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Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy (Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Art of Star Wars, SciFi Gifts for Women) Hardcover – October 30, 2018
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This beautifully illustrated, fully authorized book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across films, fiction, comics, animation, and games, including...
When we first meet the Countess of Clan Wren, in Star Wars Rebels, she has a harsh and cold edge. Ursa Wren has been forced to make hard choices to protect her people. In the wake of her daughter Sabine’s defection from the Imperial Academy on Mandalore, Ursa aligns Clan Wren with the Empire to safeguard their lives and honor. But this comes with a price; the gray armor the Wrens wear symbolizes the way the group has been ostracized by their own society. Given this, it’s easy to understand Ursa not being thrilled about her daughter’s return—in the company of Rebels, no less. Sabine’s homecoming, and her effort to enlist the Wrens in the fight against the Empire, brings danger.
All are welcome. (No fighting.) Everyone who arrives at Maz Kanata’s castle—smuggler, bounty hunter, and traveler alike—sees and is expected to abide by this sign upon entering. But while this is her establishment's only rule, Maz herself is a strong fighter, and is ready to demonstrate this skill when the need arises. A pirate queen and legend revealed in The Force Awakens, Maz is open to the galaxy around her and the beings who call it home—unless those beings cause trouble. She demonstrates what it’s like to be kind and welcoming while maintaining a zero-tolerance policy for anyone jeopardizing what she has built. It’s a precarious balance, but it’s one she’s been able to maintain for more than a thousand years.
Captain Phasma marches into the Star Wars galaxy with authority, in a suit of dazzling chromium armor. As the first female villain in a leading role in a Star Wars movie, she commands attention, and was the subject of intense speculation in the months leading into The Force Awakens. A captain in the First Order, she’s responsible for shaping the stormtroopers into model, malleable soldiers who will obey every order. Phasma may follow the commands of her superiors in the First Order, but make no mistake: everything she does, she does for herself.
Holiday Gift Pick "Devoted fans will likely recognize most (if not all) of the rogues, rebels, and imperials in the full-page illustrations, but the visually rich Women of the Galaxy also serves as an excellent introduction to the series for any interested reader-of any age or gender identity."
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-The Mary Sue
Holiday Gift Guide Pick "What makes this a truly great gift, though, is the character analysis included for each person. Backgrounds, catch phrases, motivations, mistakes, and victories are painted in prose alongside beautiful illustrations of each character. The tome brings the characters to life in a visceral way. Whether you're trying to inspire greatness in a young one, or foster understanding of the greater universe, Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy is the perfect gift for most any age."
Holiday Gift Pick "This glorious look at the powerful females of the Star Wars universe is jam-packed with stunning illustrations all drawn by women and non-binary artists. From Leia to Rey, Ahsoka Tano to Jyn Erso, this coffee table book is essential for any fans of the series and celebrates its female heroes (and villains!) in a fascinating way."
-The Nerd Daily
"Large and lovely, Star Wars: Women of The Galaxy celebrates girl power across the many iterations of the Star Wars franchise. It casts a spotlight on the courageous female players in the genre-shifting saga that upended the notion of girls in science fiction needing to be rescued...This hardcover book with dust jacket, printed on thick satiny paper, is a pleasure to page through. Each portrait is featured in alphabetical order in a full-page spread. Several characters - Leia, Padmé. and Rey - receive the royal treatment with several different portraits. This is one of the classiest, most appealing tie-in volumes I've seen from the Star Wars universe."
"this is not only good for the Star Wars fan who knows everything about this universe, but for the more casual fan looking to get into the world or even for a future Star Wars fan you are cunningly trying to convert so you can nerd out about Star Wars together. You're welcome."
-Den of Geek!
"[Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy] contains profiles of 75 canonical female characters, fully illustrated in a striking array of styles (a postcard set's also available). The text deftly weaves in-universe and out; obscure pastel droid R2-KT will remain in your memory banks much longer after reading her heart-rending off-screen backstory."
"This beautiful hard-cover book celebrates 75 female characters - yes 75! - drawn from Star Wars plethora of films and TV shows plus comics, novels and video games. Within the pages of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, you'll find 110 all-new pieces of art that any Star Wars feminist would be proud to own."
"The result is something that is at once informative about characters both iconic - Leia and Rey get multiple pages of attention - and obscure (Prepare to meet R2-KT and learn all about the singer of Jabba's house band from Return of the Jedi), and a reminder of the depth of the cast list of the Star Wars franchise."
-The Hollywood Reporter
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The only two downsides are a small scuff on the front portion of the protector which I suspect came during shipping, and on some of the pages you can see some of the color transfer from the artwork on the corresponding pages.
Otherwise these are minuscule details and this book is so fabulous! I cannot wait to showcase it!
As for the book the art is pretty good with small descriptions on the side. Some of the women featured are heros of course villains and heck even female Droids wow!! Had some female characters I completely forgot about. The book is a short read its a nice addition to my heart broken Star Wars shelf. This is a way better read than the Expanded novel of The Last Jedi. Its Actually a Good read great back story for some of the women. Good read for any age or anyone really you should add this to your Star Wars book collection.
For anyone who will forgive me being a bit more verbose, I’d like to call out that this is book is an excellent complement to introducing young kids to Star Wars. I need to spend a bit of time reviewing Lucasfilm content generally, and then returning to this book’s fit with that content. As a father of three young kids (12 & 9yr old girls, 5yr old boy), I owe a debt of gratitude to Dave Filoni for the creation of the Clone Wars & Rebels television shows. Both the content style, as well as the increased diversity & gender inclusion, made it so much easier for my kids to relate to the universe of Star Wars. Ahsoka, the female padawan of Anakin, is a great example of this. Her character, and the character’s struggles within the Jedi Order, spoke to my kids (especially my daughters) in a way that the original trilogy didn’t. The animated content has made all of this, from conventions, to comics, to live action movies, easier to share with my kids because it provides a great entry point to the franchise.
To return to the book, this is where Amy Ratcliffe’s “Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy” excels as primer for the Lucasfilm universe. She’s done an outstanding job profiling the (now) many female characters in Star Wars, demonstrating their strengths & faults. The book marks the inclusion progress that Lucasfilm has made, and Amy conveys this from a positive position by showing the contributions each character makes to a grander narrative. I would encourage anyone with young kids to share this with them, as it is a great opportunity to develop their interest in Star Wars while also broadening your own.
One final point: while the characters profiled are female, please don’t think of this as a “girls” book. My 5yr old son has enjoyed these stories being read to him (frequently by my 9yr old daughter). It helps inform his understanding of the Star Wars universe, where he sees movies, cartoons, comics, and video games with lead & supporting characters that happen to be female (rather than standing out because they are female).
This shouldn’t just be a book for Star Wars fans, but a book collected by everyone that adores female characters. Strong, patient, loving, sincere, teacher, mother, Jedi, General, Princess, Goddess... all the wonderful beautiful facets that make up complex female characters is explored in this book. A book for both girls and boys. Women and men. Young and old.
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I absolutely love it!