Bloodline by Claudia Gray
New Republic (Star Wars)


8 Critic Reviews

Since Gray's novel answers many of the questions about the origins of the latest "Star Wars" conflict, it will prove to be a gripping one for anyone who enjoyed "The Force Awakens."
-NY Daily News


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Star Wars: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“Unmissable . . . Bloodline’s tense politics, vivid new characters, and perfectly characterized Leia make it feel as central to the Star Wars universe as one of the films.”—

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .

Praise for Bloodline
“[Claudia] Gray paints a much more complete galaxy than we often get to see on the big screen. . . . Knowing that Rian Johnson (writer, director of Star Wars: Episode VIII) had some creative input on the novel provides hope that we haven’t seen the last of all of these wonderful characters. . . . Star Wars: Bloodline isn’t just a great Star Wars book, or a great Leia book, or a great book; it’s a great introduction into the larger world of Star Wars in general.”—
Bloodline is a nonstop page-turner that grabs at heartstrings that you weren’t aware of and yanks down on every one of them. The story is loaded with context for The Force Awakens that plants the seeds for The First Order in perfectly haunting ways, and leaves the reader grasping for more details on newly discovered favorite characters.”—Inverse

From the Hardcover edition.

About Claudia Gray

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Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent. She has worked as a lawyer, journalist, disc jockey, and extremely poor waitress. Her lifelong interests in old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history all play a part in creating the world of Evernight. Visit her online at
Published May 3, 2016 by Del Rey. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Peak Rank on May 22 2016
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All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Reviewed by Rob B on Jun 28 2016

Where Chuck Wending’s enjoyable Aftermath was very much a post-Return of the Jedi novel, Bloodline is that much more a predecessor to The Force Awakens. That combined with this being such a definitive story for Leia gives readers and fans a wonderful insight into the most famous woman in Star Wars lore.

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Reviewed by SEAN KEANE on May 03 2016

Since Gray's novel answers many of the questions about the origins of the latest "Star Wars" conflict, it will prove to be a gripping one for anyone who enjoyed "The Force Awakens."

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Reviewed by Ed Fortune on Aug 18 2016

On the face of it, this should be a gripping read. Star Wars meets House of Cards by way of Game of Thrones would be the most obvious route, putting the heroically hairstyle princess up against the sort of people who allowed Palpatine to become Emperor. Sadly, the story doesn’t quite go that far.

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Reviewed by Fangirl on May 27 2016

One of those longtime fans turned Star Wars creators is Bloodline author Claudia Gray. It comes as no surprise, then, that she delivered another masterpiece of Star Wars storytelling.

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Reviewed by Kay on May 03 2016

Claudia Gray is clearly a fan of Star Wars as well as a writer who knows her stuff. How much she cares is evident throughout the book and I’m happy to recommend it.

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Reviewed by Swank-mo-tron on May 03 2016

That's what I love about the book. It brings the picture just slightly more into focus without giving us all the details. It allows us to speculate smarter, but not definitively. My largest complaint about the book was where it ended. I felt there was one missing chapter.

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Reviewed by BART BISHOP on Aug 10 2016

Bloodline, in the end, achieves a remarkable task. It manages to transcend its pulp, commercial tie-in elements and become a genuine character study.

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Reviewed by Geralyn on Aug 18 2016

The problem with Bloodline is that it really adds nothing to the lore of Star Wars. It’s a filler book, and when you have a fandom that already knows where the story’s gone, you need to offer them something more dynamic than a filler book. It’s like being hungry and needing a meal, but instead you get empty calories.

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