Secrets of the Jedi

February 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

secretsSecrets of the Jedi by Jude Watson

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Watson returns to the setting of her Jedi Apprentice series to give us one more adventure involving Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, before flipping the adventure to involve Obi-Wan and Anakin. It’s very much like what she did with the “Special Edition” books from that series, and I guess the reason she didn’t include it as part of that series is because it focuses on events after Episode II, and the Jedi Quest books take place before then.

By the time our story begins, Obi-Wan is eighteen, nearly a Jedi Knight himself, when he and Qui-Gon are sent to protect a young boy from bounty hunters after he intercepts plans of an assassination. Another Master and her Padawan, Siri, accompany them, and while on the mission, Obi-Wan and Siri are cut off from their Masters. They realize their love for each other during that time, but of course, Jedi are discouraged from forming attachments. Qui-Gon’s brief relationship with Tahl resurfaces, but doesn’t make a difference in how Obi-Wan’s relationship plays out.

Ten years later, when Obi-Wan and Anakin are generals in the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan and Siri are both Masters themselves, and thrust into another mission that ties in with the original one. Running parallel to this storyline, where the two of them are forced to revisit their feelings for one another, is that of Anakin and Padmé, who have already married.

The story is nothing special, save for people who have already read the Jedi Apprentice series. Siri made an appearance in that series, so we get to see her in a different light after she’s matured. Otherwise it’s a standard chase-and-evade story that’s so common in the Star Wars universe, only broken down to highlight the two different eras. Obi-Wan and Siri are the only two characters who get developed, but to be fair, the overarching story for the book is that of their relationship.

The book feels like an addendum that didn’t need to be written. It’s true that my favorite EU books have been those that narrow the focus of the conflicts to personal relationships over galactic politics, but here it was hard to care too much for it. It might be better suited for younger readers, but as an adult reader, I was disappointed.

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