The 12 best Star Wars books ever written


“The Force Unleashed” quickly became one of the most popular “Star Wars” video games of all time, but the story of Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice was not limited to those who owned a game console. Sean Williams wrote a novelization that fleshed out the story of Galen Marek, the orphan child of a Jedi knight who is trained on the dark side by the Dark Lord of the Sith, and who takes the code name “Starkiller” .

Starkiller is tasked with assassinating the Jedi who survived Order 66, killing veterans such as Shaak Ti and the former hermit Kazdan Paratus. As Starkiller draws closer to his master, Emperor Palpatine suspects the two are plotting his downfall and orders Vader to execute his apprentice. With nowhere to run, Starkiller turns to his former adversary, Jedi Master Rahm Kota, who begins to train him as a Jedi, in hopes of making him a leader of the rebellion.

“The Force Unleashed” retains all of the excitement of the game while also fleshing out Starkiller’s romance with Juno Eclipse, an Imperial pilot who also questions his loyalty. Starkiller’s PROXY shapeshifting droid provides comedic relief, and prior to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” the book gave another explanation of how the Rebel Alliance obtained the Death Star plans. Williams also wrote the novelization of the sequel “The Force Unleashed 2”, which follows Vader’s attempts to clone his former protege.

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