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Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force (Star Wars) Paperback – November 27, 2007
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Despite any shortcomings in the text itself, however, the illustrations alone make it worth the complete 5 stars! They are simply breathtaking... and the amount of time and sweat put into them by the artists must have been staggering. It's strange to say it, but it feels more like an art book than a dry listing of Star Wars lore! Any Star Wars fan would love these wonderful works of art!
It's a canon in-universe source as well!
Wookieepedia Page - [...]
So Basically This is a Historical (in-universe) Text. It is written by Tionne Solusar in the year 40 A.B.Y; for those who do not know she is a Jedi Historian. Her subject is to explain the conflict between the Jedi and the Sith from it's beginnings to as far as she can tell (40aby, but another takes over in the end to tell the Legacy comics stuff which is RAD). She is a Historian first and a Jedi second she says basically and she takes a neutral stance on the facts.
There are also, First-Hand Accounts from characters. Like just straight-up transcripts of Holocrons. There's things like Mace Windu explaining Vaapad, Luke Skywalker expressing his views on the Dark Side and the mistakes he made during his training (Episode V), Dooku giving an account of pretty much everything he did becoming a Sith and his views on the force. [some of these have completely changed the way I view parts of the movies]
Part 1 is an incredible timeline, and the basic history of everything from the 100yrs Darkness, the Great Hyperspace War etc up to Luke Skywalker's Duel with Lumiya.
Part 2 is about the Jedi. You get things like Cin Drallig's actual classes (from a recording), Descriptions of Force-Abilities, all the different lightside views on the force, Lightsaber Combat etc.
That's all I'll go into for more info check out the Wookieepedia Page
The best part is the Index in the back. If you aren't convinced you need this book. Go to Borders or whatever read the Intro by Tionne Solusar and lookup some favorite characters in the index to see how many pages they are on cause they really crammed almost everything into this.
Oh and the art is just.... Incredible. When I got mine I spent 2 hours just looking at the pictures alone.. It's amazing
Second, I am disappointed in it. I, too, was hoping for more philosophical meat.
The art is amazing - I have to constantly resist the temptation to cut out pages and frame them! I'm glad I never bought the Essential Chronology because this is enough of a chronology plus oodles of other historical details. I think it's superior to the Essential Chronology.
What this book lacks (and I know I'm not alone in thinking these are what people expected the book to contain):
This book lacks descriptions of The Force. Surprising, huh?
The book IS a great history of the Jedi and Sith. It also goes in depth into different Force powers (which, honestly, I could have done without)and construction of light sabers and schools of light saber fighting styles. So, if, when reading the novels you just can't get enough of Mace Windu discussing Vapaad, well, you'll like this book. But, again, this book is a history of people, events, and techniques.
This book IS NOT about the Force.
I thought I was just being picky when I couldn't find anything to explain the difference between the Living Force and the Unifying Force. But then another review pointed out something even more conspicuous by its abscence and I couldn't believe I didn't notice it - NO discussion of light versus dark! There are countless lists and entries about people who are on the light or dark side but very little discussion of what that means or what their motives are. Although, you do get entries "written" by Luke Skywalker and Count Dooku about their experiences with the dark side.
And THAT is, for me, the selling point of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave a detailed explanation for different era in the old timeline and jedi involvement throughout each era.Published 24 days ago by Rachel
I'm a big Star Wars fan. This however, blew my mind. Star Wars as a whole has developed from just 7 movies into a whole parallel Universe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam Rhodes
I did thoroughly enjoy this book ... mostly. I like to try to stay close to what is most commonly considered as Star Wars canon and unfortunately this book destroys that on too... Read morePublished 3 months ago by david donnell
Great book overall, nice explanation of starwars for everyone.Published 3 months ago by Hector A. Garcia
I liked it. It filled in much of the dead space between the movies, but now we are finding out that these books along with the excellent Legend books are NOT part of the cannon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christopher P
This Star Wars source book is a great insight for any fan into the two opposing sides of the Force , and the users who wield it and their history , as well as other force teachings... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Zoran Belada