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Star Wars: Brotherhood Hardcover – Import, 10 May 2022
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Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights.
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.
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About the Author
- Publisher : Del Rey (10 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529150205
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529150209
- Item Weight : 560 g
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #956,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story bridges Attack of the Clones and the Clone Wars, but while it's called Brotherhood, obviously a reference to Anakin and Obi-Wan's new relationship with Anakin now being a knight rather than a padawan, they don't actually spend any significant time together until around 75% of the way through the story.
The actual story itself isn't enough to sustain an entire novel, with a lot of padding throughout.
With Ventress meeting Anakin and Obi-Wan for the first time in canon, there's very little "Ventress" about those moments. She's meant to be a foil in Obi-Wan's investigation, and in a way she is, but it just isn't as exciting as it should be. This is Mike Chen's first full Star Wars novel, and though at the end he calls it his dream project, I can't help but feel that the tight deadlines imposed on Star Wars authors was just too much for him. With more time, perhaps he could have developed it into something more worthwhile.
The biggest bone of contention for me is that the entire plot revolves around who attacked Cato Neimoidia, yet by the end of the novel, this is unresolved. It makes the entire story feel almost completely pointless.
It's not all bad; the inclusion of a Jedi youngling, Mill, accompanying Anakin for much of his story adds to his character (as we know he'll eventually take another young Jedi, Ahsoka, as his padawan). Mill's Force abilities build on the lore in an interesting way. It'll be interesting to see whether anything further is done wity this character, whether she survived Order 66, etc. A potential meeting with Vader from her POV could be very interesting indeed.
But unfortunately that's largely the story of this novel: a lot of unfulfilled potential. It promises far more than it delivers.
Kenobi has just started to figure out Anakin & Padme’s romance, and are sent on 2 separate missions that ultimately overlap.
Kenobi is sent to Neimoidia to investigate a devastating terror attack that looks as though the Republic did it, and encounters one of Dooku’s best apprentices.
Anakin goes on a different mission that results in him taking on a temporary Palawan in Mill, a young Zabrak with an unusual connection to the Force.
This book has the high capers you expect from the Clone Wars era, politics cleverly woven in as good as Claudia Gray’s Bloodline, and Mike Chen writes Anakin and Padme’s relationship without toxicity and in the spirit of the movies and animated series.
Overall this was a great read, and I hope Chen gets to write more Star Wars
It comes across, as if Chen wants to lend weight or a broader understanding of such lines as, "I don't like sand!" that, and many other pieces of prequel lore that's faced critical mauling. It's rather Reddit fan-fictiony.
Don't bother. It adds nothing.
This is book covers the transition period, after Atrack of the Clones, (and Queen's Hope), Anakin becoming a Jedi Knight from a Padawan. The change in rank also affects his relationship with Obi-Wan. Though technically Obi-Wan still outranks him, he us no longer has direct master. I also like Obi-Wan's insecurities about his worthiness of his new position. Another great touch in this book is the fact that Obi-Wan recognises a position Anakin is in as he could have made a similar choice in his life.
The side/supporting characters in this book are also great. They really add to both Obi-Wan and Anakin's development. Also the plotting and grooming of Anakin by Palpatine. As well as the first meeting on another classic Clone Wars character.
Another great think about this book gets points for is dealing with Anakin's physical injury from Dooku. This is a great transition book for growth and character development. In the acknowledgement page thanks other writers and the collaboration between them is obvious.