Jedi Apprentice: The Followers

February 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

followersJedi Apprentice: The Followers by Jude Watson

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The Followers is the second of the special edition books in the Jedi Apprentice series, as well as being the last book in that series. It’s intended to bridge the gap between the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series, and like Deceptions, the other special edition book in the series, this book is split into two halves, one with Obi-Wan as Qui-Gon’s apprentice, the other half with him as Anakin’s Master. The story that connects the two is a singular one involving the search for a Sith holocron.

The book is fairly forgettable. In the first half of the book, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan investigate a teacher who has ties to Sith artifacts, and they suspect he’s trying to retrieve a holocron to learn the secrets of the Sith. In the second half, Obi-Wan and Anakin revisit this teacher ten years later as they suspect one of his students is going to attempt to retrieve that same holocron. The connection between the stories is good, but since both stories involve the same characters going to the same planet to retrieve the same holocron, the two halves feel repetitive. We’re reading the same story in both halves, just with a few minor changes.

In addition, the book has little connection to the series that preceded it. In Deceptions, there was a clear connection to previous events, which tied it neatly into the whole series, but in The Followers, there are no secondary characters brought in to cement the story with the series. Bant makes a brief appearance, and Tahl is mentioned in passing, but otherwise the only characters carried over from the series are Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Plus, part of the charm of the series has been the relationship that develops between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, which is dropped in favor of the plot, leaving the story uninteresting and forgettable. It makes me wonder if Watson wrote this one just to get the series to an even twenty books.

 

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