The latest in the new Star Wars canon, Bloodline follows Senator Leia Organa six years before the events of Episode VII. Author Claudia Gray showcases the political divisions within the New Republic, creating an engaging atmosphere for the novel. As Leia works to mediate the disputes between different factions, Gray takes us through quite a few narrative twists and turns, setting up events for The Force Awakens while also providing intriguing morsels for Episode VIII. But it's in the characters where Gray truly excels. Her take on Leia is absolutely fantastic, giving us wonderful insight into an iconic character. Gray's writing for Leia's Senate frenemy Ransolm Casterfo (an original character) is also spectacular. Despite the conflict that divides the two, both characters remain sensible and grounded. This creates a realistic relationship and tension between the two of them, and it's wonderful to see that tension come to fruition over the course of the novel. Overall, Bloodline is an excellent addition to the new Star Wars canon. It's a worthy follow-up to Gray's excellent Lost Stars, and it's a welcome change of pace after Chuck Wendig's abysmal Aftermath. Highly recommended.
In a prequel to Star Wars: The force awakens, set roughly six years before the events of the film, Leia worries about threats to the New Republic, as senators call for the election of a powerful First Senator and a new enemy emerges.