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The greatest hero in the galaxy faces his toughest challenge yet: He must stop being Obi-Wan-and become Crazy Old Ben. For fans of movie-related novels like Darth Plagueis!

In this original novel set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi comes to the aid of the residents of Tatooine during his exile. But h...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by LucasBooks
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Alejandro
A lost chapter in the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi...

This novel is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.

The story tells the arrival of Obi-Wan Kenobi to the desert world of Tatooine, along with the baby, Luke Skywalker.

I liked a lot the tone of the story since the author, John Jackson Miller, made the novel into a western.

A western in a galaxy far, far away.

Due the ambiance of Tatooine and the way of life there, the concept totall...more
Wendell Adams
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

A long time ago in a galaxy far,
far away . . . .


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EPISODE III ½

The Trials of Tattoine

Gone! The Galactic Republic has been
erased from the pages of history by the Sith.
Palpatine and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker
having destroyed the Jedi Order and
founded the Galactic Empire!

But there is still hope! Yoda and
Obi-wan Kenobi survive, fleeing across the
vastness of space with Anakin’s infant twins.
These fragile children the only hope of on
...more
Eoghann Irving
I have to say I was disappointed by this book.

Not because it was badly written, but because I feel it was presented as something it isn't really. It's called Kenobi and it has a picture of a youngish Obi-Wan on the cover. But it's not actually about him.

Oh he's certainly in the book, and his presence is critical to the events that unfold. But you're not going to learn anything about his character or even much about what he's thinking in this book because we only get a few short passages from his...more
Emma
This is it, folks. Every time we’ve picked up a less than stellar Star War EU book, that was karma paying forward. Because now we’ve got Kenobi.

The last few years I have finally started getting excited about the EU again. We’re stepping away from those long, long, long series that you either liked or hated and read anyway because it was better than nothing. We’ve gotten Mercy Kill and Scourge near the end of the timeline. Zahn gave us three amazing inter-trilogy novels. Knight Errant, Into the V...more
Bianca
Sep 07, 2013 Bianca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans who haven't read any EU books in a long while & want to get back in...
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9/3/13:

4.5 out of 5 stars....

I loved it - all the characters, except Orrin.

Obi-Wan...oh Ben... **sniff**

There were times I could hear Ewan's version of Obi-Wan so clearly...it brought tears to my eyes...literally!

I'm still a little emotional...so I need a little time before I can write a review.



9/5/13:

The first chapter sets up Obi-Wan's arrival to Tatooine -- even before he's taken Luke to the Lars' homestead.

We get to meet various characters -- moisture farmers, Tusken Raiders, Cantina Owner...more
Hungry Monster
Reviewed at The Hungry Monster Book Review.

With the death of Anakin Skywalker, the destruction of the Jedi order and the rise of the Empire, Kenobi goes to Tatooine to protect Luke Skywalker, but this is not the story the book follows. This is the story of a lonely shop owner in the middle of the Tatooine desert that is bored of serving moisture farmers and subconsciously wants more from her life; enter Kenobi, or crazy Ben Kenobi as the farmers soon call him. He comes at a time when all their...more
Kerry Nietz
I haven’t read a Star Wars novel in quite some time. The last one I read, was the movie tie-in for “Revenge of the Sith,” now eight years ago. (Has it been that long?) So there are whole parts of the Expanded Universe that are totally unknown to me. That fact alone has discouraged me from reading more SW books—the worry that I’ve missed so much, I could never catch up now.

So, when I saw this book was available, one that starred one of the original SW characters that everyone is familiar with, I...more
Amanda
Obi-Wan Kenobi, fresh from the heart-breaking events on Mustafar and Polis Massa, lands on Tatooine to deliver Luke Skywalker to his aunt and uncle. He knows he must live a quiet, reclusive life, withdrawing from nearly everything and everyone he has grown to hold dear. He must give up being Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and everything that goes along with being a Jedi. And become unassuming Ben Kenobi, the crazy old wizard who lives by himself. Of course, when do things go according to plan?

Obi-W...more
Bane of Kings
The Review: http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/08/....

“A wonderful read – one of the best Star Wars novels in a while. Highly Recommended.” ~The Founding Fields

I’ve had the chance to read a lot of the more recently published Star Wars novels – but for the past few books that I’ve shared my thoughts on have felt, well – somewhat average. They’ve never really stood out from the pack, despite being entertaining books – they’ve often felt like your average blockbuster film. You’ll enjoy it – but the...more
Tony Evans
Not as thrilling as the last Star Wars books I read. I really expected more from John J Miller. I found the book to be like Tatooine; dry.
Arnold Corso
Ever wonder what would happen if George Lucas and Joss Whedon combined forces to make a Star Wars—Firefly crossover?

Apparently, John Jackson Miller (JJM) did because Star Wars: Kenobi is a bona fide Star Wars Western novel. Del Rey Publishing has been taking the Star Wars franchise into new genres in recent years, from horror (Red Harvest) to detective stories (Shadow Games). Kenobi is probably one of the better results of this effort. It certainly reads unlike any other Star Wars book in recent...more
Shane Amazon
Over the last few years I have been continually disappointed by some of the Star Wars books that have come to market. I have found them to be too focused on the big players and too void of alternative viewpoints and perspective. After all, how many times can we read about Han, Luke, and Leia saving the galaxy from another super-weapon? But unlike those books, what Kenobi offers is a well balanced, fresh take on an old story that had plenty to offer but was never explored. Now, John Jackson Mille...more
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
Kenobi is a beautiful surprise, a wonderful scene in the larger arc of the Star Wars drama. I had no idea what I was in for when I started it, and I'm glad I gave it a try. It's an exciting and moving story of one of Star Wars most important characters.

I had stopped reading novels in the Star Wars universe after Timothy Zahn's Thrawn series, way back high school (long, long ago in a high school far, far away...). There are a lot of novels set in the Star Wars universe, but few have ever captured...more
Abhinav
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2014/02/...

Shadowhawk takes a look at John Jackson Miller’s latest Star Wars novel, set after the events of Ep III: Revenge of the Sith.

“If you’ve ever wondered what Obi-wan was doing on Tatooine between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, then this is the novel for you. With a western-style spin on things, this is the story of the man who was forced to kill a friend, who bears the guilt for every...more
Stefan
Of all the characters in the Star Wars universe Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been my favorite. His wisdom and calm, patient demeanor always resonated with me. I always wondered what happened to Obi-Wan after bringing Luke to live with the Lars on Tatooine. Well gentle readers wonder no more for his story is told.

Miller did an excellent job of keeping things on a smaller scale, but keeping it action packed. It would have been easy for Obi-Wan to face the threats head-on but that would expose him, an...more
Chris N
This book starts right after the 3rd movie. Revenge of the Sith. Obi-Wan has take the infant Luke to Tatooine to be raised by his aunt and uncle. This book is based around what happens just after Ben (Obi-Wan) lands on the planet.

With the exception of the first few pages, Ben doesn't make an appearance in the book until about a third of the way into the story. The first third introduces a small enclave of people that he will be interacting with. I have to admit the first part of the book drags a...more
Stephen
John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi is an addictive, engrossing tale that explores Obi-Wan’s exile on Tatooine with wildly entertaining themes perfect for a western. Through this book, readers will get glimpses inside Obi-Wan’s head as he reflects on Anakin Skywalker and the events of Revenge of the Sith. But more than that, Obi-Wan is brought to life as he deals with the realities of hiding from the Empire on Tatooine. Small town folk don’t keep secrets very well, and as deadly as the Empire might be,...more
Randy
I don't read many Star Wars novels these days. A couple of authors I like and only books featuring those characters I know so well. I go all the way back with Star Wars to those days when A NEW HOPE was simply STAR WARS. Don't really care for those stories with new characters or the later tales featuring the Solo children and such.

KENOBI is set shortly after Revenge of The Sith when Obi-wan arrives on Tatooine with the baby Luke and sets up to guard him until the time was right.

He gets involved,...more
Katy
Jul 31, 2013 Katy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Space Opera
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Star Wars fans, those who enjoy space opera and are familiar with the background story line
Book Available: August 27, 2013 in hardcover, Kindle and audiobook formats
Trigger Warnings: violence, massacre of a group of raiders

My Thoughts: I have read a number of very good Star Wars novels over the years, such as the Rogue Squadron books, and the Jedi Academy. This was not among the best of them, but it was a f...more
Jaime
(Some of this is a short synopsis and others are my thoughts as I've read.

I was reading Obi-Wan's voice half in Ewan McGregor's and half in Alec Guinness'. It's a weird combination. It's also weird to think of either one constantly making their eyes downcast, showing shyness and uncertainty - and hiding. It makes a lot of sense and I can visualize it but it's still a bit odd to think of.

Obi-Wan believes he killed Anakin as he settles in as a hermit on Tatooine. He meditates at times, and his one...more
Robb
Book is not released yet so I will keep my review short; This is a story of what happens with Obi Wan Kenobi after his confrontation with Anakin and the events at the end of Revenge of the Sith. We always knew Ben was on Tatooine but where did he go? This book helps to shed light on the story of Ben as he moves from Jedi Master Obe Wan Kenobi to just Ben, and "crazy old Ben" we know from Star Wars a New Hope. As always there are nuggets in this book that link into the backstory of the whole Star...more
Matthew Davenport
Kenobi was a book that completely surprised me. I'm normally a bigger fan of the books that follow the classic series of movies, the expanded universe after Return of the Jedi. Kenobi isn't that at all. Instead, Kenobi is a look at Obi Wan's life after just having dropped off Luke Skywalker with the Lars family and attempting to stay hidden. How does someone go from being a general to being a hermit? That's the question that Obi Wan is faced with and is forced to confront.
The best thing about th...more
Theresa
Looking at the history of Star wars I am excited to look closely at Kenobi. What happened to Kenobi after returning to Tattooine with the infant Luke, he turns over the child, but how does a heroic figure like Kenobi remain hidden in a wild desert country. He must learn to let others solve their problems and how they relate to the difficulties of life on the edge of the galaxy. This book is reported to be a western version of the Star Wars legacy, but I have found it to be a page turner.
Samantha
I was always going to like this because Obi-wan is my favorite. Westerns are not usually my thing but this story was enjoyable. Pick it up Star Wars fans.
Bret
I just finished this book after picking up as I was heading out of the library. I had no background on the book, but decided to try it. I must say, I was really impressed. The story was very good, very original, and it fit well into the overall Star Wars story, as far as I know it. The first chapter or two started off really good, and featured the main character, "Ben" Kenobi. Then it started to focus on some seemingly random people on Tatooine. These characters become central to the story, howe...more
Mitchell
This book was a bit better than I expected to be honest. It details the period of Obi-wan's time when he first arrives on Tatoonie to watch over young Luke and shows us how he began to be known as crazy wizard/strange hermit by the time Luke becomes a whiny teenager. It also offers a detailed view of the Sandpeople and their culture, including their infamous tendacy to be easily startled. Obi-wan is trying to keep a low profile as he watches over Luke from afar, but, of course, is drawn into var...more
Liz (The Bookish Liz)
Summary

A few weeks after the collapse of the Republic and the formation of the Empire in a galaxy far, far away

Obi Wan (Ben) Kenobi is charged with overseeing the safety of Anakin Skywalker's son Luke Skywalker, residing on the Lars homestead outside Anchorhead on Tattooine. He finds himself not wanting to be seen by Owen Lars, and decides to watch from afar...as far as the Jundland Wastes. Only, when he goes into the town of Oasis for supplies does he find that his lifestyle of keeping a low pr...more
Leeanna
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.

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I want to start this review off by saying that I’ve been a Star Wars fan for a long time, more than half my life (14+ years). The Expanded Universe is my preference over the movies, because I like to read my adventures, but in the past few years, I haven’t really been excited by most Star Wars books. Some of my all-time favorites are the Thrawn trilogy, the Jedi Academy trilogy, and the X-Wing series. I’ve liked some of the recent offering...more
Benjamin Thomas
I've read about 15 Star Wars books, starting way back just after the first movie came out in 1977. More often than not, I've been disappointed and more than once, I've sworn off ever reading another. But this time I'm so very glad I decided to take a risk. How could I resist a story featuring such an iconic character?

As others have said, this is basically a western Star Wars novel. Everybody is well aware of Obi-Wan Kenobi's activities as a young man and as an old man, but until now we don't hav...more
Ripley
Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller is a disappointing entry by a solid author. Lacking subtlety or a proper utilization of transplanting of the western genre into the Star Wars mythos, Kenobi is a vacuous novel built around a poorly thought out, idiotic plot

Kenobi offers two plot strands Del Rey has offered over the past few years: a new genre for an EU novel, and an exploration of a previously open time frame. Death Troopers, the EU zombie novel, and Darth Plagueis, the titular character'...more
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