Master and Apprentice by Claudia Grey – Book Review

WARNING!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Claudia Grey wrote another Star Wars book, so of course its amazing.

‘Master and Apprentice’ takes us into the timeline eight years prior to ‘The Phantom Menace’ and focuses on the relationship between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon on a mission to represent the Republic during a treaty signing in the planet Pijal which would help open a new Hyperspace Route in the system as well as alter the role of the Royal family and the Czerka Corporation would have greater control of the planet but an opposing force is trying to stop the upcoming signing through force.

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan join Jedi, Lord Regent to Princess Fanry and former Padawan to Count Dooku, Rael Aveross in an investigation to find out the truth behind the attacks and enlist the help of two Jewel thieves, Pax, a socially awkward character who was raised by Protocol Droids and Rahara, a former slave of the Czerka Corporation who shuttle the two Jedi around whilst finding a deposit of crystals that are similar to Kyber Crystals but don’t have the same affinity with the Force.

During their stay, Qui-Gon experiences a Force Vision where he Dee’s disaster striking the upcoming coronation, which reignites his interest in the Jedi Prophecies he had learned about during his apprenticeship with Dooku that Rael Aveross also spent time learning in his youth.

Through their investigation, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan discover that the ‘Opposition’ have developed lightsaber impervious shields using the faux-Kyber crystals and are in league with a Hutt on the planet Teth.

It all comes to a head during the ceremony, where the architect of the plot is revealed to be Princess Fanry herself, who doesn’t want to share power with the Czerka Corporation, Aveross is devastated by her betrayal but admits his judgement was clouded by his want to protect her rather than work with her.

As all of this is happening, Qui-Gon is also deliberating a decision to take the Jedi Council up on their invitation to join them as a member, which leads to more tension between Obi-Wan and himself, as the two have found it difficult during their time together to become a team. Of course, by the end of the book the two develop their relationship and are able to work as a unit which leads to how they are by the time of ‘The Phantom Menace.’

Claudia Grey also gives us a deeper look at some Force-lore, specifically the Prophecies, one of which is that of ‘The Chosen One’. After having his vision, Qui-Gon develops a strong belief in the prophecies once again, something he had an interest in when he was younger but was ultimately warned away from as it was believed that learning too much about them would lead the learner towards the Dark Side.

We also get a good look at the Jedi Council and how the attitude of the Order is shifting away from the Force to the political, a path Qui-Gon has no interest in following as a Council member. The members of the council, including Yoda are not portrayed in the best light, which really helps us as readers empathise with Qui-Gon and really shows us the early years of the Jedi Orders demise.

Claudia Grey has once again knocked it out of the park with this book. She has taken two already well-loved characters and given us so much more of their story and development and it only makes me love them, and her, more. The book is full of interesting ideas and Easter eggs to keep the long-time fans happy and thanks to her, we now know the full Chosen One prophecy that leads, ultimately, to Anakin becoming Darth Vader.

Definitely read this book if you are new to the books or an old hat like myself, and if you get a chance, listen to then ‘Dooku: Jedi Lost’ audio-drama that acts as a perfect companion piece to this book, it truly enhances the experience.

Special thanks to Penguin Random House for providing a review copy of the book. Providing My Star Wars Life Debt with products for review does not guarantee positive reviews.

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