Kevin Hearne, author of the Iron Druid Chronicles released a new novel at the beginning of the year. However, this time he is bringing his knack for comedy and his best-selling first-person style to the Star Wars universe.
Many know the saga that happened “a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” and now there is more to the story. Hearne’s novel, Heir to the Jedi, takes place in between Episode Four: A New Hope and Episode Five: The Empire Strikes Back. It is written from the perspective of a soul searching Luke Skywalker.
The wounds of losing Ben Kenobi are still fresh and now Luke is trying to balance teaching himself to become a Jedi and helping the Rebellion against the Empire anyway he can. This leads him into more than a few close calls and even more discoveries in his new found force abilities.
I found the book both emotionally moving and immensely relatable as a result of the first person narration. It was easy to emphasize with Luke as he went through the events that shaped into the man he would one day become, despite the fact that the tale is completely fantastic
That is not to say that it was not without Hearne’s other story traits. Heir to the Jedi is full of wit that both die-hard Star Wars fans and casual readers can appreciate. So, even if you aren’t entirely sure what a Bantha is, you will find some humour in the book’s dialogue. The humour of the book is only matched by the action stuffed into its pages. Hearne did a wonderful job at making it seem realistic to the action sequences of the original film trilogy which, as a fan, I appreciated.
I recommend this novel with great zeal. It is a fun read even if you are not a fan of the recent remodelling of the Star Wars canon. It is also an excellent choice for those who are fans of the films but have yet to get into the written universe of the story. Heir to the Jedi could be the gateway drug to the masses of Star Wars literature that have been published over the past four and half decades. If you’re looking for your Jedi fix, this is the book to read.
-Matthew Von Lukawiecki