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Star Wars


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When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy f�rom both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy. As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful positioneven when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia's only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345511362
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm.


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SPPL_jcl Feb 21, 2018

Insight into what took place between "Return of the Jedi" and the rebirth of the saga in "The Force Awakens".

It's approximately 6 years for "The Force Awakens". The galactic government is dividing into factions and Leia is learning some disturbing things about the resurgence of forces long though defeated. And in the meantime, the galaxy is learning about who Leia's father really was...

An exciting and intriguing read. It's more political in nature... not much of the "wars" here yet, but it sets the stage for the surprise return of dark powers and the rise of the resistance to that threat.

ArapahoeCody Jun 09, 2017

What happened after "Return of the Jedi", How does Leia become a general? Where did the First Order come from? All these and more are answered in this Star Wars installment. For fans of espionage, political intrigue and, of course, Star Wars.

Apr 09, 2017

-It adds context that makes The Force Awakens a little better. The political situation in the New Republic that led to The First Order makes a more sense after this book. The slow corruption of the New Republic after the fall of the Empire was unexpectedly compelling to consider.

-Claudia Gray's writing is good. Leia feels like Leia and the new characters feel like they would fit right into a movie. The plot moves along at a good pace.

-The tone is a little dark. The adventure is still there but it is a little less lighthearted then the old movies and books. It suits the story though and made me want to watch The Force Awakens again despite being someone with mixed feelings towards that movie.

ArapahoeStaff23 Nov 23, 2016

If you enjoyed The Force Awakens and wanted more backstory on how the Resistance and First Order formed, this book will dive into that. While this is more of a political drama compared to the usual Star Wars epic space battle/adventure, Bloodline does give us more insight to the Star Wars universe. If you enjoy politics and the drama behind that then this book is for you. Anyone looking for more of epic battles and adventure might want to look elsewhere. Either way, I'd consider this a good read for a Star Wars fan.

Oct 21, 2016

This is another great addition to the new Star Wars canon and adds another piece to the puzzle of what happened between Endor and Starkiller Base. However, it's not without its faults.

The pace of the book was somewhat uneven, with a fairly slow start, a middle that gradually widened a web, which then all came crashing down very quickly in a rushed end. It's really too bad. It's also the first time we get an in-depth look at the role of Hosnian Prime, and the new Republic - I just can't believe that they'd just complacently reform the Republic just like that, and in basically the same dysfunctional format it was in before the Clone Wars. Based on what little we saw in TFA, I was hoping for a more fractured galaxy. Too bad again.

But these are nitpicks. This is a great dive into the life of Leia, and who she was between blowing up the shield generator on Endor, and becoming the leader of the Resistance. She fits the role the book puts her in perfectly. This is a perfect story of Leia. And as an added bonus, we get some significant tie-ins and set-ups for The Force Awakens.

Not quite as much of a masterpiece as Lost Stars, but still better than the rest of the current canon books... to date (big expectations for THRAWN in 17).

Sep 12, 2016

An impressive book by Claudia Gray, 'Bloodline' tells the story of Princess Leia as she finds herself, yet again, attempting to keep the galaxy from falling apart. With fascinating new characters and a well-written plot, 'Bloodline' is a must-read for Star Wars fans.

Sep 03, 2016

Great book. Love it. As a Star Wars fan, Bloodline makes me hanker for more Star Wars adventures. I was wondering if Claudia Gray would write the story behind Episode Seven: The Force Awakens (kudos to J.J. Abrams doing one fantastic job of directing). I would like to know more about the characters of the Force Awakens - the hot shot pilot, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren (son of General, formerly Princess Leia and Han Solo). Why did he follow his grandfather Darth Vader's footstep...and how did obtain his head still in his helmet? Wasn't Darth Vader cremated by Luke Skywalker? Trivia: What does Darth Vader and Han Solo have in common? Both were killed by their sons. Good read - captivating. Hard to put down.

Aug 03, 2016

This was my second Claudia Gray Star Wars book and she continues to impress.

This one was a different animal from Lost Stars as it covers one particular...month? or so of Senator Leia Organa's life about 10 years before the events of The Force Awakens.

Gray does very well crafting an older, more jaded Leia who is forced to come to grips with the identity issues I've always felt clouded her character. Is she a Princess, or an orphan? A warrior, or a politician? The last surviving member of the ruling house of Alderaan...or the tragic daughter of Anakin and Padme? Events in the book force her to face and attempt to reconcile these many facets, and also to take direct action to overcome a mysterious threat to the New Republic she sacrificed so much to establish.

Though set in the Star Wars universe, it also feels like very much a book of its time- one can't help but imagine that Gray was influenced by the divisive politics of U.S. Republicans and Democrats when creating the toxic atmosphere between the Centrists and Populists that pervades the story.

On the downside, it was deeply annoying that Luke Skywalker and Ben Solo were nowhere to be found, or even really talked about, during the book, though I daresay this wasn't the author's choice as much as Disney and Lucasfilm wanting to maintain the mystery prior to the release of Episode VIII. Han and Chewie don't factor much, either, which means that this really is a Leia solo book (ugh, unintentional pun), and a darn good one.

The supporting cast, Greer, Korr, Joph Seastriker, and so on, were kind of flimsy, unfortunately, as were some of the villainous characters, though I liked Lady Carise Sindian quite a bit.

In the end, not as amazing as Lost Stars but still a very solid outing, very much recommended to anyone interested in fleshing out the backstory to the turmoils of the New Republic, getting some hints at the rise of the First Order, and generally spending some time not quite as long ago in a galaxy just as far, far away.

LPL_IanS Jul 05, 2016

I loved "The Force Awakens," but I wouldn't have minded a little more backstory about the Resistance and the First Order.

This new novel provides us just that. It's a fast and fun political thriller following none other than Princess Leia Organa. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but it gives some nice information about the political climate that lead to the events of "The Force Awakens."

Zenzelai Jun 13, 2016

This was an enjoyable read for Princess Leia fans. It allows you to see more behind the scenes into her character and focuses on the human side of the storylines. It answers many questions regarding the gaps between Force Awakens and comics.

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