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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Can’t wait for Episode VIII? You’ll love Star Wars: Bloodline, a fast-moving tale of adventure and suspense that reveals the origins of the Resistance and the courage of one of its greatest leaders. Years before The Force Awakens, Senator Leia Organa leads a mission to investigate a criminal gang that poses the greatest threat to peace since the fall of the Empire. Star Wars: Lost Stars author Claudia Gray has written another unforgettable return to a galaxy far, far away—full of fan-favorite characters, bold new heroes, and sinister enemies.
A bit different than most SW books. I like the change of pace and the reveals for great background and filling in gaps to the Skywalker family. Mostly intrigue and politics somewhat like "Tarkin"
What's up with the ending?
It's as if the story had no ending. Is this how Star Wars books work? What happened to some of these characters? I don't even know if they lived and I felt so invested in them. Is the ending really just name drops and the reader assumes they all did something heroic? What happened to my guy Ransolm? Is there a sequel to this book I don't know about? Am I missing something? I am confusion.
Star Wars & Politics combination CAN work.
A very good story that gives a little backstory going into The Force Awakens. A political thriller with a Star Wars coating. I know that, thanks to the prequels and the Padme-centric episodes of The Clone Wars animated series, many think Star Wars & politics can never go together. However, this book proves to be the exception to the rule. Works out pretty well, if you ask me.