Knight Errant

February 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

knightKnight Errant by John Jackson Miller

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Knight Errant keeps us in the Old Republic still, though things have developed further than they did in the The Old Republic series. Now, we have a Jedi Knight named Kerra Holt who is a sort of Jedi renegade who works on her own to bring down the Sith. While the novel isn’t a collection of three different stories, there are three distinct portions of the book, each dedicated to a different battle that Kerra is fighting. All of them tie together, so the book doesn’t feel disjointed, and the ideas that Miller uses in each story are pretty effective.

In the first part of the novel, two Sith — also brothers — see themselves as the gods of creation and destruction. In the second part, two other Sith — also siblings — use their potent powers of mind control to keep an entire planet under their rule. In the third part, Miller introduces us to a Sith who appears to be kind-hearted. Each part of the novel is an interesting look at the Sith in different ways, and I really enjoyed the ideas behind this book. In addition, the way Miller pulls the three stories together at the end works remarkably well; it doesn’t feel forced, and the hints he’s dropped along the way reveal themselves to us as we reach the end of the story.

Unfortunately, there’s something about Miller’s style that doesn’t work for me. I noticed it in Lost Tribe of the Sith, and I notice it here in Knight Errant, too. His narrative isn’t at all engaging, so long stretches of the story didn’t even register with me. I feel like I got the broad strokes of what it was he was trying to convey, but that was about it. Details, character names, and sometimes even setting would escape me. As a result, Miller manages to make a book that’s mostly action boring. This story feels more cohesive than Lost Tribe of the Sith did (for good reason, too; it covers a much smaller span of time), but there was still something off about his writing style.

Overall, I liked the ideas in this novel more than I did the writing itself. The story here kept me intrigued, even if it wasn’t always engaging, and as I neared the end of the book, I was reading it to see how Miller would pull it all together, instead of just finishing it to finish it. I’m not sure if I would include this book in a “Must Read” list of Extended Universe novels, but it would definitely fall into a tertiary (or even secondary) list.

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