Christie Golden
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Christie Golden

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Christie Golden
Remember…you always have a choice to be better. You always have a choice to…to pick the right path… Even if that choice comes a little late.

A veteran of the Star Trek and World of Warcraft franchises among others, Christie Golden was no stranger to telling stories within the sandboxes of intellectual properties when she came out of hyperspace into the Star Wars universe in 2009.

Her first works appeared as part of the Fate of the Jedi series, nine novels written cyclically by three authors: Golden, Aaron Allston, and Troy Denning. This Legends series, set more than 30 years after Return of the Jedi, follows the further adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo and their surviving children in the years after yet another disastrous galactic civil war. Golden’s first entry in the series, 2009’s Omen, reached #4 on the New York Times Best Seller list and #3 on the Publisher’s Weekly list—and introduces the Lost Tribe of the Sith whose backstory we learn about in John Jackson Miller’s series of novellas.

After writing the series’ fifth and eighth books, Allies and Ascension, Golden was set to write her own trilogy of Star Wars novels—the Sword of the Jedi series. However, this series was an unfortunate casualty of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, and the subsequent decision to “reset” the canon. While we here at Youtini love and celebrate all of Star Wars—including all of the new books—sometimes it’s hard not to wonder what this trilogy might have been like!

Fortunately, the momentous acquisition didn’t mean the end of Christie Golden’s Star Wars writing. In 2015, she published Dark Disciple, in which she adapted scripts for the Clone Wars television show that went unproduced due to its cancellation (but, hey, #clonewarssaved!). The book, featuring a forward by Katie Lucas (yes, relation), follows the fascinatingly complex former Sith assassin Asajj Ventress and enigmatic Jedi Quinlan Vos - and if you haven’t read it already, it pairs nicely with the recently-released Dooku: Jedi Lost.

In her most recent Star Wars novel, 2017’s Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, Golden gives us the story of Iden Versio and her companions starting with the aftermath of the Battle of Yavin, painting the backstory for the Battlefront II video game. Later that same year, she contributed a short story to From a Certain Point of View. Appropriately titled “The Bucket,” it shows us Princess Leia Organa’s apprehension aboard the Tantive IV from the perspective of one of the stormtroopers (who, as you might expect, is none too sympathetic after having seen her shoot one of his comrades dead).

Does the future of Star Wars publishing hold more work from Christie Golden? If it does, you can count on Youtini to tell you all about it!



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Books in this Collection

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Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Omen

Written by
Christie Golden
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In the second novel in the Fate of the Jedi series, we find the Jedi Order out of favor in the galaxy. With a strange psychosis plaguing Jedi and in the wake of a destructive war ignited by a fallen member of their ranks, the Galactic Alliance actively seeks to reduce the Order’s influence. Luke Skywalker faces criminal charges and exiles himself from the order. The only way to make things right is to find out what drove his nephew to the dark side—and what’s driving Jedi insane. But doing so means crossing paths with a lost tribe of Sith seeking to claim their destiny.

The Jedi Order is in crisis. The late Jacen Solo’s shocking transformation into murderous Sith Lord Darth Caedus has cast a damning pall over those who wield the Force for good: Two Jedi Knights have succumbed to an inexplicable and dangerous psychosis, criminal charges have driven Luke Skywalker into self-imposed exile, and power-hungry Chief of State Natasi Daala is exploiting anti-Jedi sentiment to undermine the Order’ s influence within the Galactic Alliance.

Forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is on a desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen’s fall to the dark side–and to learn what’s turning peaceful Jedi into raving lunatics. But finding answers will mean venturing into the mind-bending space of the Kathol Rift and bargaining with an alien species as likely to destroy outsiders as deal with them. Still, there is no other choice and no time to lose, as the catastrophic events on Coruscant continue to escalate. Stricken by the same violent dementia that infected her brother, Valin, Jedi Knight Jysella Horn faces an equally grim fate after her capture by Natasi Daala’ s police. And when Han and Leia Solo narrowly foil another deranged Jedi bent on deadly destruction, even acting Jedi Grand Master Kenth Hamner appears willing to bow to Daala’s iron will–at the expense of the Jedi Order.

But an even greater threat is looming. Millennia in the past, a Sith starship crashed on an unknown low-tech planet, leaving the survivors stranded. Over the generations, their numbers have grown, the ways of the dark side have been nurtured, and the time is fast approaching when this lost tribe of Sith will once more take to the stars to reclaim their legendary destiny as rulers of the galaxy. Only one thing stands in their way, a name whispered to them through the Force: Skywalker.

Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Allies

Written by
Christie Golden
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On a quest to learn the secret behind his nephew’s fall to the dark side and restore the Jedi Order to its rightful place in the galaxy, Luke Skywalker and his son Ben find themselves surrounded by Sith. Yet it turns out the Sith aren’t the biggest threat, and their High Lord makes Skywalker a previously unthinkable offer. With unexpected allies, father and son head off to face the source of the psychosis plaguing the Jedi Knights.

What began as a quest for truth has become a struggle for survival for Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben. They have used the secrets of the Mind Walkers to speak with the spirits of the fallen, risking their lives in the process. They have faced a team of Sith assassins and beaten the odds to destroy them. And now the death squad’s sole survivor, Sith apprentice Vestara Khai, has summoned an entire fleet of Sith frigates to engage the embattled father and son. But the dark warriors come bearing a surprising proposition that will bring Jedi and Sith together in an unprecedented alliance against an adversary more ancient and alien than they can imagine. For in the treacherous web of black holes that is the Maw, the Skywalkers and their Sith allies will have to fight an unimaginable evil, and Luke will be rocked by a staggering truth.

Legends
Legends
Short Story

First Blood

Written by
Christie Golden
Artwork by
Brian Rood
"First Blood" is a short story written by Christie Golden. It appeared in Star Wars Insider 125 and featured the Sith apprentice Vestara Khai. It was later reprinted in Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2013.
Legends
Legends
Adult Novel

Ascension

Written by
Christie Golden
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Luke and Ben Skywalker continue their quest to eliminate a powerful dark being while Galactic Alliance faces the fallout from the Chief of State’s fall from power. While the Jedi Order has been largely redeemed, Luke removes it from the Galactic Alliance’s halls of power. The Lost Tribe has been angling to subvert the Alliance, and with the government in chaos and the Jedi preoccupied with their hunt, the Sith are in position to seize control.

The toppling of ruthless Natasi Daala has left a political vacuum on Coruscant and ignited a power struggle between opposing factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must keep the government from collapsing into anarchy—while facing the combined threats of the resurgent Lost Sith Tribe, a deposed dictator bent on vengeance, and the enduring menace of Abeloth, the profoundly evil entity hungry to become a god.

Legends
Legends
Short Story

Getaway

Written by
Christie Golden
Artwork by
Joe Corroney
"Getaway" is a short story written by Christie Golden that appeared in the magazine Star Wars Insider 134 in 2012. The story takes place during the honeymoon of Jaina and Jagged Fel in 44 ABY, after the events of the Fate of the Jedi novel series.
Legends
Legends
Short Story

Good Hunting

Written by
Christie Golden
Artwork by
Joe Corroney
"Good Hunting" is a short story by Christie Golden that appeared in Star Wars Insider 142. It featured Jaina Solo Fel, Tenel Ka Djo, and Allana Solo, and tied into Troy Denning's novel Crucible.
Canon
Canon
Short Story

Kindred Spirits

Written by
Christie Golden
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"Kindred Spirits" is a short story by Christie Golden, with art by Magali Villeneuve, that was published in Star Wars Insider 159. The story is a prequel to Golden's novel Dark Disciple.
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Dark Disciple

Written by
Christie Golden
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Asajj Ventress did not deserve the pain she endured as a child, but she endured it all the same. While most know her as the relentless, hardened Sith apprentice who will stop at nothing to please her master, there’s a much less sinister side to her -- one that may even be capable of falling in love.

There were many stories originally meant to complete The Clone Wars that never got their chance to be told. But Ventress’s journey deserved a proper ending, and it got exactly that. In this story of love, loss, and triumph, watch as the villain you thought you knew transforms into a celebrated hero of the Republic.

The only way to bring down the Sith’s most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

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Various Authors
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The first iteration of this tubular collab was so well-received that readers were eagerly anticipating its sequel. The From a Certain Point of View series welcomes so many new authors to the Star Wars Expanded Universe in a way that allows them to extend their reach to other parts of the galaxy while also treating us with stories from well-known authors of the beloved franchise. To all of the new contributors making their debut in this book, we will be watching your career with great interest.
Press Release:On May 21, 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its theatrical debut. To celebrate the classic film’s landmark 40th anniversary, StarWars.com presents “Empire at 40,” a special series of interviews, editorial features, and listicles.Forty years of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 40 authors retelling its stories? Sounds good to us.The anthology series From a Certain Point of View is set to return with From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, celebrating 40 years of Episode V and arriving November 10. Like its predecessor, From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back will feature 40 stories by 40 authors reimagining the classic sequel through the eyes of background characters — heroes, villains, droids and creatures. Check out the cover below!All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book — a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books — valued at $1,000,000 — to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.Always in motion is the future…but follow the hashtag #FromaCertainPOVStrikesBack to get an early sneak peek at some of the authors participating, and come back to StarWars.com on Monday, June 16, for a reveal of the entire author roster.Authors:Tom Angleberger Sarwat ChaddaS.A. Chakraborty Mike ChenAdam ChristopherZoraida Córdova Delilah S. Dawson Tracy Deonn Seth DickinsonAlexander Freed Jason FryChristie Golden Hank GreenRob Hart E. K. Johnston Lydia KangMichael Kogge R.F. Kuang C.B. Lee Mackenzi Lee John Jackson Miller Michael MoreciDaniel José Older Mark OshiroAmy Ratcliffe Beth Revis Lilliam Rivera Cavan Scott Emily Skrutskie Karen Strong Anne Toole Catherynne M. Valente ​Austin WalkerMartha WellsDjango Wexler Kiersten White Gary Whitta Brittany N. WilliamsCharles YuJim Zubkavich
Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

Written by
Christie Golden
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The massively successful video game sequel to Battlefront (2015) took the franchise to new heights by not only expanding on the multiplayer first-person shooter experience, but by crafting a story mode that made a significant impact on the story of the Star Wars itself. Following the career of Iden Versio and her squadmates in Inferno Squad, Battlefront II is equal parts compelling narrative, rich environments, engaging gameplay, and heart. Iden’s character development mirrors the conflict at the very heart of the Star Wars.

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. But not for long. In retaliation, the elite Imperial soldiers of Inferno Squad have been called in for the crucial mission of infiltrating and eliminating the Partisans—the rebel faction once led by notorious Republic freedom fighter Saw Gerrera.

Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire—no matter the cost. Now Inferno Squad must prove its status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But the growing threat of being discovered in their enemy’s midst turns an already dangerous operation into a do-or-die acid test they dare not fail. To protect and preserve the Empire, to what lengths will Inferno Squad go . . . and how far beyond them?

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad.

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

From A Certain Point of View

Written by
Various Authors
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A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.

The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.

Forty years. Forty stories.

In honor of the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope, this collection features Star Wars stories by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from Star Wars literary history. More than forty authors have lent their unique vision to forty "scenes," each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist: Every scene is told from the point of view of a background character. Whether it's the X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star or the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for, Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View places the classic movie in a whole new perspective, and celebrates the influence and legacy of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon, Star Wars.