The Year of Kenobi: Jedi Apprentice #16: The Call to Vengeance

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The Story

Tahl is dead, Qui-Gon is devastated, and Obi-Wan doesn’t know what to do. Along come Mace Windu and Obi-Wan’s friend Bant – who was Tahl’s apprentice – to see what can be done. While Mace wants to wait for the officials on New Apsolon to weigh in on matters, Qui-Gon vanishes into the night to take things into his own hands, leaving Obi-Wan and a grieving Bant in hot pursuit before he does something drastic.

Thoughts and Impressions

So I’m not really sure what I expected. Given the title and the aggressive expression Qui-Gon is sporting on the cover, I had thought he was going to go real dark in the search for the people responsible for Tahl’s death.

Turns out beyond not telling people where he’s going and buying a couple of illegal probe droids, he doesn’t actually break bad all that much?

Really though, if he did this would have probably skewed way too dark for a kids book. Had this been a novel for adults? Yeah, absolutely, he might have touched the dark side and actually gone on a murder spree or something. So I suppose this makes as much sense as could be expected.

I did expect this to launch some sort of conversation on the nature or danger of attachment, when Obi-Wan sees the lengths to which Qui-Gon goes, but it didn’t. Perhaps in the next book – or the eventual Obitine novel when we get it? Hey, they made Siri canon, they can make this canon too.

What’s Next?

OK yeah, I didn’t really think Qui-Gon was going to break so bad that it derailed the rest of the series. We’ve only got 4 more books left, and those 4 are divided into two arcs. On to the next, then, I suppose, but this was one of my favourite arcs in this whole series.


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