How do I review a book? I’ve never really done it before. I’m not going to pretend I know what makes something a critically better piece of writing than something else. So instead I’m going to approach this post and talk about the aspects of Star Wars I always like to get into; how this piece of extracurricular fiction contributes to the wider lore of the franchise and how easily it slots into the greater story.
Master & Apprentice is what is now dubbed as a Canon novel, as opposed to that suitcase of books I have in my spare room that are now referred to as “Legend Novels”. Released in April of 2019 and written by Claudia Gray, Master & Apprentice is a story following Qui-Gon Jinn and a 17 year Obi Wan Kenobi, set eight years prior to The Phantom Menace.
After the previous couple of episodes, during which we got some pretty staggering revelations in regards to the wider Star Wars universe, this trio of episodes goes back to familiar territory for the series. Returning us to the kind of story that kicked the series off in the first place. That’s right, we’re back to the war.
Only this time, we’ve got a special surprise guest along for the ride.
I have a distinct memory of watching these episodes out of context with the rest of the series back when they came out. So much so that they activated another memory in my brain of a piece of fan fiction I wrote about some video game I was playing at the time directly inspired by the events of these episodes.
There’s a slim chance I could find those incredibly plagiarising writings, but I think it’s better if I not bother. For I feel the amount of cringing I would do would cause me to turn into a singularity and consume the Earth. And none of us want that.