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Jedi Trial (Star Wars: Clone Wars Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2005
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This book is basically a sustained battle scene, and as far as that goes it's okay -- and it's very clear that these writers know their tactics and strategy when it comes to large military engagements -- but, with a few notable exceptions ("the Avenger"), the action doesn't achieve much intensity, nor does it show us anything particularly interesting or innovative. While the sheer scale -- 1,000,000 battle droids vs 70,000 biologicals -- is pretty impressive, the battles in both Shatterpoint and Hard Contact were more engaging, with more kinetic action and more interesting, thoughtful engagements. So while there is a lot of action, none of it's particularly interesting, and it comes at the expense of character.
The characters for the most part are interchangeable and without character -- take any snippet of dialogue, and for the most part it could easily be attributed to any of the characters in the novel. Characters are just introduced and then imperiled before we have any idea who they are, let alone any reason to care for them, and they never seem to develop throughout the book; the chock romance is particularly clumsily handled -- "Everyone I know just died!" "Hey! Me too! Ah, well, let's be buddies!" "Great!" "Cool, now you're an honorary fighter jock!" "I love you!" pretty much sums up the character development in this book. The clones also acted a little off, compared to how they've been portrayed in other sources.Read more ›
The Galactic Communications Center located on the planet of Praesitlyn has been invaded and overrun by the Separatists. The Center is the hub of the Republic's communications and the destruction or disabling of it would be disastrous. The Jedi Council sends Master Nejaa Halcyon and Padawan Anakin Skywalker, along with a battalion of clone troopers, to Praesitlyn to recover and preserve the integrity of the Center. Aiding the Republic Army are Praesitlyn's military (or what's left of them) and a "renegade" group called the Sons and Daughters of Freedom.
The only strength of this book is the telling of the battles. The authors have extensive military background and it shows. In fact, they show it too much and for someone like me that has no military experience, I found it to be a bit over my head. They really delve into the tactical and logistical aspects of going into battle. For example, at least a page is spent quantifying how much water a clone trooper consumes in a day and how much water is needed to support an entire army per day. Although interesting, I think a sentence or two could have amply covered that topic.
One glaring weakness is the misleading title of the book. Anakin is obviously one of the main characters of the book and this assignment is his "trial" to become a full-fledged Jedi Knight. What this book proved, however, was that he was a brilliant and effective military commander. You don't see his character develop at all in any other aspect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like the book and gave me insight into how Anakin got the scar and how the dark lord Siddious manipulated the old republic from the inside out. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dwayne A.McClellan
With Obi-Wan busy on a mission of his own, Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon are sent to Praesitlyn, to retake the planet and it's vital galactic communication center... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve King
Not the best Star Wars book that I have read, but it does show the Clone Wars from a more militaristic viewpoint. It is kind of choppy and the story feels forced. Read morePublished 11 months ago by TheJediHobbit
This book was only OK. It seems like it was hastily written to tell the tale of how Anakin became a Jedi Knight.Published 14 months ago by Robert Strickle
Both of the authors, David Sherman and Dan Craig are war veterans. This is significant, because a huge portion of the novel (almost all of it) incorporates a ton of military-speak... Read morePublished 18 months ago by DJ
It does not seem that the author knows much about military actions or structure. Since that is a major part of this book it's rather disappointing.Published 22 months ago by Eric T.
This is kind of cool for those who have read Michael Stackpole's 'I, Jedi'. It's an Anakin-centric story that deals with his emotions, attachment, and role as a soon-to-be Jedi... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Matthew Kanoc