Heir to the Jedi
Author: Kevin Hearne
Published: March 2015/ Del Rey
Length: 291 pages
Series: Stand alone Star Wars novel
Heir to the Jedi is a stand alone novel featuring Luke Skywalker it takes place shortly after A New Hope. Luke has become a popular pilot in the Rebellion after taking out the Death Star. Princess Leia needs Luke to go on a very special mission. Travel to the planet Denon and rescue a Givin named Drusil Bephorin a reknown slicer who is said to be able to breach any communication system. Drusil started out working for the Empire, but began sympathizing with the Rebellion when the Empire decided to hold her family hostage. Accompanying Luke on this mission is Nakari Kelen and her ship the Desert Jewel. Their mission is to travel to Denon, rescue Drusil and bring her to the planet Omoreth where she will be united with her family. Sounds easy enough. But a young Skywalker is still dealing with the lose of Obi-Wan, leaving up to the memory of his father (who he still doesn’t know at this time is Darth Vader) and trying to get in tuned with the force.
I found this book at the beginning to be all over the place. It starts of with Luke going on a mission to establish a new weapons contact for the Alliance. So I thought this is where the story starts something will go wrong and there will be a betrayal and a daring escape. But no none of that. Then he is given his mission but first he goes on a side mission for Nakari’s father who has lost contact with a scouting party. When he arrives he finds out that the planet has invisible aliens that drill through your skull and eat your brains. And I thought awesome a scary thriller like the movie Alien. But no they were in and out in no time at all. To me it just felt like a lot of unnecessary nonsense before getting to the real story. I did like the budding romance between Luke and Nakari but once that started I knew she was doomed. I also liked Drusil’s outlook on The Force it made sense and helped Luke look at things in another way. So overall it wasn’t a bad book. But it wasn’t a very good book either.
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