Legends
Adult Novel

Kenobi

By
John Jackson Miller
Released
Aug 27, 2013
Artwork by
Narrated by
Jonathan Davis
Takes place in
19 BBY
In the
Reign of the Empire
era
Collects
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A rich, heartfelt classic that encapsulates all of the best aspects of the EU.
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Following Order 66, General Obi Wan Kenobi vanished from the galaxy along with all the other Jedi. Years later, he re-emerged as a crazy old hermit by the name of Ben to play a hand in the fate of the galaxy. However, much more happened in the preceding years than one might expect. Even on a backwater planet like Tatooine, there is conflict, and soon Ben finds himself wrapped up in a decades-long feud between the moisture farmers and their arch nemeses, the Tusken Raiders. Ben must find a way to get to the bottom of an ever-deepening mystery that lies beneath the conflict while also keeping his identity—and his true purpose on Tatooine—a secret.

Kenobi is hands down one of the best books in the Expanded Universe. John Jackson Miller crafted a well-written, easy-to-read piece that not only focuses on one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars, but also manages to fill in a crucial gap in the story between movie trilogies. It takes the Western influences in Star Wars and runs with them to create not only an engaging story, but an essential one.

Publisher's Summary

The Republic has fallen.

Sith Lords rule the galaxy.

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything . . .

Everything but hope.

Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

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Heather Goldman - Kenobi - Adult Novel
Heather Goldman
Community Department Manager
What I was not expecting out of this book was a classic western story, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Although I’m not typically a big fan of anything to do with westerns (aside from _Red Dead Redemption_) it was hard not to become invested in John Jackson Miller’s writing style. The way the story seamlessly flows and the various approaches to tone depending on the current focus of character made this book go by in a breeze. Even though I give this book high praise, please be warned that despite the novel being titled _Kenobi_ there are seldom appearances by the surviving Jedi Master. Old Ben mostly acts as a bystander and doesn’t really cause a scene until towards the end of the book. But don’t let that discourage you from reading this one! It is still a very charming tale that you’ll be glad you read.
Eric Eilersen - Kenobi - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
President
A Western. In space. That's what this novel presents, and it's phenomenal. Kenobi treats old Ben as a wayward traveler that comes upon a small settlement on Tatooine with its own share of problems including Tusken Raiders, water shortages, and a local man who says he's just trying to help...as long as everyone pays up. Not only does this book expand the legend of one of the greatest Jedi of all time, it creates an excellent story in a genre that fits perfectly within the realm of Star Wars. You CANNOT miss this one.
Andrew Bell - Kenobi - Adult Novel
Andrew Bell
Video Department Coordinator
Three chapters into reading this one, I recognized that it was going to be an absolute gem. I loved every page, but also felt sad with each turn because that meant I was one page closer to the end. You can feel every ounce of love and appreciation for Star Wars and Obi-Wan that went into the creation of this book. It's a true and timeless gift to the EU.

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