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Commencement (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Vol. 1) Paperback – November 11, 2006
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up—On the opening page of this compilation, readers are reminded that "The events in this story take place approximately 3,964 years before the Battle of Yavin." Even though the action occurs before the traditional Star Wars saga, those familiar only with the first Star Wars characters won't feel lost: these stories are peopled with characters that represent the same worlds and situations laid down in the original framework. Zayne Carrick is one of five padawan who are about to take part in a ceremony to see which of them will be knighted, and Zayne thinks he has no chance because he is totally inept. The Mandolorian War is heating up and the Jedi council is split on whether to join or not. It is an exciting time and about to get more so. The "Knights of the Old Republic" stories explore the motives and reasoning that add a gray area to the black and white, good and bad, of Jedi versus Sith that the original stories lack. The artwork is colorful and kinetic. This book is a thrill ride not to be missed, a nonstop action story that will captivate readers.—Dana Cobern-Kullman, Luther Burbank Middle School, Burbank, CA
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About the Author
John Jackson Miller is the author of the national best-selling novel, Star Wars: Knight Errant, nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels, and the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series. His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones. Author of several books about comic-book history, he also runs the research website, The Comics Chronicles.
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It's a shame that so many Star Wars stories are no longer "canon," due to the re-imagining of the galaxy in Star Wars : The Force awakens. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe Commencement, the tale of a young Jedi Padawan on the run for a heinous crime he didn't commit, is yet another sad subtraction from the Star Wars universe.
I read Commencement many years before, and loved it. I was genuinely shocked by the twist that sends our hero onto his mission of survival, and I recently decided the graphic novel had earned a place on my bookshelf. I purchased it off of Amazon.com, and immersed myself once again into a galaxy torn apart by war...
About four thousand years before the Battle of Yavin, the Jedi Order is once again in power, having defeated the Sith thirty years before. On the city world of Taris, the earnest - but clumsy - padawan Zanye Carrick spends his day attempting to bring criminals to justice, and dreading his seemingly inevitable removal from the Jedi ranks.
But, on the day Zanye and his fellow padawan's fates are to be revealed, a dark and sinister crime throws Taris into turmoil...and Zanye is believed to have committed the deed. Running for his very life, Zanye, along with the the criminal "mastermind" Gryph, the shock-staff wielding Jaerel, the eccentric tinkerer Camper and malfunctioning droid Elbee, must find the answers...before the Jedi catch them...
The seller was also great. They shipped the item super quick and it arrived unscathed. It was practically new but they were selling it very cheap. The 4-star rating applies to the book, not the seller. They were definitely a 5.
The series is kicked off in this book. We do see some of the characters we'll remember from the games, but they only play minor roles, which works for them--a story of the Mandalorian Wars as told through their eyes would seem redundant. The dialogues are clever and creative, and the story is original. Very good work.
This is the starting point of the series and a MUST OWN for any Star Wars fan.
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Great read if you love EU nd KOTOR
ZAYNE IS THE MAN