Master & Apprentice (Star Wars) (Unabridged)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
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.
A decent and interesting look at young Obi and young(er) Qui-Gon
Having preferred Dooku Jedi Lost more than this one, I still think M&A has an edge on EK’s Ahsoka. It’s an not insignificant look into a mission when Kenobi had just become Qui-Gon’s Padawan but the impact is mostly minimal. There’s definitely strings and that persist for the major events starting at Naboo years later but is still a mostly contained peek into their early years together.
This was a great book with great narration and I recommend this to anybody who is a big fan of qui-gon and wants to dive deeper into the character.
Excellent Prequel Story
This is the kind of Star Wars novel I would pay to read or hear. The title is apt - this is all about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and how they eventually gelled together as an effective master-padawan duo. It’s full of inner monologues and deep characterization as we see Qui-Gon exasperated with his padawan’s rigidness while at the same time being full of self-doubt about his abilities as a master. As a bonus, there are scenes with the former Count Dooku foreshadowing his eventual fall to the dark side, and some pretext about Qui-Gon’s fascination with jedi prophecies which leads him to believing in the one about a “chosen one” seen later in The Phantom Menace. All in all, an excellent prequel tie-in, very in-depth treatment of the two main characters, plenty of Easter eggs and foreshadowing and none of the preachy political agenda found in other Disney Star Wars stories. Highly Recommended!