Jedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path

December 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

uncertainJedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path by Jude Watson

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Picking up at the end of Defenders of the DeadThe Uncertain Path continues the story of Obi Wan after he leaves the Jedi Order and quits as Qui-Gon’s Padawan. This is big stuff, despite the fact that Episode I tells us that this won’t last, because if anyone were ever born to be a part of the Order, it’s Obi Wan Kenobi. We have to remember, though, that the Obi Wan we see in this series is only thirteen, and still succumbs to the temptations and impetuosity of youth.

The story continues that of the war on Melida/Daan, where a tenuous peace has been made among the two factions and the Youth, after the Youth have disabled all the starships. The challenge now is to maintain that peace, and Obi Wan is a part of it, having been nominated to be on the council made up of the Youth, the Melida, and the Daan. Obi Wan is now seen as an outsider by the other members of the council, and his contributions to security, as well as to the new government overall, are questioned. The more Obi Wan feels like an outsider, the more he craves Qui-Gon’s counsel.

I like the way Watson plays around with our expectations of the characters, and giving us alternate views into what makes a Jedi. Even in the movies, Qui-Gon is different from Mace Windu, both of whom in turn are different from Yoda, and how each character uses the Force differs. Obi Wan is different, too, partly due to his age, but also due to him being as different from those other three are as they are to one another. The book gives us a glimpse into the early days of Qui-Gon and Obi Wan’s relationship, before they had established a full trust with one another. This book and the previous one put that trust to a test.

The stories are getting more developed, thanks to the recurrence of certain characters and settings, and as such, they’re getting more interesting. It’s easier to get caught up in the events, since we see so many familiar faces, and despite the fact that the Jedi don’t always act as we would expect them to, their motivations are at least consistent. The series is getting better the more I read it.

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