Review: I, Jedi
- Minor Spoiler Review -
For several years now, I’ve been told that I, Jedi is an amazing read; a bright spot in the vast Expanded Universe timeline. Having read the X-Wing series, I had no reason to doubt this claim. Michael Stackpole and Aaron Allston created quite an exciting series full of memorable characters and fun adventures. After reading it, I am pleased to say that the fun and excitement continues in I, Jedi.
One thing I noticed immediately is that the entire novel is written in a first-person narrative. We follow the perspective of Corran Horn during his greatest challenge yet: Finding his wife who has vanished. Corran decides that the best way to do this is to take on Jedi training, because he does have a connection to the Force and the possibility exists for him to become a Jedi. Going to the newly established Jedi Academy established by Luke Skywalker is the obvious next step for Corran, but by no means is the training an easy task. The quest to find his wife takes Corran across the galaxy, as he journeys from one planet to the next, in an effort to become a Jedi, learn about his heritage, and track the kidnappers before they do any harm to Mirax.
The events in I, Jedi parallel those in the Jedi Academy Trilogy written by Kevin J. Anderson, though many of them are retold from a different perspective, which enhances the experience greatly. We learn much more about the Jedi training, and how it affects the students and Luke Skywalker himself. As the events of the Jedi Academy Trilogy are retold through the eyes of Corran Horn, more is revealed about the other students, including Kyp Durron, and the evil presence they must fight against, namely, the spirit of the Dark Lord Exar Kun.
With the paperback edition at nearly 600 pages, I, Jedi is no small read, but in this case that’s a great thing. The book starts with a bang and keeps the reader focused even though it does revisit the Jedi Academy Trilogy. I did feel that the final showdown between Corran and Leonia Tavira ended rather abruptly, considering the events of this long journey led up to that moment. I had a feeling of really, that’s it? But in my opinion, that’s a really small gripe for an overall satisfying book.
Are you a fan of action, adventure, intrigue, and surprises? Do you enjoy the fun and excitement from the X-Wing series? Does learning more about the techniques and ways of Jedi training interest you? If you answered yes to those questions, you should get yourself a copy of I, Jedi today.
Paperback Cover Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents a stirring new tale set in the Star Wars universe: the dramatic story of a heroic X-wing pilot on the razor’s edge between the Force—and the dark side.
Corran Horn has distinguished himself as one of the best and brightest of Rogue Squadron’s elite fighting force. Then his wife, Mirax, vanishes on a covert mission for the New Republic, and Corran vows to find her. To do so, he knows he must develop the latent Force powers inherited from his grandfather, a legendary Jedi hero. He joins Luke Skywalker’s famed Jedi academy to begin training, only to quit in frustration at Skywalker’s methods. Now Corran is on his own. Using his Corellian undercover experience, he must infiltrate, sabotage, and destroy a ruthless organization in order to find his wife. But to succeed, Corran will have to come to terms with his Jedi heritage—and make a terrible choice: surrender to the dark side…or die.