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Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)

Written by: Claudia Gray
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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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good, better than expected, more than just filler

-It's satisfying on it's own merits! I was half expecting this to be dull padding content leading up to the prequels. It starts moderately uninteresting but gets increasingly better the further you go.

-The characters are written well enough to make the story have impact. The pace of things starts slow but picks up increasingly as the plot unfolds. Planetary and galactic politics are central to the story but don't let that convince you it's boring, because it's written with enough drama and action to be compelling :)

-Spending more time with the relationship between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan is good for the most part. There were a couple weak moments in conflicts and misunderstandings between them that didn't land for me as making sense, but luckily they are overshadowed by other things to enjoy.

-I like how it builds up the way politics and bureaucracy have caused the Jedi Council to lose it's true calling. The way it's become a police force for the Republic instead of a spiritual organization is nicely contrasted with Qui-Gon's efforts to connect more deeply with the Force and act morally despite political duties. That whole dynamic is done really well.

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Excellent as always.

Another excellent book in the Star Wars series. Aurhor and narrator are consistently top notch.

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Only Acceptable

This book wasn't terrible but the plot wasn't the strongest. The narrator struggled to hold voices for characters at times which made it difficult to follow at times.

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Great!

I really liked this book and I'm 30 years old. If you're a Star Wars prequels fan, this is a must read.

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A great tale of two Jedi.

A great tale of Qui-gon and his padawan Obi-wan Kenobi. More stories need to be told during this time period with these characters. Grey has a good grasp of what makes Qui-gon tick and his beliefs as as a jedi. A good blend of action and jedi mysticism.

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Amazing

I absolutely loved this story and this performance. I was kept wishing I had enough hours in a day to finish this in one day. As a Star Wars fan and someone who has only watched the movies and TV series, I couldn't recommend listening to this enough. The story brings up so many interesting subject matter and provides an excellent view on the early days of Obi-wan Kenobi and sheds a lot of light on Qui Gon Jinn.

Again, I couldn't recommend this enough.

Thank you.

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!!!!!

This book is so good. The characters are perfect, the story is great, and the voices are ON POINT! It really sounds like Qui Gon, Obi Wan, Dooku, and all our other favourites are right there!

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Among the best SW canon novels released so far

Claudia Gray illustrates once more why she's my favorite Star Wars author by weaving core canon elements into her story in seemingly contradictory, original and ultimately satisfying ways. Meanwhile, Jonathan Davis excels with his narration giving well known characters authentic voices, original characters distinction and tops it off with music and sound effects that help it all feel like a Star Wars story.

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an awesome Star Wars book

it's a book All Star Wars fans can enjoy. it felt a lot like the expanded universe. totally worth to get!

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Worth Reading

This book opens up a character that I have wanted to learn more about for a long time. Also, this narrator does a great impression of Liam Neeson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CHIp R
  • 2019-09-15

Nonsensical, uninformed, but still enjoyable.

This book comes off like the author didn't have much knowledge of star wars lore, with Jedi not acting like jedi, jedi talking about 'getting laid', arguments and master and apprentice constantly bickering or going behind one anothers back... this isn't a random teenage angst story in space, it's star wars. The book 'rogue planet' and the star wars movies display a much more 'realistic' (in the universe) version of jedi teens. At least the author tries to explain why those moments are happening, but it doesnt fit star wars, or qui-gon and obi wan.

This book has a giant story + continuity problem that ends with a 'what the heck?' moment. Without giving much away, this book works hard to establish the lore of a world new to the universe, and how important certain history of rule is to the planet even though it is going through a transition. It endlessly points out how it plans to keep tradition while also modernizing. Then, at the very end of the book, the author throws away that importance with an offhand sentence from the actions of a character you barely remember. It screams of rushing to a deadline, or just outright forgetting what you wrote the entire book. A bit of a 'luke tossing his lightsaber' feel, but with the storyline. That's bad writing. I was stunned at the lack of formality of it, having spent THE ENTIRE BOOK reading about the importance of tradition with the planet. very jarring, and it didn't seem purposeful. No clue how or why the author would do that to her own story.

Also, this book has way too much allusion to other stories, as in 'oh, heres this other tidbit about something that I won't inform you at all about, but be sure to check out a future upcoming book to know more!' Stop trying to sell us products while we are reading, it takes you right out of the story. These tidbits could have made the story more interesting, instead they were frustrating.

Saying all that, the narrator is good, really enjoyed the title character's voicework, and the story is enjoyable in parts. The new characters are likeable, and the writing style is good, but the problems lie with certain story sections, the constant focus on the characters mot getting along, jedi not acting like jedi, and for the lack of star wars knowledge. Skip this one for a later read.

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  • Dakota L.
  • 2019-06-21

Everything bad about star wars

Shoe horned “arcs” instead of actually crafted story and charterers. Forget anything fun, this book rather follow meaningless, convoluted, and trite space politics, putting about like 8th grader rambling to fill up there two page paper that’s due. Even with convoluted for the sake of convoluted trade disputes, there’s nothing satisfying about getting a peak into these characters. I was looking forward to this because I really like Qui Gon Gin and “young” Obi. In this book though the essence of the characters are simply vacant. No satisfying addition of depth, and whatever mystery there was about the characters get ruined with stapled on “origin tropes”. Also spoiler alert... I don’t think there was one light saber used in the entire book. This is Star Wars! However Great production and performance as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-10

I couldn't finish it, it was that boring

Got about 6 hours in before I gave up. nothing interesting happens and even the jedi political intrigue is terribly dull. Great performance however by the narrator.

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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
  • 2019-05-11

its not bad per se, but definitely not good,

its dumb to complain about "realism" r/e scifi, but lack of force use was stupefying

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