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It was an enjoyable journey, and I recommend it for any Star Wars fans. I guess I was just disappointed that nothing substantial happened. This didn't feel relevant to the new vs. old canon. It was more just "an adventure featuring Luke!" The story is also a little scattered. Overall I liked listening to this and sharing in Luke's successes and fears for the future.
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If this novel were written outside of the Star Wars universe, I'd classify it as a simple, fun read. I have no problem with that because it captures the equally simple and fun tone of A New Hope, but without the level of epic that film introduced us to. All of the depth that's added to this story comes as a direct result of author Kevin Hearne delving into questions about Luke's character that Hearne has clearly pondered as a part of his own fandom.
This tale centers around a Luke Skywalker in transition. Immediately following the destruction of Death Star I, he is a hero to the Rebellion, but nowhere near competent with his abilities to tap the Force. He is perceived as more of an icon and less of a young man. Where this novel shines revolves around Luke's questions concerning his father, the Force, Darth Vader, and all of the unanswered questions that Obi-Wan left behind in the wake of the original film. Likewise, we can even see how the galaxy perceives the events of the Clone Wars, which Hearne uses to full effect. It's well done. The result is we see Luke at perhaps his most vulnerable, taking his next steps into the larger world of the Jedi Knight he'll become.
Luke is paired off with Katari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul who specializes in her own daddy issues and keeping us aware of just how young and inexperienced Luke really is at this point, illustrating just how much he would have to grow in the three years to The Empire Strikes Back.
I've read some of Hearne's other work, and his strengths and weaknesses are exactly the same here. He's excellent with characters and dialogue. His plots are uncomplicated and propel the story forward. But his world building is questionable at best. He creates some interesting and dangerous creatures, but in the little things he's far too Earthbound, taking me out of the Galaxy Far, Far Away. For example, the ever-ubiquitous coffee substitute "caf" from earlier Expanded Universe ("Legends") novels is all over the place here, and apparently buckwheat, noodles, salt, pepper, citrus, mint, "disposable eating sticks," and other such things from our own world can be found throughout the galaxy. I realize these are shortcuts to help make the Star Wars universe feel more real, but it brings down from epic to mundane by its very mention. Or I should say, it does for me. Maybe that won't bother others, but for me it's the little things that keep you in the story or yank you out of it. The good news is that when these things are brought up, Hearne uses these moments of down time to give us more character, which as I've said is his true strength as a storyteller.
Bottom line, it's not a great novel by comparison of the truly standout novels in the Star Wars line, but it's a fun one, and Hearne's character explorations of Luke make it a worthy addition to the new canon.
As narrator, I have to give top marks to Marc Thompson. As this story is told in 1st person, Thompson has to tell most of this book in Luke's voice rather than his own. Not only does he make the most of it, but he does a fantastic job bringing the other characters to life. This is to be expected, given that he's a Star Wars audiobook veteran, but credit where it's due.
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waited a long time for this one! almost as excited about it as I am for episode 7, great story well read. An easy 5 stars
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Much more grounded than the previous (now retconned) Star Wars EU. It feels like it belongs with the movies and not with the lame over the top cheesy old EU books, where force powers just got crazier and crazier almost like each author was trying to outdo the previous. The book itself is good even if a little slow and cumbersome, it does however carry a nice piece of character development for Luke Skywalker off though.
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Heir to the Jedi is part of the exciting new start for Star Wars fiction. I am a big fan of the Expanded Universe, but found the sheer volume of novels quite daunting. I'll continue to read through the newly titled "Legends", but I have been gagging for the canon novels to hit Audible Australia. Unfortunately Heir to the Jedi is the only story to see the light of day thus far. A New Dawn, Tarkin and Lords of the Sith are nowhere to be seen. Come on Audible....time to play catch-up.
Unfortunately Heir to the Jedi is probably the worst Star Wars novel I've read to date. I can't fault the performance by Marc Thompson or the tremendous production values, typical of a Star Wars audiobook. I can however fault the story, which is real filler material. The Star Wars story group dropped the ball on this one. There are a couple of key moments that build on Luke's backstory, but these are few and far between. Action and adventure takes a backseat to an awkward love story, all seen through first person perspective. A nice idea on paper, but it didn't work for me. Here's hoping Audible pull their finger out and release the rest of the new books soon. Hopefully they are far superior to this very average release.
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this was my first star wars book and i thought there was no better time to start reading them since there was now a clear canon. i thoroughly enjoyed the story because it was something i never expected from a star wars story but it still had the charm of one. i dont ha e anything else to compare it to, but it was a very enjoyable experience and i wish the other canon books were avaliable in my region.
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