Heir to the Jedi – A New Hope for My Love of Star Wars Novels?

Another Cannon Star Wars Book! Maybe this one will fare a little better than the last one, eh?

Heir to the JediThis book is told in first person (what ever happened to third person? Was there someone wrong with that?), and centers on Luke Skywalker as he… er… does something?

Oh right! He rescues Nakari Kelen, an alien cryptographer. And runs into a love interest, and has about 50 mini-plots so that you forget what the original plot even was in the beginning. And I’m not even kidding. He’s transporting something somewhere, then he’s eating noodles, then he’s trying to locate Nakari’s family, then he’s eating noodles on a date, then he’s on this strange planet fighting smugglers, then he’s eating noodles again.Sigh. And I had such hopes for this book.

I’m really just having bad luck with Star Wars books aren’t I? I’m almost scared to pick up Lords of the Sith, Tarkin, and Lost Stars.

This novel is set in the weeks after Luke destroyed the death star (Episode IV: A New Hope). There’s a lot of references to A New Hope, but it just feels like it was thrown in there to reassure you that this IS the Skywalker you’re looking for, not the strangely useless and insecure farmboy that he turns out to be.

I’m not entirely sure why they called it Heir to the Jedi. Yes, he’s a Jedi. Yes, he’s heir to the Jedi (we find this out in Episode V). But this has almost nothing to do with him becoming a Jedi (with the exception of several scenes where he moves noodles around his plate with the force).

I was also really confused why Obi-Wan’s mysterious voice never showed up. He heard Obi-Wan while destroying the death star a few weeks ago. And he’ll see his ghost in Episode 5. Why doesn’t he pop in at some point and give him a purpose?

Overall, it was better than Aftermath, but not by much. I’m still hopeful that the new Movie will be better than the book.

*Mini-rant* And seriously Star Wars Cannon. Must we continuously kill off book characters (or try to kill them)? Are you trying to prepare us for something, or just annoy me? *Mini-rant over*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Kevin Hearne is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, an urban fantasy series published by Del Rey Books. The first six books of the series are now out as well as a novella that’s book 4.5 and some other short works. The seventh book, SHATTERED, will be released June 17.

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