Hey all - This has consistently been one of my favorite threads to check every now and again over the last few months of largely lurking on the Lit boards. I love seeing where other fans stand with these books as they are released, what works and what doesn’t, for each individual reader. Much thanks for everyone’s list and the discussion that sometimes follows. Now that a fair number of Canon novels have been released, I figure now is as good a time as any to add my ranking to the mix. I found that I had to separate the adult/YA novels from the more junior literature, so forgive the distinction (the jump between Junior Novel and YA is too big for me to compare the two on the same scale). Thanks for a very interesting thread, and keep those lists coming! 1. Battlefront: Twilight Company – As a huge fan of military minutia and fiction, this one hit all the right spots. Aside from my #2, this is the only Canon novel that I had a hard time putting down on multiple occasions. 2. Lost Stars – What a great story to make us fans sit up and take serious notice of the YA novels right out of the gate. The Imperial/Rebel viewpoints were fantastically done, and the romance between Thane and Ciena was handled with maturity (the ‘YA’ tag rarely crossed my mind in this regard). 3. Lords of the Sith – The ‘teamwork’ depicted here between the Emperor, Vader, and the briefly inconsistent number of surviving Royal Guards ( ) really made for a fun survival story. Cham’s plot to bring down the Perilous and Colonel Belkor’s decent into madness were other notable highlights. 4. Thrawn – An above average novel made excellent by my longtime-love for the guy in white. Excellent chronological reintroduction of Thrawn into the new Canon that left me wanting more. Much, much more (looking at you nervously, Rebels series finale). Vanto is another great Zahn character that I also can’t wait to get more from. 5. Aftermath: Life Debt – A huge step up from the first book, delivering a more interesting plot and finally dealing with the post-RotJ political landscape. 6. Catalyst – A very good character piece that provides interesting background to “Rogue One.” Managed to make Krennic one of my favorite characters pre- and post-“Rogue One” premiere (where I certainly wouldn’t be saying that had I not read this novel). Luceno’s writing is always a joy as well. 7. Aftermath: Empire’s End – About as good as “Life Debt,” but failed to provide satisfying answers to some of the mysteries that deserved resolution. The less-interesting interludes (than the previous books in the series) also knock this one down a bit. 8. Tarkin – I see this one as what I would think of the recent “Thrawn” novel had I not been a Thrawn fan prior to reading. A good Vader/Tarkin buddy cop book with good insight into the Empire, but ultimately sporting a ‘meh’ plot. Does have good flashbacks into Tarkin’s past that provide satisfying explanation to the development of his doctrine. 9. Bloodline – I’m all for political stories (I love me my Tom Clancy), but this book felt like it was following the Star Wars ‘planet-hopping’ formula (made famous by the first few “Fate of the Jedi” novels) a bit too closely for my taste. The Leia stuff was largely good, but I found myself not caring about Greer or the introduction of yet ANOTHER “elite” squadron post-RotJ (“Rapier,” “Phantom” and “Black” squadrons all running around trying to be the new “Rogue”/ “Wraith” squadron is kinda irritating). 10. Rebel Rising – Despite many others saying that they couldn’t get enough of this book, I never found myself excited with it. The first half is excellent – exactly what I would want from a Jyn/Saw/Partisan storyline. However, after the incident at Tamsye Prime, the ‘little things’ started piling up and I found myself frustrated where with the book left us (I became very aware of the YA label, noticed some continuity glitches, and ultimately finished with a muddied perspective of Jyn’s motivations during the Rogue One briefing room scene). 11. Aftermath – A largely self-contained story that gets major points for including Rae Sloane as much as it does. That being said, I have to knock it major points for boasting a jarring writing style (yes, I’m one of those people) and not exactly delivering on expectations. 12. A New Dawn – Works as an introduction to Kanan and Hera, but the plot doesn’t really capture my interest (especially now, after the Empire/mining angle has been beaten to death in Canon). This was, of course, the first Canon book I read, so forgive me for not remembering much else to say about it. 13. Heir to the Jedi – Not the Luke novel I was expecting, though I give it a bit more leeway than I should when I consider that it was intended to be the last novel in the Empire & Rebellion series. Some interesting Luke character development, but very, very skippable overall. 14. Ahsoka – I saw someone else refer to this novel as “aggressively inconsequential” and found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with their description. I’m all for new Ashoka stories, but there are much more important ones to tell than what we got here (in the main plot; some of the interludes allude to those “more important” stories). 15. Dark Disciple – I realize that I stand against most of the Lit community here, but Dark Disciple was one of the only novels I had a hard time getting though. I found the romance completely unbelievable and the back-and-forth of Vos’ allegiance simply annoying. I’m truly glad that this one did something for other fans, but that just wasn’t the case for me. ------------------ 1. Guardians of the Whills – Masterclass in short fiction that manages to both write for all audiences and completely capture the voices of its titular characters. 2. Before the Awakening – Excellent prequel for our TFA heroes, delivering three good-to-great stories for the post-TFA-viewing craving. Major points for giving us some 'TR-8R' action (and ‘real’ FN designation). 3. Servants of the Empire series – Jason Fry delivers yet again with these four books, giving me a real desire to see a YA or adult novel with his name on it in the future. They all blended together as one entertaining story (I can’t remember what happened in each individual book) and delivers a memorable Imperial in Lt. Chiron (oops, I’ve outed my fascination with the Empire). 4. The Weapon of a Jedi – I’m a fan of Luke, so this one satisfied the itch that “Heir to the Jedi” left. Due to spoilers, I knew that Sarco wouldn’t factor into TFA very much, but he was a fun ally/villain/wildcard to read regardless. Fingers crossed that we get to see Luke reunited with Farnay on the page at some point, post-RotJ. 5. Smuggler’s Run – Rucka does a great job with Han here; this left me very excited to see where he would be in the ‘upcoming’ TFA. Beck was a quality villain who I greatly appreciated being name-dropped once again in Rucka’s later “Shattered Empire.” 6. Moving Target – A good Leia story that makes Nien Nunb relevant again. Nothing much else to say from me. 7. Adventures in Wild Space series – Not ‘bad’ per se, just my least favorite. Not much going on here in terms of the greater Star Wars galaxy, but could certainly be more entertaining to younger readers.