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Master and Apprentice

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,221 ratings  ·  490 reviews
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.

A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi's most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Go
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Del Rey (first published April 16th 2019)
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I was a little disappointed in this book. It was ok and good in most places. I think my main problem with the book is having read the entire Jedi Apprentice series I had a very different picture in my mind of Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan. This being a new universe this could be forgiven, and Claudia Gray does a very good job with her own characters, but for me she just did not seem to Qui Gon and the Jedi right for me.

My problem with the Jedi was they seemed to need rescuing as much as the who they
rachael ♡
Jul 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: star-wars-canon
This Cover. THIS COVER!!!

Claudia stays blessing me. QUEEN OF STAR WARS NOVELS.
Peter Hale
Aug 01, 2018 marked it as to-read
"Qui-Gon Jinn". Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long time; long time.
Neil R. Coulter
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
My history with Claudia Gray’s Star Wars novels hasn’t been very positive. Her first, Lost Stars, was one of the early entries in the new canon, and it has a lot of fans—but for a number of reasons, I didn’t care for it. Nor did I enjoy her two Leia-focused books, Bloodline and Leia: Princess of Alderaan.

But then I read her short story, “Master and Apprentice,” in From a Certain Point of View, and it was by far one of the best things I’ve read in the new canon. That story offered a quiet, reflec
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I have been most impressed with Claudia Gray’s books in the new Star Wars canon, and I have to say, she has yet to disappoint me. Now she’s at the top of her game once again with Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, a novel set a handful of years before the events of The Phantom Menace which shines the light on 17-year-old padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi and his complicated relationship with his mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn.

When the book
Jul 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: star-wars

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

We've been given so much new content for the prequel trilogy lately and it's making me appreciate this era more than I used to, I am so happy.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm preparing to fall into another star wars phase in two months and I have no regrets. The Jude Watson series about these two was basically my late childhood.
Ben Brown
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-canon
I’ve long maintained that in the time since Disney’s purchase of “Star Wars” in 2012, the very best materials released thus far in the new canon – and I’m including all of the new movies under this umbrella – have been Claudia Gray’s “Star Wars” novels. “Lost Stars,” “Bloodline”, and “Leia: Princess of Alderaan” are all TERRIFIC books, taking characters that we all know and love and placing them in thrilling, very OT-“Star Wars”-esque narratives. Which makes the fact that “Master and Apprentice, ...more
This book has many shortcomings, but in the end these were irrelevant to me, because I simply enjoyed the story.

The strongest elements are the development of Qui-Gon Jinn’s relationships with both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku—these are the best character-based parts to the story, and I was happy that (to the best of my knowledge) they didn’t seriously contradict any of the pre-Disney Legends canon, so that this book can sit comfortably enough in both (or either) continuities. There are some as
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: solid, star-wars
Me, mining this book exhaustively for every tiny detail about Jedi Order tradition, the master & padawan relationship, the layout of the Jedi Temple, and ancient Jedi prophecy: Wait, this book is supposed to have, like, a story?

This book does, in fact, have a story, and the story is mostly about Qui-Gon Jinn.

Obi-Wan is there, and we occasionally dip into his perspective, but the journey is mostly Qui-Gon's, the growth is mostly Qui-Gon's, and the eyes through which we view events are almost
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Who Turn Toward the Light
Shelves: guerre-stellari
“It matters which side we choose. Even if there will never be more light than darkness. Even if there can be no more joy in the galaxy than there is pain. For every action we undertake, for every word we speak, for every life we touch—it matters. I don’t turn toward the light because it means someday I’ll ‘win’ some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light.”

We live in morally grey times, and to its credit the mythos of Star Wars is flexing to incorporate a little more cynic
Jonathan D
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
👏🏼This 👏🏼 book👏🏼 right 👏🏼 here 👏🏼

Wow. I have never been so blindsided by a book before. I really thought this was going to be a straightforward, simple, Master and Apprentice style storyline. What it was, though, was a deep, interesting look at philosophy and morality while also having action, twists, and plenty of Star Wars references.

To begin with, I love how Claudia Gray writes Qui-Gon. She has stated that he is one of her favorite, if not her favorite character in Star Wars. Early in the nov
This was so good. Plz check out the audiobook of this one! There were a lot of sound effects and nice voice acting as well!(:
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
The cover makes me so happy I'm crying, it looks just like Last of the Jedi books which was the first full series I read on my own 😭
This will make another fine addition to my collection
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s me, book, not you. I’ll try again soon when I am less grumpy.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was...not the book I was looking for.

CG wrote the two (pretty unarguably) best books in the new Star Wars canon, so it's safe to say my expectations for this were pretty high -- especially since Obi-Wan is my favorite character not named Ahsoka Tano.


The political plot was as dull as that of The Phantom Menace. And character-wise, Qui-Gon remains as inscrutable as ever, while Obi-Wan has been shoved into a box labeled "persnickety rule-follower and/or whiny teenager." I mean??? No one
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one!

This gets 5 wars out of 5 stars purely for the fun I've had reading it
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Yes, it's another Star Wars book. And again, I highly recommend the audios. They make for a fun afternoon. While the original Star Wars cast is my favorite, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are my second favorite.

I'll admit first that this one started off a little slow for me. The set up seemed too long. Once that was out of the way the story picked up and I was reeled in. I liked the developing relationships in this. And not just with the two Jedis but also the other characters. They were all a
Early days Qui-gon and Obi-wan were not as smooth sailing as The Phantom Menace led us to believe. This early mission of theirs digs into some deep character exploration and the difference between moral right and lawful good–and how to toe the line between them. It’s a masterclass in Obi-wan’s psychology, despite actually really being about Qui-gon, but you see all the seeds that the master planted to create the apprentice we all know and love. Also Obi-wan is one of my favorite characters of al ...more
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, sw
4 stars!


“We don’t choose the light because we want to win. We choose it because it is the light.”

Master and Apprentice is a delight! The novel is such a fun glimpse into Obi-Wan’s younger years and gives a lot of insight into Qui-Gon as a character. There is a lot of action and political intrigue, as to be expected with Star Wars novels, but also quite a bit of humor and some really really touching moments between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.

Claudia Gray is back with another fantastic Star Wars
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 -- My full review can be found here:
Kieran McAndrew
An offer to join the Jedi Council may end Qui-Gon Jinn's mentorship of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but before he makes a decision, a coronation and a slave dispute takes the Jedi Knight and his Padawan away from Coruscant to Pijal.

Gray's novel fits well into the 'Star Wars' universe and deepens our understanding of Qui-Hon Jinn, but feels like a placeholder, waiting for a better story to take over.
Tait Sougstad
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Prepare yourself to be dazzled with council meetings, political discussions, teacher/student angst, and characters as flat as the paper they are printed on. Qui Gon and Obi Wan must wrestle with the ethical perils of corporatocracy, cultural imperialism, slavery, prophecies, and the Jedi code. Once again, Claudia Gray sculpts a lengthy and monotonous young-adult sci-fi, baptizes it in a bacta tank, which the Disney Star Wars story group rubber stamped for production. (Are you guys even reading t ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I remember when I saw The Phantom Menace in the theater. I was in the 5th grade and I fell in love with Ewan McGreggor... but, I also was touched by the brief time we shared with Qui Gon Jinn. Lucas did so well in casting Liam in the role that to this day if someone adapts Qui Gon I need to be able to picture Liam saying the lines and if they flow with his character.

Little of Qui Gon's background has made it's way into official canon. There is now the extinct EU that seemed to focus on his time
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claudia Gray is is a phenomenal author. I've only read her Star Wars books, but ole boy! I found myself highlighting whole sections while reading. Once again I purchased the book with an audio upgrade. Listening to a Stars War is an experience because of the narrator, music and sound effects. The production is unlike any book I've listened to before.
Master & Apprentice follows Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, his Padawan. Their relationship is slightly
Maciej Kuczyński
I'll give the book 5 stars for what it is. And it's a Star Wars book. :D I think I still prefer Star Wars in a movie form. You can't really picture all the aliens and places while reading the book unless you google every race and planet whose names you don't know. I also listened to the audiobook while reading the book, and the narrator's performance as Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi was brilliant. It was almost like listening to a movie. :D

The story was okay. There were Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, bu
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5. A solid Star Wars story that reveals a lot about the Jedi council and the relationship between Qui-gon and Obi-wan. The audio book is a fantastic production, as the narrator does a great job of imitating Liam Neeson and Ewan Mcgregor for the book’s titular characters. His Christopher Lee is also serviceable.

The story pits following the letter of the law against following the spirit of the law in regard to the Jedi code. It’s interesting, but it gets a bit long and bogged down in side char
Richard James
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute must for Star Wars fans. The only of the new canon novels apart from Claudia Gray’s amazing Bloodline that feels truly important to the saga. Fascinating to learn about the relationship between Qui-Qon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi years before TPM. Also the talk of prophecies (and finally getting the wording of the chosen one prophecy) hints at some very exciting things from the new films, even offering tidbits of hunts at Palpatine’s return. Some really interesting new characters and lots o ...more
Brandon St Mark
To be honest, I skimmed about the last 3rd of this. I just didn’t care much about the current day plot. The flashbacks to Qui-Gon’s apprenticeship to Dooku were the most interesting parts of this book. Otherwise it was just kinda “meh” to me. I’m still not a huge fan of Gray as a writer, but out of all the books or short stories I’ve read by her, this was maybe the best well done (which isn’t saying a lot tbh). I think this could’ve had a better main story (not Gray’s fault, I’m sure this was gi ...more
Deztini Clark
May 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time getting through this one. I loved CG’s other Star Wars books and had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately it was very slow and fell flat. It had a large political focus which was dull. I felt like Obi’s character was hardly there and when he was he was immature and whiny. And I never saw the bond that was eventually built between the two. Overall, this just wasn’t my cup of tea.
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Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actual ...more

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“It matters which side we choose. Even if there will never be more light than darkness. Even if there can be no more joy in the galaxy than there is pain. For every action we undertake, for every word we speak, for every life we touch—it matters. I don’t turn toward the light because it means someday I’ll ‘win’ some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light.” 15 likes
“...And partly because I wanted to give them a chance to be… better. Bigger of spirit. That rescue suggests they have it in them.” “People are more than their worst act,” Obi-Wan recited. It was something Qui-Gon had said to him many times, which at last seemed to be sinking in.” 3 likes
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