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From the New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

©2016 Claudia Grey (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • 08-03-17

Gives closure, understanding and very well written

I really enjoyed the insight it gives into the culture, politics and life since the end of the Empire. Understanding the climate and events prior to Force Awakens was enlightening and deepens understanding of what happened between Leia and Han and between them as parents and Ben. The way the events unfolded in the book was classic Star Wars. Literally finished the book in two days. So good.

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fantastic

This novel is a great background story to the force awakens supplying some much needed materials on the state of the galaxy. Bloodlines answers some of the obvious questions for the Force Awakens like why is there a resistance and a new Republic and where did the first order come from?

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Fantastic

After the mess "Aftermath" was I've been hesitant of purchasing books leading up to "The Force Awakens." However, "Bloodline" and "Lost Stars" have both been excellent. I had a bit of skepticism surrounding the narrator, but she's perfect for Bloodlines "Leia" thick plot. If you're not a Leia fan, don't worry...this story does a great job exploring the impact Darth Vader had on individuals and ends up revealing much of the political plot that results in the formation of The First Order. A perfect story for Star Wars fans!

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Amazing

Perfectly sets up the 7th movie as far as politics go, and not in a boring way like the prequels.

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The Bridge We Were Hoping For

Bloodline is exactly the setup we needed for the events in TFA. It is satisfying, thrilling, and fills in the gaps to bridge RotJ and TFA better than the Aftermath books. I’ve read several of the new canon books now, and I have to say this is by far the best written and most enjoyable. Claudia Gray does a superb job with the characterization and making a political plot utterly gripping. I was deeply moved. It makes rewatching TFA and TLJ even more fulfilling and heartbreaking. I’m sad Carrie’s gone and we won’t get to see the conclusion of Leia’s arc in Ep IX.

As far as the audiobook is concerned, I enjoyed the vocal effects and music used to make this narrative come alive. January’s performance is great when it comes to Leia and some of the other females, but her attempts at males made them all sound the same. Still, not a bad experience. I loved it.

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Fun story about Princess Leia

I enjoyed this book. Fun, interesting character's. Nice story about Leia and what led up to her being a General in Force Awakens.

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Intriguing

Finally we get answers.Amazing book.full of intrigue and loaded with information.The only negative thing is that it doesn't continue with Thane but it was good to finally know how the resistance got started.It took all my strength to put it down for another day.well going to start it over and listen to it again. Good reading or listening everyone

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What "Aftermath" should have been

I really enjoy the production value of these new Star Wars novels, including the recent "Aftermath" novel by Chuck Wendig. That novel, however, was a disappointment. "Bloodline" is everything I wanted aftermath to be. It gives a direct insight into how the First Order rises to power and allows us to get a better insight into Leia and her feelings about her parentage. Claudia Gray did a wonderful job with the plot, setting up interesting characters with different perspectives about the former Empire in a way that makes the rise of the First Order believable. I hope she continues to contribute more to the new EU.

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  • 05-05-16

awesome! quickest ive ever finished an audio books

The story captured me very quickly. i found myself sitting in my car for almost 20 mins just listening! performance was too notch. the added sound effects and music just made it all better.

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Princess Leia & the Politics of the New Republic

This is the second book by Claudia Gray that I've read in the Star Wars universe, the first was Leia, Princess of Alderaan. This book concerns Princess Leia's life as a senator in the New Republic and the supposed ride of the First Order. A good portion is devoted to the political climate and backroom dealings that ensue. While Princess Leia is well written and a well rounded character, the political parts read more like a soap opera. The missions the Princess embarked on were a bit of a stretch, with the action being somewhat unbelievable. I struggled with this book, as it took an unusually long time to finish. At times I simply got bored. The storyline finally picked up close to the end. A short story about one of the characters is included at the end as well. I read this book using immersion reading, while listening to the Audible audiobook. Narrator January LaVoy has a beautiful, expressive voice. Only the male characters were a bit off. For me personally, no one writes Star Wars politics better than James Luceno.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-05-19

Political Intrigue

I throughly enjoyed this story, both in book form and audio.

It’s quite heavy on the politics of Star Wars, but personally I’ve always found this fascinating since Episode I.

There are a few plot points that I would question, but on the whole I found it worthy of the Star Wars title.

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  • David Sutcliffe
  • 06-27-19

A surprise to be sure, but very welcome one.

Started this book for backstory to the films, not expecting much. It greatly exceeded expectations.

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  • O. J. Jones
  • 03-26-20

Brilliant

Brilliantly written and narrated. Great insight into Leia's time as senator. Would highly recommend for Star Wars fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-20

Interesting new characters

Aside from giving more of an insight into Leia’s life in the senate, this book introduces some amazing new characters and I genuinely had stakes in their stories. For a 14+ hour story essentially about government, it didn’t drag at all. I’d also definitely recommend this book if you want to know more about the origins of the first order and the resistance.

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  • Simon Meikle
  • 10-03-19

Best book of the new Disney canon!

Amazing book that effectively portrays the political turmoil and corruption that affected the New Republic Senate mirroring that of the Old Republic, whilst describing the inner turmoil wracking Princess Leia in the wake of her darkest secret being made public. All of this backdrops the insidious political machinations that crawl beneath the surface as the First Order begins to take shape.

Owning almost every EU novel ever printed I honestly believe this novel stands side by side with the very best Star Wars novels ever written, not just the new canon material.

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  • Mrs Fingle
  • 06-08-21

Amazing

Claudia Gray is on of the best authors and this is one of the best Star Wars books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-20

amazing story and narrative

great book with great narratives. Definitelly adds wholes in the story amd brings some background

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  • Mr. I. A. Fairhurst
  • 12-02-20

Book title says it all

Very slow start at least 10 chapters to get into the story. even though the title of the book give you the main storyline, I found the story to be disappointing. the main plot was two short which ruined the rest of the story. Even though this book is listed in the top 10 books I do not class it as one.

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  • Rhys Bethell
  • 08-21-20

well performed, but takes a while

The performance and quality of the production was top-notch, as usual for the Star Wars books. You could get lost in that alone.

I thought the story was written well, but lacked a climax and I didn't really care about any of the characters. Ransom and Leia's relationship and story line is compelling, but I didn't care whether the others lived or died. Perhaps, after listening to the Aftermath trilogy and Last Shot, I'm suffering from Star Wars fatigue! Worth a listen for the wider universe, but easy to miss. Save for the last few chapters...

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  • CJ F
  • 02-26-20

Simply Amazing!

I loved every moment of this piece, the writing to the performance, all equally enthralling.

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  • Smoking Frog
  • 09-23-21

Really impressed!

Not only does this book fill in some crucial gaps between the Skywalker Saga and the new "Rey Trilogy", but it does so in a layered and nuanced way, where characters have depth and purpose in the story, the characterisations of Han and Leia are spot-on, and the exploration of Leia coming to terms with her parentage is complex and compelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-20

Could not finish.

I’ve listened to many Star Wars books. The story reminded me of a what might be published in Mills and Boon romances with a political edge. No tensions established from the start just Leahs dreams of quitting the senate; dreams and of peace vs balance and examples of feminine ego underlining efforts to gain title. The voice and voice inflexion actually became annoying as it did not knit with the characters. Hans Solo sounded like a 16 year old boy. Sorry after the first 30 minutes had to mark the book as finished.