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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
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Hardcover, 362 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jonathan Koan No. This book was released in 2013, before the canon announement. Any novel released after A New Dawn(another novel by John Jackson Miller in 2014) is…moreNo. This book was released in 2013, before the canon announement. Any novel released after A New Dawn(another novel by John Jackson Miller in 2014) is considered canon by the Story Group. However, I would not be surprised if certain aspects of this book such as the Oasis and Dannar's Claim may make appearances in the upcoming Kenobi series on Disney+(less)
Brandon Harbeke Obi-Wan Kenobi is extremely important to the story being told, but he is not often the viewpoint character. The book is set up like a Western, and Obi…moreObi-Wan Kenobi is extremely important to the story being told, but he is not often the viewpoint character. The book is set up like a Western, and Obi-Wan would be the mysterious man who just moved to town and has an impact on the lives of those he meets. If someone thinks Kenobi is mistitled, then they may also think the same of Shane.

Regarding other Star Wars Legends and canon books, I would just suggest to look at what has come out in the last 30 years. See what blurbs and sample chapters interest you. Heir to the Empire was and is popular, but it is not the only type of book that Bantam and Del Rey have published in the line.(less)

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Alejandro
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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".


A WESTERN IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...

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.

Due the ambiance of Tatooine and the way of life there, the c
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Sean Barrs
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered what Obi-Wan did in the deserts of Tatooine for 20 years?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith he is in quite a state. His best friend and protégé has betrayed him, the order he serves has been annihilated and evil reigns supreme in the galaxy. All in all, he hasn’t got a lot of reasons to get out of bed in the morning. He can’t do a thing. He wants to act. He wants to use the force, but he has to watch, wait and grow old. He has to protect the last hope of the galaxy, and cr
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Khurram
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the acknowledgments and J J Miller said he was challenged to write Star Wars in a western setting. It was not till he was offered this project with Tatooine as the perfect setting. Mission accomplished. I think this is one of the best books JJM has written. He even manages to give a shout out to a couple of his own characters from other novels.

The story Obi Wan arrives on Tatooine to deliver baby Luke to the Lars. However his first interaction with the locals results in an attention grabb
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Lyn
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sand and monsters …

and a lone Jedi.

Kenobi takes place between the end of Episode III Revenge of the Sith and the beginning of Episode IV A New Hope (Star Wars) with Obi-wan Kenobi living on Tatooine and secretly looking out for young Luke Skywalker as he grows up.

The Tusken raiders are described in a parallel fashion as Native American tribes are to American west stories. The human settlers on Tatooine are similar to early western settlers of the 1800s, harvesting their moisture and surviving in
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Eoghann Irving
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Bookwraiths
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

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


description

EPISODE III and then some

The Trials of Tattoine

Gone! The Galactic Republic has been
erased from the pages of history by the Sith.
Palpatine and his apprentice Darth Vader
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 one
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Emma
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
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
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Andrew
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
The book, set in the universe of Star Wars, takes place between the movies "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope" and tells the arrival of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine with the little Luke. The author has written the story as a classical western, also supported by the desert environment in which most of the scenes take place.

The main characters are the classics of the genre: there is the stranger who arrives in the city (in this case scattered farms with an emporium as an aggregation center), the
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Kerry Nietz
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Bianca
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans who haven't read any EU books in a long while & want to get back in...
Shelves: star-wars
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
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Zoraida
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
My favorite Star Wars book that isn't LOST STARS.
Amanda
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tony Evans
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Shane Amazon
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Milo
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
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Scott Rhee
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, western
Tatooine, the desert planet: Within the Star Wars mythos, this planet holds an auspicious significance, being both the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker and Anakin’s son, Luke. Arguably, it is also the birthplace of Darth Vader, the evil alter-ego of Anakin, borne from the grief and hatred that manifested itself in him after the death of his mother at the hands of Tusken raiders. (See “Episode II: Attack of the Clones”)

The galaxy that George Lucas created in 1977 was a hodge-podge of genres and sto
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Amy Sturgis
I would give this 4.5 stars if I could.

John Jackson Miller tells a classic Western set in the sands of Tatooine, casting Obi-Wan Kenobi as the stranger who rides into what passes as a town. It is his early days of exile, and he's trying to negotiate his new role as watcher and protector (from a distance) of infant Luke Skywalker. He's not yet "Crazy Old Ben," but the story moves him several steps closer to accepting that destiny.

But while Kenobi is the focus of the novel, he is not front and cen
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Stephen
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Samantha
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-ebook
I'll be far from anywhere, and alone, with nothing but my regrets to keep me company. If only there were a place to hide from those.

Following the devastation of Episode III, this novel gives us a glimpse of everyone's favorite (well, at least he's my favorite) Jedi master as he struggles to determine the new path for his life. He makes his way to Tatooine, the planet he has decided is the best place for Luke Skywalker to grow up in obscurity. Obi-Wan believes Anikan to be dead, along with almost
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Chris N
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Matt
Sep 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh boy... this book. This book is now my personal least favorite Star Wars thing ever, including the prequels. I can't understand the high ratings it's receiving here, but to each their own.

I was looking forward to reading about Obi-Wan's adventures while watching over young Luke.

Instead I got Obi-Wan hesitantly involved in what reads like a poorly written cross between a rejected Scooby-Doo mystery and a Lifetime Television script. Bleh.

Time to read Darth Plagueis.. again.
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
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Amanda
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, lazer-2018
I would have enjoyed this so much more if Anniline didn't have a crush on Ben. The climax was a bit much. I wish we had spent more quiet moments with Obi-Wan, but overall I enjoyed learning more about the Tuskan Raiders and life on Tatooine.
Catherine Stormblessed✨
YOU WERE MY ONLY HOPE AND YOU BECAME A DNF.
Jaime K
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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-
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Katy
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Abhinav
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read
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
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Stefan
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Robert
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bearded Hermits and Moisture Farmers
Shelves: guerre-stellari
Poor Obi-Wan.

Betrayed by his former padawan, hunted and reviled by a new Galactic Empire built on the ashes of his beloved Jedi Order, he's not at his best.

Get over it, O.K.

So when he rocks up at the edge of the Jundland Wastes on Tatooine to keep an eye on baby Luke Skywalker (from the inconvenient distance of 100Km, but, hey, guess that's close enough in the eyes of the Force) he does his darnedest to fly under the radar. Only trouble has a way of finding a Jedi, even when he's got to keep his lightsabering an
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Randy
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
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John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, his e-book series with more than a million downloads; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series. His Overdraft: The Orion Offensive ...more

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