Book Review: Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi

Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne

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

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.

Set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Luke only had a bit of time with Obi Wan so he was barely able to begin studying to be a Jedi. The narrative is first person, from Luke’s point of view – giving fans a unique perspective of the character.

Heir to the Jedi is an exciting, original story that focuses solely on Luke and a couple new characters. There is quite a bit more flirty, humor between Luke and his female companion than I’m used to in the series. But it was a nice contrast to the adventure and thrilling suspense. In fact, one scene with brain-eating aliens felt more like I was reading something from the Alien series rather than Star Wars. As a fan of Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, I had high hopes for this novel. Full of intrigue, colorful characters, action, and a bit of romance – this latest installment doesn’t disappoint. And I absolutely loved that it was told from Luke’s perspective.

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