlds.
 
In other words, Leia thought as she listened to someone cheerfully talk about his grandchildren, this is going wonderfully for everyone but me. Though not until now had she realized how much she dreaded her candidacy—or maybe just discussing her candidacy—whatever it was that made her so ill at ease.
 
They entered the banquet hall together, the entire group walking two by two. Leia knew the seat at the far end of the table would be hers, guest of honor as counterpart to the host. So she walked the length of the room, attentive to the senator at her side, before glancing down at the arrangements—sumptuous even by Varish’s standards, with a velvet runner stretching along the table and delicate paper streamers lying across the tables, beneath elaborately folded napkins. Leia had to laugh. “Honestly, Varish. For breakfast?”
 
This won good-natured chuckles from the room; Varish Vicly’s lavish tastes were well known, a foible she herself joked about. Today, however, she shrugged. “I didn’t request this. Maybe the serving staff heard my name and assumed that meant to go all out for glamour.”
 
Varish smiled as she took her seat. “If that’s my reputation . . . you know, I can live with it.”
 
Leia settled into her chair, picked up her napkin—and stopped.
 
Something was written on the paper streamer on her plate. Actual writing. Virtually nobody wrote any longer; it had been years since Leia had seen actual words handwritten in ink on anything but historical documents.
 
But today, someone had left this message on her plate, only one word long:
 
RUN.
 
Leia shoved her chair back, instantly leaping to her feet. “We have to get out of here,” she said to the startled senators at the table. “Now. Go!”
 
But they didn’t move, even as she dashed toward the door. Varish said, “Leia? What in the worlds—”
 
“Didn’t you hear me?” These fools who had never been in the war, who didn’t know an urgent warning when they got one. Leia held up the paper so they could see it. “Run! Everyone get up and run!”
 
With that, she took off, running as fast as she could, finally hearing the others stir behind her. Maybe they thought the note was only a prank, but Leia knew better. The inchoate dread that had swirled inside her all morning had solidified; this was what her feelings had been warning her about.
 
As they dashed through the hallways of the conference building, Leia glimpsed an alert panel and swerved sideways to hit it. A robotic voice said, “No detected hazards at this—”
 
“Override! Evacuation alert now!” Leia resumed running just as the warning lights began to blink and the siren’s wail sounded. Immediately people began filing out of various other rooms, mostly grumbling but at least moving toward the exits—and when they saw her, they, too, started to run. The sense of urgency built behind her like a wave cresting, preparing to crash.
 
Leia’s breath caught in her throat as she pushed herself harder, running full out toward the doors, so fast they almost didn’t have time to open for her. In the square beyond, security droids had begun herding people away from the building, but too many continued to mill around, staring in consternation at the scene. The others evacuating flooded through the doors behind and around her, but once they were clear of the structure, half of them stopped, remaining stupidly within range.
 
Within range of what? She still didn’t know. But every instinct within her—the Force itself—screamed that disaster was near.
 
Leia didn’t stop. She kept running as hard as she could, never looking back, until . . .
 
Brilliant light. A roar so loud it resonated in her skull. And hot air and debris slamming into her, knocking her down, rolling her over, erasing the world.

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Brian D. Seavey
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Finally, a Modern Canon/Leia Book Worth Reading
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
Of all of the new Star Wars novels, this one has surprised me the most. I love Star Wars and I love the characters and the beauty of the novels is how they expand on those characters. However, at the same time, in each novel I am looking for threads that help bind the... See more
Of all of the new Star Wars novels, this one has surprised me the most. I love Star Wars and I love the characters and the beauty of the novels is how they expand on those characters. However, at the same time, in each novel I am looking for threads that help bind the movies together and fill in time gaps in the story line. To be honest, nearly every new canon novel so far has fallen short of this, until now. To call this essential reading for SW fans and for those looking for some explanation about events leading up to The Force Awakens, this is your book.

Essentially, this novel helps fans understand two of the big questions we asked after The Force Awakens was released: where did the New Order come from and why did the New Republic allow the New Order to flourish if Princess Leia is pushing the Resistance? I don''t want to give away too much of the book, but it is great and throws a wonderful political spin into the SW galaxy without making it all about Politics.

This is a great novel that treats the character of Leia right (unlike the terrible comic book run) and adds to the Star Wars tapestry, filling in important gaps. Stop reading this review and start reading the novel!
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StoryHobbit
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The Best of the Star Wars Canon So Far
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2016
No spoilers: I’ll be honest, ever since Lucasfilm decided to set a “new precedent” for their Star Wars literature, relabeling the old as Legends and introducing the new as official canon, I haven’t been a huge fan of the books that have followed. Sure, some of... See more
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I’ll be honest, ever since Lucasfilm decided to set a “new precedent” for their Star Wars literature, relabeling the old as Legends and introducing the new as official canon, I haven’t been a huge fan of the books that have followed. Sure, some of them were okay, my favorites being A New Dawn, Aftermath, and Lost Stars. But I’ve waffled on which I liked more. While they were good, none of them really stood out as being my clear favorite. Well that is no longer the case.

Bloodline is now, by far, my favorite Star Wars book in the canon, ranking as high as some of my absolute favorite books from the old Expanded Universe, now Legends. And that’s saying a lot. While I won’t dive into spoilers in this review, here are some of my thoughts to get started with.

First of all, let’s talk politics, because the book certainly does . The Force Awakens had almost nothing to tell us about the political landscape of the universe, even less than we saw in the original trilogy. At least then we knew there was an Empire, an Emperor, a Senate that had been recently dissolved, etc. Bloodline takes place 6 years before The Force Awakens and it will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the state of the galaxy prior to the events of the film. Now, the funny thing about politics is that it’s become almost something of a dirty word among some Star Wars fans, due largely to the backlash of the politically-charged prequel films. Fortunately, one of the best mediums to present politics is in book form; we can get inside the heads of the characters, and suddenly it becomes a game we can participate in. Bloodline does this to perfection, and I might add that students of early United States politics might find some of the political arguments familiar.

But let’s move away from that and talk about characters. Princess Leia is the primary protagonist of the book, and Gray hit the nail right on the head. Everything about Leia, from her political views, to her pessimistic and impatient demeanor, to her relationships with other characters, represents realistic growth for her character from when we saw her in Return of the Jedi. Other characters, though not given the same spotlight as Leia, are quite interesting. Gray is able to present likable characters despite completely different viewpoints. Gray’s last Star Wars book, Lost Stars, did something similar by having the two main characters take opposite sides of the war between the Rebellion and the Empire. Both were likable, relatable, but still had completely opposing views. Perhaps the most likable character in Bloodline, besides Leia herself, was a senator who existed on the opposite side of the political spectrum from the princess.

Lastly, if you’re a chronology fan like myself, you will find this book fascinating. The book is full of clues and events that will inform your viewing of The Force Awakens. Since these events are considered canon, we can rely on their accuracy. I won’t spoil anything here, but I promise that this book will change the dialogue that fans have about The Force Awakens, in a big way. It answers questions.

Bloodline is literary gold even outside of the Star Wars universe. It’s one of the best science fiction books I have read. Bloodline makes you think, it makes you cry, it makes you want to jump up and down in fanboy/girl glee. The only thing it won’t do is make you stop reading. So the remaining question is: why are you still reading this review and not reading Bloodline?

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JPI
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Delivered what I wanted.
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2016
First let me say that although I am a big Star Wars fan, I don''t read Star Wars novels. In fact (and I''m really dating myself here) this is the only Star Wars novel I''ve read since Splinter of the Minds Eye in 1978! I just figured that if the movies don''t cover it, I''ll... See more
First let me say that although I am a big Star Wars fan, I don''t read Star Wars novels. In fact (and I''m really dating myself here) this is the only Star Wars novel I''ve read since Splinter of the Minds Eye in 1978! I just figured that if the movies don''t cover it, I''ll either figure it out on my own, or I don''t need to know it.
However, while I thought Force Awakens was an excellent movie, there were a few things that were bothering me too much to leave alone, namely;
-What the hell happened to the new Republic? Last time we saw these characters, they were celebrating freeing the galaxy with the Ewoks. Now Leia is in hiding, Han is a smuggler again and Luke is MIA.
-Who the hell is the First Order and why do they look exactly like the Empire? Stormtroopers, Star Destroyers, TIE fighters...It was like they never lost the war.
So when I found out that there was a book covering some of the time span between Jedi and Force Awakens, I decided to give it a shot.
The good news it that this book goes a long way towards answering my two questions. Makes it very clear how the galaxy went to crap between the movies.
Leia is by far the central character in this story and although she was never my favorite, she carries this book fairly well and her character is fleshed out much more here than in the movies. It was also enjoyable as well as nostalgic to hear her recount some of the events from the original movies specifically from her point of view.
However be warned; this book deals with politics; LOTS of politics. And while there are some action sequences, if you''re looking for X-Wings, blasters and lightsabers, look elsewhere. This book is about political intrigue, and that''s not necessarily a bad thing. The characters (both old and new) are well written and the story carries you along at a good pace. Overall, very worth reading and it gave me a better understanding of what''s happening going forward with the new movies.
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Edzo
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“Bloodline” Gets Your Blood Boiling
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2020
“Star Wars: Bloodline,” a canon novel written by Claudia Gray and published in 2016, is a political/action story about the end of Princess Leia Organa''s time as a senator for the New Republic. It also outlines a troubled and ineffectual Galactic Senate, which paves the way... See more
“Star Wars: Bloodline,” a canon novel written by Claudia Gray and published in 2016, is a political/action story about the end of Princess Leia Organa''s time as a senator for the New Republic. It also outlines a troubled and ineffectual Galactic Senate, which paves the way for the rise of the First Order.

THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

I originally purchased “Bloodline” because of fan reactions touting it as a “must read.” I wasn''t disappointed, either, because I was interested in reading the Lucasfilm Story Group''s (LSG''s) “official” background of the New Republic (NR) government before the events of “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens” (TFA), and in learning what part Leia played in the Galactic Senate before turning to lead the Resistance.

If you''ve seen TFA, then you know “Bloodline” will be kind of a sad story. According to Wookieepedia, it takes place six years before the film, by which time we know the First Order is already a major threat and the NR is under full-scale assault.

So, in reading “Bloodline,” you want to know what has happened to the galaxy in the 20+ years since “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” (ROTJ) to have caused conditions to virtually revert to how they were at the beginning of “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.” In other words, a new rebellion is fighting a new empire all over again. Didn''t ROTJ end with a major defeat for the Galactic Empire and the promise of an NR?

Yes, it did (check out Chuck Wendig''s extraordinary “Aftermath Trilogy” for the rest of that story). But now it''s 20+ years later and the NR Senate hasn''t been doing its job. While two factions fight for control, Leia investigates a new criminal syndicate that poses a huge threat to the NR. But two unscrupulous senators discover that her birth father was the hated Darth Vader, and when this is revealed to the Senate, Leia''s career is all but ended. Still, her investigations have given the Senate critical knowledge about a cartel that is funding the buildup of the First Order. She won''t lead the political effort to fight this, but she can fight in other ways. Thus, the Resistance is born.

What''s particularly vexing in “Bloodline” is that we learn there are senators who still venerate the old Empire. To Leia''s utter dismay, these “Centrists” want to apply some of the practices of the Empire to the NR, but without making Palpatine''s mistakes. Leia''s blood boils even more when she''s forced to work with Centrist senator Ransolm Casterfo, a pretentious dandy who boldly collects Imperial artifacts and displays them on the walls of his office. There''s even a scene where Casterfo travels to a remote world to purchase the helmet of an Emperor''s Royal Guard.

For canon novel readers and fans interested in the fall of the NR and the rise of the First Order, “Bloodline” is, unfortunately, the only substantive insight we have from the LSG at this time. The field is still rich for mining. Hopefully, with the success of the streaming TV show “The Mandalorian,” fan interest in this period of “Star Wars” history may be stoked again in the future, leading to new shows and, perhaps, new novels.
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E.R.K.
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3.5 Stars
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2020
Not what I thought it would be, but welcome to what it ended up to be. Leia is thirty some years into a political career and is tired of the lack of anything getting done. She wants to retire and hang out with Han Solo, racing ships, getting laid and taking a... See more
Not what I thought it would be, but welcome to what it ended up to be.

Leia is thirty some years into a political career and is tired of the lack of anything getting done. She wants to retire and hang out with Han Solo, racing ships, getting laid and taking a detox from bureaucracy. Then comes the whispers, then the big signs that the First Order has come and intends to undo all the work she''s done getting rid of the Empire i.e. the First First Order.

Takeaways:
1. No one really knew Leia. Yes, she had loyal "friends" and such but she never really dropped that façade of the Princess of Alderaan without knowing it and that really bit her in the ass. She never spoke of her birth parents to anyone, she never really spoke of her son Ben--if you didn''t know the "Kylo Ren" back story, it came off as a mom who couldn''t handle her teenage son''s acting out and shipped him off to one of those back country "camps" to straighten him out--she never really spoke of Han. Her whole life was politics, even with the close friends who stayed with her after the "grand reveal" of who Darth Vadar was.
2. Her relationship with Han was like the Barefoot Contessa and her husband, and I''m kind of okay with that. Again, this whole book is from Leia''s perspective and not just a Mom and Wife but as a whole human lady. She loves Han but their dynamic was very fiery and that wasn''t sustainable in a relationship full time.
3. She accomplished virtually nothing during her time on the Senate, and Leia herself knew it. It was thirty years of a hot mess of politics, divide and opened up for the First Order to restore "Order."
4. I want a series with Tom Hiddleston as Ransolm, Leia being his platonic but hot cougar BFF and they go on adventures together. I want it now.
5. Leia and Han were iffy parents. It''s implied in the backstory of Kylo Ren, etc. but people will always jump to L&H''s defense because they''re beloved figures. But their relationship is pretty defined in this book. They love each other, have their own passions that they explore separately and at times they rarely see each other. Not all bad parents are bad people, and Han and Leia are good people. But they barely had time for each other, were COMPLETELY OK WITH THIS and supposedly raised a kid the same way. The fact that he started acting out and they sent him away to live with Luke...I can see how someone like Snoke lured this kid away. It was like a modified version of Grant Ward''s storyline from AOS.
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Jamie
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A political thriller in the Star Wars universe.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
Senator Leia Organa at her finest! It''s been over 20 years since the Rebel Alliance defeated the Empire and formed the New Republic, but the Senate is divide into two factions that just can''t seem to agree on or accomplish anything and Leia is ready to retire and leave... See more
Senator Leia Organa at her finest! It''s been over 20 years since the Rebel Alliance defeated the Empire and formed the New Republic, but the Senate is divide into two factions that just can''t seem to agree on or accomplish anything and Leia is ready to retire and leave governing to those who are younger and more energetic, but when an independent world reaches out to the Senate for help identifying and dealing with a new threat, Leia leaps at the opportunity to get out of her office and maybe, just maybe, have a little fun.

This is a great read. At its heart, it''s a political thriller, but there''s just enough adventure and intrigue to keep that Star Wars feel and to keep you flipping page after page to the riveting, heartbreaking, yet satisfying, conclusion.
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Carrie
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Excellent, thrilling, thoughtful book. Highly recommended!
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2016
This is by far my favorite Star Wars book. Claudia Gray quickly immerses readers into a galaxy where political divisions have nearly destroyed the usefulness of the Galatic Senate. Worlds of the New Republic are divided between centrists and populists. Centrists favor a... See more
This is by far my favorite Star Wars book. Claudia Gray quickly immerses readers into a galaxy where political divisions have nearly destroyed the usefulness of the Galatic Senate. Worlds of the New Republic are divided between centrists and populists. Centrists favor a strong central government - a familiar, disturbing concept in the Star Wars universe. Populists prefer that planets remain completely autonomous. One of the most revered populist senators is none other than Leia Organa, a hero of the former Rebel Alliance.

Events put Leia working in close quarters with a centrist senator who has a fascination with artifacts from the Empire. Loyalties are challenged, trust is betrayed, and social issues are explored in a thoughtful, realistic way. Bloodline is also a biting commentary on politics that is equally applicable to our real world and the Star Wars universe. It''s a classic (in a good sense) thriller that has a beloved Star Wars character dealing with the reality of governing. There are also fun adventures that don''t take away from the somber feel of the novel. We can see bad times coming, but they''re not quite here yet.

Bloodline introduces new, fully developed, interesting characters. We get a glimpse of how Han and Leia''s relationship has evolved over the years. We also can clearly see the beginnings of what becomes the First Order. This book delivers in every way. Highly recommended! I''m off to read Lost Stars now, along with anything else Claudia Gray has written.
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Jeff Newman
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The best so far...
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2017
Set a year before Episode VII, "Bloodline" tells the details around what led Leia to leave her Senate seat, become a General and lead the beginning of The Resistance. While not very action packed, it didn''t need to be. This book was heavy into the politics of the... See more
Set a year before Episode VII, "Bloodline" tells the details around what led Leia to leave her Senate seat, become a General and lead the beginning of The Resistance. While not very action packed, it didn''t need to be. This book was heavy into the politics of the New Republic''s failures and the leftover sympathy for Palpatine''s old Empire. It provides some needed character depth around Leia and Han''s relationship leading up to Episode VII and what the exposure of what is eventually the driver behind Ben''s turn into Kylo Ren. For fans of Episode VII, no matter what your feelings are about its similarities to Episode IV, the canon novels being released by Disney provide significant depth to the greater gap of storyline between Episodes VI and VII. For fans of the Skywalker storyline, the flashbacks and thoughts to what happened in Episodes I-VI are littered throughout and seamlessly tying those stories into the new trilogy. Qualitatively, it''s the best new canon novel I''ve read so far.
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David Mather
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Measured, mature, and thrilling - essential for fans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2016
An excellent insight into how the Star Wars universe moves from the status quo in the original trilogy to The Force Awakens, Bloodline is a densely plotted political thriller with sprinklings of action, focusing on Leia as our protagonist. The novel pull two brilliant...See more
An excellent insight into how the Star Wars universe moves from the status quo in the original trilogy to The Force Awakens, Bloodline is a densely plotted political thriller with sprinklings of action, focusing on Leia as our protagonist. The novel pull two brilliant tricks. Firstly, the narrative is a seesaw between putting the reader ahead of the characters thanks to our knowledge of events in The Force Awakens, and then sliding the other way to place us on the back foot. Secondly, and potentially better, is how the novel handles the knowledge of Leia being the daughter of Darth Vader - as invested as I was in the ''old'' Extended Universe, there is no doubting the way events surrounding this revelation occur here are more realistic and more shattering - and are in the case of one often mentioned but ultimately unseen character, clearly contributory to an ominous future. I''ve awarded 4 stars purely as this novel leaves you slightly wanting, but in the best possible way. It gives you great insight into both the events leading to The Force Awakens, hints to further revelations in Episode VIII, and even at one point drops something of potential relevance to the past in Rogue One. An essential read for fans embracing the new Canon.
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Excellent novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2021
Bloodlines is set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and delves into the political situation in the New Republic. The Senate has become bogged down in debate, the spectre of Palpatine still looms over everything, politicians are so afraid of someone seizing...See more
Bloodlines is set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and delves into the political situation in the New Republic. The Senate has become bogged down in debate, the spectre of Palpatine still looms over everything, politicians are so afraid of someone seizing power, nothing is getting done. When Ryloth asks for help against a burgeoning criminal empire, Senator Leia begins an investigation that reveals an even worse threat to the Galaxy. *** I’ve been a Star Wars reader for decades now, and was heavily invested in the old Expanded Universe. So seeing a new take on the post-ROTJ period was interesting. This book delves heavily into the politics and serves as an explanation as to why the First Order could arise, a criticism a lot of people had with The Force Awakens. Bloodlines goes a long way towards correcting this issue, as well as explaining why it’s Leia’s Resistance rather than the New Republics military battling Snokes forces. The novel is well written and engaging, I’d certainly recommend to anyone looking for more depth than JJ Abrams offerings.
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Politics in Star Wars DONE RIGHT!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2016
Now this is how you make politics in Star Wars interesting! Are you listening, Lucas? Oh wait, those white slavers are doing a better job than you ever could with the Star Wars brand than you ever could since the originals. I was a huge fan of Claudia Gray''s Star Wars young...See more
Now this is how you make politics in Star Wars interesting! Are you listening, Lucas? Oh wait, those white slavers are doing a better job than you ever could with the Star Wars brand than you ever could since the originals. I was a huge fan of Claudia Gray''s Star Wars young adult novel, Lost Stars. Which I also recommend you pick up! And this new novel does not disappoint. I comparison I could make is the second Captain America movie, the Winter Soldier. That was a political thriller. You had sprinkles of action at the start and then a huge revelation later on followed with a climax that is fantastic. This is also a very lore important book in the universe of Star Wars, set in the period we are currently as fans all very interested in between 6 and 7, we get some great cameos and other details I wont spoil. I honestly recommend just picking this up. Great read, can''t wait to see what Gray does next!
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Peacetime politics
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2016
Leia is one of my faverite characters, for me she is the original warrior princess, however there was something just missing from this book. There were parts of this book that were done very well bordering on brilliant but I was just not gripped not continuing to read it I...See more
Leia is one of my faverite characters, for me she is the original warrior princess, however there was something just missing from this book. There were parts of this book that were done very well bordering on brilliant but I was just not gripped not continuing to read it I read a chapter then went off and did something else this is not really a page turner of a book it moves at the speed of the Senate''s decision making process. Claudia Gray did an excellent job of portraying Leia. I think she managed to show all the sides of her personality, the princess, the senator, the leader, the charming negotiator but her red hot temper as well. I really did like the way Gray also show there are good and bad people on both sides of the political debate. Even though there viewpoints are completely different. This book sets of the battle lines the are show in the Force Awakens. Another thing I did like was they showed the fall out from Leia''s darkest secret. In the pre-Disney Star War which was simply just seemed to be an accepted fact that the galaxy just moved on with. My main problem is the pace of this book is very slow moving, with brief action scenes thrown in. There are likeable side characters as well, but if the are not used again is just a waste. Also Han and Leia''s relationship is painted as the ultimate long distance relationship, neither really spending more the a couple of months together at a time. They seem to talk more on the SW version of "Skype" more than anything else. This is another decent prequel to the Force Awakens just not a great page turner of a read.
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Camila
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Great book - not much fighting, a lot of Leia!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 15, 2021
I am just starting reading books on Star Wars universe now, so I was worried there would be too many references to characters I don''t know or battles I can remember the name. The book surprised me in that respect, it was a very easy and really pleasant reading experience!...See more
I am just starting reading books on Star Wars universe now, so I was worried there would be too many references to characters I don''t know or battles I can remember the name. The book surprised me in that respect, it was a very easy and really pleasant reading experience! The focus is on Leia and her work (one specific mission) in the Galactic Senate, between episodes VI (Return of the Jedi) and VII (The Force Awakens) - closer to TFA than to ROTJ. To my delight there wasn''t much time spent on battles (which I usually find a bit boring to read and complicated to follow), really focusing on character development and the mission itself - that is not to say there isn''t action, just that there isn''t the ''pew pew pew'' kind of action all the time. It might not be for everyone, but certainly worked great for me. Highly recommend for people who enjoy the Star Wars universe and are not too keen on keeping track which blaster is firing or who is running in which direction. And, of course, for those who love Leia!
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Master & Apprentice Phasma Dooku: Jedi Lost From a Certain Point of View
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Discover Captain Phasma’s mysterious history in this “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” novel. Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in the original script to the thrilling Star Wars audio production. More than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of A New Hope. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“Unmissable . . . Bloodline’s tense politics, vivid new characters, and perfectly characterized Leia make it feel as central to the Star Wars universe as one of the films.”Tordotcom

WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE
 
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
 
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
 
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .

Praise for Bloodline
 
“[Claudia] Gray paints a much more complete galaxy than we often get to see on the big screen. . . . Knowing that Rian Johnson (writer, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII) had some creative input on the novel provides hope that we haven’t seen the last of all of these wonderful characters. . . . Star Wars: Bloodline isn’t just a great  Star Wars book, or a great Leia book, or a great book; it’s a great introduction into the larger world of  Star Wars in general.” ComicBookdotcom
 
Bloodline is a nonstop page-turner that grabs at heartstrings that you weren’t aware of and yanks down on every one of them. The story is loaded with context for The Force Awakens that plants the seeds for The First Order in perfectly haunting ways, and leaves the reader grasping for more details on newly discovered favorite characters.” Inverse

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“Unmissable . . . Bloodline’s tense politics, vivid new characters, and perfectly characterized Leia make it feel as central to the Star Wars universe as one of the films.” Tordotcom
 
“[Claudia] Gray paints a much more complete galaxy than we often get to see on the big screen. . . . Knowing that Rian Johnson (writer, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII) had some creative input on the novel provides hope that we haven’t seen the last of all of these wonderful characters. . . . Star Wars: Bloodline isn’t just a great  Star Wars book, or a great Leia book, or a great book; it’s a great introduction into the larger world of  Star Wars in general.” ComicBookdotcom
 
Bloodline is a nonstop page-turner that grabs at heartstrings that you weren’t aware of and yanks down on every one of them. The story is loaded with context for The Force Awakens that plants the seeds for The First Order in perfectly haunting ways, and leaves the reader grasping for more details on newly discovered favorite characters.” Inverse

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of Star Wars: Lost Stars , as well as A Thousand Pieces of You and the Evernight and Spellcaster series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

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The conference building of the New Republic senatorial complex contained multiple rooms appropriate for every kind of auxiliary function imaginable, from memorial concerts to awards ceremonies. Leia and Tai-Lin headed toward one of the smallest banquet rooms. The breakfast meeting had been organized by Varish Vicly, who couldn’t imagine a bad time for a party.
 
Varish came loping toward them now on all fours. “There you are! I was worried you’d be late.”
 
“We’re still early,” Leia protested as both she and Tai-Lin were wrapped in quick, long-limbed hugs.
 
“Yes, but I worry. You know how they get.”
 
“They” meant prominent representatives of both the far-left and far-right branches of the Populist faction. The far-right branches wanted to dissolve the Senate so each world would again become a totally separate entity; the far left hoped to open voting to the general populace, so that instead of thousands of senators refusing to agree, they could have countless citizens refusing to agree. The only thing these senators had in common was, it seemed, a willingness to support Leia’s candidacy for First Senator.
 
“Now come along and be introduced to everyone,” Varish insisted. Soon Leia found herself shaking hands and paws, murmuring greetings; thanks to some review holos Korrie had prepared for her, she recognized each senator in attendance and could even ask a few pertinent questions about their families and worlds.
 
In other words, Leia thought as she listened to someone cheerfully talk about his grandchildren, this is going wonderfully for everyone but me. Though not until now had she realized how much she dreaded her candidacy—or maybe just discussing her candidacy—whatever it was that made her so ill at ease.
 
They entered the banquet hall together, the entire group walking two by two. Leia knew the seat at the far end of the table would be hers, guest of honor as counterpart to the host. So she walked the length of the room, attentive to the senator at her side, before glancing down at the arrangements—sumptuous even by Varish’s standards, with a velvet runner stretching along the table and delicate paper streamers lying across the tables, beneath elaborately folded napkins. Leia had to laugh. “Honestly, Varish. For breakfast?”
 
This won good-natured chuckles from the room; Varish Vicly’s lavish tastes were well known, a foible she herself joked about. Today, however, she shrugged. “I didn’t request this. Maybe the serving staff heard my name and assumed that meant to go all out for glamour.”
 
Varish smiled as she took her seat. “If that’s my reputation . . . you know, I can live with it.”
 
Leia settled into her chair, picked up her napkin—and stopped.
 
Something was written on the paper streamer on her plate. Actual writing. Virtually nobody wrote any longer; it had been years since Leia had seen actual words handwritten in ink on anything but historical documents.
 
But today, someone had left this message on her plate, only one word long:
 
RUN.
 
Leia shoved her chair back, instantly leaping to her feet. “We have to get out of here,” she said to the startled senators at the table. “Now. Go!”
 
But they didn’t move, even as she dashed toward the door. Varish said, “Leia? What in the worlds—”
 
“Didn’t you hear me?” These fools who had never been in the war, who didn’t know an urgent warning when they got one. Leia held up the paper so they could see it. “Run! Everyone get up and run!”
 
With that, she took off, running as fast as she could, finally hearing the others stir behind her. Maybe they thought the note was only a prank, but Leia knew better. The inchoate dread that had swirled inside her all morning had solidified; this was what her feelings had been warning her about.
 
As they dashed through the hallways of the conference building, Leia glimpsed an alert panel and swerved sideways to hit it. A robotic voice said, “No detected hazards at this—”
 
“Override! Evacuation alert now!” Leia resumed running just as the warning lights began to blink and the siren’s wail sounded. Immediately people began filing out of various other rooms, mostly grumbling but at least moving toward the exits—and when they saw her, they, too, started to run. The sense of urgency built behind her like a wave cresting, preparing to crash.
 
Leia’s breath caught in her throat as she pushed herself harder, running full out toward the doors, so fast they almost didn’t have time to open for her. In the square beyond, security droids had begun herding people away from the building, but too many continued to mill around, staring in consternation at the scene. The others evacuating flooded through the doors behind and around her, but once they were clear of the structure, half of them stopped, remaining stupidly within range.
 
Within range of what? She still didn’t know. But every instinct within her—the Force itself—screamed that disaster was near.
 
Leia didn’t stop. She kept running as hard as she could, never looking back, until . . .
 
Brilliant light. A roar so loud it resonated in her skull. And hot air and debris slamming into her, knocking her down, rolling her over, erasing the world.

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