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I recently received a review copy of the newest edition of DK’s Ultimate Star Wars. It is always an honor to receive a review copy of a book, none more so than a Star Wars book. I cannot tell you how honored I am that I received this copy and now I can share with you some highlights from this new edition.

Expanded Technology Section

One of the first things my husband and I noticed is the expanded Technology section including more details on the weapons. My husband was really impressed by the names and capabilities of each of the weapons used in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Solo, Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One. He spent a quite a bit of time looking at the details of each one and which real world weapon these were inspired from.

Additional locations

The Location section is chock full of new entries not only from the live action movies, but from Rebels, Resistance and even Galaxy’s Edge!

Updated Character Profiles
The newest edition not only adds new characters, but expands on the content of characters previously highlighted. For example, Darth Maul’s entry in the previous edition was just over a page, in this new edition this character now has almost two full pages and includes his most recent appearances in Rebels and Solo!

New Timeline layout
Personally, I was not thrilled with the original layout of the timeline. However, new edition the timeline is included with the characters and includes additional details on the era and what the characters were doing during that time frame.

More from the animated shows
The previous edition did include content from The Clone Wars and Rebels. However, the newest edition expands on what was there previously and adds more, including details from Resistance!

Rise of Skywalker entries
Of course the most exciting thing about this new edition are The Rise of Skywalker entries. I talked to co-author Adam Bray about who actually did these entries and he indicated that these were all done by DK and that the other authors were not involved with these entries. Therefore, like myself, he was very excited to see these entries for himself!

Now available as a digital edition
Good news! Ultimate Star Wars will now be available for the first time digitally on a variety of ebook platforms. In addition, the price point is fantastic ($12.99 for the US) given the depth of content available, especially all the new content that this edition contains. It is available. If you were hesitant to buy this new edition, this might be your best bet! This edition releases on November 5, 2019 and is available for preorder through the following links:

Amazon Kindle US

Barnes and Noble Nook US

So, if you are a huge Star Wars fan like me who wants to know all about the new stuff within the saga, this is a must buy in either format!

Brief interview with contributing author Adam Bray

I also have the honor of knowing Adam Bray and I was able to speak briefly to him about his contributions to this newest edition of Ultimate Star Wars.…

“I wrote all the new entries for existing things (Ep7, 8, R1, Solo, Resistance & Rebels, Marvel, Battlefront). Cole updated the existing entries for the older stuff. DK wrote things for Ep9. I included content from Forces of Destiny, Del Rey and Disney Publishing novels and IDW comics too.

I tried to work Easter Eggs into every page, but they don’t always survive the editing process, but long-time fans of Star Wars and folks involved in the fan community may be rewarded if they dig through the text

And yes, I think this is the first time Ultimate Star Wars has been available on Kindle.”

Thanks Adam so much for the brief interview and for your contributions to the Star Wars Universe of knowledge!

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Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition: The Definitive Guide to the Star Wars Universe
  • Hardcover Book
  • Bray, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 10/04/2019 (Publication Date) - DK (Publisher)
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Patty Hammond
Patty is active in the Star Wars community and the Geek community in general. She has provided content for TheFutureofTheForce.com, TheBeardedTrio, the Detroit News Geek Blog, the Forcecast.net, TheCantinaCast, Rebel Force Radio and Fangirls Going Rogue. She occasionally blogs for StarWars.com. In addition, you may have heard Patty as a guest on several podcasts including Skywalking Through Neverland and is a co-host of PLanet Leia on Fantha Tracks Radio.