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Uncover the secrets of the Skywalkers: the family that shaped a galaxy far, far away ... The Skywalker story has everything: passion, intrigue, heroism, and dark deeds. This revelatory biography explores every twist and turn of the Skywalker dynasty: the slow seduction to the dark side of Anakin; his doomed marriage to Padmé Amidala; the heroics of Luke and Leia; the fall an Uncover the secrets of the Skywalkers: the family that shaped a galaxy far, far away ... The Skywalker story has everything: passion, intrigue, heroism, and dark deeds. This revelatory biography explores every twist and turn of the Skywalker dynasty: the slow seduction to the dark side of Anakin; his doomed marriage to Padmé Amidala; the heroics of Luke and Leia; the fall and redemption of Han Solo and Princess Leia's son, Ben; and the struggles of his dyad in the Force, Rey. Leaving no stone unturned in tracing the dynasty's trials and tribulations, this definitive biography of Star Wars' first family explores and explains the deeper, more personal story of the Skywalkers, their characters, motivations, and, against seemingly impossible odds, their ultimate triumph. (c) AND TM 2021 LUCASFILM LTD.


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Uncover the secrets of the Skywalkers: the family that shaped a galaxy far, far away ... The Skywalker story has everything: passion, intrigue, heroism, and dark deeds. This revelatory biography explores every twist and turn of the Skywalker dynasty: the slow seduction to the dark side of Anakin; his doomed marriage to Padmé Amidala; the heroics of Luke and Leia; the fall an Uncover the secrets of the Skywalkers: the family that shaped a galaxy far, far away ... The Skywalker story has everything: passion, intrigue, heroism, and dark deeds. This revelatory biography explores every twist and turn of the Skywalker dynasty: the slow seduction to the dark side of Anakin; his doomed marriage to Padmé Amidala; the heroics of Luke and Leia; the fall and redemption of Han Solo and Princess Leia's son, Ben; and the struggles of his dyad in the Force, Rey. Leaving no stone unturned in tracing the dynasty's trials and tribulations, this definitive biography of Star Wars' first family explores and explains the deeper, more personal story of the Skywalkers, their characters, motivations, and, against seemingly impossible odds, their ultimate triumph. (c) AND TM 2021 LUCASFILM LTD.

30 review for Skywalker: A Family at War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    This book is a lot more then I was expecting it to be. I would have rated it 4.5 stars but I definitely think it deserves a round up instead of down. I can't hate the book for being what it is supposed to be. It is written a bit like a history/summary book of the Skywalker family, and that is exactly what it is supposed to be. The reason the book is more that I expected is not only does it cover events of the movies (prequels, original, and sequel trilogies and Rouge One and Solo), the series (Cl This book is a lot more then I was expecting it to be. I would have rated it 4.5 stars but I definitely think it deserves a round up instead of down. I can't hate the book for being what it is supposed to be. It is written a bit like a history/summary book of the Skywalker family, and that is exactly what it is supposed to be. The reason the book is more that I expected is not only does it cover events of the movies (prequels, original, and sequel trilogies and Rouge One and Solo), the series (Clone Wars including the final season, Rebels), but not Bad Batch, aside from their appearance in the final season of Clone Wars, or The Mandolorin. It also does what I wish the sequel movie directors did an researches all the book and comics current releases in the Disney era of Star Wars. Any book with a mention of any Skywalker is in here. This book is a great read to relive some of my favourite Star Wars moments. As well as some of my not so favourite ones but as the books says you have to take the good with the bad (in the form of light and dark sides). As I have not read all the Star Wars comics there were some extra bit of information in here as well as a confirmation of a under used character from the Rise of Skywalker in terms of their abilities. The book also has done great pictures from the movies. A very good summary of the Disney era.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James Roller

    Fascinating look into the history of the Skywalker family. Reading at times as an academic look into what made the Skywalker family progress from Anakin to Rey & Kylo Ren, this book covers everything in between. Covering all the movies, animated shows, and previous Canon novels , this book ultimately becomes a fascinating read for fans of the Star Wars saga. What I really enjoyed about this book is that it really fills in the details that the movies omitted. Peering more into the psyche of those Fascinating look into the history of the Skywalker family. Reading at times as an academic look into what made the Skywalker family progress from Anakin to Rey & Kylo Ren, this book covers everything in between. Covering all the movies, animated shows, and previous Canon novels , this book ultimately becomes a fascinating read for fans of the Star Wars saga. What I really enjoyed about this book is that it really fills in the details that the movies omitted. Peering more into the psyche of those in the Skywalker family, the book delves into what made the family tick. This book provides a more personal and in-depth look into Anakin, Padme, Leia, Luke, Han, Rey, and Kylo Ren.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tim Joseph

    A book all fans of the Universe should own! As a non-spolier... this is NOT a new story, or fictional tale. This is a sketch biography of thr Skywalker lineage and heritage. I LOVED the concept of this... I mean, what other family... possibly in all of literature or pop-culture had as much of a bearing on the fate of an entire galaxy, if not the Skywalkers? While, I will grant, at times it feel like this is a bit of a 'sum-up' of the action in the core movies, as you get further into the book you f A book all fans of the Universe should own! As a non-spolier... this is NOT a new story, or fictional tale. This is a sketch biography of thr Skywalker lineage and heritage. I LOVED the concept of this... I mean, what other family... possibly in all of literature or pop-culture had as much of a bearing on the fate of an entire galaxy, if not the Skywalkers? While, I will grant, at times it feel like this is a bit of a 'sum-up' of the action in the core movies, as you get further into the book you find that it ties in so much more. Multiple films, TV adaptations and expanded universe stories are all depicted chronologically, giving new insight into the psyche and inward/outward pressures effecting the Skywalkers. Too, I found that it helped paint a more complete picture of the back third of the series of movies, showing the continuing legacy of the Skywalkers. Love it or hate it, respect it. For this is the first deep look at the complexities around Pop-Culture's First Family at war.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Arezou

    My heart is so full, y'all. I don't even know where to start with this one. Perhaps along the lines of "Kristin Baver knocked this out of the damn park" because that is absolutely what happened here. I'm a fast reader but I usually like to take a couple of days to go through a book. I read this in a day. [READ FULL REVIEW: https://arezoudeetoo.com/2021/05/05/b...] When this book was first announced, I assumed it would be a coffee table, behind-the-scenes type deal. This may be on me for not readi My heart is so full, y'all. I don't even know where to start with this one. Perhaps along the lines of "Kristin Baver knocked this out of the damn park" because that is absolutely what happened here. I'm a fast reader but I usually like to take a couple of days to go through a book. I read this in a day. [READ FULL REVIEW: https://arezoudeetoo.com/2021/05/05/b...] When this book was first announced, I assumed it would be a coffee table, behind-the-scenes type deal. This may be on me for not reading the description. OK, fine, it's totally on me. When reviews and more information about Skywalker: A Family At War started coming out, I was less surprised to find out what it wasn't - a behind-the-scenes coffee table book - and more surprised to find out what it was: an account of the Skywalker family written like a biography. Like an honest-to-goodness real life biography. There is nothing in the book that presents the information as fictional. As far as you, the reader, are concerned, everything here actually happened. The book even had two little clusters of glossy picture pages, captioned the way you'd see in a non-fiction book. What Kristin Baver does in this book is take the story of the Skywalkers, both on screen and in all the canon ancillary material, and compile it in one place. She draws parallels across generations and provides context and motivation for every decision they make. As someone who has read a lot of the ancillary material, I never felt like she was retreading something I already knew. None of it was new information per se, but it was all presented in such a lovely, coherent well-woven family tapestry. Do yourself a favour and read this. My heart is so damn full right now.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    The back of this book describes it as a "revelatory biography." In actuality it was a poorly written summary of the Skywalker movies, rife with grammatical and typographical errors. A few oblique references to non-theatrical, canonical adventures, such as Clone War-era battles or the life of Leia between "Jedi" and "Force Awakens," are weak and unsourced. I would not recommend this book to anyone. The back of this book describes it as a "revelatory biography." In actuality it was a poorly written summary of the Skywalker movies, rife with grammatical and typographical errors. A few oblique references to non-theatrical, canonical adventures, such as Clone War-era battles or the life of Leia between "Jedi" and "Force Awakens," are weak and unsourced. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Valeria Toledo

    It was what i expected, a book explaining and going deeper into the thoughts of the characters and their stories that aren’t mentioned in the movies. This book made me appreciate Leia A LOT. I will say that in the first couple chapters nothing too interesting happened, but other than that it was super interesting. Loved the second part of the book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason Powell

    It's a great biography! The chapter titled "the sacrifice of Luke Skywalker" had a positive effect on my mental health. Also, the chapters "and light to meet it" and "the last jedi" were exceptional, but of course I loved the whole thing. I enjoyed learning new things, and thinking about the saga in new ways. It's a great biography! The chapter titled "the sacrifice of Luke Skywalker" had a positive effect on my mental health. Also, the chapters "and light to meet it" and "the last jedi" were exceptional, but of course I loved the whole thing. I enjoyed learning new things, and thinking about the saga in new ways.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deni

    3.75

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Lovitt

    Did you ever hear of the tragedy of the Skywalker line? How do you sum up the entirety of the Skywalker saga into the pages of a single book? A story that spans over forty years for us and nearly seven decades in canon. Somehow, Kristin Baver has managed to beautifully record their tragic legacy in Skywalker: A Family at War. (READ MORE: https://yourmoneygeek.com/review-skyw...) Tackling the entire breadth of the Skywalker legacy, from the birth of Anakin Skywalker to the death of Ben Solo, is n Did you ever hear of the tragedy of the Skywalker line? How do you sum up the entirety of the Skywalker saga into the pages of a single book? A story that spans over forty years for us and nearly seven decades in canon. Somehow, Kristin Baver has managed to beautifully record their tragic legacy in Skywalker: A Family at War. (READ MORE: https://yourmoneygeek.com/review-skyw...) Tackling the entire breadth of the Skywalker legacy, from the birth of Anakin Skywalker to the death of Ben Solo, is no easy feat and yet Kristin Baver has created a true masterpiece that belongs on the shelves of every Star Wars fan. Skywalker: A Family at War is an official biography, written as though some storied historian in a galaxy far, far away has compiled the most intimate and personal moments of the Skywalker’s story into the pages of a fabled tome. The book is laid out in three parts — much like the trilogy of trilogies. Fifteen chapters encompass “Part One: The Father,” eleven chapters delve into “Part Two: The Twins,” and finally eight chapters are dedicated to “Part Three: The Dyad.”  Some of my personal favorite aspects of the book include the chapter about Qui-Gon Jinn (“Qui-Gon’s Promise”) and the entirety of “Part Three: The Dyad” which finally sheds a comprehensive light on the Dark Side corruption that began tormenting Ben Solo while he was still in-utero. The latter is something that has been alluded to in novels and comics, but finally, it has been discussed as the tragedy it is.  It takes a talented author to write a book that makes The Rise of Skywalker palatable to me. Anyone who knows me knows that the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga left a bitter taste in my mouth, yet Baver was able to make it bittersweet instead. Will I ever be fully at peace with the story choices? Maybe, someday. But in the interim, I can appreciate the way that Baver presented these choices within the scope of the Skywalker legacy. Laid out, in black and white, the “it’s like poetry, it rhymes” moments are clear to see.  There are some really interesting topics brought back into focus and I look forward to hearing many-a Star Wars podcast and Twitter account discussing the intricacies and nuances that only a former crime journalist, like Kristin Baver, can expose so eloquently.  Skywalker: A Family at War is Kristin Baver’s debut Star Wars book and I am ready to see her write more biographical novels about the stories that we love most. She has an innate ability for weaving together the intricate themes presented in Star Wars while creating an engaging and page-turning story.  This book sums up the entirety of forty years of storytelling so succinctly and masterfully that it is a must-have for anyone well-versed in Star Wars or those just now learning about the tragedy of the Skywalkers. 

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    Compiling pretty much all canon in a chronological order, Skywalker does a pretty admirable job of telling the Skywalker arc in a “historical” manner. The problem is that this book doesn’t present anything new or exciting. While reading the entire history of the family was moderately enjoyable at first (especially the prequel era), by the time we got to the dreaded sequel trilogy, the story got stale and repetitive. This isn’t Baver’s fault. She actually does a good job with taking everything that Compiling pretty much all canon in a chronological order, Skywalker does a pretty admirable job of telling the Skywalker arc in a “historical” manner. The problem is that this book doesn’t present anything new or exciting. While reading the entire history of the family was moderately enjoyable at first (especially the prequel era), by the time we got to the dreaded sequel trilogy, the story got stale and repetitive. This isn’t Baver’s fault. She actually does a good job with taking everything that the last 40+ years of Star Wars presented and telling it in one concise book. Instead, the fault lies, as we all know, on Disney and their terrible handling of the IP. Lucas’s vision was perfection, as made clear by how well the prequels flow into the original films, but the plot and overall storyline of the sequels proves just how terrible they were. Overall, it’s a decent read and a great way to get new fans into the Skywalker saga, but to old school fans, it’s nothing new.

  11. 5 out of 5

    .pesky sniper.

    DNF @ 50% praticamente un retelling, fatto male, della saga. forse utile per quei fan che non hanno tempo/voglia di leggere i vari libri/fumetti e guardare le serie tv, a cui non importa se quello che viene raccontato é giusto o meno. per il resto di noi, non c'è NIENTE di nuovo. zero. è un mash up di tutti i piece of media di star wars, che non da nessun tipo di further insight sui personaggi. si okay qui e lí ci sono frasi ad effetto per far credere al lettore che si stia analizzando la psiche d DNF @ 50% praticamente un retelling, fatto male, della saga. forse utile per quei fan che non hanno tempo/voglia di leggere i vari libri/fumetti e guardare le serie tv, a cui non importa se quello che viene raccontato é giusto o meno. per il resto di noi, non c'è NIENTE di nuovo. zero. è un mash up di tutti i piece of media di star wars, che non da nessun tipo di further insight sui personaggi. si okay qui e lí ci sono frasi ad effetto per far credere al lettore che si stia analizzando la psiche di anakin eccetera, ma sono opinioni molto discutibili (alcune delle quali anche platealmente sbagliate). speravo fosse un'analisi obbiettiva dei personaggi. if only.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Blown away I saw this book in a store and decided to buy the ebook . This book is well written and brings the entire saga to a resounding conclusion while leaving something for later. It brings facets of all life into the open and shows that anything is possible. My hat is filled to this author and all those before her that brought together a fantastic world of relatable characters . Thank you and God Bless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    M.J. Mahon

    I thought I already knew the story of the Skywalker family until I read this. Such good insight into choices each made and how they were shaped by them. And Leia. This author made me cry for the character and Carrie Fisher all over again. Even if you think you know the Skywalkers, give this book a read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hande Tekin

    I thought this book is made of unknown stories in the movies but it is actually a summary of the movies..

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Thompson

    If you want a completely skewed perception of the movies this is the book for you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jonah Popa

    Was quite disappointed in this read. Didn't feel as if I learned anything new. Nothing revealing. No, "Wow, I didn't know that" moments. Just a retelling of the nine movies for the most part. Was quite disappointed in this read. Didn't feel as if I learned anything new. Nothing revealing. No, "Wow, I didn't know that" moments. Just a retelling of the nine movies for the most part.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Luke Kirkendall

  18. 5 out of 5

    Justin Strawser

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bookboy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott Rowland

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nabih Estefan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Myers

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allie Morris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nick F

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steve Koppel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Oisin Lough

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nick Scott

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Stryker

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