Jedi Apprentice: The Call of Vengeance

February 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

vengeanceJedi Apprentice: The Call to Vengeance by Jude Watson

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Overlooking the fact that Tahl became a woman in the refrigerator in the first two books, The Call to Vengeance is a decent adventure story about Qui-Gon straddling the line between the Light and Dark Sides of the Force, as he’s hunting down the man responsible for Tahl’s death. He tells himself that he’s hunting him down to bring him to justice, but he starts to channel Bryan Mills from Taken and struggles to restrain himself.

Watson goes back to doing the stories that she does best, highlighting the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, which is strained as Qui-Gon stays closed off to his Padawan. Obi-Wan has to learn on his own what Tahl meant to his Master, which doesn’t take long, since he’s already trained to be observant to the behaviors of those around him. The entire trilogy is a bit of a microcosm of the two prequel movies, showing how Jedi form attachments, how they’re detrimental to their duties, and how they can lead to a Jedi’s downfall. Here, we see an alternate take, where Qui-Gon stays on the Light Side (no spoiler here; we know that’s how it will turn out thanks to The Phantom Menace), but it shows how he’s not averse to breaking the law and his own vows in order to exact vengeance.

This book would get a higher rating from me, save for the complications I saw with Tahl’s character. Even overlooking those problems, the story winds up being more mediocre than her other efforts in the series, since most of it is still tracking people down and chasing them across cities and plains.Watson winds up all the elements of the plot effectively, and keeps us guessing from one book to the next as to how events will ultimately play out, and for that, it’s a decent read. I wish she had done better with Tahl, though.

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