Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Heir to the Jedi - Review

Title:  Heir to the Jedi
Author:   Kevin Hearne
Series:  Star Wars (Empire and Rebellion #3)

Synopsis:The Galactic Civil War rages on after the destruction of the Death Star and Luke Skywalker struggles to learn more about the Force without the aid of Obi-Wan Kenobi – or indeed without any aid at all. But the few memories he has of Obi-Wan’s instruction point the way to a stronger control of the Force, and he is encouraged to pursue it by a new friend in the Alliance. When Luke, R2-D2 and his new ally are tasked with liberating a valuable asset from the Empire and delivering her to a safe planet where she can aid the Alliance, their journey across the galaxy is fraught with peril – and opportunities for Luke to discover the mysteries of the Force.”

Review:  I would like to start by saying that I am a huge Star Wars fan and also a Kevin Hearne fan.  So when I saw that Heir to the Jedi was a Star Wars novel written by Kevin Hearne I was so excited I squealed a little.  I enjoyed Heir to the Jedi.  But I did have a couple of issues to begin with.
     The first person POV set in Luke’s head is unsettling and kept throwing me off for two reasons.  First, the vast majority of other Star Wars novels are written in the third person POV; so it was strange to be reading a Star Wars novel in first person.  I think I could have gotten accustomed to this were it not for the fact that the POV character is none other than Luke Skywalker, which is my second reason for being unsettled at first.
     Luke is such a well known character from the movies and previous books that most Star Wars fans already have their own ideas of how he should think, and how he should act.  So being told what Luke is thinking, and not having it match what we think he should  be like (and let’s face it, we all have different opinions of what he should think and how he should act), was strange and unsettling.  Had this novel been told from the first person POV with a minor or new main character I think it would have been fine.  But since it was Luke I think third person POV would have been a better choice.
     The plot itself is great. It’s a rollicking good adventure, and I eventually did get past my issues with the first person POV.  I am glad that I stuck with it and was able to get past my initial issues with Heir to the Jedi.

**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review via NetGalley.**

Publisher: Lucas Books

If you like this book you may want to read:

Razor’s Edge (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion #1) by Martha Wells

Honor Among Thieves (Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion #2) by James S.A.Corey

The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne (See BookGirlR's review of Hounded here)

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