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Star Wars: I, Jedi Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999
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`I, Jedi' ambitiously attempts to bridge several of the early series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe: Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (beginning with `Heir to the Empire'), Kevin Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy, and the author's own X-Wing series. I believe it is for this reason (as well as the novel's first person perspective which is a nice diversion in a Star Wars novel) that many Star Wars EU fans point to this novel as one of the best. Like the series themselves, Stackpole's adherence to previous Expanded Universe plot-lines and characters tends to make the novel parts brilliant, parts frustrating, but mostly entertaining.
The plot in a sentence: Corran Horn, famed X-Wing pilot, decides the best way to find his missing wife Mirax is to follow his Jedi heritage and learn the ways of the Force at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy.
The first half of the novel more or less retells the plot of Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy from the first-person perspective of a member of the Academy. This allows Stackpole to get into some philosophical discussions of the Force, tackle the plot-holes of the Academy trilogy from the inside, and give the reader some insight on what it is like to train as a Jedi. Based on some of what Horn says, clearly Stackpole had noticed the failings of Anderson's novels, and Stackpole has Corran Horn address them in `I, Jedi'. However, this makes Skywalker's Jedi Academy look like a good intentioned mistake and for me, weakened the Luke Skywalker character in future EU novels.
The second half of the novel contains the best scenes after which Horn leaves the Academy to finally attempt to find and save his wife. While Horn remains way too adept at pretty much everything, these scenes have a little more life to them, and Stackpole does what he does best: writes lots of cool space battles. Horn's villain is a sexy space pirate, and he does a good job of making her dangerous and seductive while not turning her into a caricature (*cough* Admiral Daala *cough*). Once unshackled from the confines of the Jedi Academy plot and the obligatory cameos from other Star Wars characters, Stackpole opens up the story and really has some fun.
The biggest frustration of the novel is the seeming infallibility and arrogance of Corran Horn. Horn out-duels Luke Skywalker (with a lightsaber, no less); lectures Skywalker about the failings of the Jedi Academy; becomes friends with original Star Wars and Expanded Universe characters such as Han Solo, Leia, and Mara Jade without really having to try; and is desired by nearly every female character in the book. I've found that the Expanded Universe authors sometimes try to give their own characters credibility by having them "one-up" characters from the original films. For me, this is an annoyance, only weakens the original characters, and is a lazy way of validating new EU characters.
Come at it also from an entertainment standpoint: Horn never seems to misstep which ruins the suspense for much of the novel. Things go his way much too easily. You're never worried he is going to sincerely slip up from beginning to end.
All in all, `I, Jedi' is good way to channel a fan's frustration at the lackluster Jedi Academy books with a character who thinks Luke's choices in those novels are as dumb as many readers do. Once Stackpole completes his alternative take on the Jedi Academy plot, and Corran Horn goes "Rogue Jedi", the novel `I, Jedi' makes itself worth reading... but not a masterpiece of science fiction.
The novel is told in the first person point of view through the Rogue Squadron pilot and Jedi descendant, Corran Horn. At the beginning the novel he finds that his wife has been taken prisoner and the only way for him to save her is through developing his Jedi powers. The narrative focuses on Corran's experiences at the Jedi Academy and the teachings of Luke Skywalker. It is interesting to see what Corran's opinion on Luke's training techniques and the way he views how a Jedi should act.
The novel's pace really picks up when Corran leaves the Jedi to find his wife. At that point in the novel, the character Taviria is introduced in great detail. Through her actions and views on situations, the characterization of the Imperial female commander, Taviria, is done so well that she becomes one of the most believable characters in the novel.
What also makes this novel unique is that the author does not rely on most of the usual characters (Han and Leia) in this book. What the author effectively does is use the major Star Wars figures as a backdrop to the storyline. Only Luke is used as a major character with a lot of dialog.
I, Jedi by Micheal Stackpole provides a unique look at how a Jedi is trained. Anyone interested in that aspect of the Star Wars universe would love this novel. This book is very well written, and I recommend it to anyone.