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Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi Hardcover – 26 Feb 2015
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Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi is a an action-packed stand-alone novel in which Luke Skywalker explores his burgeoning abilities with the Force. It is set in the Rebellion era between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
About the Author
Kevin Hearne is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles (Shattered, Hounded, Hexed, Hammered, Tricked, Trapped, and Hunted), an urban fantasy series. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in Colorado.
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I've read a few of the Star Wars novels recently, and whilst this probably isn't my favourite (I really loved the Shattered Empire series) this is pretty good. The book is unusual in that it is written entirely from Luke's perspective, which is a bit strange as you get a quite different perspective on Luke (far more personal), but his character is still consistent with being a wide-eyed farm boy from Tantoinne who is slowly beginning to change annd learn. I think the author chose to write the book in the way that they did to show Luke's early struggles with the force (remember, he hasn't yet met Yoda). If you remind yourself of where the story sits on the timeline, and think how Luke is in the films before his Jedi training, it all makes sense. A slightly different, yet enjoyable and consistent, read.
Told from a first-person perspective of a Luke Skywalker that is nothing like the Luke you remember, it sometimes feels like a different sci-fi story that was re-purposed to be a Star Wars book.
A lot of the newer Star Wars books tend to fill in some gaps or try and fix any continuity errors, or even just add extra context to the galaxy at large but Heir to the Jedi does none of this. Its attempt to show Luke becoming more aware of the Force is currently being handled much more interestingly in the Star Wars comics that are happening in roughly the same pre-Empire time period, and that character actually reads like Luke Skywalker.
Definitely not an essential read.
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Recommend it to any Star Wars fan. It has a good story and a tragic ending.
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