The prime Star Wars tale follows the Skywalker family, but it also involves various generations of Jedi master/ apprentice partnerships. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi were the first, providing the foundation for Anakin Skywalker’s origin story in The Phantom Menace. Written by Claudia Gray( Star Wars: Bloodline ), Master& Apprentice explores a decisive goal in Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s earlier career.
RELEASE DATE: 4/ 16/2019
AUTHOR: Claudia Gray
PUBLISHER: Del Ray
Taking place seven years before’ The Phantom Menace ,” Master& Apprentice’ highlightings the failings of the Jedi Order, as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn undertake a political dispute that could stigmatize the end of their partnership.
While The Phantom Menace isn’t exactly acclaimed, it initiated some beloved courages, and now supports nostalgia evaluate for a generation of Star Wars fans. Its 20 th anniversary construes the liberate of two brand-new spinoff novels–the first being Queen’s Shadow, starring Padme Amidala. Master& Apprentice provisions some new backstory for Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, while also acting as an unofficial sequel to the popular( but no longer canonical) Jedi Apprentice records, which some love will remember from the early 2000 s.
Taking place on the planet Pijal, Master& Apprentice fleshes out some key themes from The Phantom Menace: slavery, corporate strifes, and the Jedi Order’s role in galactic politics. It even peculiarity a youthful monarch, as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan travel to Pijal to oversee the coronation of the young princess Fanry. They must navigate a complicated influence strife between an ancient autocracy, the slave-owning Czerka Corporation, and a force of terrorist achievement artists( yes, certainly ), all while addressed with their own personal conflicts. Because while a Jedi master and padawan should stay together until the padawan became a cavalier, Qui-Gon was recently offered a place on the Jedi Council. And if he accepts that give, then Obi-Wan will need to find a new master.
We clearly know that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan will stay together in the long run, but as with any prequel, the issues to is why things turn out the mode they do. Master& Apprentice is an easy predict for both adults and kids, and while it’s an entertaining thriller with slew of geeky detail, the most interesting focus is on Jedi culture. The Phantom Menace opened our eyes to how the Jedi behaved at the high levels of the Republic, divulging that they were often more like envoys or reviewers than the superhuman soldiers Luke Skywalker realized 30 years later.
Cloistered apart on the regulating planet of Coruscant, the Jedi Council remains distant from the living conditions of the everyday citizens. It’s easy to see how they set the stage for Palpatine’s takeover. The galactic government is already ponderou, and even in the face of atrocities like bondage, the Jedi are expected to act as neutral peacekeepers. That’s a tremendous stres to put on any ruler/ apprentice squad, never mind a partnership that are able to soon be dissolved.
There was always resistance between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and this mission demonstrates to be the tipping part. At 17, Obi-Wan is old enough to have some independence, but still young fairly feel insecure. It doesn’t help that he and his lord are very different people. Obi-Wan is a by-the-book republican, while Qui-Gon is a maverick–a willful eccentric who likes to bend the rules and dismis the advice of the Council. They both yearn for acceptance from one another, but they’re incessantly tripped up by their clashing temperaments and inability to communicate. It’s a close-up precedent of the fallibility of the Jedi, running alongside the story of an even more atypical Jedi knight, Rael Averross, who has been stationed on Pijal for the past eight years.
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