star wars bloodline

If you are planning to read Star Wars: Bloodline, this article is not for you. But I will say this much: Claudia Gray‘s second Star Wars novel is very good, a brisk and well-written thriller that captures the voices of many iconic figures, creates a few memorable new characters, and manages to blend tantalizing details of the post-Return of the Jedi universe into a plot dense with politics and intrigue. Unlike other Star Wars books I’ve read in the past year, this one didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out. I enjoyed it very much, especially how well Gray captures Leia Organa, who gets to the be the no-questions-asked lead character of the story.

But I know some Star Wars fans don’t have the time or inclination to dive into the new books taking placeĀ in the gaps between the movies and filling in the new Disney-supervised canon. If you’re a Star Wars fan who wants to know the state of the universe, who wants to know what went down between Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and how the Resistance was formed and what’s up with the First Order, I’ve got you covered.

Spoilers ahead, of course.

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