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5.0 out of 5 stars A "lost" treasure from "a galaxy far, far away", October 2, 2010
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This review is from: The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force [Vault Edition] (Hardcover)
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

I had the happy opportunity to attend the 2010 Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, which is a joyful event for any lover of the Star Wars Saga. While blissfully browsing through the huge dealer's room on the first day, I came across a particular display table surrounded by fellow Star Wars fans uttering exclamations of "Oh, that is cool!" and "Wow! That's sweet!" Making my way through the gathering of people, I reached the table to find two lovely young ladies presenting a unique item to an enraptured audience. Before me on their display table was a rectangular metal box embossed on its top with an artistic rendering of two hands gripping a light saber. One young lady smiled and directed me to press the button beneath the artwork. I did, and with the sound of air being released, the top of the box divided into two sections and opened. Within the box, a whinning sound could be heard as a small blue/gray leather-bound book was slowly elevated above the two open metal casings, illuminated with tiny blue lights. On the book's cover were the words, "The Jedi Path," along with the elegant wings and light saber symbol of the Jedi Order, surrounded by an ornate art nouveau-like design. My immediate response was, "Oh, that is cool!"

That afternoon, I attended a panel called "The Making of the Jedi Path," where some of the book's creators described the process of making this special Star Wars book. Unfortunately the book's author, Daniel Wallace, was unable to attend due to plane trouble. I had read about the planned release of the book earlier this year and was intrigued by the idea, but my con experience had me really excited about its publication. At the end of the panel, all the panel's attendees were gracious enough to autograph a flyer promoting the book for me. At the end of my first fun day at the Celebration, the first thing I did when I returned to my hotel was ask my friend, who was sharing the con experience with me, could I borrow her lap top computer so I could pre-order this "cool, sweet" work of Star Wars merchandise!!

While the "Vault" is the most immediate selling point of this collectible, the book it holds, "The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force," reveals itself to be an enchanting journey into the history of the Star Wars galaxy and its remarkable guardians, the Jedi Knights. It is a book that Star Wars fans will find a fascinating and fun experience. "The Jedi Path" is more than just a how to manual in Jedi training. It also delves into the ancient origins of the spiritual order's long history, the foundations of its philosophy, their bond with the mysterious energy field the Force, their relationship with the galaxy they protect, and also the continuing conflict the Jedi had with the temptations of the Dark Side of the Force and their ancient enemies the Sith.

The most fun aspect of "The Jedi Path" is the design idea of it being a tome handed down through generations of Star Wars characters, some of whom left not only their individual written impressions in the book but also actual physical items as well; captions and keepsakes from such characters as Yoda, Thame Cerulian (who left a "Jedcred" coin), Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn (whose Padawan braid can be found within the book), Obi-Wan Kenobi (who sketched a light saber design on a napkin from Dex's Diner seen in Star Wars Episode II), his complex apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (who left behind a Jedi Starfighter patch), Ahsoka Tano (featured in the Clone Wars animated series), Luke Skywalker (who provides a historical preface for the book), along with other tantalizing inserts. Even Emperor Palaptine, the tyrannical ruler of the Star Wars Galaxy during the Original Trilogy of films, marks passages in the book, gleefully gloating over his murderous defeat of the Jedi Order in "Revenge of the Sith."

"The Jedi Path" is also richly illustrated by a number of gifted artists, displaying various elements of Jedi lore and legends. They include Paul Allan Ballard, Jeff Carlisle, and Tommy Lee Edwards. But I feel very special mention should go to the book's designer, Rosanna Brockley. She has created a beautiful addition to the ever expanding Star Wars library of books, and this particular Star Wars fan was very impressed with her work.

"The Jedi Path" was a joy to discover, a joy to read and is a Star Wars book I will sincerely treasure. It comes very highly recommended.
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2011 2:17:20 PM PST
A. Bonfield says:
do you know if this is an officially licensed product?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 4:18:41 PM PST
L. W. Swint says:
Dear A. Bonefield

Hello to you. Sorry I didn't respond to your question sooner. The box my copy of the Jedi Path came in did have the Lucas Books logo on it and the Star Wars website also had features about the book on it, which I believe included an interview with its author, Daniel Wallace.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2011 6:44:55 PM PST
A. Bonfield says:
Oh not a problem, there was no rush on it. I was thinking about getting it for my son's 13 birthday next month but since I've shown it to my hubby he has decided its a must have for our family library which means it will be "willed" to the soon to be 13 yr old some day hopefully far into the future lol. :0) It does appear to be quite an amazing book not only in its presentation but the illustrations and text. Thank you for letting me know I really appreciate it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2011 6:39:35 AM PDT
Jake McKee says:
If it has the Star Wars name on it, it's almost guaranteed to be one of two things:

1. Officially licensed
2. About to be taken off the market

Lucas is hardcore about anything with the SW name on it.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 2:14:21 PM PDT
Thanks for the very insightful and detailed review. Definitely sounds like an excellent collector's item. I noticed one error concerning it though. You mentioned that "even Emperor Palaptine, the tyrannical ruler of the Star Wars Galaxy during the Original Trilogy of films, marks passages in the book, gleefully gloating over his murderous defeat of the Jedi Order in "Revenge of the Sith." That doesn't make sense considering he was a Sith and should not have known about the book. Story wise, if he had gotten his hands on this last tome, he would have destroyed it, like he tried to do with everything related to the Jedi.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 8:44:15 PM PDT
L. W. Swint says:
Hello to you. Thank you for your compliment on my review. I don't want to spoil your possible enjoyment of this excellent book, so I'll just offer this perspective on Palpatine/Darth Sidious. After his defeat of the Jedi in "the dark times" that followed Episode III, the Star Wars Expanded Universe explains that the Emperor sacked the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and looted the Jedi Archives. He didn't destroy all the Jedi artifacts contained within it but rather hoarded them for his own dark purposes. Also, the Jedi Path book that Sidious wrote in was at one time Anakin Skywalker's; so it's possible, even probable that the fallen Jedi, after becoming Darth Vader, gave his new Master of the Dark Side of Force the manual of Jedi training he used before his fall to the Dark Side. How Vader got the book from his Padawan Ahsoka Tano is a story yet to be revealed in the Saga.
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