Wednesday, February 13, 2019

First 'Master & Apprentice' Preview Excerpt Released

By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Del Rey have released the first preview excerpt from the upcoming novel Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray.  The novel, which hits shelves on April 16th, is set prior to the events of The Phantom Menace and will follow Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn on an adventure.  In the excerpt we see Qui-Gon considering the idea of taking a seat on the Jedi Council.  The excerpt was released on  You can read part of the excerpt below,

As ever, after a mission, Qui-Gon had been summoned to the Jedi Council’s chambers for his report. It was nighttime—later than the Council usually met, at least for ordinary business—and the darkness around them was illuminated by the cyclone of Coruscanti traffic and ships’ lights. Yet here, within this room, a sense of serenity prevailed. Qui-Gon relished the contrast.

Master Billaba leaned forward, studying her datapad with a frown on her face. “It worries me, this misunderstanding between you and your Padawan. This isn’t the first time you’ve reported such difficulties.”

Qui-Gon bowed his head slightly. “It worries me as well. Obi-Wan is strong in the Force, and eager to do his duty. The failure must be mine. Fundamentally, I fear, we are a mismatch. I’ve been unable to adapt my teaching methods to his needs, despite my best efforts.”

Yoda cocked his head. “Adapt he must as well. Cooperation is learned not through individual effort. Only together can you progress.”

Agreeing to that proposition—sensible though it was—would mean shifting some of the blame onto Obi-Wan, which Qui-Gon preferred not to do. He simply remained quiet. The Jedi Council had a habit of assuming that silence equaled agreement; Qui-Gon had found this habit useful, from time to time.

Regardless, he expected the Council to eventually ask him if he wanted them to reassign Obi-Wan’s training to another Master. He’d known before this meeting began that they might even ask the ques­tion tonight, but he still wasn’t sure what he would say. The suspense seemed worse than he would’ve anticipated, maybe because he didn’t know what he wanted to answer . . .

. . . or because the silence in the room had lasted a suspiciously long period of time.

Master & Apprentice will be will be Gray's second Star Wars novel for Del Rey, and fourth overall (with two YA novels from Disney-Lucasfilm Press).  She also contributed a short story to the collection From A Certain Point Of View about Obi-Wan communing with Qui-Gon during the events of A New HopeYou can read the official synopsis Master & Apprentice the book here.

Star Wars: Master & Apprentice hits bookshelves on April 16th.

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