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The relationship between Jedi Master and Padawan is tumultuous as often as it is tight. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi know this fact all too well. In the midst of their struggles to work together, Qui-Gon gets an offer that would allow them to part ways forever. However, after being sent on what may be their final mission together, Qui-Gon begins have visions that cast everyone’s future into doubt.
Claudia Gray once again does what she does best by delivering a moving, impactful story that delves into big questions surrounding the Force. She was entrusted with hugely important characters and uses them expertly.
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
Master & Apprentice is everything a Star Wars story should be. It manages to give the reader a new understanding and appreciation of characters who are incredibly important to the saga (in this case, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi) by placing them in a completely original struggle. Along the way, it explores deep questions about prophecy, the Force, and the role of the Jedi. It is, without a doubt, one of the best Canon novels to be released and that's not likely to change any time soon. What are you still doing here? Stop reading this review and start reading Master & Apprentice now!!!
Every once in a while, a Star Wars book comes along that not only reinforces my passion for the genre, but also makes me look at my own life in a new way. The journeys taken by the characters illuminate struggles and pathways in my day to day, and as I finish the last page, I feel fulfilled by the story and inspired to apply the lessons of the book in any way that I can. More often than not, these books are written by Claudia Gray. And one of these books is Master & Apprentice.
Claudia's creative freedom was not limited in this book, and it really shows in the richness of the lore which is what the Expanded Universe is all about. The quality of the content and the way it's written has such a classic feel that sometimes it felt like I was reading a Legends novel. But most importantly, Claudia did not hold back when depicting the characters that we already know from the films. She flawlessly built on their personalities in a way that felt so natural. And without giving anything away, there are many parts that either established this story's continuity in comparison to other novels or foreshadowed events from the films. Master and Apprentice has too much to offer, so don't overlook this one!
To say Claudia Gray "gets" Star Wars is a massive understatement. Her books up to this point have been spot-on, and Master and Apprentice only adds to her credibility. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's relationship is in a completely different state at the opening of this story compared to what we see in The Phantom Menace, and that only strengthens the significance of Obi-Wan keeping his promise to his master to train Anakin Skywalker: We get to see their bond grow. Characters both familiar and new will captivate you the whole way through, and you definitely won't see that major plot twist coming. It's so good it might be worth reading more than once.
I absolutely loved this book. It's easily one of my favorites from the Canon EU. Claudia Gray is truly an incredible writer. I had the honor of getting a Celebration 2019 edition copy of this book (which I recommend you check out for the sweet cover!) and I could barely put it down. The side characters are movie-level quality, the plot is fantastic, and Obi-Wan and Qui-gon's relationship has never been so important. Highly recommended. 10/10.