So to celebrate Star Wars Day today, I wanted to present my top 6 (originally was 5 but I certainly couldn't leave any of these books off!) Star Wars EU novels with a few disclaimers. I don't care if its canon or legends or whatever... if it was printed with the words Star Wars on it, its in the running. Also, I haven't read every EU book - this is a top 5 books that I HAVE read. So if your favorite isn't on the list... there's a chance I haven't read it.
So let's begin.
This book has everything you would expect in a Salvatore novel as the Jedi are set to fight their most evil, diabolical, and difficult enemy to date. The Yuuzhen Vong have set their sights on various planets, mercilessly destroying anything and anyone that gets in their way. Vector Prime was a pivotal Star Wars novel as it marked the death of one of the main Star Wars characters (I won't spoil it for you here) and set off a long series that has many different opinions among Star Wars fans. Personally, I've read the first four and this was by far the best.
Coruscant Nights Trilogy
My favorite planet in all the Star Wars galaxy has to be Coruscant. I've always been fascinated by the infrastructure and have often thought of the night life on such a planet. Where do people eat? Where do people shop? So when I saw a whole series dedicated to Coruscant, I jumped on it. Originally a trilogy, but then a fourth book was added later, it tells the story of Jax Pavan, the last Jedi and how he finds himself in three different situations. The books are loosely tied together but are entertaining nonetheless.
Some of you may be scratching your heads on this one. If you look at the reviews of this book, they look a lot like Jabba the Hutt: they aren't pretty. But I liked it! It felt a lot like old school Star Wars to me. It tells the story of Han, Leia, and Luke arriving at Lando Calrissian's mining base only to be given a message about two brothers who are doing some evil stuff. Overall I thought this was a fun, light, quick read that makes a great addition to the EU.
Having never played the KOTOR video games, I wasn't sure if I would be able to enjoy this book. Despite this reservation, this book was awesome. In typical Karpyshyn fashion, he grabs the reader and never lets them go. Depicting the story of Revan, once a Jedi but now turned evil, this book is a great character biography and a must for any SW EU fan.
John Jackson Miller
My favorite Star Wars character gets his own book! When this book came out, it was immediately added to my TBR list. And of all the authors to spear this project, I knew Obi-Wan was in good hands. Filling in the gaps of Obi-Wan's life on Tatooine after episode 3, this book is masterfully written and was immediately added to the ranks as one of the best EU novels ever written.
This has to be the biggest, most underwhelming number 1 in the history of countdown lists. Easily declared as the best EU novels ever, the Thrawn trilogy tells the story of Emperor Thrawn gathering the dark side troops after the Jedi win in episode 6. So deep and rich with characters, story line, and complexity, these three novels complement each other beautifully. When it was announced that there would be an episode 7, many fans were clamoring that they turn this trilogy into episodes 7, 8, and 9. Why? Because they're that good. If you've never read any EU novels, start here.
There's countless other great novels in the Star Wars EU that you should check out! Part of the fun is getting to learn more about characters that you've come to love.