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Guardians of the Whills

(Star Wars Disney Canon Junior Novel)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,805 ratings  ·  267 reviews
Baze and Chirrut used to be Guardians of the Whills, who looked after the Kyber Temple on Jedha and all those who worshipped there. Then the Empire came and took over the planet. The temple was destroyed and the people scattered. Now Baze and Chirrut do what they can to resist the Empire and protect the people of Jedha, but it never seems to be enough. When a man named Saw ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Ryan Not sure about the audio book but yes, if you're a Star Wars fan you'll get plenty out of this book!
And for what it's worth, this is considered more…more
Not sure about the audio book but yes, if you're a Star Wars fan you'll get plenty out of this book!
And for what it's worth, this is considered more "middle grade" than YA but that just means you'll read it faster.
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May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes this book is aimed a younger readers, but I don't care. It gives me exactly what I wanted. More insight into the minds of 2 of my favorite characters from Rogue One Chirrut Imwe, nothing to do with him being played by Donnie yen of course ;-), and Baze Malbus. We also get insight into why the Rebels Alliance said Saw Gerrera's tactics were too extreme even for them. The book starts a few months to a year and finishes possible a couple of months before Rogue One. The book is the same format ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus were two of my favorite characters from Rouge One movie, mostly because of the great performances and unique chemistry of the actors Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen. Furthermore, these two Guardians were the only connection we had to the force in Rouge One.

This Star Wars tale features Chirrut & Baze and their life in the holy city of Jedha after the days of imperial occupation and before meeting Jyn Erso and joining with her. That reason alone was enough for
Ben Brown
I debated whether to even write up a review for this, as my overall reaction is, once again, absolutely ‘meh.’

It feels like it’s starting to become a bi-monthly thing with me: oh, look, a new Star Wars book! Time to write up another 2-star/3-star middling, disappointed review! Please believe me when I say: I don’t at all enjoy doing this over and over again. I don’t go into any Star Wars property–be it comics, books, games, or film–looking or expecting to be let down. I LOVE Star Wars, and any
A light backstory on two of my favourite characters in Rogue One, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus. Both are former Guardians of the Kyber temple at Jedha City, and live in poverty and some stress, as they have been raiding the occasional transport for medical and other supplies for an orphanage run by a pair of sisters. The Empire has been cracking down on Jedha residents, and the children have lost parents to accidents and murder, thanks to the Stormtroopers. Into this mix comes Saw Gerrara, ...more
Paz R.M.
I was about to give this 2 stars, but in the end Chirrut and Baze had me smiling. I loved those two characters and especially their relationship.
I was not a fan of the story, but it provides a lot of backstory of Saw, Jedha and of course of Baze and Chirrut.
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Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have nothing but good things to say about Guardians of the Whills. Honestly. Greg Rucka tells a lovely little story about Chirrut and Baze in the months leading up to the events of Rogue One and helps flesh out not only their characters but the complex situation on Jedha. When I first finished the book and went to rate it on Goodreads, I wavered between 4 and 5 stars before realizing that no, this book really did deserve the perfect rating. Did it blow my socks off like Bloodline did last ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the greatest read, but the important thing is that I got more Baze and Chirrut for my headcanon.
Brandon St Mark
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A decent book in the new canon. As much as I like the characters, I don't really know how much we needed this book, but it was still a good book. I the occasional pictures were really nice and I liked the I guess poems before each chapter (not all of them are poems, that's just the only way I can think to describe it).

I wouldn't say I recommend it, but I wouldn't say skip it either. If you liked the characters, pick it up, but I don't think you'll be missing much to pass on this book.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Where you see darkness // I see stars."

For some reason I feel like that line from the book really sums it up. I went in with low expectations as it is written for younger readers, and while the story didn't wow me, I still love it because it's not some super epic, amazing story with an edge-of-your-seat climax. It's a subtle, if not almost gentle account of fighting to preserve hope within a city being terrorized by the Empire. (Also, I mean, Baze and Chirrut. My faves.)

Speaking of Baze and
Okay so, the poems in this were quite good. I believed they were both collected poetry from within the universe and religious texts. It is also pretty weird to me that this is a middle grade book, given that it's about two middle aged men confronting ethics and eventual futility or use of an armed insurgency, and also dealing with a loss of faith. That's not EXACTLY the sort of character and theme I think of when I think Middle Grade.
The Force is with me,
and I am one with the Force;
and I fear nothing,
because all is as the Force wills it.

Anyone who watched Rogue One should be familiar with this Guardian's mantra often chanted by Chirrut Imwe. This novel is a nice prequel to Rogue One and depicts the lives in the Holy City of Jedha before and after Saw Gerrera came and made the moon his homebase.

The story of occupation is not new in Star Wars. In Rebels we got the fight for freedom in Lothal from the view of the Ghost's
Stephen Richter
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Is this not a great time to be a Star Wars fan? This book focuses on the Rogue One characters of Baze and Chirrut . Quick and entertaining for anyone 15 to 105 years old who like a good tale of two people making a difference and staying true to oneself.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Splendid, I hope we are not through telling stories about these characters and about Jedha.
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is a middle grade book, but not not one that talks down to the reader. I wish that it was explicitly stated that Baze and Chirrut are #spacemarried, but you have to be willfully obtuse not to see it. Their fond bickering was the highlight for me.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is one of the best Star Wars books I've ever read. The characters are fantastic, and while the story is short and simple it's well-executed and emotionally grounded. I would read another book about Chirrut and Baze like this in a heartbeat!
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Baze and Chirrut are married. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
Rob Chappell
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent backstory for Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, who appear in ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. We learn about their longstanding friendship, their life in the Holy City of Jedha, and the multicultural, multifaceted faith tradition that inspired the Disciples and Guardians of the Whills. This is a tale of "faith in action for social justice," and it presents both the internal and external struggles of Chirrut and Baze on how best to deal with the Imperial occupation and exploitation ...more
Honestly, that was excellent. Smooth, readable, with a writing style that never felt like it talked down to the reader or fell into the clunkiness that often comes with writing adult stories for young readers. Could just easily been published for teens or adults. Much like Rogue One compared to the other films, it did a lovely job of both small moments and fleshing out backstory.

Admittedly, I would have loved some kissing. But other than actual PDA, this definitely sticks aligns with
An engaging read, focused on Chirrut Imwê and Baze Malbus prior to the events of Rogue One.

Some activism-related thoughts:
+1 Representation of both ethnicity and species
+1 Anti-ableist representation with the very able Guardian of the Whills Chirrut's blindness treated in a very good way.
-1 I don't find the Force 'religion' particularly grating, I actually like the clear inspiration from real life spiritual currents, but as usual I do fnd religion in general problematic as a brainwashing tool,
Neil R. Coulter
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, fiction
The Rogue One/Rebels era is my favorite part of Star Wars. I find it fascinating--people in the galaxy still suffering the lingering trauma of the Clone Wars while being steadily crushed under the Empire; isolated groups of people fighting the Empire in various ways, gradually coming together into a Rebel Alliance; the struggle to remain hopeful in the time when the Empire seemed unstoppable, before the destruction of the first Death Star. That's a lot of interesting area to explore. And it ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A middle grade reading book which covers the months before Rogue One in Jedha, where the Empire has come to plunder the kyber crystals from the mines and temples in the sacred moon.

Baze Malbus is a former Guardian of the Whills, who has lost his faith but cannot leave his best friend alone in the city. Chirrut Îmwe, on the other hand, still dresses and acts as a Guardian who has nothing to guard anymore. With a heart of gold, both engage in raids against the Empire to benefit an impromptu
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Baze and Chirrut were some of my most intriguing Rogue One characters. They used the force, but weren't Jedi. They belonged to a religious sect, but were seasoned warriors. Chirrut is blind but is aware of everything. What's their deal?

Well, Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills provides a few answers about this pair and the life on their planet during the Empire's occupation. Since the book is told from both Baze and Chirrut's point of view, we understand how they relate to the Force and how
Arlene Kellas
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Rucka has done an impressive job with this book, he makes the characters feel as though we've know them far longer than their appearance in Rogue One and although I already loved their characters in the film I grew to love them even more. The writing was true to their depictions in Rogue One and the quality overall really surprised me considering that this is for a younger audience. Greg doesn't talk down to the reader and actually depicts war and the suffering of innocents in an affecting ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills was a relatively fast read but that isn't what I liked most about it. What I liked most was the fact that it delved more deeply into who both Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus are as well as the deep-seeded friendship between the two (former...for there no longer is a Temple of the Kyber over which to keep watch) Guardians. With a more sweeping ensemble cast in "Rogue One", Star Wars fans didn't get too much of a chance to see who each of the RO crewmembers were. ...more
Norrin Shearer
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a gorgeous example of all the reasons why I love Chirrut and Baze. The characters that we met in the movie were brilliantly displayed in this work and felt consistent through and through. The story was very exciting and wonderfully written. All in all this book was everything that I wanted and more.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This is presented as a junior novelization but reads more like a short story. It was enjoyable and well written. the banter between Baze and Chirrut helped expand on the characters from Rogue one. Rucka has shown again how adept he is at writing characters from the Star Wars universe in a way that has you "hearing" the dialogue as if said by the actual actors. If you're looking for any revelations regarding the Whills or in depth origin story this is not the book for you. If you loved Baze and ...more
[Baze:] "Most believed they had come because of the temples. We thought, they have come to crush belief, because belief leads to hope, and hope can topple monsters. They will stay long enough to crush hope, but they do not understand that hope can be a very small thing. It doesn't need much to survive. An occasional breath of air. A flicker of warmth. Hope can live in a vacuum."

"You sound like your friend."

"Only when he is not around." Baze grinned.


This book gave me everything I
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Greg Rucka infuses Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus with wonderfully understated personalities that make it seem like we've known these characters for a lot longer than just one movie. Definitely a must read for fans of Rogue One.
Another short and interesting read for some background on two of the Rogue One characters. I'd like to read a fuller novel about the Temple of Kyber and the Guardians and such but this will do for now.
Just like A Perfect Weapon I wouldn't say it's necessary but it was fun.
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.

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