Novel Review: Kenobi
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Star Wars: Kenobi has been one of my most anticipated novels ever. I’ve always been interested in reading more about Ben Kenobi’s life on Tatooine while looking after Luke, so I was thrilled when this novel was announced.
Kenobi is set just after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. In fact, some events on Tatooine in this book happen before Obi-Wan delivers Luke to the Lars. So we are introduced to life on Tatooine as Obi-Wan experiences it. I loved this. If we’re going to now explore this time period in-depth, I think it’s best to start at the beginning.
For me, the book had a slow start. After a brief prologue featuring Obi-Wan, we’re introduced to new characters that will eventually have an impact on him. It wasn’t until the end of chapter 5 before we read about Obi-Wan again, where he makes a dramatic entrance. Looking back, I can appreciate why it took that long to start reading about him again, but I couldn’t help but wonder why I wasn’t while reading these beginning chapters.
Once it gets going, this book features lots of action and surprises, but it doesn’t get too complicated. Kenobi has a refreshing sense of simplicity without being boring. It’s been a while since I read a Star Wars book (probably a John Jackson Miller book) that didn’t try to be over-complicated.
What I enjoyed the most was the interactions between Obi-Wan and the Tusken Raiders, and how John Jackson Miller added so much depth into these mysterious creatures. Not since Knights of the Old Republic have I actually enjoyed reading about the sand people. John is an expert at character development, and his craft shines brightly in Kenobi. Heck, he even had me worrying about the fate of an eopie. That’s great writing.
After reading Kenobi, I think you’ll agree that there’s much more to tell about Obi-Wan during this time period. I would love to see more Kenobi books that continue the story, with John Jackson Miller at the helm.
Oh, and the cover art. Brilliant! The dark, gritty look is perfect for the time period, and the art itself is fabulous. Spectacular job, all around.
This is a no-brainer: Buy Kenobi. It’s a fun read and a stunning addition to your bookshelf.
+ Fascinating character development.
+ The overall plot made sense considering the setting.
+ Obi-Wan vs. krayt dragon.
+ Spectacular cover art.
- Slow start.
- Qui-Gon is mentioned, but does not appear.
- Little interaction with the Lars or Luke.
- At 355 actual story pages, this book seems way too short.
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.
Bryan Dean is the founder and administrator of Knights’ Archive. You can follow him on Twitter at @bry_dean.
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Star Wars: KENOBI
The Republic has fallen.
Sith Lords rule the galaxy.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything . . .
Everything but hope.
Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.