For fans who need to get back up to light speed on their “Star Wars” lore before the new installment this December, Ultimate Star Wars, a 320-page, full-color compendium, is devoted to all things about the galaxy far, far away.
Richly detailed, this color-coded encyclopedia is organized by topics: Characters and Creatures (from Boba Fett to Yoda), Locations (Tatooine to Endor), Technology (all the different droids and lightsabers) and Vehicles (including the beloved Millennium Falcon).
Each major character gets a complete biography (the really important ones — like R2-D2 — get two-page spreads and even Jar Jar Binks gets a page) and the minor ones get a paragraph or two plus a photo or artist rendering.
Timelines, behind-the-scenes looks and key events from the six films plus The Clone Wars and Rebels television shows complete the comprehensive guide, which was published in time for Star Wars Day on May 4 (may the Fourth be with you).
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The co-authors are well-versed in the mythology: Ryder Windham has written or co-written more than 70 “Stars Wars” books; Daniel Wallace is a self-proclaimed geek and author of the bestseller Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters; Adam Bray wrote Star Wars: What Makes a Monster and Star Wars Rebels: A Visual Guide; and blogger Tricia Barr writes for Star Wars Insider.
Bonus: The foreword is written by Anthony Daniels, C-3PO himself.
— Celeste Williams
The Ultimate Star Wars
by Ryder Windham, Daniel Wallace, Adam Bray and Tricia Barr