Friday, January 30, 2009

Jedi Trial

Jedi Trial: A Clone Wars Novel
2004 David Sherman and Dan Cragg

Continuing in my Star Wars kick this week, I read Jedi Trial. As you might guess from the title, it's set during the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker is still the Padawan of Obi-Wan Kenobi and is anxious about the Jedi Council's lack of interest in knighting him. His anxiety increases when Master Obi-Wan is sent off on a private mission, leaving Anakin to sit on his hands. Advised to put the time to good use in the library, he spends his time there studying and sparring with a disgraced Jedi knight, Master Halcyon. A Seperatist attack on a vital communications hub provides both Halcyon and Skywalker a chance to prove themselves -- hence the title Jedi Trial.

The book is essentially after that point a combat book detailing the battle surrounding this communications up, with a few minor subplots surrounding somewhat interesting characters thrown in. It's readable, but military plots don't interest me much. Anakin's character does develop in this book: it is here that he begins to become the military commander we see in Revenge of the Sith, the Clone Wars animated cartoon, and the Clone Wars movie. It's probably worth reading for Star Wars fans.

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