Book Review: Light Of The Jedi

Charles Soule’s Light Of The Jedi (2021) is the first novel in a new epoch of the Star Wars literary universe. The story begins when a catastrophe happens in a peaceful sector of the galaxy. The inhabitants of the region call the Jedi for help and they race to help. Once the catastrophe is somewhat averted, an investigation begins to determine who is responsible for the event.

Plethora of Characters

This story introduced a large number of characters. I’ve read books featuring a large number of characters and most often than not they feel incomplete. The authors try to make the reader like the characters so they become invested in them, but there is never enough time for the reader to fully like the characters and the story suffers in the end. This book is nothing like that. Soule did a great job at devoting the right amount of ink to each of the characters. This resulted in me caring about what happened to each of the characters. Each character’s storyline resulted in a different emotion. It might not sound appealing, but it’s probably because I’m not describing it right. Trust me, Soule made it work.

A Great Start

This book has a huge weight to carry. It’s the first novel in a new era for the Jedi. It has to both present information to the reader because the storyline takes place such a long time ago while at the same time has to pack enough excitement for it to stand on its own. I think Soule juggled both responsibilities with great finesse. He focused more on the character’s emotions and choice rather than presenting a whole lot of information of the state of the galaxy at this point in the Star Wars universe timeline. It felt organic and well-balanced.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this book. It’s a great entry point for anyone looking to get into the Star Wars universe. Do yourself a favor and go read this book. It will make you see the Jedi order in a new light.

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