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Star Wars: Knight Errant Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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Kerra Holt also appears in Knight Errant comics from Dark Horse, but the novel stands alone, providing an easy entry into this tumultuous era in Star Wars history. Depicting a time 1,000 years before Episode I and a place where Sith rule is near-absolute, Knight Errant asks its heroine what it means to be a Jedi when hope is nearly gone.
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The writing was well done, and the initial fight scene I thought was great. I don't read books all that often, and I've never read a star wars book before, so that first skirmish really got me invested. From that fight and throughout the book I really liked how strong she was, always in control, and the witty banter mid-battle always brought a smile to my face.
As for their being too many sith, yes, there were too many... but that was the point! Its utter chaos in non republic controlled space. As for her not using the force enough, that was clearly explained, she was trying to hide herself from other force sensitive beings. And the final one, too undisciplined? That's what makes the character better, she's flawed and unrefined just like most the rest of us. Plus, I enjoyed the unorthodox tactics that were improvised on the spot, adds to the suspense.
If your not a negative person and want to read a great star wars book, try this one. It's not the common world your used to with star wars, it's completely different and thus addds something different. Honestly, I feel like it could be a great movie. Maybe in 20 years when so many star wars movies have already come out that people are craving for something different. And btw, wouldn't jennifer lawrence do well if they made the movie today? Think about it as you read. May the Force be with you..
We first encounter her in Lord Daiman's space when she steals a stealth suit from a Bothan thief/spy/saboteur. Despite leaving him for Daiman's guards, she and the Bothan meet several more times.
For teaching a young girl, Tam, to speak Basic, she's given room and board by an Tam's grandfather who's job is very similar to that of Winston Smith's in Orwell's 1984 in that he must add Lord Daiman's symbol to documents of all types that preceded Daiman (who's in his early twenties I think) because Daiman claims to be the creator of the universe.
One day some people come and take Tam to a special school and the old man throws Kerra out. Hearing that Daiman is going to another planet to wage war with his brother Odion and his devout and suicidal followers, she hides aboard Daiman's capital ship. Her intention is to blow up Daiman using some charges she's managed to squirl away.
When the fight comes, Kerra realizes that the special school that Tam was sent to is a ship that has landed on the planet and Daiman intends to use as bait for his brother. Kerra's plan changes and as the fighting breaks out, she chooses to save the kids and she finds a mercenary ship and convinces the Brigadeer to allow the kids to stay until they find a place to drop them off. While they search for a new home, it's clear that Kerra is barely older than the thousand plus refugees she's taken charge of.
There's a lot going on in this book and it keeps you reading. The Bothan shows up all the time with some ulterior plan which keeps the head scratching going and there's more Sith and more in-fighting, until the ultimate truth is told.
As far as the earlier books in the Star Wars universe are concerned this is one of my favorites.
I will not say too much about the plot so as not to give too much away, but basically she becomes embroiled in the middle of a war between Sith, and must do what she can to protect refugees living under the Sith rule and trying to get back to the Republic space to report on what is going on. It is an overall good story, and the book makes for a pretty easy read. If your main interest is in the characters from the movies though then this will probably not do much for you because none of them are even thoughts in the timeline of these characters. But if you enjoy the overall Star Wars Universe and the other books that expand on the movie universe, then this is worth reading.
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Set in a whole new era (1,032 BBY) this book ties into the comic book series of the same name and tells the story of Kerra Holt, a Jedi alone deep in Sith space dedicated to bringing down the derranged agents of the dark side that rule there.
At first I was dubious of the setting of this book since altogether too many Star Wars stories of late have featured legions of Sith ('Legacy', 'The Old Republic', 'Fate of the Jedi' etc), in my opinion dilluting the potency of the Sith as antagonists. However, Miller has created a fascinating array of Sith Lords who are unique in their philosophies and characters and I found myself deeply compelled by the idea of a single Jedi simply trying to do as much good as she can with very limited resources and no backup. Also, many other reviewers have slated Kerra Holt as being boring, but I think the fact that she is just an ordinary Jedi (not the Chosen One or some darkly conflicted anti-hero) is what makes her story powerful. I had feared, like many others, that not having read 'Knight Errant: Aflame' (the comics which precede the story here) I would therefore find it hard to connect to this story. That is simply not the case, however, and Miller manages to provide us with enough information about Kerra's previous exploits without rehashing them (or ruining them for when I do get around to reading it!).
This is Miller's first novel and his background in comics is obvious from the structure of the writing. He has not entirely successfully crossed the media divide and there's all too much of the 'skip a bit between issues and then recap it at the start of next issue' style of episodic storytelling which works in comics but not in a novel. Also similar to a comic series, there is very little real resolution to the story threads introduced, with Miller leaving them hanging in such a way that you feel like you are being manipulated into buying the next story to see if it all comes together there. Two other flaws which, whilst apparently minor, severely affected my enjoyment of the book were the under-use of the interesting Sith character of Calician and the fact that Kerra's bickering with Rusher is both constant and constantly annoying.
I'm not saying John Jackson Miller is a bad writer. I just have the same problem with his style as I do with Matthew Stover's; it's very laborious, hard going and really rather boring.
The story felt like it was more of an introduction to the Jedi and Sith; making the point that Jedi are good and Sith are bad. This in itself is good because this book is set a generation before the Darth Bane novels so it would be a perfect starting point for anyone thinking of reading the books in chronological order.
However, I thought the plot was quite weak. What I mean is there didn't seem to be much of one. The Errant Knight finds herself on three different planets all ruled by different Sith Lords. The first planet is run by a deluded man who thinks he's God. The second is ruled by what appear to be autistic children. The third is ruled by a slightly more feasible character but one who didn't have much depth to her character. Nor for that matter did the main character. In fact the only character that didn't feel two dimensional was the mercenary chap.
Anyway, the book ended with the main character not having achieved very much and left me wondering what the point of the story was. The only things I can think to compliment are the action and fight sequences. They were very well written.
On a side note, the graphic novel of this has been released (there is a preview in this novel) but it is not as good in my opinion, so I'd try this first!
I believe that this would have been easier to digest if it was broken down into several short stories, with room for the reader to "fill in the blanks" when protagonist Kerra Holt is traveling between planets.
Still, despite my criticisms, it made an interesting read and I'd definitely give Miller's other works some attention.
the narrative comprises elements of a Jedi terrorist with industrial espionage.And dare I say it the Shakespearean matriarch led Sith antagonists add depth. I would buy and read this if you enjoy star wars .well written it provides a nice read with most of the star wars prerequisite artefacts and plot structure.