Heir to the Jedi

Heir to the Jedi

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back,and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view.

Luke Skywalker’s game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he’s a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there’s no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there’s no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire’s purposes. But the prospective spy’s sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she’s willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It’s an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that’s too precious to pass up. It’s also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who’s got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it’s now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.

Praise for Heir to the Jedi

“Utterly compelling . . . [The novel] plants readers in Luke Skywalker’s boots in the early days of his heroism, during the weeks after he blew up the Death Star.”—New YorkDaily News

“An excellent book with rich characters, bubbling humor and poignant emotion.”—Roqoo Depot

“Entertaining . . . action-packed . . . suspenseful.”—New York Journal of Books

“Great . . . [an] entertaining introduction into understanding Luke’s character . . . There are moments inThe Empire Strikes Back that I now point to and say, ‘I understand how he got there,’ and it’s because of this novel.”—The Wookiee Gunner

“Pure Star Wars . . . From shoot-outs to narrow escapes, I could practically hear John Williams’s score playing in my head—a credit to Kevin Hearne, to be sure.”—Coffee with Kenobi

“A must-read for fans . . . I left with a much closer understanding of who Luke Skywalker is, and an even deeper admiration for the character. All things are connected in the Force, and I feel more connected to Luke after readingHeir to the Jedi.”Comicbook.com

Baker & Taylor
Luke Skywalker takes on a high-stakes espionage operation to rescue a brilliant alien cryptographer sympathetic to the rebel cause, a mission that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit.

& Taylor

Told in a first-person perspective, a tale about a key moment of growth for young Luke Skywalker depicts a Rebel Alliance mission set between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345544858
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Star Wars Hea
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 31, 2018

Heir To The Jedi is the second Star Wars book to go from a first person point of view. (I, Jedi is the first). It was a little weird at first since I'm so used to to reading books from a third person point of view, but it was pretty easy to get into and understand. Anyways, this book takes place in between episode 4 and 5. Luke meets a young woman named Nakari Kelen and goes on a mission with her to rescue a super smart cryptic slicer who is really into math. Along the way, they face bounty hunters and other imperials and also visit a untamed planet. I actually liked Luke's personality and attitude in this book, though I know others might not. I like that we really see that Luke is still struggling with trying to use and understand the force and we also get to see him try to handle the losses of his family and friends. I think it's cool that Leia and Admiral Ackbar made appearances and I think it's fun that there are math equations at the beginning of each chapter. I personally didn't like Nakari and I thought her relationship with Luke was just weird, but oh well. In all, this book isn't bad, but it isn't the best Star Wars book I've ever read.
But yes, as one library patron mentioned in their comment of this book, there is a lot of mentions of nerf steak, caf, noodles, and nuggets. Why? I don't know.

Dec 10, 2018

Kind of slow paced for a while, but just hang on until the end of the book. Warning - Very sad at the end.

Jan 30, 2016

Unfortunately this is a very boring read. I was reading this book with my six year old son and we were both really bored. Way too much dialogue and too much description about pointless stuff. There are some nice moments in there but it takes way too long to get to them. Very disappointing.

Aug 14, 2015

I read a lot of bad reviews of this book. Almost all of them are justified.
This is young Luke, but he's almost impossibly humble and teenage and most of the time you'll want to smack him upside the head.
Not a vital read, even for the one mention of the New Order hinting at a link to the new movie.

Jul 07, 2015

A rather bland read. I was hoping for something more like Micheal A. Stackpole's I, Jedi and was profoundly disappointed. The plot was trite, the fights were predictable and there was no suspense. The relationship between Luke and Nakari was unnecessary and over emphasized. In fact, it was only built to make the climax "more dramatic", but if you know Star Wars you can guess what happens to Nakari. As trotter73 said, the author also talks too much about their food. This book is a decent example of why there's only been one first-person Star Wars novel (I, Jedi), which I highly recommend instead of this one.

May 31, 2015

I like how it's from Luke's point of view while he's still such a naïve Force user.

Mar 19, 2015

I wasn't impressed. Not enough action and the conversations between the characters were boring.
It felt like the author had to meet a page quota so he wrote a lot of unrequired material, like all the time talking about their food. I don't care about nerf burgers and caf.


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Dec 30, 2018

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Dec 30, 2018

LUKE: "How can you ever trust someone if you don't give them a chance?"
LEIA: "That's a very noble attitude, Luke, but not a very safe one."
LUKE: "If safety is always the number one priority then we would never talk to anyone.

Dec 30, 2018

LEIA: "Threepio, you enjoy calculating these sorts of things. What's more likely, reliable cash flow for the Alliance or Han behaving rationally?"
C-3PO: "While both have very little chance of occurring, Princess, reliable cash flow is far more likely."
LEIA: "That's what I thought."


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Dec 30, 2018

Violence: Some very brief mentions of gore.


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