Title: Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force
Author: Dave Wolverton
“Anger and fear will lead you down a path you do not want to follow. Befriend them, you should. Look them in the eye without blinking. Use faults as teachers, you should. Then, rule you, they will not. Rule them, you shall.”
“We are not to know, we are to do.”
In this first book in the Jedi Apprentice series, we see the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi as he is still a hopeful youngling in the Academy. He is precariously close to be the age where he will be unable to become a Jedi and asked to leave the temple unless he is chosen as a padawan. His only chance is the renegade loner Qui-Gon Jinn. But Qui-Gon is not interested in choosing another padawan since the disastrous circumstances regarding his last one. But when Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are thrown together on a freighter ship and have to solve the dispute between two mining organizations, they find that they may need each other more than either of them realized.
I know this book is meant for a much younger audience than myself, but I totally fell head over heels in love with it! It was a blast to see Obi-Wan a young boy and to cheer him on as he overcame his own fears and angers. Yoda made a brief appearance which was awesome, and I was so fascinated to see a brief glimpse of the inner workings of the Jedi Temple. Also I have a real soft spot for Qui-Gon Jinn, so his major role in this story really warmed my heart!
I would gladly recommend this book to any Star Wars fan, especially if you are a fan of Kenobi and are interested in his experiences as a young padawan