Audiobook Review – Star Wars: Bloodline

Posted November 2, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review – Star Wars: BloodlineStar Wars: Bloodline Series: Star Wars Canon
by Claudia Gray
Narrator: January LaVoy
Published by Random House Audio on May 3, 2016
Genres: Adult Science Fiction
Length: 12 hours and 14 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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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. . . .


Bloodline is the first Star Wars canon novel I’ve read and it won’t be my last. This had the excitement and intrigue of the movie franchise. This is a must read for all Star Wars fans.

Bloodline gives us a glimpse of the years leading up to The Force Awakens. Princess Leia is a respected senator and the New Republic Senate is on the verge of electing their First Senator. After years of serving the senate Leia is tired of the political battles that have divided the senate. But when the senate is alerted of activities of an expanding criminal organization Leia volunteers to investigate. For her mission she is partnered up with Ransolm Casterfo, a senator from her rival party. The tension is high between Leia and Ransolm due to their different views of politics and the rebellion. These scenes were explosive and displayed the passion Leia has as a leader. The story was exciting with some edge of your seat action that fans expect from this franchise.

In addition to the action fans see Leia as a wife and mother. Han Solo makes an appearance and stays true to his carefree smuggler character but we see a softer more mature side. This is the glimpse of their lives that I have been wanting to see. Author Claudia Gray does an amazing job of staying true to the franchise and adding her own twist to the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author, especially Lost Stars.

5 Stars Audiobook Review

Bloodline is the most exciting audiobook I’ve heard to date. January LaVoy’s performance was flawless and brought Leia’s passion to life. In addition to the narrator is the sound effects and Star Wars soundtrack. I felt as if I was watching the movie and also a part of the story. This was amazing and a must read/listen for all Star Wars fans!

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: five-stars

About Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I've been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • 2016 Star Wars Book Reading Challenge


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2 responses to “Audiobook Review – Star Wars: Bloodline

  1. Glad you liked this one. I did too. I wouldn’t mind seeing more Star Wars fiction like this. I liked how her and Casterfo came to respect one another over time, I thought that was handled well. And I liked the side characters too. The only thing I didn’t like was Han being involved in some racing thing or whatever- that didn’t ring true for me I think he would be more involved in the Republic, but that’s just me. All in all a good book I think you’ll like Lost stars too. 🙂

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    • Kathy

      It was strange seeing Han as a racer and listening to the audio it was weird at first hearing them be affectionate. But it was good to see this side also in the movie. I just got Lost Stars from my library so I’ll be starting that soon. Thanks Greg!!!