Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)” as Want to Read:
The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars Legends)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  887 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Hermit. Mentor. General. Jedi. Overlooked as a Padawan, he was to become one of the most revered Masters of all. Sworn to serve the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, his own apprentice would bring about their destruction. Powerless to retrieve Darth Vader from the dark side, he would train the only one who could. NYT bestselling author Ryder Windham brings together Obi ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
A skillful patch of known and previous stories about Obi-Wan Kenobi, this books lacks the originality—the story—of books like Kenobi. However, for its apparent audience—young, even middle grade readers—it’s a satisfying story.

cynthia parrish

It was well written but there was almost nothing that I didn't already know, like maybe one or two stories that weren't covered in the movies
I can't really complain about one of the junior Star Wars books being, well, junior. I imagine that a young fan of Obi-Wan would be delighted. As an adult fan, though, it's a bit underwhelming.

Part of the issue is that it's mostly just a simple collection of dialog from the movies. The big problem with that is that there's no insight, and no filling in the blanks between scenes. This is especially problematic, I think, in the Episode One sections. There's a lot of in-between to explore there, an
Jan 22, 2009 Mitchell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young fans of Star Wars
Recommended to Mitchell by: Joseph Jorgensen
My son picked this out and then read it in 1 sitting. He loved it. It is essentially a sequential collection of dialogue from the movies, cartoons and some other books. It makes the story of Obi Wan a single volume which was fun. Obi Wan Kenobi is my favorite of the Jedi. This book added for me a dimension of his fallibility and humanness. It explained (at least from this author's perspective) the reason, feeling and decision Obi Wan had when he walked away from Anakin/Darth Vader on Mustafar. I ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book i loved it great back story from obi wan's pov and Luke's it really filled in some blanks of obi wan's early life and how he was involved in luke and Leia's life directly and interactively very enjoyable for old school star wars fanatics and obi wan fans. It also shown how obi wan knew all along that Luke could detstroy the empire and redeem Anakin where he could not and how obi wan's and Yoda's training prepared Luke for that.
Jul 25, 2011 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I was not as impressed with this book as I'd hoped to be. It did bring together many details from all of the movies, it felt like little more than a rehashing of scenes. Honestly, I much prefer the Jedi Apprentice and Last of the Jedi young reader series by Jude Watson.
Feb 01, 2017 Colleen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't expect this book to be an award winner, I had hoped it would be at least fun and worth my time. It's nothing more than a collection copy/paste from other SW books, passed off as Obi-Wan's journaling of his life as a Jedi. There is no depth to the journal entries, that one would expect from a Jedi. It's merely point by point retelling of what happened in a very limited manner at that. I recommend that you pass this book by, it's nothing more than a money maker using the SW name to ...more
We see the entire 6 movies and beyond in Obi Wan, one of the supporting character's view of jedi, order 66, the Empire, the Rebellion, and the Fall of the Empire. We get a quick glimpse from the past and into the future, we also see how Obi Wan changed his thoughts continuously with Anakin or Darth Vader (we also get interludes, by SKYWALKER, LUKE)
Feb 13, 2017 mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely more than a movie recap.

There were very few moments that weren't straight from IV, V, VI. The few portions of the book that were original filled in some questions, but told nothing really of Obi-Wans life.
Feb 19, 2017 Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Windham pieces together the various phases of Obi-Wan's life, drawing on many of the now-legendary junior novels.
Rachel White
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
When I went through to add the juvenile books to my Expanded Universe reading project, I got a little picky in which books to include. I wanted books that did more than just retell the stories of the movies, or were too, too basic, so I didn't add the early reader books or the character journals or the junior novelizations to my list. I figured I was looking for new content, not retellings, and I left those out all together.

The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, though, is mostly retellings. Win
Zachary Graber
Though I'm a fan of Star Wars in general, I thought the book was, for lack of a better term, unnecessary. It only explained events which occurred in the movies, so it was all redundant information. That being said, if someone has never extensively watched the movies and prefers to read over watching films, I would strongly recommend this book.
Anthony Smith
Apr 07, 2015 Anthony Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My book is The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi written by Ryder Windham. This book covers all of Obi-Wan’s life from the pain to his success. The book also covers the main people in Obi-Wan’s life throughout his young years as a padawan and his years as a Jedi master.
One reason why I love this book is because of the writing style Windham uses. He uses a lot of show don’t tell especially in the most important parts of Obi-Wan’s life. An example of Windham showing and not telling is when Anaki
Lukas Hillen
The authors purpose for writing The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi is to entertain and to inform. I think this because the book tells the reader what happened to Obi-Wan through out all six movies. So it is sort of informing the reader as to what his life was like when the movies didn't tell you. The author wrote it to tell all six Star Wars movies from Obi-Wan's point of view. The audience for this book would be young adult. This book is an action book.
I think that the theme for this book
Ramiro Ambriz
Feb 12, 2015 Ramiro Ambriz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are on the planet Ilum to craft Obi-Wan's first lightsaber. Then they go to the planet of Naboo to free it from a separatists blockade and save the Queen. As soon as they rescue the Queen (didn't free blockade yet) they head to a poor desert planet to repair there hyperdrive. Soon after they landed they meet a toydarian who had a part shop and owned two slave Anakin and Shmi Skywalker. Anakin made a bet with the toydarian saying if he won the race ...more
Omar Villegas
Nov 03, 2014 Omar Villegas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character of my story is Obi-wan kenobi he is one of the best jedi’s in his time. Obi-wan was trained when he was little got trained to be a strong jedi when he was older. Later he would grow up to train luke skywalker. This book informed me more about star wars before I knew a little but now I know more. I don’t suggest you read this book unless you know about star wars it only says where he has been. This book can relate to me because when he was little he was trained to beco
Darryl Dobbs
Apr 21, 2016 Darryl Dobbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 214-page novel by Ryder Windham – and I thoroughly enjoyed it. First off, after four months of reading mostly about the Sith (early on) and Obi-Wan (lately), to see Luke Skywalker’s name in a book was …exciting? Very cool. Those my age can relate, as I was a little boy when I first met Luke on the big screen and have watched Star Wars (later dubbed A New Hope) at least once per year ever since. The story takes place after Empire Strikes Back but before Return of the Jedi. Luke returns to Tatto ...more
Ronny Bereczki
Ach, was soll man nur zu Ryder Windham sagen. Sachbücher kann er ja schreiben (z.B. Jedi vs. Sith), aber mit spannend erzählten Geschichten hat er es nicht so. Nach seinem Vader Buch hatte ich keine hohen Erwartungen an "Obi-Wan Kenobi - Leben und Legende". Und meine Befürchtungen haben sich Anfangs auch bewahrheitet. Der erste Teil ist langweilig. Ab der Mitte bessert er sich und überraschender Weise fand ich die letzten Seiten sogar gut gelungen.

Wer kein Star Wars Fan ist, sollte um dieses Buc
Feb 19, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read. This book takes Obi's days of being a Padawan all the way to when Vader died. I love that part, when Obi realized his mistake, he had lost hope, he was too over whelmed and over come by grief and sadness at his failure and what happened to Anakin to see past to the fact that he could be redeemed, but not by him. I loved seeing all six episodes from Ob's perspective, yes there is rehashes of the movie and of previous books/novels written about Obi and his days as being an appren ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Izzu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before anything, I'd like to say that I loved the way the author managed to tie the events from the prequel and the original trilogy well in this book. It's very engaging, to read more about a younger Obi-wan Kenobi's life prior to The Phantom Menace, as well as some of the scenes that were unexplored from Obi-Wan's point of view. And it also added depth to the character to see how the events had happened though his eyes. From the Clone Wars to Mustafar and to Tatooine, it was an enjoyable read ...more
Eric Leblanc
Half this book are dialogues and events from the movies, the other half are interesting reflections from Obi-Wan. I'm not going to knock out this book because most of it is merely movie scripts, that would be dishonest since part of the reason why I bought this book was to get some refresher to look forward to the incoming new movies.

But the writing is not very good to be honest, and that is one reason I give 3 stars. Also the interesting part starts only about half the book, when Obi-Wan brings
Darian Hans
May 04, 2016 Darian Hans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi was a fantastic novel, in my personal opinion. Windham does an excellent job of connecting his own personal style with that of the original Star Wars series. The back and forth between the present, using the perspective of Luke Skywalker, and the past, through the perspective of Obi-Wan himself, was very well done. The changing between future and past worlds does get a bit annoying though. I got very into Obi-Wan's story-lines, and would actually sigh in fru ...more
Prasidh Ramson
This book should be called Obi-101!

It provides a superficial telling of Obi Wan Kenobi, famed Jedi. Told through a sub-story of Luke Skywalker finding his Journal, it recounts Obi Wan's involvement in Episodes 1 through 6 of the saga. There are nods to other stories and characters in the Expanded Universe (or Legends series, as it is now known).

Targeted for junior readers or people new to the Star Wars franchise, I found it too basic and lacking detail about one of the more famous and charisma
Take a ride with the Millennium Falcon through Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi's life.
That's how the book is. If you (as I did) think that you're going to learn about Obi-Wan's childhood, his years at the Jedi Temple before Qui-Gon Jinn takes Kenobi as his padawan, then you are deeply mistaken. This book ONLY focuses on what happens in the movies. The dialogues are the same and every scene is quickly described with no unnecessary details.

I'm so disappointed with this book since I really wanted to learn mo
Nov 01, 2010 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ayomide Olubanwo
Oct 17, 2016 Ayomide Olubanwo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Ryder Windham's young adult sci-fi book, The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi. This book would probably appeal to anyone who likes Star Wars or science fiction in general. This is because this is a biography of Obi-Wan's life,so that is basically the whole plot of the story. And there are lots of great science-fictiony battle scenes. The story takes place in lots of places, but the main setting, I think, is the Jedi temple. What I really liked was the first battle between Obi-Wan and An ...more
Phoenix P
Mar 06, 2014 Phoenix P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read if your a star wars fan
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 18, 2010 Mr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I got the Darth vader version of this book and became hooked. These interpretations are cool because they tell the entire star wars story from one persons point of view. Obi wan does things other books don't tell you about like writing a book for Luke to come find. it includes journal entrees from the clone wars and other things it even tells Luke how to make a light saber. --James Morey 214 pages
Jan 26, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains lots of unknown facts and happenings of this great jedi master.It includes everything from episode I to episode VI which is funny because Obi wan died in the 4th episode. It shows his life when he was a ghost also. This is a good book for any starwars fans boys or girls of any age (but i wouldnt recomend it for any one under the age of 8 because there are some hard to prononce words.)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Renegade (Star Wars: Rebel Force #3)
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Crossfire (Star Wars: Boba Fett, #2)
  • Maze of Deception (Star Wars: Boba Fett, #3)
Ryder Windham is an American sci-fi author who has written over sixty Star Wars books, including novels, comics, reference books, and so on. He has also written junior novelizations for Indiana Jones movies. Since 1993, he has been working on Star Wars projects either by himself or with other authors. His reference book Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide had been on the New York Times Best Selle ...more
More about Ryder Windham...

Other Books in the Series

Star Wars Legends (1 - 10 of 346 books)
  • Dawn of the Jedi:  Into the Void
  • Precipice (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #1)
  • Skyborn (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #2)
  • Paragon (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #3)
  • Savior (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #4)
  • Purgatory (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #5)
  • Sentinel (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, #6)
  • Revan (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #1)
  • Deceived (Star Wars: The Old Republic, #2)
  • Red Harvest

Share This Book

“Fortunately, Luke's unwavering faith in his father's innate goodness had proved to be a stronger force than the power of the dark side.” 7 likes
“The Sand People are easily startled, but they will soon be back. And in greater numbers.” 0 likes
More quotes…