Star Wars Legends Books In Chronological Order
here are a number of Star Wars Book reading orders including chronological order and publishing order.
However, there are a number of issues with those reading styles which we completely break down in our articles The Best Star Wars Book Reading Order and Should You Read Star Wars Books in Chronological Order?
However, we realize that some folks are interested in checking out chronological order or picking out books by era and that's what this page is for!
Note that this page only contains adult novels. To view every type of Star Wars literature, check out our interactive and gorgeous timeline pages.
Reading Star Wars Books In Chronological Order
Chronological order, meaning simply in the order of the Star Wars Timeline, is probably the most commonly recommended reading order out there.
Reading in chronological order means locating a timeline somewhere, for example the excellent timelines over at Yoda’s Datapad, [Insert other timeline], or even ours here at Youtini - which is gorgeous - but I suppose we are a little biased.
Then, you follow the timeline book-by-book, reading each new entry on the timeline in the order that it occurs in the Star Wars chronology.
You’ll start with books many millennia before the films and progress all the way through the films and several decades after.
The Best Star Wars Book Reading Order
We have a full breakdown of our recommended reading order and why we so frequently recommend it on our post The Best Star Wars Book Reading Order. But here is the short version:
- Start with the Youtini Foundational Five
- Read all the newest novels within 30 days of their release (use our release schedule)
- Use the Youtini Reading Order
- Pick books based on what you like (use our reading collections)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Old Republic Era
Four thousand years ago, the Galaxy is very different from the universe of the Skywalker Saga, but much is the same. An Era of Sith and fallen Jedi, Mandalorian raids and Heroic Smugglers; an untamed universe awaits.
Rise of the Sith Era
A massive Sith force conquers its way across the Galaxy, halted by a Republic on the brink of exhaustion. Only the Jedi and their allies can hope to bring peace to a galaxy torn asunder and defeat the Sith once and for all.
The Clone Wars Era
The Clone Wars have begun, setting in motion a thousand years of Sith treachery. The Jedi, clouded by years of Dark Side machinations, stand up against the tide of chaos in defense of the fracturing Republic.
Reign of the Empire Era
Set between the Prequel and Original trilogies, a new aggressive Empire flexes the iron will of Darth Vader and the Emperor over a weary galaxy. But seeds of hope are sown far and wide as a Rebellion is born.
During the Original Trilogy of movies, the Galactic Civil War rages. The Empire tries to quash the sparks of hope, but a tide of heroes rises to meet their threat and counter the machines of war poised against them.
The New Republic Era
Winning the war was only half of the Rebellion’s struggle. Now they must keep the whole galaxy united. Heroes of old adjust to new positions and challenges as they attempt to keep their hard-fought peace intact.
The New Jedi Order Era
Trained by Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, a generation of new heroes rises to meet an invasion of horrors from beyond the edge of space itself.
The Legacy Era
A new Empire in league with a reborn Jedi Order works to fend off a burgeoning Sith threat. Set 130 years after the death of Vader, this era offers endless possibilities as the descendants of classic heroes struggle to live up to their namesakes.