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- DescriptionHeroic Jedi warrior Luke Skywalker takes on the training of a young X-Wing pilot, Corran Horn, who is facing the challenge of coming to terms with his Jedi heritage and learning to use the force, without succumbing to the temptation of the dark side.
- Author(s)Michael A. Stackpole
- PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication01/07/1999
- GenreScience Fiction & Fantasy
- Series TitleStar Wars
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBantam Press
- Out-of-print date18/12/2006
- Width111 mm
- Height178 mm
- Format DetailsA-format paperback
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- mos13_2000Nov 17, 2010by
Comes Close But Didn't Deliver
First thing's first. Do not read this book until you have read the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Second thing, don't get too excited, the initial early excitement wears off. Quickly!
I read this book directly after the reading the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Bantam books only produce Star Wars books that respect other Bantam Star Wars books. This, being the next in chronological order, seemed an obvious read so I went straight into it after reading some very positive reviews.
The first 300 pages are a clever retell of the Jedi Academy which would make little sense without having first read the trilogy. "I, Jedi" retells the story through the eyes of Jedi learner Corran Horn having joined Luke Skywalker on Yavin 4. This, to most extent, works and at times can be very gripping as you get a second opinion and almost a behind the scenes look at known events. The novel also attempts to fill some gaps and answer some unanswered questions from the trilogy, which it does reasonable well.
Good then? Not really. 300 pages in and the action has been quite timid for a Star Wars book and you wonder if you have just watched yet another remake of a classic movie, as no matter how it's told, it's the same basic story. The author tries to build a character out of Corran but only manages to piggy back someone else's book and you end up willing the main plot to hurry up and start. What is enjoyable is the more indepth look at the training methods Luke Skywalker uses and the development in understanding the different power levels and skill sets between different Jedi.
Annoyingly once the book does take it's own route the story weakens and in some areas seems rushed and poorly thought out. Without creating a spoiler, 530 pages in, Corran finally completes his objective and the person seems almost ungrateful and in a rush herself to get to the end of the novel!
Overall the book is OK but nowhere near some of the Star Wars books I have enjoyed. It's a whooper at 570 pages and the clever re-tell, plus training insight, will no doubt help me enjoy other Bantam Star Wars book that I read but there is little here I will directly be able to recommend.
I know alot of people will disagree with this but for me "I, Jedi" was a big disappointment. For a great read, read the Timothy Zahn Thrawn Trilogy. For something completely different go for "Death Troopers". For OK, read I, JediRead full review