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 Advice on where to begin reading Star Wars Legends stories

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) is the further adventures in a galaxy far, far away beyond the six film saga. It is those stories that continued Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca's story beyond Return of the Jedi; it is those stories that gave life to other characters seen in the films. In Expanded Universe stories we are introduced to new characters, new planets, new vehicles and new weapons. We learn the origins of the Jedi and of the Sith; witness Han and Leia's wedding; see Luke fall to the Dark Side and learn that Boba Fett had survived his fall into the Sarlacc Pit. Unlike other sci-fi/fantasy franchises the Star Wars Expanded Universe, with some minor infringements, was maintained under a single continuity, ie on the whole they form a singular chronology.
However, after nearly four decades of story publishing and a new sequel trilogy on the horizon, Lucasfilm declared that the Expanded Universe would be rebranded Star Wars Legends and from September 2014 no new stories would be added to the Expanded Universe. Instead all new stories would belong to a Story Group canonical universe that begins with Episodes I thru VI, The Clone Wars animated film and TV series and Star Wars Rebels TV series - all of these stories form the core of this new universe. In effect a reboot of the Star Wars Universe.
With so many Legends stories published it can be hard to know where to begin reading and, although it would now be possible, reading every Legends story in chronological order would take years to accomplish. This is Star Wars Books & Comics' guide to where to begin reading Star Wars Legends stories.

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Contents:
  1. Introduction
  2. Suggested Legends stories expanding the events seen in the Original Trilogy
  3. Suggested Legends stories expanding the events seen in the Prequel Trilogy
  4. Suggested Legends stories expanding a theme from the films
  5. Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga
  6. Advice for jumping in with The New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force or Fate of the Jedi series
  7. Using this website to further your Legends reading
  8. Additional resources
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Introduction
Firstly, it may be appropriate to read Thirty Years of Star Wars Storytelling (1977-2007), Star Wars Books & Comics' own guide to the history of Star Wars story and book publishing: this will give enough background information to understand how Star Wars Legends stories have evolved since Star Wars was released in 1977.
As the six films of Episodes I thru VI formed the catalyst for almost all Legends stories, this can be a good place to decide where to start reading, ie Legends stories that expand events seen in Episodes I to III, or seen in Episodes IV to VI, or those set immediately after Return of the Jedi.
While these films cover a time-span of just 36 years within the Star Wars universe,  the Star Wars Legends Timeline spans stories set as far back as 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, the events portrayed in A New Hope, to events occurring 140 years after it. To assist readers in understanding where a story fits on the Legends timeline LucasBooks created its Eras of Adventure:

Before the Republic

: events occurring a thousand generations before the Battle of Yavin

The Old Republic

: events occurring up to 67 years before the Battle of Yavin

Rise of the Empire

: events occurring between 67 years and 2 years before the Battle of Yavin

The Clone Wars

: events occurring between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin

The Rebellion

: events occurring between 2 years before & up to 5 years after the Battle of Yavin

The New Republic

: events occurring between 5 to 25 years after the Battle of Yavin

The New Jedi Order

: events occurring between 25 to 40 years after the Battle of Yavin

Legacy of the Force

: events that occur 40 years after the Battle of Yavin and beyond

Note that the events of the Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I, II & III) occur during the Rise of the Empire era, while the Original Trilogy (Episodes IV, V & VI) is part of The Rebellion era. The Fate of the Jedi book series occurs during the Legacy of the Force era.

So, if you enjoyed the Original Trilogy with the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, you can explore their furthering adventures by exploring The Rebellion era. Conversely, if the Prequel Trilogy was more to your liking with Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padme, Yoda, Mace and Palpatine then the Rise of the Empire era is the place to start.
However, since Star Wars Legends stories are available in a variety of mediums: including, but not restricted to novel, youth novel, graphic novel (books that collate comic stories into one volume), individual comic book issues, e-book and short story; it is wise to decide which format you would prefer, although this should not necessarily restrict your reading choice or options. While in the past any choice of reading material may have been affected by a story's availability, e.g. out-of-print books and hard-to-find comics, recent developments have improved availability. In 2006 Dark Horse Comics began a program that reprints all of their out-of-print and hard-to-find comic stories into Omnibus edition graphic novels. This program has collated much of their earlier Star Wars comic stories from the early to late 1990s as well as material published by Marvel Comics in the late 1970s to mid 1980s and is still ongoing. While in 2011 Random House, parent company of Star Wars novel publishers Del Rey and Bantam Spectra, responded to the increasing popularity of e-books and released their complete back catalogue of Star Wars novels in digital format, thus ensuring the availability of every Star Wars novel published since 1976.

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Suggested Legends stories expanding the events seen in the Original Trilogy
There are only four years between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, and the following stories will help to expand the events of the Original Trilogy, also known as the Galactic Civil War period. Between them they will explain who Biggs is (as seen in the Special Edition version of A New Hope and also the DVD/Blu-Ray versions); what happened to Darth Vader and where our heroes went after the victory of the Battle of Yavin; how Vader discovered the identity of the pilot who destroyed the first Death Star; how Luke, Leia, Chewbacca and Lando were helped in locating Han's frozen body; what happened immediately after the second Death Star was destroyed; and more.
In chronological order these stories are:

Darklighter

A New Hope

The Imperial
Perspective

A Long Time
Ago... Vol. 1

Vader's
Quest

Graphic Novel Novel &
Graphic Novel
Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Graphic Novel

Splinter of the
Mind's Eye

The Empire
Strikes Back
Shadows of
the Empire
Return of
the Jedi
The Truce
at Bakura
Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel

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Suggested Legends stories expanding the events seen in the Prequel Trilogy
The Phantom Menace is set 32 years before The Battle of Yavin while Revenge of the Sith is set 13 years later and these suggested stories will expand the role of Darth Maul as a Sith Lord; Valorum's weaknesses as Supreme Chancellor; why Jango Fett was chosen as the clone template; as well as furthering Sidious's/Palpatine's machinations to become Emperor.
They are in chronological order:

Darth Maul

Cloak of
Deception

Darth Maul:
Shadow
Hunter

The Phantom
Menace

Jango Fett:
Open Seasons

Graphic
Novel
Novel Novel Novel &
Graphic Novel
Graphic
Novel

The
Approaching
Storm

Attack of
the Clones
Labyrinth
of Evil
Revenge of
the Sith
The Rise of
Darth Vader
Novel Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel

Chronologically, the events of the Clone Wars occur between Attack of the Clones and Labyrinth of Evil, but it is not necessary to read any of the books from the Clone Wars to understand and follow the plotlines discussed in the above selected stories.

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Suggested Legends stories expanding a theme from the films
There are four themes mentioned that are never really explored within the films: the Sith, The Clone Wars, the Padawan/Master relationship and the Dark Times. There are enough Expanded Universe stories written about these four themes that it is possible to expand them further than the films could:

select a theme: The Sith|The Clone Wars|The Padawan/Master relationship|The Dark Times


Suggested Legends stories expanding a theme from the films: The Sith
Who were the Sith? Why do they hate the Jedi so much? And why do they have the Rule of Two?
The first two graphic novels below: Tales of the Jedi Volumes 1 and 2, collect between them 8 stories set between 5,000 and 4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. These stories describe who and where the Sith come from and why their long lasting feud against the Jedi.
The three Darth Bane novels are the story of Darth Bane, the Sith Lord who created the Rule of Two and why he took the Sith into hiding 1,000 years before The Phantom Menace. Further reading from this time period can be found in The Old Republic era.
They are in chronological order:

Tales of
the Jedi:
Volume 1

Tales of
the Jedi:
Volume 2

Barth Bane:
Path of
Destruction

Darth Bane:
Rule of Two

Darth Bane:
Dynasty of
Evil

Graphic
Novel
Graphic
Novel
Novel Novel Novel

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Suggested Legends stories expanding a theme from the films: The Clone Wars
Where did Anakin get his scar? How did General Grievous and Count Dooku kidnap the Chancellor?
At the conclusion to Attack of the Clones, Yoda says "begun, this clone war has" and so a war that would split the galaxy into two sides, Republic and Separatist, started on a dusty planet known as Geonosis. The Republic clone army, lead by the Jedi, fought the Separatist droid army for three long years with both sides trying to obtain the upper hand as the fighting went from planet system to planet system. It was, of course, to no avail as both sides were controlled by one man, Chancellor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious.
There are many stories from the Clone Wars and they are published in all the different formats. To make it easier, the suggested reading list is divided into the two most popular formats: novels and graphic novels, as either one in sufficient in itself to fill the three-year gap of the Clone Wars until its shocking conclusion in Revenge of the Sith.
There is one further suggestion, the Clone Wars animated micro-series is an excellent way to grasp the events of the Clone Wars and it also includes the kidnapping of Chancellor Palpatine by General Grievous and Count Dooku (his rescue by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker form the first act of Revenge of the Sith).
Further reading from this time period can be found in The Clone Wars era.

These are the suggested novels to read and they examine the Clone Wars from several angles. The Republic Commando books are a look at the war from the soldier's point of view, while Shatterpoint, The Cestus Deception, Jedi Trial and Dark Rendezvous all focus on one Jedi's interpretation of the war each: Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Yoda respectively. While the Medstar duology concentrates on the unseen side of war as the story revolves around a mobile medical unit serving in one of the most inhospitable planets at the height of a battle.
They are in chronological order:

Attack of
the Clones

Republic
Commando:
Hard Contact

Shatterpoint

The Cestus
Deception

Republic
Commando:
Triple Zero

Republic
Commando:
True Colors

Medstar I:
Battle
Surgeons

Medstar II:
Jedi Healer
Jedi Trial Dark
Rendezvous
Labyrinth
of Evil
Revenge of
the Sith


Below are the suggested graphic novels to read. Whilst they mainly concentrate on the story of Jedi knight Quinlan Vos's attempts to infiltrate Count Dooku's inner sanctum, they also include the reason why Anakin has a scar on his face in Revenge of the Sith, as well as examining both Obi-Wan Kenobi's and Anakin Skywalker's strengths and weaknesses as leaders of soldiers and as warriors themselves.
They are in chronological order:

Attack of
the Clones

The Defence
of Kamino

Victories &
Sacrifices

Light &
Dark

Last Stand
on Jabiim

The Best
Blades

On the Fields
of Battle

General
Grievous
When they
were Brothers
The Last
Siege, The
Final Truth
Revenge of
the Sith
Endgame

In the summer of 2008 Lucasfilm Animation, LucasBooks and LucasArts launched their latest multimedia project Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This included an animated film and TV series', novels, comics, children's books and videogames (plus toys, games and other merchandise). While The Clone Wars film and TV series (but not tie-in novels and comics) are part of the Star Wars Saga*, i.e. Lucasfilm Story Group canon, they also belong to Star Wars Legends. This means that while these stories portray a new "more official" account of events between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith that makes little or no reference nor acknowledgement of the previously published stories (those listed above), e.g. Anakin's Padawan Ahsoka Tano does not appear in any of the above listed stories. This makes listing these new stories harder within the overall context of the Clone Wars period, but here are some recommendations:

The Clone
Wars

Wild
Space

No
Prisoners

Gambit
Stealth

Gambit
Siege

Novel Novel Novel Novel Novel

Shipyards
Of Doom
Crash
Course
The Wind
Raiders of
Taloraan
The
Colossus
of Destiny
Slaves
of the
Republic
Graphic
Novella
Graphic
Novella
Graphic
Novella
Graphic
Novella
Graphic
Novella

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Suggested Legends stories expanding a theme from the films: The Padawan/Master relationship
Ever since the term Padawan was first heard or read in The Phantom Menace, people have wanted to find out more and no single author has done more in furthering this knowledge than Jude Watson. Jude has written over 30 books revolving around the Padawan/Master relationships of Qui-Gon Jinn/Obi-Wan Kenobi and Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker in two separate series: Jedi Apprentice (total of 20 books) and Jedi Quest (11 books). So if you would like to expand your reading on this subject matter then these two series are where to begin, just be aware that the books are written for the youth market of 9-12 year olds and early releases can be hard to find.
A more recent publication is the Legacy of the Force/Secrets of the Force duology which tells of two stories that span almost 70 years between them as events in the past come to have consequences for the future.

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Suggested Legends stories expanding a theme from the films: The Dark Times
What are the Dark Times? When was the Dark Times?
Also known as the Jedi Purge, the Dark Times were a consequence of Palpatine's Order 66 as seen in Revenge of the Sith. For those few Jedi who survived Order 66, it was a difficult time as Darth Vader and his agents were hunting them down. Most survivors would go into hiding as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda did, but for a few it was a time to try to strike back. It was during this time that the seeds of rebellion were sown.
This period of the Star Wars timeline has only recently been expanded by the storytellers and currently consists mainly of three major story series': the Dark Times comic book series, the Coruscant Nights novel trilogy, and the 10-book youth novel series Last of the Jedi.
These stories cover a very short period of time, roughly up to 1 year after Revenge of the Sith:

Revenge of
the Sith

Clone Wars #9:
Endgame

Dark Times #1:
The Path
to Nowhere

Dark Lord:
The Rise of
Darth Vader

Dark Times #2:
Parallels

Novel &
Graphic Novel
Graphic
Novel
Graphic
Novel
Novel Graphic
Novel
Dark Times #3:
Vector
Jedi Twilight Last of
the Jedi
Street of
Shadows
Patterns
of Force
Graphic
Novel
Novel 10 book Youth
Novel series
Novel Novel

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Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga
While you can concentrate on stories that expand the films and the themes contained there in, it is also possible to begin reading stories after watching just the films. This usually means the stories set after the six films and are the continuing adventures of the film heroes. This is the most popular method of starting to read Star Wars stories.
Just as there are themes contained within the films, there are also stories set after the films that are thematic in content: the role the elite X-Wing fighter squadrons of the Rebel Alliance played in attempting to establish peace in post-Palpatine's Empire; Luke's attempts to form a new Jedi Order and its Academy; and the recurring threat of the remaining Imperial leaders and warlords are three of the main themes. Almost all of these themed stories occur during The New Republic era.

select a theme: X-Wing stories|new Imperial threats and return of the Emperor

the Jedi Academy|The New Jedi Order

These are regarded as the four main plotlines established after the film saga, although there are other stories to read during this period, our Chronicles of The New Republic will allow you to understand their main plotlines and suggest further reading for these other stories.


Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga: X-Wing stories
The role that Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles and their X-Wing squadrons played following the films is captured in two series that are set just two years apart.
X-Wing: Rogue Squadron: following the events of Return of the Jedi, the X-Wing heroes find themselves playing the roles of both soldiers and diplomats as they travel around the galaxy trying to bring the peace promised by Palpatine's death. All 12 comic book stories of this series are captured in just three Omnibus editions:

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3


X-Wing: Just two years later, when it was believed that the elite squadron would be never required again, Wedge Antilles has to reform Rogue Squadron to save the fledging New Republic. The X-Wing pilots would be instrumental in capturing Coruscant from the remnants of Imperial control, securing supplies of desperately needed medical supplies, and defeat the threat of an Imperial warlord. These stories are contained within the 9 book X-Wing series:

Rogue
Squadron

Wedge's
Gamble

The Krytos
Trap

The Bacta
War

Wraith
Squadron

Iron Fist

Solo
Command
Isard's
Revenge
The Starfighters
of Adumar

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Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga: new Imperial threats and return of the Emperor
Even though five years have passed since the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, remnant Imperial forces still threaten the newly formed New Republic government and if any of these Imperial remnants were to find a strong leader then the fledgling galactic peace and democracy would surely collapse.
Grand Admiral Thrawn was unique. The only non-human to ever achieve the ultimate rank of an Imperial Grand Admiral, his survival following the Galactic Civil War was missed by the intelligence services of the New Republic and so, gathering his loyal forces, he came close to destroying the 'rebels' once and for all:

Heir to
the Empire

Dark Force
Rising

The Last
Command

Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel &
Graphic Novel
Novel &
Graphic Novel


Just one year later, as the New Republic was still reeling from the Thrawn catastrophe, a new and greater threat emerges: the Emperor has returned! Our heroes must discover the whereabouts of this cloned Emperor and for Luke, this encounter would be his darkest moment:

Dark Empire

Dark Empire II

Empire's End

Graphic
Novel
Graphic
Novel
Graphic
Novel

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Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga: the Jedi Academy
When Luke discovered that Leia was his sister and Force-sensitive in Return of the Jedi, he made it his purpose to find other Force-sensitive people in the Galaxy. Initially hampered by the immediate post-Empire events, he eventually found the time 7 years later when The New Republic had been established. Thus he began his quest to find other potential Jedi and to establish an academy where they could be trained. This would be difficult to begin with as most of the existing records of Jedi training methods had been destroyed by the Empire. The following books recount this quest for Luke and the hazards, hardships, successes and failures he encountered:

Jedi
Search

Dark
Apprentice

Champions
of the
Force

I, Jedi

Leviathan

Novel Novel Novel Graphic
Novel
Graphic
Novel


The continuing adventures of the Jedi Academy and in particular the training of Han and Leia's three children, Jacen, Jaina and Anakin are covered in the Junior Jedi Knights and the Young Jedi Knights youth novel series'.


Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga: the New Jedi Order
The New Jedi Order is a single story arc spread over nineteen novels, two comic stories, three e-books and three short stories, so reading all would require a demanding amount of time. However five of the nineteen novels were first published as hardbacks: Vector Prime, Balance Point, Star by Star, Destiny's Way and The Unifying Force; and between them they constitute the "core" story, that is it is possible to understand the main plot arc of this era from these five novels. However it is recommended that the following four paperback novels are also read as they contain plot elements and events that are expanded in the Legacy of the Force series: Conquest, Rebirth, Traitor and The Final Prophecy. Thus the recommended nine books are, in chronological order:

Vector
Prime

Balance
Point

Conquest

Rebirth

Star by
Star

Traitor

Destiny's
Way
The Final
Prophecy
The Unifying
Force

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Advice for jumping in with The New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force or Fate of the Jedi series
Both The New Jedi Order era and the Legacy of the Force era (this era encompasses the Fate of the Jedi series) have plotlines that are based upon situations and character developments created in preceding eras: namely The New Republic for The New Jedi Order, The New Jedi Order for Legacy of the Force and Legacy of the Force for situations/characters in Fate of the Jedi. The Suggested Legends stories set after the film saga guide will give you reading recommendations so that you would be cognisant of the key events leading up to the Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi series.
However, if you wanted to begin reading with The New Jedi Order series, that would require the reading of nearly two dozen books from The New Republic era before tackling the books of The New Jedi Order, so the reading of our summary of The New Republic era (Chronicles of the New Republic) offers an easier method of acquiring knowledge of the salient events of The New Republic era without having to read 23 separate books.
Similarly, the same applies to jumping in with the Legacy of the Force books series. That is having an advantageous knowledge of the events of The New Jedi Order will assist in the understanding of the Legacy of the Force era. Of course you could read the recommended nine books of The New Jedi Order before starting the Legacy of the Force or alternatively, just as with reading the summary of The New Republic era (Chronicles of the New Republic) maybe more practical than reading two dozen books, you could read our summary of The New Jedi Order era (Chronicles of the New Jedi Order) rather than reading the nine recommended novels. Of course you can return to any of the recommended novels at any time.
As for the nine book Fate of the Jedi series we have produced a Beginner's Introduction that recaps all the major events that have occurred in the 40 years on the Star Wars Legends timeline between the conclusion of Return of the Jedi and the end of the Legacy of the Force era.

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Using this website to further your reading
Every Star Wars Legends story listed on this website has been catalogued according to the Era of Adventure it is set in. And, just like this page, every story's entry is cross-referenced by Related Stories, that is by either overall plotline or by character development. A related story may be one or more of the films, it may be another novel, a graphic novel or a short story. This allows the reader to find what stories are connected to the story they are reading, and particularly in the case of short stories, allows them to discover other stories that they may have missed.
For example, let us imagine someone beginning their reading with Heir to the Empire (as suggested in Suggested stories set after the film saga: new Imperial threats and return of the Emperor) and after reading all three books of this trilogy they wanted to further their reading. Locating Heir to the Empire's entry (either from this page or by searching), there are eight Related Stories listed: one time-framed as occurring prior, two are the trilogy's sequels, and five occur after Heir to the Empire. Simply clicking on any one of these Related Stories allows the reader to discover what stories are related by either plotline or by character development.
Another facility offered on this website is the Read My Story feature. This expanding feature focuses on a single character and lists all the stories that they appear in. Again, in our Heir to the Empire example, we find on that book's entry a link for Grand Admiral Thrawn. Clicking on the link takes us to Thrawn's Read My Story page and we discover that as well as the current trilogy and two of the previous novels listed in Heir to the Empire's Related Stories, there are a further four stories featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn. All of which occur prior to Heir to the Empire and of which three are short stories. Thus the reader has the option to further their reading by following these links.
Of course, these Related Stories are stories that are related to the current book being read. We can use other facilities to further our reading: the index page to every Era of Adventure lists every book and graphic novel published from that Era in chronological order and we can see that the next story following the Heir to the Empire book trilogy is Dark Empire, a graphic novel. However, if we take a look at the Timeline entry for this Era (The New Republic) we find that there is a short story and another novel set before Dark Empire (the novel in this instance has been sub-listed within the X-Wing series of The New Republic, listed at the beginning of the index page). Thus, the reader can decide whether to advance to Dark Empire, read the short story and other novel, or if they prefer they can forgo the graphic novel and move on to the next novel (Jedi Search, the first in the Jedi Academy trilogy). The choice is with the reader.
This raises the point of whether to read every story or just to focus on those published in a particular format. The Timeline also includes two special entries: the Novels Timeline and the Graphic Novels Timeline. Both of these list, in chronological order, the published stories of their respective formats and are updated, as is the rest of this site, when new stories are published.
For more information using this site, please read our Help page.

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Additional resources
Unfortunately over the past three decades years that Star Wars Legends stories have been published, many books have become harder and harder to find as they are no longer in print, this makes it more difficult to actually read these titles. However there are other ways of obtaining the salient facts such a book contains. One is to use our Chronicles* (summaries) of three major Eras of Adventure: Chronicles of the Old Republic; Chronicles of the New Republic; Chronicles of the New Jedi Order; as well as our Beginner's Introduction to Fate of the Jedi.
Another is to invest in one or more of the reference books that are available:

Star Wars: The Essential Reader's Companion (2012) by Pablo Hildago catalogues the galaxy of published Star Wars fiction (up to 2012): movie novelizations, original stand alone and series novels, short stories, eBook novellas, young adult titles and comics. This book is highly recommended.

Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology (2005) by Daniel Wallace and Kevin J. Anderson is an almost complete history from the Tales of the Jedi (5,000 years before The Battle of Yavin) to the end of the New Jedi Order (almost 30 years after The Battle of Yavin). Featuring stories from every movie, book, comic and cartoon (up to 2005) this compendium is an absolute essential in any Star Wars fans' library. Unfortunately it does not list the books that each story refers to but it does contain an excellent index that allows for story researching.

Similarly, Star Wars: The Comics Companion (2006) by Ryder Windham and Daniel Wallace lists almost every Star Wars comic ever printed (up to 2006), including some of the earliest comic strips from the LA Times (1981-1984). More importantly, it includes many stories that have yet to be published as a graphic novel, such as The Devaronian Version, that allows for expansion of storylines and plots.

While all of the previous books concentrate on the stories, Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters (2002) by Daniel Wallace, is an encyclopaedic guide to over 130 characters that inhabit the Star Wars galaxy. It charts those characters life story's and their involvement and contribution to the Star Wars Legends galaxy.

 

The Essential Reader's Companion  

The New
Essential
Chronology

The Comics
Companion

The New
Essential Guide
to Characters

Of course, another way is to use some of  the facilities of this website.
*Chronicles are generalisations of events occurring in each particular era and may not reference all published material

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