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Star Wars: the Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Star Wars: the Weapon of a Jedi

by Jason Fry

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"Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain."--Provided by publisher.… (more)



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This book takes place right after New Hope. Luke is the hailed hero, but he much prefers to be just a regular pilot with the rebuilt Red Squadron (the only ones to survive from the original were him and Wedge). Luke and Wedge are pulling up the rear at the end of a mission and while Luke's Jedi reflexes help with his flying (and with helping him and Wedge avoid trouble from TIE fighters), he worries about how he will ever learn how to be a Jedi if there is no one to train him. He has not heard from Obi Wan since he was inside the Death Star. As everyone is leaving the area to meet up at the rendezvous point, Luke senses the Force and sets Artoo to fly the X-Wing so he can meditate. He has a vision of being in a jungle practicing with a lightsaber, when suddenly there is danger behind him. It does not make sense and he has no idea where he was.

The Red Squadron Leader has a mission for Luke to retrieve logs of Imperial communications. The order comes directly from Mon Mothma herself, but to Luke, its a rather boring mission. He signed up to fight, not pick up data tapes. And worse, he will have to fly a Y-wing, which is an ungainly and slow fighter. His cover story is that he is a hyperspace scout. C3PO, for better or worse, is along for the ride too. The Force seems to be telling him to go to the planet Devaron, which is one of the stops, but he ignores it and goes on. After being hit by TIE fighters and barely escaping, he ends up on Devaron anyway to seek repairs and finds the planet is part of his vision.

Luke lands on a sort of airstrip and is met by a Davorian named Kivas and his daughter, Farnay. He is a mechanic and they reach an agreement about fixing his fighter. Luke and the droids head into the town of Tikaroo to find a place to stay and something to eat. He walks into the main building and is immediately assaulted by various "people" insisting they are the best guide in the area and offering their services--for a price of course. Luke soon finds out that Devaron has become a popular place to hunt creatures known as pikhrons.

Luke is not interested in hunting innocent animals, but he is interested in hiring a guide to the ancient ruins, but soon finds that no one goes to Eedit, as it is off limits by order of the Empire and is said to be haunted by the "wizards" who used to live there. That night Luke has a vision about the ruins. The next day, Farnay offers to take him there as a guide, but she only has one small beast for them to ride. It just won't be possible. At that time, Farnay happens to see his lightsaber and becomes afraid that he is one of the wizards, but he assures her that he is not a Jedi (well he isn't yet) and decides to trust her with the truth and tells her his real name and that he is with the Rebel Alliance. He believes that whatever he finds in that Temple will help her planet in some way and him as well, if he can just get there.

Luke finds himself forced to take on Sarco Plank as a guide as he is the only one who can take him to the ruins. He knows the man is dangerous and that he cannot trust him, but he has no choice. He will also find that Sarco won't be the only one he needs to look out for. This Temple will be the link between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It will explain how Luke learns something about how to finally use his lightsaber, which is one of the biggest unanswered questions of the saga. There are those who are not fond of Luke as a character, but this is a really good book and a very good story about the history of the Jedi, a planet that has been destroyed by the Empire, and a strong teenager who learns to stand up for herself and others. ( )
  nicolewbrown | Jan 1, 2018 |
In The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure, Jason Fry presents a middle-reader novel about Luke Skywalker learning to better use his father's lightsaber, territory that the new expanded universe canon has yet to explore. Fry's story feels like a continuation of themes begun in Kevin Hearne's Heir to the Jedi, which focused on Luke learning how to use the Force for telekinesis. The overall feel of the narrative is introspective, with Luke musing on the nature of the Force and Fry manages to give the fight scenes a sense of tension, despite the fact that Luke must survive to appear in The Empire Strikes Back. Though not marketed at an adult audience, Fry's writing is among the best of the various junior novels released under the Star Wars banner over the years and will entertain adults.
The glimpses of continuity leading to The Force Awakens come in the form of the bookended nature of the story. The entire tale, though written in the third-person, is told by C-3PO sometime nearer to Episode VII and after he received his red arm. This is a nice narrative device, but, unless one of the side characters should tie into The Force Awakens, it is the only thing linking this novel to the future films. That shouldn't deter or disappoint readers, however, as the story is fun and adds to the canon. Fry also helps link some prequel-era concepts with the original trilogy in a way that adds to the story without calling too much attention to them. Probably the best callback occurs when C-3PO picks up the broken head of a battle droid and R2-D2 encourages him to exchange his head.
The art by Phil Noto is a lovely touch. The black, white, gray, and red tones condense the action down to its most basic elements and give this book, and its three companions, a distinctive look. Hopefully future Star Wars middle-reader novels continue to blend story with art to such great effect. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Sep 29, 2015 |
One of a trio of middle grade books released as part of Force Friday and the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens publishing initiative (the others are Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure and Star Wars: Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo Adventure), Jason Fry's Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure takes place between the events of Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a planet that Luke feels the Force is trying to get him to go to, only to discover a lost Jedi temple there.

This is a short book, and it feels like it. While Smuggler's Run, at the same page count, felt like a complete story, this feels like we are only being shown the highlights of Luke's time in the Jedi temple. While it is written as if only a short time is spent in the temple, I feel like this entire time frame could have been built up a little; Luke seems to move much too quickly in his understanding of the Force in such a short amount of time. I know it's necessary for this to happen in such a short book, but perhaps this volume could have benefited from a larger page count (the Princess Leia story had a larger page count, so I don't think the authors were limited on how long the book needed to be). Either way, the story itself is still fun, and while Luke seemed a little too confident and mature for how young he should have been here, I still felt like this is the Luke that we know. C-3PO and R2-D2 are spot on with their characterizations, and the new characters introduced felt like they fit in the Star Wars universe. (I have a feeling that we'll be seeing more of villain, Sarco Plank, in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.)

The Weapon of a Jedi is marketed as a middle grade book and while it isn't a necessary read for the overall Star Wars story, it's still a fun story for any Star Wars fan, young or old. For me, it was definitely the weakest of the three middle grade books released, but it still holds up on its own.

A note on the design of the book: All three of the middle grade books are packaged similarly, each set up in three parts with a prologue and an epilogue. Before each section there is an illustration by Phil Noto that is presented in greyscale with red highlighted areas. The red is reflected throughout the chapter openers, as well as the dust jacket covers and the boards of the book. The entire thing comes together in such an impressive package. I'm hoping that if they do anymore middle grade adventures of other Star Wars characters that they keep this same packaging throughout, as it is top notch. ( )
  tapestry100 | Sep 21, 2015 |
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