Article written by Dylan McGuire Devine (7/11/21)
Score : 8.3/10
Master and Apprentice is a novel written by beloved Star Wars author, Claudia Gray. What a story this was. This novel takes a deep dive into the relationship between Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his padawan, Obi-wan Kenobi. It is one of the first prequel stories we got and it gives a look at what Qui-Gon and Kenobi were up to before The Phantom Menace.
I had a very strong feeling once I picked this book up that I was going to love it. Qui-Gon and Kenobi are two of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe so getting a backstory about their relationship was very exciting for me. The book really shows how complicated Qui-Gon and Kenobi’s relationship was. Kenobi disagrees with Qui-Gon not following the rules of the Jedi code and disagreed with him going against the council’s wishes. Qui-Gon is what is known as a grey Jedi. He basically more follows the will of force then he does the ways of the Jedi, and Kenobi wasn’t a fan of that. We learn that Kenobi is a rule follower, living by the Jedi code to a tee. His master being the complete opposite made their relationship not so smooth.
On top of seeing how complicated Qui-Gon and Kenobi’s relationship was, Claudia Gray really shows how the characters in the novel question their decisions and question what is right, and what is wrong. The answer to why they make the decisions they make is “We don’t choose the light because we want to win…. We choose the light because it is the light.”
This book is really a perfect example of expanding the Star Wars universe. There were a lot of unanswered questions left from the prequel trilogy and this book answered a lot of those questions. The way Gray presents characters like Dooku, Qui-Gon, and Kenobi was very interesting and it was nice to learn more about each of them individually. As a prequel lover, this book was a very fun read and made me appreciate the main characters from this book even more. I am very much looking forward to continuing to read some of Claudia Gray’s work with Bloodline, Lost Stars, and Leia : Princess of Alderaan.