ALL 197 Star Wars Books in Chronological Order (Divided Into Periods)

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The Star Wars universe isn’t only about the movies and the shows that you can watch. In fact, a good portion of the Star Wars lore comes from the books that you can read about the past and the in-between periods in the history of the galaxy. That said because there are plenty of different Star Wars books that you can read, let’s look at how you can read them all in chronological order. This next article will be about Star Wars books in order and can serve as your very own chronological guide through the Star Wars universe.

Note: The only Legends era we will be including are the ones before the High Republic because they can still become canon. Meanwhile, we will not include the Legends storyline books that happened in-between the movies because they are no longer canon. We can sort the Star Wars Books into the following chronological time periods:

  1. Early Beginnings to The Old Republic Era (Legends)
  2. High Republic Era (Canon)
  3. The Rise of the Sith and The Clone Wars
  4. The Reign of the Empire
  5. Rebellion Era and The New Republic
  6. The Sequel Trilogy

Editor’s Note: This reading order was updated in December 2023.

1. Early beginnings to The Old Republic era (Legends)

Our Star Wars chronological reading guide begins with The Old Republic era. The Old Republic era is one of the oldest timelines in the history of the Star Wars universe and is one of the areas that the movies and the series are yet to explore. That said, the thing about the Old Republic era is that it is yet to be made canon by Disney. As such, most of the books that we have about the Old Republic are considered part of the Legends category.

Early beginnings to The Old Republic era (Legends) reading order at a glance:

  1. ‘Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void’ By Tim Lebbon
  2. ‘The Old Republic: Revan’ By Drew Karpyshyn
  3. ‘The Old Republic: Deceived’ By Paul S. Kemp
  4. ‘Red Harvest ‘By Joe Schreiber
  5. ‘The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance’ By Sean Williams
  6. ‘The Old Republic: Annihilation’ By Drew Karpyshyn
  7. ‘Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected’ Stories By John Jackson Miller
  8. ‘Knight Errant’ By John Jackson Miller
  9. ‘Darth Bane: Path of Destruction’ By Drew Karpyshyn
  10. ‘Darth Bane: Rule of Two’ By Drew Karpyshyn
  11. ‘Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil’ By Drew Karpyshyn

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2. High Republic Era (Canon)

Next up on our Chronological Star Wars reading order is the High Republic Era. The High Republic era is part of the Star Wars canon and takes place during the time when the Galactic Republic was at its peak. At this time, the Sith are believed to have gone extinct but are actually in hiding in the form of the Rule of Two. Meanwhile, the Jedi are also focused on their original jobs as the keepers of the peace in the Republic now that the Sith are believed to be dead. All these books take place right around 200 years before Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

High Republic Era (Canon) reading order at a glance:

  1. ‘The High Republic: Convergence’ By Zoraida Córdova
  2. ‘Quest for the Hidden City’ by George Mann
  3. ‘Path of Deceit’ by Tessa Gratton & Justina Ireland
  4. ‘The Battle of Jedha’ by George Mann
  5. ‘Path of Vengeance’ by Cavan Scott
  6. ‘Cataclysm’ by Lydia Kang
  7. ‘Quest for Planet X’ By Tessa Gratton
  8. ‘Jedi Brave in Every Way’ by Charles Soule, Rosemary Soule
  9. ‘Into the Dark’ by Claudia Gray
  10. ‘Light of the Jedi‘ by Charles Soule
  11. ‘The Great Jedi Rescue’ by Cavan Scott
  12. ‘A Test of Courage’ by Justina Ireland
  13. ‘The Rising Storm’ by Cavan Scott
  14. ‘Race to Crashpoint Tower‘ by Daniel Jose Older
  15. ‘Out of the Shadows’ by Justina Ireland
  16. ‘Tempest Runner’ by Cavan Scott
  17. ‘Mission to Disaster’ by Justina Ireland
  18. ‘Midnight Horizon’ by Daniel Jose Older
  19. ‘The Fallen Star’ by Claudia Gray
  20. ‘The Eye of Darkness’ by George Mann

3. The Republic era

We continue with our Star Wars reading order with The Rise of the Sith and The Clone Wars. These are the books that happened during the Rise of the Sith, which happened before the events of Phantom Menace, and during the Clone Wars, which led to the downfall of the Jedi Order. And most of these stories explore the different narratives that weren’t seen on film. 

The Rise of the Sith and The Clone Wars reading order at a glance:

  1. ‘Padawan’ by Kiersten White
  2. Master & Apprentice’ By Claudia Gray
  3. ‘Size Matters Not’ by John Jackson Miller
  4. ‘Darth Maul and the Rathtars’ by Steve Behling
  5. ‘Queen’s Peril’ by E.K. Johnston
  6. ‘The Phantom Menace’ by Courtney Carbone
  7. ‘The Prequel Trilogy Stories’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  8. ‘The Skywalker Saga’ by Delilah S. Dawson
  9. ‘Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures’ by Meredith Rusu
  10. ‘A Jedi’s Control’ by E.K. Johnston
  11. ‘Queen’s Shadow’ by E.K. Johnston
  12. ‘Choose Your Destiny: An Obi-Wan & Anakin Adventure’ by Cavan Scott
  13. ‘Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade’ by Delilah S. Dawson
  14. ‘Attack of the Clones’ by Geoff Smith
  15. ‘Queen’s Hope’ E.K. Johnston
  16. ‘Brotherhood’ By Mike Chen
  17. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Clone Trooper Mission’ by Cavan Scott
  18. ‘Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel’ by James Luceno
  19. ‘Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 1’ by Emma Carlson Berne
  20. ‘Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures: Volume 2’ by Emma Carlson Berne
  21. ‘Thrawn Ascendacy: Chaos Rising’ by Timothy Zahn
  22. ‘Dark Disciple’ by Christine Golden
  23. ‘Revenge of the Sith’ by Geof Smith
  24. ‘Darth Vader and the Weapon of a Sith’ by Ivan Cohen
  25. ‘Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good’ by Timothy Zahn
  26. ‘Thrawn Ascendacy: Lesser Evil’ Timothy Zahn

4. The Reign of the Empire

Next up on our Star Wars chronological reading order is The Reign of the Empire. After the downfall of the Jedi due to Order 66 and right after the Republic was reorganized to the Empire, there was a two-decade period wherein the Emperor was left unchallenged. That said, there were also side-stories that happened during the reign of the Empire, especially when it comes to the different personalities who became prominent during the Rebellion.

The Imperial Era reading order at a glance:

  1. ‘Ahsoka’ by E.K. Johnston
  2. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Smuggler Mission’ by Cavan Scott
  3. Choose Your Destiny: An Escape Mission’ by Cavan Scott
  4. ‘Thrawn’ by Timothy zahn
  5. ‘Lords of the Sith’ by Paul S. Kemp
  6. ‘Tarkin’ by James Luceno
  7. ‘Most Wanted’ by Rae Carson
  8. ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition’ by Mur Lafferty
  9. ‘Rebel Rising’ By Beth Revis
  10. ‘Crimson Climb’ by E.K. Johnston
  11. ‘A New Dawn’ by John Jackson Miller
  12. ‘Jedi: Battle Scars’ by Sam Maggs
  13. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Podracer Mission’ by Cavan Scott
  14. ‘Lost Stars’ by Clauidy Gray
  15. ‘Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy’ by Jason Fry
  16. ‘Rise of the Rebels’ by Michael Kogge
  17. ‘Ezra’s Gamble’ by Ryder Windham
  18. ‘The Rebellion Begins’ Michael Kogge
  19. ‘Droids in Distress’ by Michael Kogge
  20. ‘The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus: Rebel Leader’ by Benjamin Harper
  21. ‘TIE Fighter Trouble’ by Brooke Vitale
  22. ‘The Inquisitor’s Trap’ by Meredith Rusu
  23. ‘Servants of the Empire: Rebel in the Ranks’ by Jason Fry
  24. ‘Hera’s Phantom Flight’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  25. ‘Ezra’s Duel With Danger’ By Michael Kogge
  26. ‘Kanan’s Jedi Training’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  27. ‘Always Bet on Chopper’ by Meredith Rusu
  28. ‘Servants of the Empire: The Imperial Justice’ by Jason Fry
  29. ‘Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy’ by Jason Fry
  30. ‘Battle to the End’ Michael Kogge
  31. ‘Trapped’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  32. ‘A New Ally’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  33. ‘Ezra’s Choice’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  34. ‘The Future of the Force’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  35. ‘Leia, Princess of Alderaan’ by Claudia Gray
  36. ‘Ezra’s Quest’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  37. ‘Back to Basics’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  38. ‘Forces of Destiny: The Leia Chronicles’ by N/A
  39. ‘Thrawn: Alliances’ by Timothy Zahn
  40. ‘Thrawn: Treason’ by Timothy Zahn
  41. ‘The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!’ by Tom Angleberger
  42. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure’ by Cavan Scott
  43. ‘Guardian of the Whills’ by Greg Rucka
  44. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ By Alexander Freed
  45. ‘Bounty Hunt’ by Katrina Pallant
  46. ‘Escape From Darth Vader’ by Michael Siglain
  47. ‘Trouble on Tatooine’ by NA
  48. ‘Trapped in the Death Star’ by NA
  49. ‘Death Star Battle’ by NA
  50. ‘A New Hope’ by Geoff Smith
  51. ‘The Rise of a Hero’ by Louise Simonson
  52. ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ by Ryder Windham
  53. ‘The Original Trilogy Stories’ by Glass, King, Rusu, Schaefer, Schmidt, Siglain
  54. ‘The Power of the Dark Side’ by Benjamin Harper
  55. ‘The Chewbacca Story’ by Benjamin Harper
  56. ‘A Leader Named Leia’ by NA
  57. ‘Battlefront II: Inferno Squad’ by Christie Golden
  58. ‘Lea Charts Her Own Course’ by Liz Marsham
  59. ‘Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure’ by Greg Rucka
  60. ‘Han and the Rebel Rescue’ by NA
  61. ‘Chewie and the Courageous Kid’ by NA
  62. ‘Heir to the Jedi’ by Kevin Hearne
  63. ‘The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure’ by Jason Fry
  64. ‘Luke and the Lost Jedi Temple’ Jason Fry
  65. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Luke & Leia Adventure’ by Jason Fry
  66. ‘Doctor Aphra’ by Sarah Kuhn
  67. ‘R2-D2 and the Renegade Rescue’ by Meredith Rusu
  68. ‘Battlefront: Twilight Company’ by Alexander Freed
  69. ‘AT-AT Attack!’ by Calliope Glass
  70. ‘Use the Force! by Michael Siglain
  71. ‘Captured on Cloud City’ by Nate Millici
  72. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ by Geoff Smith
  73. ‘Leia and the Great Island Escape’ by Jason Fry
  74. ‘Rescue from Jabba’s Palace’ Michael Siglain
  75. ‘Return of the Jedi: The Battle of Endor’ by Ella Patric
  76. ‘Ewoks Join the Fight’ by Michael Siglain
  77. ‘Return of the Jedi’ by Geof Smith
  78. ‘Return of the Jedi: Beware of the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger
  79. ‘The Princess and the Scoundrel’ by Beth Revis
  80. ‘Alphabet Squadron’ by Alexander Freed
  81. ‘Aftermath’ by Chuck Wendig
  82. ‘Shadow Fall’ By Alexander Freed
  83. ‘Aftermath: Life Debt’ by Chuck Wendig
  84. ‘Victory’s Price’ by Alexander Freed
  85. ‘Aftermath: Empire’s End’ by Chuck Wendig
  86. ‘Hunters: Battle for the Arena’ by Mark Oshiro

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5. The New Republic Era

The Rebellion era follows the events that happened after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, wherein the Death Star was destroyed, and a full-on Rebellion against the Empire was now happening throughout the galaxy. After succeeding, the Rebels helped establish the New Republic to watch over the galaxy.

The New Republic reading order at a glance:

  1. ‘Last Shot’ by Daniel Jose Older
  2. ‘Star Wars: The Mandalorian Junior Novel’ by Joe Schreiber
  3. ‘The Mandalorian: This is the Way’ by Christopher Nichols
  4. ‘The Mandalorian: A Clan of Two’ by Brooke Vitale
  5. ‘The Mandalorian: Allies & Enemies’ by Brooke Vitale
  6. ‘Poe Dameron: Free Fall’ by Alex Segura
  7. ‘Shadow of the Sith’ by Adam Christopher
  8. ‘Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray
  9. ‘The Legends of Luke Skywalker’ by Ken Liu
  10. ‘Before the Awakening’ by Greg Rucka
  11. ‘C-350’s New Arm’ by Rebecca L. Schmidt
  12. ‘Force Collector’ by Kevin Shinick
  13. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Scavenger Mission’ by Cavan Scott
  14. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Maz’s Castle Mission’ by Cavan Scott
  15. ‘The New Spy’ By Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  16. ‘The Triple Dark’ By Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  17. ‘Yaeger’s Secret’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  18. ‘The Survivor’ by Vanessa Rubio-Barreau
  19. ‘Join the Resistance’ by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
  20. ‘Join the Resistance: Escape from Vodran’ Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
  21. ‘Phasma’ by Delilah S. Dawson
  22. ‘Finn & The First Order’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  23. ‘Finn and Poe Team Up!’ by Nate Millici
  24. ‘Rey Meets BB-8’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  25. ‘Finn & Rey Escape!’ by Michael Siglain
  26. ‘Han & Chewie Return’ by Michael Siglain
  27. ‘Chaos at the Castle’ by Nate Millici
  28. ‘The Fight in the Forest’ by NA
  29. ‘Lightsaber Rescue’ by NA
  30. ‘Rolling with BB-8’ Benjamin Harper
  31. ‘Rey to the Rescue’ by Lisa Stock
  32. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ by Alan Dean Foster
  33. ‘The Force Awakens: Rey’s Story’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  34. ‘The Force Awakens: Finn’s Story’ by Elizabeth Schaefer
  35. ‘BB-8 on the Run’ by Drew Daywalt
  36. ‘Join the Resistance: Attack on the Starkiller Base’ by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
  37. ‘Forces of Destiny: The Rey Chronicles’ by NA
  38. ‘The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron’ by Elizabeth Wein
  39. ‘Rose and Paige Fight for the Resistance’ by Calliope Glass
  40. ‘Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire’ by Delilah S. Dawson
  41. ‘Captain Phasma’s Escape from Starkiller Base’ by Ivan Cohen
  42. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition’ by Jason Fry
  43. ‘The Last Jedi: Rey’s Journey’ by Ella Patrick
  44. ‘The Last Jedi: Rose and Finn’s Secret Mission’ by Ella Patrick
  45. Chewie and the Porgs’ by Kevin Shinick
  46. ‘Resistance Reborn’ by Rebecca Roanhorse
  47. ‘C-350 Does NOT Like Sand! By Caitlin Kennedy
  48. ‘R2-D2 is LOST!’ by Caitlin Kennedy
  49. ‘Choose Your Destiny: A Finn & Poe Adventure’ by Cavan Scott
  50. ‘Spark of the Resistance’ by Justina Ireland
  51. ‘Pirate’s Price’ by Lou Anders
  52. ‘A Crash of Fate’ by Zoraida Cordova
  53. ‘Elee & Me’ by Amy Ratcliffe
  54. ‘Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker: Expanded Edition’ by Rae Carson

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