Master & Apprentice

Master & Apprentice

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An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780525619376
0525619372
Branch Call Number: SF GRAY, CLAUDIA
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 25 cm.

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sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Another fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe from Claudia Gray. Though I've seen the prequels dozens of times, this really clarified some things for me that just hadn't been clicking before. I loved getting to see more of Qui-Gon, and really enjoyed seeing some of his history. This is a must-read for anyone who wanted the prequels to feel more well-grounded. Also, this bridged--just a little--some of the gaps between The Old Republic and the movie universe (especially by using Czerka), which I loved.

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stampingcrazy
Dec 15, 2019

I loved this book! Each chapter was better than the last, so I didn't want it to end. The writing is excellent. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's relationship was masterfully portrayed, and I truly felt for their bond, always appreciating the smiles when they came. The new characters that appear also fully won me over, which surprised me because I normally have a harder time accepting such characters.
Loved the action and the twist at the end. It was nice to read a story that managed to stay engaging without having an entire galaxy's fate on the line. This book is so much fun. Would definitely recommend it!

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EggsBennie88
Dec 12, 2019

Claudia Gray does not fail to impress. There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this story. It was purely enjoyable from begging to end and maintained a wonderful pace.

Master and Apprentice examines many complex relationships which include that between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, Qui-Gon and Dooku and lastly the relationship between Qui-Gon and Jedi prophecies. With this story, Gray really gives great insight into Qui-Gon’s reasoning for wanting Anakin trained as a Jedi and the development of the relationship between Qui-Gon and his Padawan. We do get flashbacks in this book that describe Qui-Gon’s apprenticeship with Dooku which was fascinating to read about. The only thing more I would have liked to see is a description about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s lives before they were given to the Jedi as toddlers. Where are they from? Who were their parents? The absence of that content far from ruined this story for me though.

This is an amazing story that I would recommend to anyone.

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mexicanadiense
Jul 18, 2019

We live in morally grey times, and to its credit the mythos of Star Wars is flexing to incorporate a little more cynicism and divergent points of view (even certain ones) so, for me, the most refreshing part of this book was following Qui-Gon's journey to confront his inner doubts as to how he might best serve the Living Force and his Jedi ethics while inhabiting a corrupted and corrupting Galaxy.

Were there fun chase scenes? the odd clash of lightsabers? odd ball scoundrels with hearts of gold? Sure, all those classic Star Wars elements are there, but at its core this was a story about Qui-Gon, his relationship with a priggish and touchy young Obi-Wan, and also the echoes of his own relationship with his Jedi Master Dooku before he left the order behind and succumbed entirely to the temptations of the Dark Side.

As with all Claudia Gray Star Wars books, highly recommended.

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Chinderixx
Jul 13, 2019

I think that it's about time that the new Star Wars canon finally introduced a novel that takes place around Episode 1. I think that this book was definitely long overdue. So with that said, I was really excited to read this. But after reading, this book just felt kind of ... eh. One reason is because Claudia Gray wrote this. I didn't feel that she got the characters right and the characters she introduced were not really interesting and were just too unlikable to me. I really didn't like Averross. Even though he was supposed to be kind of weird, to me he was just not likable.
I think this novel would have been better if James Luceno had written this as he's written more Star Wars books in this era and I just happen to really like his novels. I also found some parts of the story a little anticlimactic, and though the ending was a surprise to me, I guess you could say that it was a little too predictable.
Some things I liked about this novel include the cover (it's really cool and hats off to the artist), the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and the flashbacks to when Qui-Gon was a Padawan. In all, this book wasn't terrible, but it should have been better.

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madmax4025
Jul 10, 2019

Really enjoyed this book. As a person who loves diving into beloved characters deeper back stories I really enjoyed learning more about Obi and Qui Gon pre prequels. The book sets up some foreshadowing of what is to come but really grounds itself in its own coherent arc from start to finish. Definitely would recommend for anybody who likes Star Wars or sci fi with a hint of mystery and suspense.

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mikkojuan
Jul 07, 2019

The perfect book for any Star Wars fan.

Claudia Gray does an amazing job creating a very turbulent arc for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn; both in their relationships as Master and Padawan, and even as individuals as they both examine their respective roles. She also has created very memorable and three-dimensional characters.

Cannot recommend this book enough.

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mexicanadiense
Jul 18, 2019

“It matters which side we choose. Even if there will never be more light than darkness. Even if there can be no more joy in the galaxy than there is pain. For every action we undertake, for every word we speak, for every life we touch—it matters. I don’t turn toward the light because it means someday I’ll ‘win’ some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light.” - Qui-Gon Jinn

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

"I've seen the cost of peace. I prefer war." - Princess Fanry

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

OBI-WAN: "I haven't known what to say. So I was avoiding you. Not very mature."
QUI-GON: "You're extremely mature for a seventeen-year-old. Whereas I'm forty, and I let you get away with it for hours."

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

"Rules are rules for a reason." - Obi-Wan

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

"Changes come when we least expect them - but they do come." - Thurible

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

"Sometimes, it feels as though nothing in the galaxy will ever change." - Qui-Gon

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

THURIBLE: "You are generosity itself."
QUI-GON: "So I'm told."

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

Sexual Content: Some sexual references and innuendos.

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

Coarse Language: Mild Language.

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Chinderixx
Jun 30, 2019

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Jun 30, 2019

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