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Within a week (May 10 to be exact) the novel will appear in the United States Brotherhood, by Mike Chen, starring Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in the early days of the Clone Wars! (Note, of course, that we do not yet have a French release date for this book.)

Lain and I got to read this novel ahead of time and here are our reviews!

We thank Lauren Kretzschmar of Del Rey for giving us a copy of this novel so we can offer you the review before publication.

Summary:
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must overcome the waves of the Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights.

The clone wars have begun. Battle lines rise across the galaxy. For every world that joins the separatists, the peace protected by the Jedi Order slips through its fingers.

Following an explosion, the Trade Federation destroys jewel Cato Neimoidia, blames the republic, and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi send Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the order’s most talented diplomatic brains, to investigate the attack and maintain the balance that has begun to swing dangerously. While Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the separatists, hoping to drag the planet into their conspiracy, and senses the presence of Asajj Ventress in the fog around the planet. .

In the midst of the chaos, Anakin Skywalker is elevated to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the fact that Obi-Wan travels alone and his former master’s insistence that he listen this time, Anakin’s stubborn determination means that nothing will stop him from attending the party and bringing a promising but torn young man with him. sig.

Once Obi-Wan’s Padawan, Anakin is now on an equal footing with the man who raised him. The latent friction between them increases the danger to everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way of working together, and they must do so quickly, in order to save Cato Neimoidia and his people from the flames of war. To overcome the threat they face, they must be more than master and apprentice. They must be brothers.


Lain-Anksoos spoiler-free review

A novel in the middle of Clone Wars, but not really stamped The Clone Wars? This is how I want to define Brotherhood. The battle of Geonosis has just ended, Padmé and Anakin were secretly married, the latter has just been christened a Jedi knight and an attack has just taken place on Cato Neimoidia. All the ingredients are there to give us a Star Wars novel that we were entitled to in 2002. Has the blue milk come into being? Dom.

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I do not think it is a book we are going to postpone for hours, it is very linear, quite short, reads smoothly and does not really revolutionize the galaxy. We’re in the middle of Clone Wars, the TCW series takes place a few weeks later, we must not make waves.

Finally, it is an easy book where everything goes very fast, is associated with clear transitions, but which flies over some elements that should (because complex) or could have (because interesting) be elaborated. I will not go into detail, but a book depicting political, investigative, or legal issues cannot afford to skim over them.

A deeper side

Fortunately, two important points in the book are more developed.

The first concerns the prejudices that a government, a people may have towards an entire people. Is it fair to reduce a nation to some of these individuals? Of course not. It is not good to discriminate against a planet because some of its members are criminals. That’s true at home, and that’s true in the Star Wars galaxy. The concept of racism is therefore ultimately important, as the whole republic reduces Neimoidiens to the banking clan and by extension to the separatists, ignoring their art, their culture, their individuals. An interesting idea that repeats what we are going through today and thankfully well developed in the novel.

The second point is the place of the individual in the Jedi Order. As we know, it was the Order itself that triggered its fall. This desire to make each Jedi the clone of the previous one, depriving them of all individuality, all feeling, by putting themselves in the service of a corrupt government instead of the Power itself. Here, by practically giving Anakin a Padawan ahead of his time, one who asks all these questions, the book becomes oh so fascinating. The two will be able to learn from each other, mature them and, for the young girl, help her find her way.

Finally, a little point about the relationship / Obi-Wan Anakin, which develops from status as a master / apprentice to a new status as a friend or brother, as Kenobi will say later. We just regret that Obi-Wan seems to be guessing too early on everything hidden between Anakin and Padmé. But it’s worth it thanks to the parallel to his story with Satine!

Finally, a novel with a plot that is too easy and goes too fast, but with questions that are ultimately more interesting than the events that take place there!

Most:
the issue of racism
– Anakins pre-padawan
– Anakin and Obi-Wan

The smaller ones:
– a book that is too short and too fast

Note : 80%


Links spoiler-free review

Announced last October along with three other novels, this one Brotherhood, by Mike Chen, did not look like much at first glance. A novel with Obi-Wan and Anakin during the Clone Wars, it still smelled hot. But ladies and gentlemen, appearance is not to be trusted …

I) An interesting positioning

One of the points of interest in this novel is its place in the chronology of the Clone Wars: we are at the very beginning of it. Barely a few days after the end of episode II, and therefore before the movie The Clone Wars. We had the novel Dark apprenticeby Christie Golden, to close the period, we now have Brotherhood to introduce it.

And this introduction works wonderfully: the Jedi, through Anakin and Obi-Wan, who will be (almost) the only ones present in this story, are still disoriented by what has just fallen on those they still have hope (naive ) on peace with the separatists, they hope for a speedy end to the conflict, and it is a real pleasure to see them sail into sight when we readers know how events will unfold.

This novel also explains the development of the status of the Jedi within the great army of the republic with some rather interesting details. Finally, we regret the absence of mention to Christophsis, who really would have made a perfect link to the sequel.

II) Almost perfect conditions

Throughout the book, the focus will be on the relationship between Anakin, who was promoted to the rank of knight at the beginning of the novel, and Obi-Wan, who will have to regard Anakin more as his equal and no longer as his apprentice. This new relationship will lead to many questions for both of them and a new consideration for each other.

In addition, we have the right to two very interesting new characters who will feed these questions. On the one hand, a Neimoidian guard who will make Obi-Wan wonder about the republic’s place and its real benefits in the ongoing conflict. On the other hand, a young kid who will follow Anakin like the back of his hand and the reader will not be able to stop smiling many times and thinking about what awaits the young man with Ahsoka shortly after.

III) A non-revolutionary plot

As we have seen in the two previous sections, this novel has many interesting points. Unfortunately, the plot itself does not offer the big surprises. The planet Cato Neimoidia is under attack. Since this is neutral (as a reminder that the Neimodian government rejects Nute Gunray’s actions), the Republic sends Obi-Wan to investigate, while Count Dooku for his part sends Asajj Ventress to ensure that the Jedi do nothing. just anything. And of course, Anakin will not remain isolated for long.

There will be no surprises at the end: saying that the Republic and the Separatists will not come to a peace agreement is as much a spoiler as saying that the Titanic will sink at the end of the film. However, we will appreciate, and that is a very good point, the first meeting and the first interactions between Ventress and Obi-Wan.

Conclusion:

Brotherhood is a novel worth reading, not because of its somewhat revolutionary plot, but thanks to the excellent relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan, to very endearing new characters, and to the encounter with a future recurring enemy. In addition, it is a perfect introduction to the film. The Clone Wars and the series of the same name.

Note : 78 %

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