If you can’t get enough Clone Wars, or you just really dig the tradition of Star Wars anthologies, this is gonna be a must-read for you.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark is unique in where it enters canon and interacts with the show. Not only is it so carefully edited, it’s clear that heart went into each story from each author.
The intro is written by Jennifer Heddle, who also acts as editor for the edition, and it does a lot to lay a foundation for where this anthology enters the canon, its relationship to the animated series, and beyond, through retelling show moments from character’s POV. If you liked From a Certain Point of View, this is gonna be great reading for you.
Here’s a breakdown of the book contents:
- “Sharing the Same Face” by Jason Fry. (Based on the episode “Ambush”) This takes time to warm up to, but I think what it adds with Yoda’s insights is interesting.
- “Dooku Captured” by Lou Anders. (Based on the episode “Dooku Captured” and “The Gungan General”) In these pages we get to see how Dooku so, so, so full of himself and it’s rad. I would have liked more descriptions of his fancy PJs.
- “Hostage Crisis” by Preeti Chhibber. (Based on the episode “Hostage Crisis.”) From Anakin’s POV we get to see this play out and it adds a lot of complex feelings, plus actual believable love and tension with Padmé.
- “Pursuit of Peace” by Anne Ursu. (Based on the episode “Heroes on Both Sides”) I think this stays pretty true to the Padmé we see in show and in E.K. Johnston’s works.
- “The Shadow of Umbara” by Yoon Ha Lee. (Based on the episodes “Darkness on Umbara,” “The General,” “Plan of Dissent,” and “Carnage of Krell”) For fans of the clones!
- “Bane’s Story” by Tom Angleberger. (Based on the episodes “Deception,” “Friends and Enemies,” “The Box,” and “Crisis on Naboo”) This story being so intensely entrenched in the vigilante/Western genre should come as no surprise. Getting Bane’s POV feel like slipping back into the very thing that helped inspire the franchise.
- “The Lost Nightsister” by Zoraida Córdova. (Based on the episode “Bounty”) This follows Ventress as she’s going through some shit.
- “Dark Vengeance” by Rebecca Roanhorse. (Based on the episode “Brothers”) Always a fan of more Maul stories.
- “Almost a Jedi” by Sarah Beth Durst. (Based on the episode “A Necessary Bond”) From the POV of young Jedi Katooni, we get to see what a badass Ahsoka is. I totally loved getting to see this young POV of looking up to someone, and maybe minorly fangirling over them.
- “Kenobi’s Shadow” by Greg van Eekhout. (Based on the episode “The Lawless”) If you wanna just get deep into some Obi-Wan tragedy feels, this is for you.
- “Bug” by E. Anne Convery. (Based on the episode “Massacre”) This is considered an “original” story but it does so much good stuff with the Nightsisters. Wonderful plotted and always a fan of more Space Witch content.
Read by the Clone Wars cast, this is a really fun audiobook to check out. Get the audiobook on Amazon.
Who should read this: I think this rocks as a fun extra romp into Clone Wars for fans of the show, and a wonderful introductory tease for folks who love the characters but maybe haven’t delved into the show.
What to drink with this: If you can’t get to Batuu, I suggest sipping a little homemade Moof Juice.
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