#ForceFriday Audiobook Review: Master and Apprentice (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray
Master and Apprentice (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by Claudia Gray releases earlier this year and since today is #ForceFriday I figured no better day than now to review it! I am a big fan of both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn characters, I really enjoyed the deep insight into their relationships and what helped mold them to be the Jedi we know.
Master and Apprentice (Star Wars)by Claudia Gray
Published by: Del Rey Books
on April 16, 2019
Genres: Sci-Fi, Adult, Young Adult, Fantasy
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.
A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.
When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
Really great look at the relationship of the Master & Padawan Jedi way of life. We got insight into Qui-Gon Jinn’s past before he was a Jedi Master and his relationship with his Master Dooku. We also get a lot of insight into how Qui-Gon trains and Obi-Wan to become the Jedi we know him as. I loved this look into all of these characters pasts as well as the tie in to why the prophecies were important to Qui-Gon and Dooku.
It is definitely story and character heavy, but I loved getting to know more about all their backstories. This takes place canonically about a decade before Episode One – The Phantom Menace.
I loved the side characters so much. Especially Pax & Rahara. Pax being so droid-like how could you not love him?! And of course you definitely can connect with Rahara and her experiences with the corporations really hit you in the feels.
Of course the audiobook is another SW gem. Sound effects in full force, and the narrator, Jonathan Davis, shines. He imitates Liam Neeson & Ewan McGregor voices to such perfection that I had to check the cast list!! All of the Star Wars audiobooks I have listened to are absolutely perfect.
Do to the pacing of this book I would say the recommended age range is 13+, but adult fans may enjoy it more, for the strong character development and the deep plot throwbacks that really make you think about the connections with the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy.