STAR WARS BOOK LIST
This is a simple list of all of the full-length Star Wars novels to date, in chronological order of when the stories take place, with the movies and TV shows also added for context. This list does not include most young readers' books or short novellas. Books whose stories overlap within the same timeline are listed in recommended reading order based on my own judgement. Big thanks go to Once Upon A Galaxy for helping me keep up with new releases, and Wookiepedia's Timeline of Canon Media for help figuring out some of the timeline dates. If you have any questions or feedback, you can email me at books@yodasdatapad.com. The Book List also has a Facebook fanpage.

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Last updated: May 5, 2021

Newly released:
  • The High Republic: Light of the Jedi in the Old Republic Era
  • The High Republic: Into the Dark in the Old Republic Era
  • Victory's Price in the Sequel Era
  • Doctor Aphra audiobook script in the Sequel Era (audiobook itself already released previously)
  • Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good in the Prequel Era
  • Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection, Vol. 1 in multiple eras (bottom of timeline)
  • The Bad Batch TV show in the Prequel Era.
Upcoming titles added:
  • The High Republic: Tempest Runner audiobook original in the Old Republic Era
  • Queen's Hope in the Prequel Era
  • Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection, Vol. 2 in multiple eras (bottom of timeline)
  • Rogue Squadron film in the Sequel Era (no book announced yet)
  • The Book of Boba Fett TV show in the Sequel Era (no actual book announced)
  • Rangers of the New Republic TV show in the Sequel Era (no book announced so far)
  • Ahsoka TV show in the Sequel Era (no book announced so far)
  • The Acolyte TV show in the Old Republic Era (no book announced so far)
  • Note: The recently announced novel Visions: Ronin by Emma Mieko Candon, and the Star Wars: Visions TV series it ties into, have not yet been added to the timeline for one simple reason: We have no idea when they will take place. The same goes for the animated movie A Droid Story and the Lando TV show.
Other publishing-related changes:
  • The Mandalorian: An Original Novel has been canceled.
  • The High Republic "adult novel #2", in the Old Republic Era is now titled The Rising Storm.
  • The High Republic "young adult novel #2", in the Old Republic Era is now titled Out of the Shadows.
  • The third Thrawn Ascendancy book, in the Prequel Era, is now titled Lesser Evil.
  • Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil has had its release date moved forward a year, from Fall 2022 to November 2021.
  • The Cassian Andor TV show is now titled Andor, and is planned to be released in 2022.
  • The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show is now titled (wait for it)...Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • The Rise of Skywalker novelization is no longer categorized as a new release.
Timeline adjustments:
  • Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection Vol. 1 is now known to include short stories from both Legends and the New Canon, so I've stretched it across both columns.
  • Switched the timeline order of the two new High Republic novels, Light of the Jedi and Into the Dark, since Into the Dark is now known to begin earlier than the other book.
  • It appears to have been confirmed that the two new High Republic novels take place at almost exactly -232 years, so I've removed the "~" indicating an approximate date.
  • Added timeline date for Victory's Price, which is now known to begin 11 months after Return of the Jedi, and overlaps with the events of Aftermath: Empire's End.
  • Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good is now known to take place in the following year after Chaos Rising, putting it at about -18. The third Thrawn Ascendancy book has also been moved to be after that in the timeline.
  • Moved Darth Plagueis to after The Phantom Menace, in a revision to my "recommended reading order" - Plagueis overlaps and includes spoilers for The Phantom Menace, Cloak of Deception, and Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter.
  • Moved Queen's Peril to after The Phantom Menace based on the same reasoning.
  • Switched the timeline order of Cloak of Deception and Maul: Lockdown, and revised the dates for those two. Despite some official timelines placing Maul: Lockdown at -33 years, the book itself is very clear about taking place after (most of) Cloak of Deception, and includes some spoilers for that book.
  • The Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show is now advertised as taking place at -9 years instead of -11.
  • Moved the Ahsoka novel to be farther down the timeline than the Legends Coruscant Nights books, since those are supposed to take place during the first year after Revenge of the Sith, while the Ahsoka book takes place a year or so after the movie.
underline = movie novelization
bold = new release (in the last 12 months)
blue = future release


Years before/after Ep. IV

LEGENDS

These books are part of the original Star Wars Expanded Universe, and follow an internally consistent timeline. Newer movies and other stories aren't based on these books, and will often contradict them.

NEW CANON

The new standardized Star Wars "canon" includes all the movie episodes, The Clone Wars TV show, and almost all new stories since 2014. All new stories, including the films, are coordinated to prevent contradictions between them.

Years before/after Ep. IV

The Pre-Republic Era

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25,793     

The Old Republic Era

5,000-2,975     
3,954-3,950     
3,653     
3,645     
3,643     
3,640     
1,032     
1,003-1,000     
1,000-990     
980     
      The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray (young adult novel)232
      The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule232
      July 2021: The High Republic: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott~232
      Aug. 2021: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland (young adult novel)~232
      Sep. 2021: The High Republic: Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott (audiobook only)~232
      (Release date TBA: The Acolyte TV show)?

The Prequel Era

      39
32.5     
32      
32      
32 32
67-32 Queen's Peril by E.K. Johnston (young adult novel) 32
29     
27     
     28
22 ~22
22 22
22     
22     
22 22-19
22     
22     
22     
22 Nov. 2021: Queen's Hope by E.K. Johnston22?
21     
21     
21     
21     
20     
20     
1919
     Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn 19
19     
19 19
19      
19      
19 (The Bad Batch TV show)~19
19     
19     
18      
18 Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good by Timothy Zahn ~18
      18
      Nov. 2021: Thrawn Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn ?
1721-17

The Classic Era

     14
     14
     ~13
     11
1010
     (2022: Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show)9
      (2022: Andor TV show)5
5-45-4
     4-3
33
3      
     ~11-2
22
2 ~2
2     
2     
2-0     
3-1 1
1 1
1     
3-0 13-0
00
0 0
00
     0
      0
0 Doctor Aphra by Sarah Kuhn (audiobook and script)0
0.5     
0.7     
1     
1.5     
2     
2     
     3
3 3
3 From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back by various authors 3
3.5     
4 4
4     
4     
4     
4     
(various)     

The New Republic Era

The Sequel Era

44.2
   4.2
   4.4
   Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed4.5
   Victory's Price by Alexander Freed4.9-5
5 5
   -11 to +5
6.5     
77
7      
7.5     
7.5     
7.5     
7.5     
8     
8.5     
9 (The Mandalorian TV show)~9
9 (Dec. 2021: The Book of Boba Fett TV show)~9
9 (Release date TBA: Rangers of the New Republic TV show)~9
9.5 (Release date TBA: Ahsoka TV show)~9
11     
11     
11     
11     
12     
12.5     
13     
13     
14     
16     
16     
16     
17     
18 Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura (young adult novel)18
18     
18     
19     
19     
19     
22     
(various)     

The New Jedi Order Era

     

The New Jedi Order series:

     
25     
25     
25     
25     
25     
26     
26     
26     
27     
27     
27     
27     
27     
2828
28     
28     
28     
28     
29     
      33.5-34
      ~34
      34
     34
     34
     34
      34-35
      34
      34

The Dark Nest trilogy:

34
35 35
36 (Dec. 2023: Rogue Squadron film)?
36      

The Legacy Era

     

The Legacy of the Force series:

     
40     
40     
40     
40     
40     
40     
40     
41     
41.5     

Stand-alone novels:

     
41.5     
41.5     
43.5     

The Fate of the Jedi series:

     
43.5     
43.5     
43.5     
43.5     
44     
44     
44     
44     
44     

Stand-alone novels:

     
44     
45     

Spanning Multiple Eras

     
(various)Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection Vol. 1 by various authors (mix of Legends and Canon short stories) (various)
(various)Oct. 2021: Star Wars Insider: The Fiction Collection Vol. 2 by various authors (mix of Legends and Canon short stories) (various)


* The original tie-in novel series to The Clone Wars animated series has not been adopted into the new canon, even though the TV series has. Despite clashing somewhat with the timeline of earlier Clone Wars stories, these books were eventually worked into the Legends timeline by The Essential Reader's Companion.

** The Cestus Deception and Jedi Trial were originally placed later in the period between Episodes II and III, but were moved forward by The Essential Reader's Companion in order to reconcile them with The Clone Wars TV show and books. Anakin Skywalker is already a Jedi knight at the beginning of The Clone Wars, but is still a padawan in The Cestus Deception and at the beginning of Jedi Trial.



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