Star Wars Book Review: Heir to the Jedi

Heir to the Jedi

Heir to the JediTitle: Heir to the Jedi
Canon Timeline Placement: After Episode IV
Length: 24 chapters, 287 pages

Welcome to our review of Star Wars canon novels and more. While this is not intended to be a full-blown, thorough book review, we do hope to give you enough information – but not too much – about each canon Star Wars publication. Again, we will try to avoid spoilers but read at your own risk…


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Heir to the Jedi was released in March 2015 and was written by Kevin Hearne. The story begins a short time after the destruction of the Death Star.

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.

My overall opinion of Heir to the Jedi is positive, but it was not one of my favorites. Having now read several of the canon novels currently in publication, this was an interesting read, but I think it left little to figure out in terms of the end result. The book centered around a mission for Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 and the rescue of a Givin named Drusil. Skywalker’s companion on the trip is Nakari Kelen, also a love interest for Luke in the book, which, if you follow the movies, does not fit in. Thus, it was reasonable to assume who does, and who does not, survive the story’s end. That having been said it was a solid book and worth the small price tag. It was an average read overall so I will give it a rating of 5 out of 10.

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