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 place¬†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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