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Review of 'Star Wars' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

More like 4.5 stars.

Claudia Gray is without doubt the best of the new canon Star Wars writers. Master and Apprentice is a solid story about the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, with echoes of their relationships to their respective masters and apprentices. One gets a much better sense in this novel of how that relationship sends ripples through history (and the Force) than anything in the prequel series or even the Clone Wars show does.

The only reason I didn't give this a 5-star rating is that I found one of the plot devices about a technological development a bit unconvincing. Specifically, I find it hard to believe that the value of kohlen crystals in generating shields that block lightsabers would only have been recently discovered. Even more so, I find the lack of ingenuity of the Jedi when dealing with such shields highly improbable. Why not just use the Force to push the people to the ground, or even use the Force to switch the shields off? Seems like a lot of ways for Force-wielders to get around not being able to cut through a lightsaber-blocking shield, none of which were explored.