Light of the Jedi is a start to a new era in Star Wars. Both legends and canon have not touched this era. I was excited to read this since the announcement. This story was an exciting opening. It was fun and felt very Star Warsish. There are a few issues I have, but books are never perfect, right? The first half was great, I enjoyed it very much; the tempo was great, but I found it really hard to finish the second part as the adrenaline slowed down.
Because of this being the first book in this era, there is a lot of development in this book. As readers, we learn many things. We learn about the state of the galaxy, who is currently in charge of the Republic, the antagonists, and the state of the Jedi Order. The author explained these well, and it did not feel as if it held the book back. I realize the first book in a series can feel a little overwhelming, so I try to give these set up books a benefit of the doubt.
The alternative way of visualizing the force was one of my favorite things in this book. The author explains how each Jedi reads the force differently. My favorite one was how Master Avar Kriss visualized the force as music. This was something, as a Star Wars nerd, I found interesting and would love to read deeper into this information. Another way was color. This was my second favorite. I mean, we describe music as color, why can’t the force?
There are so many new characters. I feel all but maybe the Nihil (or the antagonists in this novel) were well rounded and can not wait to see more character development with these characters. It took a while for me to know these characters. Again, I am aware this is a startup book for not only this series, but for this era as well. The Nihil for me felt flat. They did not impress me as I would have hoped. Their ways were confusing for me, no matter how many times the author explained them and their hierarchy. I am hoping the series will develop the Nihil in the following books.
The setting in this novel is everywhere. There are new planets, planets Star Wars nerds have heard, but the state of the planet is different, the outer rims, and space. To those who are new to Star Wars may not have thought there was enough development or description, and as a reader, I can understand. As a Star Wars nerd, I felt there was enough to understand without drawing out the story.
I would recommend this book for any Star Wars nerd who loves the books and loves the eras predating Episode 1.
I give this book a 3/5
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