Expanded Universe Round-Up #10
Expanded Universe Round-Up #9
But I was intrigued by the mystery and I didn't even mind that there were loose plot threads left at the end (because I know that one such thread is probably named Sidious lol). An okay finale to a series I love very much, even after two decades and that troublesome adulthood thing.
But I would never skip these two books in my reread of my admittedly vast Legacy canon collection. For Siri Tachi fans, this is essential reading. I think it's obvious that I'm one of them!
The bonus story at the end is a good read, but it's nothing special.
Expanded Universe Round-Up #6
Lastly, I was amused to find the T-shirt transfer paper still in the middle of my copy, though I know I spent years trying to decide if I should use it. I'm glad I didn't!
(PS: my ancient JA bookmark was once again used - it features the cover of this very book)
Well, it still makes no sense. Don't get me wrong - this is a good book and it explores both physical and emotional conflicts. But Obi-Wan's decision feels completely out of character, even though Watson did her best to build up to it.
Interestingly, Melida/Daan was mentioned in a recent High Republic novel, returning the planet to canon status once more.
The mystery of what's going on in the Temple is intriguing - and then the book ends on a startling cliffhanger, which definitely WON'T tempt me to keep reading the JA series past my bedtime. Nope! I will resist the Dark Side of the Force!
Expanded Universe Round-up #5
How odd that a comic series aimed at adults lacks the maturity and character development of the YA books it drew inspiration from. This was obviously intended to continue with some sort of "Qui-Gon on a quest" arc, but I'm grateful to Disney for stopping it in its tracks.
Jedi Apprentice (1999-2002)
Back in 1999, I would venture into the "Teen" section at Borders (few stores had such a clear distinction between kids books and older books - YA as a label did exist, but didn't seem to be widely used) and imagine my delight when I discovered the Jedi Apprentice series. Thanks to these books, I feel like I grew up with Obi-Wan. I will always love them. And I will always remember how shocking it was back then, to discover that Obi-Wan's future as a Jedi was in jeopardy
Even now, I am impressed at how perfectly paced this book is, and how well the characters and their motivations are introduced, despite its length. That ending in the afterword is simply brilliant. Sure, I would have preferred it to be longer...but the days of meatier YA tales were still to come.
This remains one of my favourite books.
(PS: Yes, I did use my ancient cardboard JA bookmark while reading it...)
Seriously Good Sequel
Alyce Caswell, when she isn't drinking her way through a giant pot of tea, can be found dabbling in multiple genres and writing forms. She has self-published several titles in her space opera family saga, which is divided into two series: The Galactic Pantheon and The Pantheon War. Her most recent book is The Shadow of the Gods.