Customer Reviews: Star Wars: The Jedi Path
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on January 8, 2012
First of all I really like this book it's everything I expected, detailed and authentic with lots of information on everything a jedi should know. How to wield a lightsaber, how to choose a padawan and the history of the jedi order. With the vault, the extra comments in the book,and items from the masters, knights and padawans(and sith lord) to ever have owned this book, it's worth the extra money. I would reccomend this to anyone who loves Star Wars

BTW what is the little thing in the top left corner of the vault? I've heard many different guesses like "they're the suns of Tatooine" or "It's Yavin and Yavin IV". I think its the two moons of Tython. Are there any other ideas?
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on September 11, 2011
I just picked up this book a few days ago, and I must say....I'm really impressed. It not only garners information on the Jedi, the temple, the philosophies, but it gives insights into the characters starting with Yoda. The introduction by Luke Skywalker, from the Yavin 4 academy; shows the history of the book, and how it was passed down from Jedi to Jedi. It features many different "notes," handwritten anecdotes (by the different Jedi who possessed the book) that are humorous and insightful. The illustrations are helpful, and they detail weapons, ships and techniques that Jedi often use. It also has different lightsaber hilts, styles and such.

A breakdown of the book:

Part 1-Introduction to the Jedi Order
This part contains information on the Jedi Code (there is no death, there is the Force) and much needed history of the Jedi. The book is written well before the events of Eps1-6, so much of the information on the current activities are absent. Yoda even comments "Updated, this section should be." Whereupon Dooku says, "So update it, old one!" Another hilarous note, Yoda comments on knowing Grand Master Fae Coven (author of the Jedi Code chapter) as a youngling, and Ahsoka comments "Yoda was a youngling?!"

Part 2-Jedi Initiate

This section deals with "younglings" (as seen in Ep2) and how they begin their studies. It also features the trials needed to be undertaken for advancement into padawan status. It also details the three pillars of the Jedi (Force, knowledge and self-discipline). This section has many valuable insights into the minds of Dooku, Anakin and Obi-Wan.

Part 3-Jedi Padawan

Next up, this section deals with many aspects of training, lightsaber combat styles and building a lightsaber. It also mentions the cultures and politics of the Republic, as well as the Trials and Knighting ceremony. This section has a LOT of notes, and some notes by Sidious. It is interesting to note that Anakin mentions "phrik" deposits on Gromas (and should mention it to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine). This is the site of one level of "Dark Forces" (the PC/PSX game) and you blow it up. Also, Sidious mentions that the "Outbound Flight project" was a "Jedi failure," to which Luke responds that they are alive in the unknown regions (Luke and the New Republic found the survivors of the Outbound Flight project some years AFTER the Battle of Endor, and Luke had "The Jedi Path" at this point). Extremely interesting.

Part 4-Jedi Knight

This includes the roles and duties of Jedi Knights, the three basic classes (consular, sentinel and guardian), Alter abilites, advanced lightsaber techniques and taking on padawan learners. Also, it has a brief history of the Sith, and the dangers of the Dark Side. It also has the requirements of being a Master and Grand Master, as well as a short brief on transcending death (apparently Anakin didn't really read this section while in possession of this book. Luke's comments on this are fascinating).

Overall, I would give this book a 5 out of 5. The production value is awesome, and the information is enlightening. I would recommend this book for any fan. Add it to your collection, and you won't be disappointed. Also, if you are a fan of the Saga Edition of the Star Wars RPG, this book will really enhance your game sessions. The information is presented in easy-to-reference manner, all you have to do is look up the title heading. It will give your Jedi characters different views on the Jedi themselves, as well as much-needed lightsaber combat forms. Get it, read it, enjoy it. Kudos to Daniel Wallace and the team for creating a high-quality, multi-purpose book.
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on September 28, 2010
Just received my Jedi Path Vault package and opened it up. I'll start out by saying that even the exterior packaging is very high quality. It came in a nice black cardboard box within another box, and within that had a wrapper that held the doors shut (which was hard to remove without damaging). Very simple setup - remove a plastic tab that's on the battery compartment and it's ready to go. Pushing down on the button does exactly as described. The vault doors slowly open, and the door rises to some nice sound effects and blue LED backlighting. The cover of the book is a nice leather (probably faux leather) bound jacket, and the pages all have the appearance of being hand cut. Inside the book, there was a coin, a used napkin, and an iron-on patch as per the description. Overall, I'm glad I spent the money on this, it seems like it's a great collector's piece, well worth the steep price.
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on October 2, 2010
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

I had the happy opportunity to attend the 2010 Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, which is a joyful event for any lover of the Star Wars Saga. While blissfully browsing through the huge dealer's room on the first day, I came across a particular display table surrounded by fellow Star Wars fans uttering exclamations of "Oh, that is cool!" and "Wow! That's sweet!" Making my way through the gathering of people, I reached the table to find two lovely young ladies presenting a unique item to an enraptured audience. Before me on their display table was a rectangular metal box embossed on its top with an artistic rendering of two hands gripping a light saber. One young lady smiled and directed me to press the button beneath the artwork. I did, and with the sound of air being released, the top of the box divided into two sections and opened. Within the box, a whinning sound could be heard as a small blue/gray leather-bound book was slowly elevated above the two open metal casings, illuminated with tiny blue lights. On the book's cover were the words, "The Jedi Path," along with the elegant wings and light saber symbol of the Jedi Order, surrounded by an ornate art nouveau-like design. My immediate response was, "Oh, that is cool!"

That afternoon, I attended a panel called "The Making of the Jedi Path," where some of the book's creators described the process of making this special Star Wars book. Unfortunately the book's author, Daniel Wallace, was unable to attend due to plane trouble. I had read about the planned release of the book earlier this year and was intrigued by the idea, but my con experience had me really excited about its publication. At the end of the panel, all the panel's attendees were gracious enough to autograph a flyer promoting the book for me. At the end of my first fun day at the Celebration, the first thing I did when I returned to my hotel was ask my friend, who was sharing the con experience with me, could I borrow her lap top computer so I could pre-order this "cool, sweet" work of Star Wars merchandise!!

While the "Vault" is the most immediate selling point of this collectible, the book it holds, "The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force," reveals itself to be an enchanting journey into the history of the Star Wars galaxy and its remarkable guardians, the Jedi Knights. It is a book that Star Wars fans will find a fascinating and fun experience. "The Jedi Path" is more than just a how to manual in Jedi training. It also delves into the ancient origins of the spiritual order's long history, the foundations of its philosophy, their bond with the mysterious energy field the Force, their relationship with the galaxy they protect, and also the continuing conflict the Jedi had with the temptations of the Dark Side of the Force and their ancient enemies the Sith.

The most fun aspect of "The Jedi Path" is the design idea of it being a tome handed down through generations of Star Wars characters, some of whom left not only their individual written impressions in the book but also actual physical items as well; captions and keepsakes from such characters as Yoda, Thame Cerulian (who left a "Jedcred" coin), Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn (whose Padawan braid can be found within the book), Obi-Wan Kenobi (who sketched a light saber design on a napkin from Dex's Diner seen in Star Wars Episode II), his complex apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (who left behind a Jedi Starfighter patch), Ahsoka Tano (featured in the Clone Wars animated series), Luke Skywalker (who provides a historical preface for the book), along with other tantalizing inserts. Even Emperor Palaptine, the tyrannical ruler of the Star Wars Galaxy during the Original Trilogy of films, marks passages in the book, gleefully gloating over his murderous defeat of the Jedi Order in "Revenge of the Sith."

"The Jedi Path" is also richly illustrated by a number of gifted artists, displaying various elements of Jedi lore and legends. They include Paul Allan Ballard, Jeff Carlisle, and Tommy Lee Edwards. But I feel very special mention should go to the book's designer, Rosanna Brockley. She has created a beautiful addition to the ever expanding Star Wars library of books, and this particular Star Wars fan was very impressed with her work.

"The Jedi Path" was a joy to discover, a joy to read and is a Star Wars book I will sincerely treasure. It comes very highly recommended.
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on February 21, 2012
I'm glad I waited for this to go on sale before purchasing as a birthday gift for my husband.
He saw it in the store when it came out and his eyes lit up until he saw the price tag.

I was a little disappointed in the quality of the "vault". It seemed more like a toy for an 8 year old.

The box was large, the book was tiny.

But, I suppose if you're a Star Wars fan, this is a must have. Just wait for a good sale :)
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on August 5, 2011
I have to say that I have been eyeballing this book ever since it hit shelves. A little steep at $100, but it was amazing.

I had decided to start saving up change and whatnot to get this. $100 can be saved up rather easily. Then I found it here for $57!!! Much more affordable.

There is a version out now that is just the book, but let me tell you, it is worth the extra money for the Vault edition. I know it is just plastic with springs and timed sound effects, but it just makes reading the thing so much more enjoyable.

Within the pages of the book are explanations for different things we have heard discussed in the movies and other series, with sometimes comical notes written by other students who have used this book (Yoda, Ahsoka, Luke) and comes complete with missing pages that had been ripped out by a former student. It also has 8 removable items ranging from a lightsaber sketch on a napkin to your Padawan braid that has been cut off as you progressed beyond that rank.

Again, this is a great set. You will love this. Your kids will love this. Everyone will love this!!
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on October 9, 2010
I pre-ordered this as a treat to myself. It is a fun collector's edition. The one thing is the price, but you get what you paid for- at about $65, not $100 as listed on the box.! The vault works smoothly and the effect is evocative. The sound is a bit overdone, but by removing the battery, it works without the lights and sound. The inserted extras are clever, especially Qui Gon's padawan braid, and put you in the Star Wars universe.

The book itself is well written. the illustrations are beautiful and colorful. The comments by the previous 'owners' are clever and fun. Makes me want to read more about the Force.

A perfect gift for a Jedi fan or collector.
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on November 2, 2010
For those of us who find the "Clone Wars" series to be an atrocity this book is a grim reminder of what Star Wars has become. The packaging and presentation of "The Jedi Path" is fantastic, and it is an honor to display it because of this fact alone. The content, however, leaves much to be desired. The comments in the margins are a little elementary for my tastes. One reviewer stated that the comments capture the characters personalities very well, and I suppose that is the problem. The personalities in the "new" Star Wars are so simplified that these comments do capture them perfectly. The fact that Asokha Tano's words are right along side those of Masters Yoda and Kenobi is a bit off putting to me. When I saw her refer to Anakin as "Sky-guy" in the text I had to put the book down and do something else for a while. Anakin's words, of course, come off as petulant and whiney, and further undermine the "Legend" of Anakin Skywalker that I grew up wanting to see and read about.

I don't regret this purchase at all, but I do wish that "The Jedi Path" was a bit more serious in tone and the margin scrawling had been left out or at least limited.
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on March 11, 2012
If you have a strong aversion to the EU and any reference to it, you probably won't like this book. If, however, you have been curious to learn more about the Jedi Order, it's trials, specialties, philosophy, etc. this is the book for you.

The production quality of this book (for only $12 on Amazon) is really astounding. You get a lot of content for a very good price. There are wonderful illustrations, there are lots of fun and interesting notes in the book from various characters from the movies and EU, and the author shows his considerable knowledge of the Star Wars universe throughout the pages of this book.

If I had any criticisms of the book, it would be why would the Jedi still be using a text created a 1000 years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) around 150-100 BBY? Certainly they have the resources to print more books with regularly revised editions rather than force 5-6 generations of padawans to use their master's old copy? Perhaps that is indicative of how they were set in their old ways and thus didn't adapt to changing circumstances that ultimately led to their undoing when Sidious overthrew them. Also, while most of the notes in the margins are brilliant, some of them could have used a little more work. Sometimes they repeat almost word for word something already in the text, either what the user underlined right next to the comment or a nearly identical phrase appears in the very next paragraph. That is only a minor quibble, however, for most of the notes are well-done and all capture the personality of the character who wrote them very, very well.

So, despite the above paragraph inserted for the sake of objectivity, I strongly recommend this book. It is one of those must have guides to the galaxy that go above and beyond and really try to present a faithful in-universe exploration of the Star Wars galaxy (in this sense the book is very similar to the "dewback-hide" covered book about animal life in the Star Wars universe).
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on May 11, 2015
I am OK with the extended Universe being vanished with Disney owning Star Wars now, what this book made me realize is that we the New Jedi Order also is gone and that is a shame.

It has funny moments like Obi-Wan making an annotation about never using one of the most devastating marks and we know what happens, i believe it was an error having Palpatine also commenting on it, and this was done before the Lucasfilm Story Group, they are using dates and we know those are always tricky.

Eben the newest book of the new canon "lords of the sith" opens with a date mistake.
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