Book Review: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray


Title: Master & Apprentice

By: Claudia Gray

Genre: SciFi

Pages: 330

Release Date: April 16th, 2019

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.

When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.


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There was so much that was familiar about this story, but so much that added to its depths. The story takes place during the time before Qui-Gon's death and leads all the way up to the events that lead to Anakin Skywalker becoming a Padawan.

I really enjoyed diving deeper into the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obiwan. We didn't get this level of relationship in the movie that came before and I loved how the two Jedi were so different, but still had a respect for each others thoughts and values. Something that is lacking in the world today.

This was a great read and I'm excited to keep going in this timeline.

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