5 Reasons to Read Brotherhood by Mike Chen + GIVEAWAY
So you’ve finished Obi-Wan and are wondering what to do with all of the emotions you’re processing. Yeah, us too. The show was painful for fans of the prequels and The Clone Wars, who watched Obi-Wan and Anakin develop a brotherhood (heh). Love that dynamic (and further gutting)? Enter Brotherhood by Mike Chen. Check out our 5 reasons why you need to pick up Brotherhood and enter to win a signed copy (plus a bonus copy of the latest Star Wars novel, Shadow of the Sith) below!
Brotherhood (Star Wars)by Mike Chen
Published by: Del Rey Books
on May 10, 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights.
The Clone Wars have begun. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the galaxy. With every world that joins the Separatists, the peace guarded by the Jedi Order is slipping through their fingers.
After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order’s most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their conspiracy—and he senses the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cloak the planet.
Amid the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone—and his former Master’s insistence that he listen this time—Anakin’s headstrong determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party and bringing along a promising but conflicted youngling.
Once a Padawan to Obi-Wan, Anakin now finds himself on equal—but uncertain—footing with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger for everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way to work together—and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face, they must grow beyond Master and apprentice. They must stand together as brothers.
5 Reasons to Read Brotherhood by Mike Chen
- It gives us context for a statement made in Revenge of the Sith. No surprise that Mike Chen tapped into one of his favorite books ever to bring us a moment that is easily overlooked by the masses but brings a question to in-depth fans. In ROTS, Obi crash-lands and there’s a reference to an incident on Cato Neimoidia. Nearly 20 years later, we have the answers to what went down.
- There is additional political reference for The Clone Wars. If you’ve watched TCW (movie and tv show), you likely know a lot more about what was happening around the galaxy during this time. Far more than you’ll ever get in the prequels. The political landscapes are always the most interesting part of the Skywalker Saga (to me, at least).
- We see Padme and Anakin go on a date, something we almost never see in other media. Usually they’re busy hiding their emotions and rushing off to their political and Jedi duties. Mike gifts us a generous period of time with them.
- New characters! We meet two new influential characters that left me with a lot of questions. I hope we will see them both again in other media.
- It hurts. A lot. I asked Mike how he could write a story that gifts us so many amazing, compassionate Anakin moments, knowing what was to come in eps 3-6. He shared that he just had to write it as if he didn’t know those things were coming. If only we could READ it that way. Fans of TCW know what I’m talking about.
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