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Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)

Written by: Claudia Gray
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Series: Star Wars
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now, Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council - knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master. 

When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. 

As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested - just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before or be divided forever. 

©2019 Claudia Gray (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Always entertaining but storyline left me wanting

The production value of any of these books makes any of them worth a listen. However, it seems like they could have done so much more given the characters involved. Some interesting behavior for one of the New Jedi introduced keeps it intriguing.

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good but not on point

I recall obi wan hating flying not loving it.
most is quite good besides that

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5! 5! 5!

first star wars book. definitely not the last! loved it! great narration. on to the next!

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Great book!

An incredible story. I loved how it was performed. As I said, it’s great. Thank you Claudia Gray!

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Entertaining all the way through

I thought the narration of the book was pretty good. I’ve been waiting so long for another master and apprentice book to come out. I found the book easy to listen to and it held my interest all the way through. I hope they make more

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A Masterpiece

I read a lot of books, but ever since I started hearing how good the narration is and production value on audible, I prefer the audio versions now. Johnathan Davis sounds IDENTICAL to the characters of the film counterparts. This book is simply amazing. Great job to Claudia Gray and Mr. Davis.

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  • Fer
  • 2020-03-15

my review

I loved it! the narrator was excellent can not wait to listen the next book.

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Great Story !

I really enjoyed this story. It answered so very many questions about the ‘backstory’. And did a very credible job of explaining the‘points of view’ of the various protagonists.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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entertaining book with great narration. it was my first Star Wars novel, I am hooked.

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Fantastic!

Claudia Gray does it again, I love the work she does and it shines in this volume of Star Wars. Political intrigue and strong character development makes her one of the best in the stable of Star Wars writers.

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  • 2019-04-18

I've wanted this... sorta

Brief: I've wanted a cannon novel focusing on the relationship and adventures of Qui gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi for a long time. They finally delivered. I came in with high hopes and expectations... I was satisfied. Hope there's a sequel.
Longer: A lot of Star Wars stories feel remarkably similar. This is not spared from that. It feels quite similar to other cannon novels. In some ways that helps follow the story but also makes a few things predictable. This is more of a gripe then a Major or even minor flaw.
I had fairly high expectations and they weren't exactly met or disappointed. They were satisfied as long as there is another in a couple of years. I would really like to pick this story up in a year or two and see it continued into maybe a trilogy.
It was enjoyable to see glimpses into Dooku and I have a feeling Lucasfilms purposefully lined this up to lead up to their audio drama about Dooku leaving the order. This satisfied me and left me wanting to see more.

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  • charese allen
  • 2019-05-31

Enjoyable

Interesting book. Strong deep characters. Fun twists and turns. Primary plot line needed clean up.

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  • Darksnovia
  • 2019-04-21

The best novel of the new Canon

if I had to be honest I have not been a fan of anything really that Disney has done with this franchise. I stand by to this day that throwing out the expanded universe was a mistake. Now I'm glad for once a character that's barely been explored even in the expanded universe what little we do have unfortunately are novels that are hard to find and have been out of print for years. finally Qui-Gon Jinn has his own novel that is easily accessible. master and Apprentice was a great time it's the closest thing to a Legends novel to me.


it seems like Claudia Gray knew her stuff when it came to master and Apprentice in some instances I see some homage to Jade Watson's Jedi Apprentice series. The book was great from beginning to end. This book unlike the expanded universe explore the relationship between Qui-Gon Jinn and Count Dooku. Though I couldn't help but crave more.I feel like the flashback sections could have easily been its own novel.

There is some things I will say I didn't like I feel like it was not necessary and I don't understand why they insist on adding explicit language in a Star Wars novel. hearing the word getting laid in a Star Wars novel almost took me out of the story. I have to deduct a point because of it.


Unlike Queen shadow I don't feel like the ending was tacked on I thought it was perfect. I really would love more stories with Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan which is something I really love about the Jedi Apprentice series. I would really like more stories with those two characters. This is the first book I can say in the new Canon that I can say that I consider on par if not better then a lot of the expanded universe novels. unlike most novels in the new Canon this one feels like it actually matters and actually adds to the Canon. if you are a fan of Qui-Gon Jinn.



I highly recommend this book it's also the second best thing I could recommend to the Jedi Apprentice series which unfortunately are out of print. please lucasfilm give us more stories like this. I would really like a sequel to this novel except with Obi-Wan and Anakin.

I give this novel a 9 out of 10

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  • Bourbon
  • 2019-05-25

meh...rewrite of canon

a poor attempt to rewrite the cannon to make a news story for Qui-Gon. Not really great. The story had some interesting characters and was entertaining apart from the non-canon bit

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  • brian
  • 2019-04-16

One of her best, even if parts were confusing.

The prequels are being expanded upon well here, and I hope in future novels. A great cast of characters, and great voice work by Jonathan Davis.

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  • Michael Wright
  • 2019-06-12

Kinda boring

Really takes a long time to get going. Nothing of importance seems to happen in this book. Good narration though

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  • Dave
  • 2019-06-03

Frustrating

Poor beginning,Could have started the story around chapter nine. Once the story gets rolling the writer constantly interrupts the story to tell-at length-about something that happened “ Long ago.” Very frustrating! The story itself is just..,okay. The narrator does a good job. The music and sound effects are great and never over power the narration. This book has lessened my enthusiasm for any other Obi Wan material.

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  • jason lewis
  • 2019-05-14

Not a bad look into Qui Gon believes.

We get to see Qui Gon one more time in all his wise glory. Not bad, the story was limited though.

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  • Jonathan Pedraza
  • 2019-05-10

Slow to Start

The story wasn't bad but it felt like it took a while to pick up. It didn't grasp my interest until a few hours in. The portrayal of Qui-Gon in this book is not how I always pictured him but it was still a nice story.

The performance by Jonathan Davis was superb; this was my first listen to his narration and I will definitely listen to more by him. His impression of Qui-Gon was impeccable and his Obi-Wan was pretty convincing.

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  • Vash
  • 2019-04-18

So good

JonathanDavis with another stellar StarWars narration.
ClaudiaGrey With amazing character development and the Starwars lore

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