Leia | “You’ve Always Been Strong”

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“Luke, run away, far away. If he can feel your presence, then leave this place. I wish I could go with you.” – Princess Leia

“No, you don’t.” Luke said, “You’ve always been strong.”

“The Bridge” Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

This conversation, between the newly united (in a manner of speaking) brother and sister duo, speaks volumes to me, so much more now since the recent events of Claudia Gray’s newest novel Star Wars: Bloodline. As I wrote in my ‘Book Review’ for The Cantina Cast: Luke was definitely right about that! When have we ever known Leia to run away from danger? On the contrary, it seems as though she has always ran toward it.

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Marvel’s Han Solo Mini-Series Captures the Corellian’s Sense of Adventure, Racing and Touch of Espionage, Too

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If the advance look at three pages of the first issue of Star Wars: Han Solo #1 are any indicator, readers are going to get an adrenaline-packed thrill-ride tale of racing and espionage that draws not just references to the Kessel Run in A New Hope but to the more mature Han in Claudia Gray’s recent novel Bloodline, too.
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Home is Where You Hang Your Armor – The Concept of Home for Those Who Have Served in the Armed Forces

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Lattes with Leia Show #4: Going Home discussed the concept of “home” in Star Wars. One of Andrea and Amy’s topics was how characters viewed different locations or ships as home. They also talked about the millions of Imperials stationed aboard the two Death Stars at the times of their destruction. The two hosts asked if people who are currently serving, or veterans of, the (real world) military thought of their bases or places of duty as home. As a veteran of active duty and a currently-serving Reservist myself, I’m eager to share my thoughts on the matter. I am limiting the scope of my post to “home” while deployed to a combat zone.

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Review of Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray


This is a review of Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray. It contains only minor spoilers.

Fed up with the stagnant Senate of the New Republic, and on the verge of stepping away from it all in favor of spending more time with her husband, Leia Organa, princess and senator, decides to undertake a new mission — Investigating reports of a criminal enterprise rising to fill the power vacuum left behind by the once-dominant Hutts.

Leia is joined in her mission by a senator from across the aisle, Ransolm Casterfo. The deeper they dig, suspicions arise that the criminal operation they are investigating is being controlled by a larger and more powerful entity — One with a dark purpose.

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Audiobook Review: Bloodline


There’s much that’s been said and written about the story Claudia Gray has penned about Leia Organa in the few days since the novel’s release May 3.

Be it revelations of the Huttslayer or the examination into the warrior and strategist or deep dive into the political machinations of the New Republic and her role in its founding, the novel has struck a near-unanimous chord among readers, Star Wars fans and historians for whom charting the Saga’s lore is an almost full-time affair.

Very Minor Spoilers follow below … you may wish to read Bloodline before proceeding.

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Book Review: Bloodline


Claudia Gray brings her gifted pen back to the Star Wars universe with the much-anticipated book, Bloodline. The Princess Leia centered novel focuses on her role as a significant and powerful senator in the New Republic, and takes place years before The Force Awakens. Bloodline manages to do something exquisite and rare: it exceeds the anticipatory nature of the genre and truly enhances the Star Wars canon. It operates on a sublime level of pacing, intensity, and suspense that will leave you eager to discover more. Expertly crafted, beautifully written, and full of dramatic tension, Bloodline is the book we’ve been waiting for.

Very Minor Spoilers follow below … you may wish to read Bloodline before proceeding.

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Vader’s Shadow: A Curse of Concealment

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With the recent embargo [from advanced copies being distributed] of ‘Star Wars: Bloodline’ by Claudia Gray, and all the built-up hype surrounding it, I can’t help myself but to be swept-up in it too.

This upcoming novel holds so much promise when it comes to plot-holes or gaps where the Skywalker lineage is concerned. Even Claudia Gray told USA Today that, “In this book we find out just how far Vader’s shadow falls.” So, as an ‘Anakin Apologist’ and a huge Vader fan, my anticipation of what ‘key elements’ this story may or may not include is barely containable.

So, for the sake of creative thinking and to hopefully spark some innovative discussion, let’s explore Vader’s “shroud of darkness” aka shadow.

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Star Wars Authors John Jackson Miller and Claudia Gray Coming to Chicago’s C2E2!

The Star Wars literary world will be represented at Chicago’s pop culture event C2E2 the weekend of March 18-20! John Jackson Miller (Kenobi, A New Dawn) and Claudia Gray (Lost Stars, Bloodline) will be joining Elizabeth Schaefer (Senior Editor, Del Rey) for an exciting Star Wars panel, along with participating in autograph sessions.

Details below:

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Lost Stars and Time Perception of the Star Wars Universe

#starwarscanon – Lost Stars and Time Perception of the Star Wars Universe

Please note, this article contains spoilers for Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars.

Categorize: to put someone (or something) into a group of similar people or things: to put people (or things) into categories.  Categories are how we create order, make sense of the world around us. With the Star Wars canon, we tend to sort and organize the stories into different categories, depending on our personal preference.  The prequel era, the classic trilogy, the era of Star Wars Rebels, post-ROTJ; these are all categories that have been used to define time as we explore the Star Wars canon.  However, Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars bridges these categories, dramatically influencing our way of viewing the Star Wars universe.

We tend to use the films as wayposts to explore events in the Star Wars canon.  These provide those who have only seen the films some guidance as to when non-film events happen. However, one read through Lost Stars and the bookends we normally associate with our “eras” completely disappear.

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Star Wars Books ‘New Republic: Bloodline’ and ‘Aftermath: Life Debt’ Delayed


The publishing dates for Claudia Gray’s New Republic: Bloodline and Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt have been delayed. The official Facebook page for Del Rey posted this message for those looking forward to these new installments:

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