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Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars Paperback – November 24, 2015
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“An excellent book with rich characters, bubbling humor and poignant emotion.”—Roqoo Depot
“Entertaining . . . action-packed . . . suspenseful.”—New York Journal of Books
“Great . . . [an] entertaining introduction into understanding Luke’s character . . . There are moments in The Empire Strikes Back that I now point to and say, ‘I understand how he got there,’ and it’s because of this novel.”—The Wookiee Gunner
“Pure Star Wars . . . From shoot-outs to narrow escapes, I could practically hear John Williams’s score playing in my head—a credit to Kevin Hearne, to be sure.”—Coffee with Kenobi
“A must-read for fans . . . I left with a much closer understanding of who Luke Skywalker is, and an even deeper admiration for the character. All things are connected in the Force, and I feel more connected to Luke after reading Heir to the Jedi.”—Comicbook.com
About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345544862
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345544865
- Publisher : Del Rey (November 24, 2015)
- Product Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.79 x 7.5 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I didn't think so.
Not as horrible as most of those Disney canon books, but quite lame.
I was particularly hopeful with Heir to the Jedi, Kevin Hearne has a solid pedigree of great novels, the title mirrors one of my favorite EU novels of all time (Heir to the Empire), and it actually features the heroes of the Rebellion (unlike Aftermath). It all sounds like the making of a great SW novel. Unfortunately, it just doesn't hold together.
First, and foremost, has to do with the central character, Luke Skywalker. While Luke is presented in the novel at times as unsure of himself, a powerful Jedi occasionally emerges, especially at the end of the novel. But it is next to impossible to reconcile the Luke we are presented in the novel with the Luke of A New Hope or the Empire Strikes Back. To complicate matters, the modern Marvel comic books are considered part of the Star Wars Gospel (canon) and even there we see Luke as a boy, unsure of himself and absolutely confused by his powers and he gets his butt kicked more than once. It just doesn't make sense to me.
Second, the story is horribly disjointed. Luke jumps from one end of the galaxy to the other and each piece takes on a different feel, a different genre almost. There are political thriller pieces, jailbreaks, space horror, and romantic comedy moments strewn about the novel. It sounds like a cool idea, but it never comes together. Like a 19 year old running off to backpack through Europe, the novel seems to constantly try to find itself, but never succeeds.
That being said, the novel has its saving graces. We learn a bit more about the SW universe, the Jedi, the Force, and lightsabers. The most interesting parts of the book are the descriptive areas where Luke is learning to use the Force by learning the perspective of another person and when he deconstructs a lightsaber to understand how it is constructed.
All-in-all, the novel is ok. Hardcore SW fans: read this one for the Force edification but don't expect it to end up on your shelf with your other SW favorites, the whole Luke-thing can be rough to get past.
Personally, I would have liked this book to establish more of the relationship between Luke, Han, and Leia to see how they developed from where they left off at the end of A New Hope, to what we saw in The Empire Strikes Back. Given at that point in the story it was still very much a love triangle between the three characters, jamming this story in just did not seem to fit all that well. All-in-all I would not say it is a horrible book, but not great either. It could have been much better telling a better story. That said, I do think the author did a good job telling the story he was telling, whether he came up with it, or he had a lot dictated to him.
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I've read a few of the Star Wars novels recently, and whilst this probably isn't my favourite (I really loved the Shattered Empire series) this is pretty good. The book is unusual in that it is written entirely from Luke's perspective, which is a bit strange as you get a quite different perspective on Luke (far more personal), but his character is still consistent with being a wide-eyed farm boy from Tantoinne who is slowly beginning to change annd learn. I think the author chose to write the book in the way that they did to show Luke's early struggles with the force (remember, he hasn't yet met Yoda). If you remind yourself of where the story sits on the timeline, and think how Luke is in the films before his Jedi training, it all makes sense. A slightly different, yet enjoyable and consistent, read.
Told from a first-person perspective of a Luke Skywalker that is nothing like the Luke you remember, it sometimes feels like a different sci-fi story that was re-purposed to be a Star Wars book.
A lot of the newer Star Wars books tend to fill in some gaps or try and fix any continuity errors, or even just add extra context to the galaxy at large but Heir to the Jedi does none of this. Its attempt to show Luke becoming more aware of the Force is currently being handled much more interestingly in the Star Wars comics that are happening in roughly the same pre-Empire time period, and that character actually reads like Luke Skywalker.
Definitely not an essential read.
This isn't a bad book, I actually enjoyed it. Kevin Hearne nails Luke's personality and the first person style of writing gives the reader greater insights into the mind of the boy that will go on to challenge and eventually redeem Vader himself.
My only criticism is that in close to 300 pages, it doesn't contribute great deals to the new Star Wars canon.