One common enemy.
The Jedi Temple is a place of secrets and trust. Inside its walls, a legacy is passed down from generation to generation of peace, justice, and strength. But that legacy can be broken. Sometimes the greatest enemies rise from within….
Lorian Nod is a promising Jedi apprentice. A Padawan named Dooku is his best friend. Under the wa
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I hadn’t planned on reading any of the juvenile books in the Expanded Universe. There are enough adult books in the EU as it is, and I didn’t feel like doubling the number of books to read was a good idea. As I came out of the Clone Wars and into the period before A New Hope, I wondered about Boba Fett. Research showed that his story was told more in the juvenile books, written by Terry Bisson and Elizabeth Hand, and I thought, what the hell. Since I’ve been reading these books in chronological
Legacy of the Jedi is about Lorian Nod, who trained to be a Jedi alongside Dooku. The story is comprised of four short stories, the first about Lorian and Dooku, the second about Dooku and Qui-Gon, the third about Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and the last about Obi-Wan and Anakin. Lorian is the thread that connects the stories, and we see his growth over the years as he encounters these characters. I liked seeing Watson develop the character, as well as how she characterized the other characters we already know. She did a great job capturing Dooku’s inflexibility and distance especially. Lorian isn’t drawn as well as any of the others, but he’s not the point-of-view character for any of the stories, so we only see him as the other characters do.
Watson writes with economy, which could be due to her target audience. I’m used to books written for younger readers using broad strokes for characters, settings, and theme, but on the flip side there are books like the Harry Potter series and Carl Hiaasen’s children’s books where the books are no less than what would be written for adults. Either way, Watson’s style doesn’t sacrifice anything to make her story accessible to her readers. It’s definitely on a different level from, say, Karen Traviss’ work, but it’s no less interesting or engaging because of it.
The stories themselves seem to be simplistic, with the resolutions being obvious at the start of each. Each story was about 50 pages long, so Watson didn’t have a lot of time to develop any individual story. The action is minimal, and the danger is rarely life-threatening. Still, she manages to touch on themes of environmentalism, corruption, and politics without forcing them into the stories, which I liked.
It’s hard for me to judge the book as a kids’ book, since I don’t read many of them, but I thought it was an enjoyable read. Watson’s written a ton of books in the juvenile EU, and if this is a sample of what she can do, I’m looking forward to the rest of them.
really liked it
While I realize that the likelihood of the same “Big Bad” turning up again and again in the same inter-generational Master-Padawan line of Jedi Knights strains credulity, I can see why Jude Watson chose this framework to drive home some big themes. Honestly, I read Watson’s works for their characterizations and insights into different approaches to the Jedi path and understandings of the Force. This novel offers some very powerful comparisons and contrasts between the different Jedi, especially
Here are a few of my favorite passages.
“And how is Count Dooku?” Lorian said.
“I hear he is well,” Qui-Gon said. He was not in touch with his old Master. He had not expected to be. Their relationship had not been based on friendship. It had been one of teacher and student. It was natural that they should not be in each other’s lives.
It would be different with Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon thought. He saw ahead to the days when Obi-Wan would be a Jedi Knight, and he would like to be part of that.
Obi-Wan knew he was ready, but he was not yet prepared to leave his Master. He was anxious to be independent, but he was reluctant to come out from the protection of his alliance with Qui-Gon. It was not apprehension that kept him there, but loyalty. Friendship. Love….
Now Qui-Gon’s voice was serious. “These things are true, Obi-Wan, but they are not flaws. I have seen how hard you have worked. I’ve seen what you can accomplish.”
“Then what is my flaw?” Obi-Wan asked.
There came a silence so long that Obi-Wan wondered if Qui-Gon had fallen asleep. Then his voice rose out of the darkness, soft and deep.
“You will be a great Jedi Knight, Obi-Wan Kenobi. I know that with every breath, with every beat of my heart. You will make me proud I was there at your beginnings. If you do have a flaw, perhaps it is simply this: You wish to please me too much.”
You worry too much. Qui-Gon had told Obi-Wan this, more than once. Was that his legacy to Anakin? He had tried to give him so much more.
The Jedi Order believes in the Force and the light; serving as peacekeepers for the galaxy. They believe in the light side of the Force and diplomacy. But being a Jedi, especially a young one, is not an easy destiny. The dark side is strong and tempting, very much so for someone still not in tune with their emotions. It’s something every generation goes through, something they all must conquer.
Padawan Dooku has big dreams for himself; dreams that are threatened when his best friend steals an old