The 40 stories in From A Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi have been revealed. The short story anthology features 40 different stories written by 40 different authors to celebrate Return of the Jedi‘s 40th anniversary.
Featuring a cast of new and familiar characters, every story is exciting and will offer refreshing and new perspectives on the events in Return of the Jedi. These are the 5 stories that have us particularly excited.
1. “Satisfaction” by Kristin Baver
All of the Jabba’s Palace stories will be fun to read, with Sy Snootles being a particular standout. As the lead singer of the Max Rebo Band, Snootles has been a longtime fan-favorite character and was made even more compelling after she killed her former lover Ziro the Hutt during The Clone Wars.
“Satisfaction” provides an opportunity to dive into her character like never before, and may even connect back to her betrayal of Ziro in The Clone Wars. Fans are still eager to learn more about her, and her skincare routine is only the tip of the iceberg. This Week! in Star Wars host and Skywalker: A Family at War author Kristin Baver is the perfect individual to bring a Sy Snootles story to life.
2. “Trooper Trouble” by Laura Pohl
One of the best things about the FACPOV books is that they don’t only focus on familiar characters. They also give a voice to the nameless characters you’ve never noticed before, the everyday people of a galaxy far, far away.
“Trooper Trouble” is poised to be one of those stories as it focuses on a random stormtrooper aboard the second Death Star who is frustrated by the lack of caf (Star Wars‘ equivalent of coffee) in the cafeteria.
The trivial bureaucracy and everyday frustrations are relatable, humorous, and makes a faceless stormtrooper already feel much more human.
3. “The Veteran” by Adam Lance Garcia
Between Brotherhood by Mike Chen, Padawan by Kiersten White, and Phase II’s High Republic Adventures by Daniel José Older, the past year has been a gift to Dexter Jettster fans. Those stories took place during or before the prequel era.
“The Veteran” will be a fascinating look at who Dex is during the Galactic Civil War. The excerpt teases that he will be wrestling with guilt and sadness, a departure from his normally jovial demeanor, which will likely make for a deeply reflective narrative.
Dex is arguably the most surprising character to be featured in the short story anthology. Focusing on a character from the prequel era and the High Republic in an original trilogy-era story is a perfect example of the meaningful creativity and connectivity within the FACPOV books.
4. “Brotherhood” by Mike Chen
As the author of the Brotherhood novel focused on Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s relationship at the beginning of the Clone Wars, Chen is the perfect author for this story, and “Brotherhood” is the perfect title. This Anakin and Obi-Wan reunion will be deeply emotional and heartbreaking, but can also bring their story full-circle.
From a canon standpoint, it can explain how Anakin becomes a Force ghost. Yoda underwent training in The Clone Wars to become a Force ghost and Obi-Wan underwent training with Qui-Gon Jinn’s Force ghost, but Anakin’s journey has not been as clear.
“Brotherhood” will be a character-driven story written by an author with an intimate understanding of these characters while also answering larger lore questions about Force ghosts.
5. “The Steadfast Soldier” by Adam Christopher
Along with providing connectivity to the prequels and the High Republic, FACPOV: Return of the Jedi will also connect to the sequel trilogy era. “The Steadfast Soldier” will provide this connectivity through the perspective of Enric Pryde. Played by Richard E. Grant in The Rise of Skywalker, Pryde was an Allegiant General in the First Order, and was entrusted by Palpatine with bringing about the Final Order.
Adam Christopher shed more light on Pryde and the rise of the First Order in the novel Shadow of the Sith. It is fitting that Christopher will expand Pryde’s story further, revealing Pryde’s thoughts and what he does following the Empire’s defeat at the Battle of Endor. This story will continue to help show the trajectory of the Empire’s end to the creation of the First Order.
Which FACPOV: Return of the Jedi story has you most excited? Let us know in the comments!