Book Review: Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker

But Luke got more than he bargained for when he intercepted a cryptic message from a beautiful princess held captive by a dark and powerful warlord.

Armed only with courage and with the light saber that had been his father’s, Luke was catapulted into the middle of the most savage space war ever…and he was headed straight for a desperate encounter on the enemy battle station known as the Death Star!”

The Star Wars novel, ghost written by prolific sci-fi author Alan Dean Foster took everything that George Lucas had laid out in his script and, via its expertly written prose, developed it into a book that is as much a part of the Star Wars experience as the film and the soundtrack album.

In 1976, without any visuals or ideas of who would be fulfilling the roles, it must have been a very different first impression that Star Wars gave to those readers lucky enough to grab a copy of the book.

We see more of the machinations of the Imperial officers at work aboard the Tantive IV and on the Death Star and through that iconic introductory page we even learn about the downfall of the Republic and the tragic tale of Darth Vader, still yet to be revealed as Luke’s father.

If you are a legends fan, a newcomer to the saga or someone who has managed to miss this book entirely I can’t recommend that you seek it out highly enough.

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