There has certainly been no shortage of Star Wars encyclopedias in the past, but in light of the Disney acquisition of the property a few years ago and the subsequent reset of the canon, fans may be wondering what minutiae surrounding the various characters, places, technology, and events are now considered part of the official canon. Well, look no further – Ultimate Star Wars from DK has you covered on just about everything you’d ever want or need to know about Star Wars. Read on for the full review.
DK’s Ultimate Star Wars is an exhaustive look into the galaxy far far away that delves into a plethora of small details and factoids as well as the more general aspects of the universe that are sure to please both casual fans and hardcore Jedi-junkies alike. Co-written by a team of authors including Patricia Barr, Adam Bray, Daniel Wallace and Ryder Windham, Ultimate Star Wars accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, living up to its name as the ultimate go-to reference book for the recently established Star Wars canon under Disney/LFL.
Although this book is devoid of any material concerning The Force Awakens and light on Rebels content (due largely to its initial time of release preceding TFA and the current season of Rebels), the book serves as a fantastic companion piece to the Rebels and The Force Awakens visual guides, covering everything from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, including The Clone Wars series.
The book opens with a foreward by Star Wars veteran Anthony Daniels and is broken down into four main sections: Characters & Creatures, Locations, Technology, and Vehicles. Each section provides its content chronologically through the timeline and is concluded by a general timeline that relates to the content of that section. Sprinkled intermittently throughout the book are overviews of key events that provide a brief synopsis and the circumstances surrounding the event. These events are not limited to the films alone as they also include some important story events from the Clone Wars series, like when Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order.
There’s no way I could do an extensive review of the content provided in this book. There’s just too much content to break down, but in the case of a Star Wars encyclopedia, that is a very good thing. In short, I absolutely love this book. The natural flow of content in chronological order really puts things in perspective – especially in cases where elements of the films and the TV series are blended together into a seamless presentation of continuity. The chronology of the sections also makes it easy for veteran fans to find what they are looking for, but new fans have nothing to fear as the index at the back of the book makes it easy to find exactly what you want to read about.
Although this book first released almost a year ago, I intentionally waited to read it as many fans were pointing out various errors and inconsistencies in the book, which is quite typical for a book of this magnitude. Well, it seems that my patience has paid off, as a lot of the glaring mistakes I had read about have been corrected in recent printings of the book. I can’t attest fully to its perfection, but I haven’t noticed any issues in my own recently printed copy.
This book will take you as deep as you want to go. If you just want to brush up on The Clone Wars without re-watching the entire series or if you want to dig deeper to discover canonical information about characters from the films that is never provided on screen, this companion to the Star Wars saga is right for you. From “Sheev”, the first name of Emperor Palpatine to Obi-Wan’s home planet of Stewjon, the details are ripe for the picking. At 23.80 USD on Amazon, there’s never been a better time to get your hands on this one, and I strongly recommend that you do.
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