BROTHERHOOD is a Book That Captures the Feel of the Prequels in a Fun Read — GeekTyrant
brotherhood is a book that captures the feel of the

BROTHERHOOD is a Book That Captures the Feel of the Prequels in a Fun Read — GeekTyrant

Last month, Del Rey released Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen. This is a novel that follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker at the start of the Clone Wars. You can read the 352-page book now and Del Rey was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review, although all the thoughts that follow are my own. Also, there are going to be some light spoilers after the summary, so consider this your warning, although, I’ll do my best to not go too deep.

The Clone Wars have begun. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the galaxy. With every world that joins the Separatists, the peace guarded by the Jedi Order is slipping through their fingers.

After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order’s most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their conspiracy—and senses the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cloak the planet.

Amid the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone—and his former master’s insistence that he listen this time—Anakin’s headstrong determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party, and bringing along a promising but conflicted youngling.

Once a Padawan to Obi-Wan, Anakin now finds himself on equal—but uncertain—footing with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger for everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way to work together—and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face they must grow beyond master and apprentice. They must stand together as brothers.

The time of the Clone Wars has been mined for a lot of content in the Star Wars universe including an animated movie, a 7-season animated series, and a (no longer canon) two-part animated series before that. Surely there’s nothing left to tell. Well, Chen decided there needed to be more. I think Chen did a really good job of capturing the feel of Attack of the Clones. Anakin is very awkward and at times feels a little superfluous. Meanwhile, the meat of everything surrounds Obi-Wan as he is tasked with solving yet another mystery and trying to serve up some diplomacy. I will say that the dialogue is much better than some of the stuff we got in Attack of the Clones and overall the book is a good read.

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