- "For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times…before the Empire."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, quoted in The Rise of the Empire's epigraph
The Rise of the Empire is a collection of the canon novels Tarkin, by James Luceno, and A New Dawn, by John Jackson Miller. The book also includes the original short stories "Mercy Mission," by Melissa Scott, "Bottleneck," by Miller, and "The Levers of Power," by Jason Fry. The Rise of the Empire was published on October 6, 2015 by Del Rey.
Under Governor Wilhuff Tarkin's guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction—the so-called Death Star—moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. Until then, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Guerrilla attacks by an elusive band of freedom fighters must be countered with swift and brutal action—a mission the Emperor entrusts to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer, and Tarkin, whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire's supremacy—and its enemies' extinction.
Ever since the Jedi were marked for death, Kanan Jarrus has devoted himself to staying alive rather than serving the Force. So when he discovers a conflict brewing between Imperial forces and desperate revolutionaries, he's not about to get caught in the crossfire. Then the brutal death of a friend forces him to choose between bowing down to fear or standing up to fight. But Jarrus won't be fighting alone. Soon he is joined by Hera Syndulla—a mysterious agent provocateur with motives of her own—in challenging the Empire for the sake of a world and its people.
|"Mercy Mission"||Melissa Scott|
|"Bottleneck"||John Jackson Miller|
|A New Dawn||John Jackson Miller|
|"The Levers of Power"||Jason Fry|
- ISBN 9781101965030; October 6, 2015; Del Rey; US paperback
- ISBN 9781101965061; October 6, 2015; Del Rey; US eBook