Kenobi: Star Wars

Kenobi: Star Wars

by John Jackson Miller


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The Republic has fallen.
Sith Lords rule the galaxy.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything . . .
Everything but hope.
Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.
Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

Praise for Kenobi: Star Wars

“Buy this book right now. . . . [This novel] manages to explore the depths of Ben Kenobi but still maintains the aura of mystery around his character.”—Tosche Station

“Addictive, engrossing . . . wildly entertaining . . . There are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. . . . John Jackson Miller creates a story that reaches new heights.”—Roqoo Depot

“Brilliant . . . This is Star Wars fiction at its absolute best.”—Examiner

“Enthralling . . . almost impossible to put down.”—Eucantina

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345546838
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Writer and game designer John Jackson Miller is the author of Star Wars: Knight Errant and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, as well as nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels. His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where DID Obiwan live after he entrusted Luke to Owen and Beru Lars? Surely he didn't sit on a desert outcropping in the glare of the twin suns watching. John Jackson Miller presents us with a community of outcasts, describing their everyday life, revealing not only the unavoidable small town politics, but the foibles and failings of the movers and shakers. If that weren't enough, he introduces flesh-and-blood Tuskens never described before. There are enough twists and turns to satisfy anyone who has read other novels about the Star Wars universe, both pre- and post-Battle of Yavin. Well worth the wait.
RhodesReview More than 1 year ago
I always loved Westerns when I was growing up. One of my favorite authors was Louis L’amour. Then when I was 10, Star Wars came along. The Tatooine setting was ripe for emulating that western tale setting and putting it in the Star Wars Universe. You have Ben Kenobi as the Sergio Leone Man with No Name. You have the stage coach depot/general store setting of the Calwell’s. You have the Cattle/Oil Baron character of Orrin Gault, then you have the threat of the Indians, or in this case, Tusken Raiders. Mr. Jackson blends these two settings together into a tale that draws you in. While some may scoff at a Star Wars western, I think it works very well. I’d love to see more stories set in the Tatooine frontier such as this. The characters fit well in the Star Wars universe. We get to see more in depth what Obi-Wan did all those years in seclusion. We also get more of a look into the Tusken Raider culture and see some of their beliefs and superstitions. This was a fun story to read and I’d highly recommend it to western or Star Wars fans. I’d say it’s suitable for pre-teen/older teens and adults due to some darker passages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books done on Kenobi and feel this is the first book which makes him a human character. All others you could see how his own problems added to Ankin's issues. But this book not only gives him a heart but shows a start for him to understand what went wrong. However it was the whole order which caused the downfall. Also it gives you more insite to the tuskan's which I would like to understand more of. Great job and great read.
ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best Star Wars novels ever. I had heard really good things about it, but I went in kind of hesitant. I don't like Westerns. But the farther I got in the book the more I knew that the good reviews I had heard were spot on. The characters, the events, and the little nods to the rest of the Star Wars EU were all extremely well done. The inclusion of the Tusken Raiders was really a good aspect of the story. Seeing Obi-Wan's shattered spirit in the wake of having to kill his best friend and watching the galaxy he has protected fall under the control of evil was the best part of the book. I would recommend this to anyone who has seen and loved the movies. There is no need to have ever read any other book. If you love Star Wars you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greetings Star Wars fans, I have read stories about his time on Tatooine, but never have I read one with so much detail about his first trail under the twin suns. I also enjoyed reading the parts where he tries to talk with his old master. Fans of Obi Won will love this story and those who don't know him will surely find him their favorite. Read on.
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. It had a familiar setting in the Star Wars universe, but almost all of the characters were new. This is a story about Obi Wan Kenobi's first weeks of his hermitage on Tatooine. It is a good missing chapter between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the original Star Wars film. The only thing I did not appreciate about the book was that there was only one setting. Constantly changing environments is one of the things I have always liked about the Star Wars stories. However, it was still a well told story.
BN_Andy More than 1 year ago
About time Ben got his own book. Great read for any Star Wars fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any fan of Star Wars! You follow Obi Wan on his quest to protect the infant son of his former apprentice and friend, Anakin Skywalker, on the rough planet of Tatooine. You go through his personal turmoil of wanting to remain inconspicuous while attempting to protect young Luke from any dangers that may arouse, and from the inner turmoil of not being able to allow others to see him for who he really is, the wise and great Jedi Master, Obi Wan Kenobi. He tries unsuccessfully to attempt to do both, while he cannot ignore the slight injustices being done to some of Tatooine's current residence. Great book, and great insight into Obi Wan/Ben's character. Loved It!!!
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Looking at the history of Star wars I am excited to look closely at Kenobi. What happened to Kenobi after returning to Tattooine with the infant Luke, he turns over the child, but how does a heroic figure like Kenobi remain hidden in a wild desert country. He must learn to let others solve their problems and how they relate to the difficulties of life on the edge of the galaxy. This book is reported to be a western version of the Star Wars legacy, but I have found it to be a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was written well. Only down side, it is kinda boring because of how predictable it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first star wars novel i ever bought. I was not disappointed. The star wars legends series is amazing maybe movie deserving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"If you had the chance to save the galicyand every one was depending on you would you do it?If you had a chance to become a jedi would you hessitate?Well I would'nt.Hi,Im clone Camander Skii and Im here to tell you my story...........So the first thing I remeber was waking up on dry hard ground,vary hard I satt up and looked around I was layi'n on,well had ground in a desert and by the looks of it in the middle of the night.Well I got up and well did what any person would do I wanderd around.After a seamingly long time I came apoun a little town.For the first time I looked down at my self I was waeri'n black pants and shirt and white shoes."well" I sead to my self "at least Im whareing somthing"I walked in to the small town ware I would I would spend the next 7 years living.if you can call it living it was mainly steling ontill one day I accadently got a job. For a long time i worked as a book sorter and volirer for random stuff and the fumnny part is that after 7 years I barely looked a day older!But when i reach the 7 years and days 11 uh,thats whwn my world litterly fell apart. Helooo this is ZaneMasterOfIce739 the next part will be on Jay ninja of lightning(for you guys that are worred that Jay ninja of lightning is werd or bad trust me it is not.its ashort book ritten of of a TV show calld lego ninjago so dont be worred!)thank you for reading this!!!! Oh yah skii is perounced sky OK?ok! ZaneMasterOfIce739 over and out(for now......)****************:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the the development of the characters, and ending was so appropriate.
Charizard More than 1 year ago
You'll feel like a citizen of Tatooine (spoiler-free review) When Kenobi was announced, I was uninterested. A book about a depressed man stranded in a desert didn’t appeal to my particular taste. I was sure that it would be a book for some people, such as big Obi-Wan fans, but that it was a Star Wars book I could pass on. I felt that if I didn’t read it, I couldn’t be missing much–after all, I knew that Ben would still be right there on Tatooine in A New Hope. So for years, I said, “Cool cover, but I’ll skip this one.” But I was very wrong. I couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised with how much fun this was to read. The recipe: Turn a great author like John Jackson Miller loose with a complex Legacy character like Ben Kenobi on a planet rich with Star Wars lore. Allow the author to further flesh out that setting and character with original characters and plot. The result: A character-driven, emotionally-charged adventure where the reader can actually feel the sand of Tatooine, hear the Krayt dragon call, and see the setting twin suns upon the man we’ve known and loved for decades. (Ok, I listened to the audiobook so I could literally hear the sounds and the music, but I think the point still stands about the text.) One of the things that this particular novel has going for it is its accessibility. Even if a reader has little to no knowledge of Star Wars beyond having seen the films, Kenobi is one that is both readable and enjoyable. This book will make you love reading Star Wars books, and remind the long-time reader why we read in the first place. All that being said, there are many more Star Wars books that rank higher on my personal list. Some fans might want more lightsabers, space battles, Sith Lords, or Skywalkers and Solos. But I can’t say that all Skywalker-Solo-Sith-spaceship books are as easy to hand off to a casual fan as is Kenobi. I hope for more books like this: great author, familiar setting, one film character supported by strong original characters, and a surprising plot. I’m glad that I was originally wrong about this one–Kenobi is not a book to pass on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally I love this book. I am about 50% of the way through and can't wait to leave work so I can read more. It starts out a little bit slow, but even so it kept my interest, and only got better from there. The book is written from the perspective of the various residents of Tatooine, specifically the owner of the local "store", the most prominent and well known moisture farmer, and the war chief of the tusken raiders. Yes, I said war chief of the Tusken Raiders. I think this different perspective makes this book unique and extremely interesting as you watch the legend of "Crazy Ben" unfold from the perspective of those around him.
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Porfinicle More than 1 year ago
If we had only EU novels like this, maybe 1 or 2 a year, the expanded universe could be taken a lot more seriously. This novel is small in scope and in page count, but helps us to understand the role Obi-Wan has to play in his exile. Many fans will want to see one last big adventure for Obi-Wan, but this cannot happen (even though it does in young readers books), and the author understands this. There is a lot of restraint shown by the author, no major reveals are made (again because they were made in lessor works), yet the book pulls you in and makes you care not only about Obi-Wan but about the supporting characters as well. While Obi-Wan comes to terms with his final mission, which becomes a way of paying penance for his failures in training his former apprentice, he becomes unwillingly entangled in local events.  This story creates a believable and interesting representation of what the character of Obi-Wan should be in this period between trilogies. What we see of Obi-Wan is mostly through the eyes of others, and it becomes clear how Obi-Wan Kenobi of the prequel trilogy becomes crazy old Ben from Episode IV. This is a must read for any Star Wars fan, especially those who haven't read any of the novels.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jedimaster123 More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! It was great to see what happened when Obi-Wan was looking after Luke. It made me love Obi-Wan even more. The whole book is really good and you feel the heartacheObi-Wan is going through. Highly recommend for any Star Wars fan and anyone else!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed reading.
jamiemattingly39 More than 1 year ago
love this book. Obi wan is one of the strongest characters next to luke.
dlzor More than 1 year ago
Kenobi focuses on a 'smaller' story within the galaxy far, far away, despite the fact the primary antagonist is a main film character. There's no over-arcing galactic conflict here, the universe won't fall into chaos if they fail in their mission. Instead what fans get is a more personal journey that delves deeper into the character we all know and love. Kenobi was interesting mostly because it showed how Obi-Wan dealt with the guilt he felt over his failure to curb his apprentice's (Anakin) darkest thoughts. It's a very personal journey, and despite being presented for the most part from another person's perspective, it's easy to see Kenobi's anguish and heartache. Even though he has the chance of being genuinely happy and able to cast aside his former life, he refuses to do so. Rather, he looks at his exile as a form of repentance. He's continually punishing himself, never once letting himself be as happy as is possible. The conflict in the book stems from his innate heroic nature. His inability to let injustice stand causes a great deal of trouble amongst some of the corrupt water dealers. On top of that a band of Tusken Raiders are on the move seeking to reclaim their lost glory, and there's a lot of innocent people in the way that Kenobi feels compelled to protect. While he still acts like a hero and performs amazing feats of heroism for the cause he still fights for, Kenobi's inner turmoil paints him in a different light and one that makes him more relatable. I found myself rooting for him in ways I hadn't before, going beyond his archetype. For this reason, I thoroughly enjoyed Kenobi a great deal more than I expected. While I love the big epics some of the book series provide, the smaller story resonated with me in a way the others don't normally. When people think of Star Wars, they think of broad galaxy spanning stories that have great effects the universe over. Really, though, Star Wars is all about the characters and the journey they undertake to get where they are, and embrace their desitny (even if they don't want it). John Jackson Miller is the stronger writer and it's evident in this book. Even if it's not considered Canon, it's a story that's well worth picking up and investing yourself into.