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He was a slave. A pilot. A Jedi. A war hero. A brother.
He was Anakin Skywalker, The Chosen One.
Born on a harsh planet and into even harsher circumstances, Anakin Skywalker was up against the odds from the very beginning. Despite these hurdles, he managed to overcome and thrive as a mechanic, a builder, and a pilot. All of this while he and his mother were forced to scrape by as the slaves of a local junk dealer on Tatooine. His life took a dramatic turn however, when a chance encounter with Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn led to his eventual freedom. Qui-Gon quickly recognized Anakin’s affinity for the Force, but more than just that he recognized the boy’s strong sense of justice and his aptitude for empathy and compassion. Anakin was, by almost all accounts, the perfect Jedi candidate. Sadly, apparent perfection that is introduced to imperfect circumstances inevitably creates conflict. Shortly after Qui-Gon and Anakin began to form a bond, Qui-Gon was cut down by a powerful and mysterious Sith Apprentice. Anakin found himself far from the only place he knew as home, separated from his mother, and without the only man who had ever assumed a fatherly role in his life. He was then to be trained as a Jedi by Qui-Gon's former apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Though it was not without growing pains, Anakin and Obi-Wan's relationship slowly evolved from teacher and student into a close, brotherly partnership. Their bond only grew stronger throughout the duration of the Clone Wars. Anakin’s skill in the Force and his magnetic personality helped him to quickly gain popularity both in Jedi circles and the general public. Included among those drawn to him were two important individuals in particular; Padme Amidala and Sheev Palpatine. What was once a childhood crush turned into a passionate romance between Anakin and Padme and then eventually a secret marriage. Despite his closeness with Obi-Wan, Anakin could not confide in him the truth of his marriage with Padme due to it being a violation of his Jedi duty. Enter Sheev Palpatine. A Sith Lord, disguising himself as the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic. Palpatine had recognized Anakin’s Force potential from a very early age, and set into motion a plan to sway him over to the dark side of the Force and take him on as a Sith Apprentice. Palpatine formed a close friendship with Anakin, providing him a safe place of refuge outside of the Jedi Order. Using the pretext of thier friendship, Palpatine steadily forged a path leading Anakin away from all that he loved and believed in.
Anakin was considered to be the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force. He was hailed as a galactic hero. He was full of passion, seeking to eradicate evil and injustice wherever it festered. He was a fiercely loyal friend and husband. Despite all of that, he was manipulated and used by the very people he trusted the most. Because of that manipulation, coupled with his own choices and actions, he fell. The brilliant, bright light that had been Anakin Skywalker was extinguished. And in its place rose a dark shadow of the man he once was.
Check out the books listed below to see firsthand the events and circumstances that shaped Anakin Skywalker as a person, a Jedi, and eventually, a Sith Lord.
The Sith are a thing of ancient history. Some even question their existence to begin with since not a single one had been seen for centuries. But as a long-awaited prophecy starts to come to fruition, the Jedi will soon learn that their greatest fear is emerging from the shadows.
Soon, they will reveal themselves to the Jedi.
Soon, they will have their revenge.
In Rogue Planet, we find Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi a few years into his training of Anakin Skywalker, said to be the Chosen One by the late, great Qui-Gon Jinn. Chosen One or not, Anakin is quite the troublemaker, and the Jedi Council decide it best for him to pour his energy into a mission rather than illegal races in Coruscant's underbelly. Along with Obi-Wan, Anakin is sent to investigate the disappearance of a Padawan named Vergere and see how it relates to the purchase of a unique Sekotan spacecraft on the mysterious planet Zonama Sekot.
Greg Bear gives readers a story that focuses on a unique time in Anakin's training. The planet Zonama Sekot and the character of Vergere have some important implications later in the EU, though those implications do nothing to hamper the enjoyment of Rogue Planet as a standalone story.
In this Marvel miniseries, we get a glimpse at a mission wherein Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, receive a distress call to a remote snowy planet where two factions wage war for dominance. Written by masterful comics writer Charles Soule, this series provides something quite rare for Star Wars canon publishing–a Jedi team dispatched on a mission to preserve peace for the galaxy. It’s not a part of a larger galactic war, but a more localized story to a lone planet and two Jedi struggling to form a bond after the Force brought them together.
Part of Jude Watson’s massive series of Star Wars books published by Scholastic, the Way of the Apprentice begins a ten-book series about Obi-Wan Kenobi training Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Quest: Path to Truth is not a numbered entry in the series, it should probably be considered book 1). Although marketed for young readers, these easily digestible stories are certainly worth anyone’s time. Watson develops an assortment of side characters across her multiple series, the star of whom is Obi-Wan’s Jedi friend and rival, Siri Tachi. She also does a masterful job in creating unique planets, cultures, species, and plots in each book with an overarching villain making repeated appearances throughout. Although it would be helpful to read the Jedi Apprentice series before Jedi Quest, it isn’t necessary in order to dive into Jedi Quest. Audiobooks are available for the first four books in the series.
As a tie-in novel to Attack of the Clones, The Approaching Storm fills in the time period immediately before the film. Jedi Knights Obi Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawan learners Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, must travel to the planet Ansion in an attempt to stop the planet from joining the Separatist alliance.
Penned by Alan Dean Foster, the famous ghostwriter of the original Star Wars film's novelization, this book offers the first canonical introduction to several characters who would ultimately play big roles in the future of both the war and the saga.
Ten years have passed since Obi Wan Kenobi defeated the mysterious Sith warrior on Naboo. His apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, has grown into a young man with exceptional potential in the Force. However, as tensions in galactic politics reach a boiling point, Obi Wan must allow Anakin to undertake a mission on his own to protect Padmé Amidala from those seeking to assassinate her. He can only hope his young apprentice will continue to walk the path of a Jedi while out from under his tutelage…
RA Salvatore, celebrated science fiction/fantasy author, delivers a wonderful rendition of the second film in the Prequel Trilogy. With just enough small changes to keep even veteran fans of the saga on their toes, this novelization is an absolute must-read.
This Legends collection shows stories of Anakin and Obi-Wan as galactic war heroes facing off against the likes of Asajj Ventress and the regenerative general, Durge. It now serves as a Legends alternative to the events of the Clone Wars TV show, departing in some significant but entertaining ways.
One of the issues in the "Age of" series that included the Republic, Rebellion, and Resistance belongs to none other than the Chosen One himself. Written by Jody Houser this entry showcases all of the things that make Anakin such an admirable hero, Leading Republic forces into battle against the Separatists. A solid one-shot issue that features beautiful artwork that really helps draw the reader into the action.
The Clone Wars are being fought on many fronts, battles between Jedi and Sith, Republic and Separatists, clones and droids, good and evil. Just how far are the Separatists willing to go to achieve victory? On the planet Lanteeb, Obi-Wan and Anakin track down a scientist developing a catastrophic biological weapon for the Nemoidian Lok Durd. The story is an excellent addition to the drama of the drama of the Clone Wars because of the massive threat of the bioweapon, the personal moments between Obi-Wan and Anakin, and the inclusion of characters like Ahsoka.
The Clone Wars novels are very accessible to fans with all levels of prior knowledge. You don’t have to have seen a single episode of the tv series or have read any other Star Wars books to be able to enjoy this. The Clone Wars Gambit books, Stealth and Siege, form a two-part story arc.
The Clone Wars Gambit books are an Anakin and Obi-Wan story, in which the two attempt to take down a Separatist scientist who is developing a bioweapon with crippling destructive capabilities.
This is the sequel to Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth. It is an exciting conclusion to the storyline set up in the first book.
Darth Sidious has expertly hidden his existence from the Jedi for many years. In Labyrinth of Evil, his elusiveness shines towards the end of the Clone Wars as his identity is being chased by Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
While Anakin and Obi Wan are occupied with their intense mission, Count Dooku and General Grievous work on setting their master's next plans into motion. Author James Luceno uses this opportunity to offer us the backstories of these two villains before foreshadowing Anakin's fall to the dark side.
Every Star Wars movie has an accompanying novelization, but none so impressive as Revenge of the Sith. While it expertly tells the story of the film, it also manages to add to it in unexpected ways. Not only is it the best novelization, it’s a fantastic work of fiction in and of itself.
Matthew Stover outdoes himself in this novelization by painting Obi Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi as glorified super heroes in the eyes of the common man in the Star Wars universe. Somehow, this raises the stakes of one of the most intense episodes of the saga and makes Anakin’s ultimate fate even more impactful.