69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Use the Force, you must....,
This review is from: Star Wars: The Jedi Path (Hardcover)
I just picked up this book a few days ago, and I must say....I'm really impressed. It not only garners information on the Jedi, the temple, the philosophies, but it gives insights into the characters starting with Yoda. The introduction by Luke Skywalker, from the Yavin 4 academy; shows the history of the book, and how it was passed down from Jedi to Jedi. It features many different "notes," handwritten anecdotes (by the different Jedi who possessed the book) that are humorous and insightful. The illustrations are helpful, and they detail weapons, ships and techniques that Jedi often use. It also has different lightsaber hilts, styles and such.
A breakdown of the book:
Part 1-Introduction to the Jedi Order
This part contains information on the Jedi Code (there is no death, there is the Force) and much needed history of the Jedi. The book is written well before the events of Eps1-6, so much of the information on the current activities are absent. Yoda even comments "Updated, this section should be." Whereupon Dooku says, "So update it, old one!" Another hilarous note, Yoda comments on knowing Grand Master Fae Coven (author of the Jedi Code chapter) as a youngling, and Ahsoka comments "Yoda was a youngling?!"
Part 2-Jedi Initiate
This section deals with "younglings" (as seen in Ep2) and how they begin their studies. It also features the trials needed to be undertaken for advancement into padawan status. It also details the three pillars of the Jedi (Force, knowledge and self-discipline). This section has many valuable insights into the minds of Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Part 3-Jedi Padawan
Next up, this section deals with many aspects of training, lightsaber combat styles and building a lightsaber. It also mentions the cultures and politics of the Republic, as well as the Trials and Knighting ceremony. This section has a LOT of notes, and some notes by Sidious. It is interesting to note that Anakin mentions "phrik" deposits on Gromas (and should mention it to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine). This is the site of one level of "Dark Forces" (the PC/PSX game) and you blow it up. Also, Sidious mentions that the "Outbound Flight project" was a "Jedi failure," to which Luke responds that they are alive in the unknown regions (Luke and the New Republic found the survivors of the Outbound Flight project some years AFTER the Battle of Endor, and Luke had "The Jedi Path" at this point). Extremely interesting.
Part 4-Jedi Knight
This includes the roles and duties of Jedi Knights, the three basic classes (consular, sentinel and guardian), Alter abilites, advanced lightsaber techniques and taking on padawan learners. Also, it has a brief history of the Sith, and the dangers of the Dark Side. It also has the requirements of being a Master and Grand Master, as well as a short brief on transcending death (apparently Anakin didn't really read this section while in possession of this book. Luke's comments on this are fascinating).
Overall, I would give this book a 5 out of 5. The production value is awesome, and the information is enlightening. I would recommend this book for any fan. Add it to your collection, and you won't be disappointed. Also, if you are a fan of the Saga Edition of the Star Wars RPG, this book will really enhance your game sessions. The information is presented in easy-to-reference manner, all you have to do is look up the title heading. It will give your Jedi characters different views on the Jedi themselves, as well as much-needed lightsaber combat forms. Get it, read it, enjoy it. Kudos to Daniel Wallace and the team for creating a high-quality, multi-purpose book.
Tracked by 2 customers
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 8:17:13 AM PDT
C. Gregory says:
Would you be able to tell me if this book has the little extras/inserts such as padawan braid, patches etc? I own the collector's edition, and I do not want to mess it up. Even though it's fun to show off lol. I will get this book regardless because I looked over the one in the set and I definitely want to read this cover to cover, but seeing as it's part of the set, I kinda let people look at it, but they have to be careful. But I definitely want to read this one. So any info you can give me I'd appreciate.
Posted on Apr 9, 2012 6:28:34 PM PDT
S. Ellison says:
Thank You Russell! This was a very helpful review. I do not usually buy SW books because of time constraints but there are a few out there that I consider must haves such as "Revan." I think I will be picking this up. Many thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 9:56:40 PM PDT
Hilda Abete says:
The books are identical. Exept for the emporer blacking out the prophecy & tearing them out int collector Ed.
Posted on Nov 13, 2012 1:35:08 PM PST
2 cents says:
Does the book go into Jedi puberty? Is it ever Ok to unsheathe the saber?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 1:49:27 PM PST
2 cents says:
‹ Previous 1 Next ›