SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you haven’t finished Season 2 of The Mandalorian, or you might read something you wish you hadn’t! If you’ve seen it all (maybe more than once?), then have no fear, and read on!
While I’m super excited about all the new shows that Disney has recently announced, over the past year I’ve learned the joy of experiencing Star Wars through more than just movies and shows. It all started with two of my friends (we're all unashamed Reylos!) telling me I had to read Bloodline by Claudia Gray.
I wound up listening to it on eAudio, which also introduced me to the experience of their eAudio productions (sound effects!). Now I have read and listened to many more books, have subscriptions to four Star Wars series at my local comics store, and am slowly but surely filling in some of the gaps in my Star Wars universe knowledge. Yes, I have jumped to hyperspace and am barreling towards obsession faster than Han Solo made the Kessel Run!
There is so much to read and explore, but what about those books that intersect with The Mandalorian? Aside from the amazing animated series Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, there have been some appearances of characters and material from books that have been with us for a while.
Meet Cobb Vanth in the Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig. “Rites” by John Jackson Miller in Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View tells of a Tusken Raider rite of passage involving a Krayt dragon. Boba Fett is featured in “Added Muscle” by Paul Dini. And have a tissue on hand when you read “The Red One” by Rae Carson, about Peli Motto’s droid who helps the Mandalorian find Mos Pelgo.
Did you hear Mayfield mention Operation Cinder? Learn more about it in the Alphabet Squadron trilogy by Alexander Freed, but if you can’t handle cliffhangers, you might want to wait until the third book, Victory’s Price is released in March of 2021.
Want to learn more about Ahsoka Tano? Aside from watching Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, you can read more about her in “Pursuit of Peace” by Anne Ursu and “Almost a Jedi’ by Sarah Beth Durst in The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, or even more in Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston.
Wondering who Thrawn is? Learn more about his rise to power in the Galactic Empire in Thrawn, Thrawn: Alliances and Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn. Chaos Rising kicks off the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy and you can also see him in Star Wars Rebels!
And finally, I think you know who he is, but it doesn’t look like Din Djarin knew for sure who he was sending Grogu off to Jedi school with, so hopefully he’ll check out The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu and at least learn what everybody else is saying about that guy with the green “laser sword”.
All these titles are available from the library in multiple formats, so check them out today!