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Master and Apprentice

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,328 ratings  ·  754 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
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Del Rey Books
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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
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,
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 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
3.5 stars

January 28, 2020: after reading it

For me, Master and Apprentice wasn't easy to get along with, at first: I struggled a bit to get a sense of the characters and found it to be a bit slow, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it!

Every tiny bit of world-building in this galaxy always makes me the happiest: in this, I loved that it explored the prophecies, as well as kyber crystals (I just love when they talk about the kyber crystals, what can I say) and how rebellious Qui-Gon was (he
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
Jim C
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book takes place before the prequel movies. In this one, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are sent to a planet that is about to sign a treaty that will open a hyperspace corridor which means this planet will be connected to the rest of the galaxy. Obviously, things don't go as planned.

This book is a terrific look into the relationship between master and padawan. It is also a terrific look into each character especially Qui-Gon. Their relationship isn't the smoothest and we get to see why as these two
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
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.
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
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Similarly to the Star Wars films, this novel was action PACKED. From start to finish, it was a quick novel to read due to the action and the pacing of the story, but I forced myself to read it slowly so I didn't miss any details or foreshadowing. Even with paying close attention, I'm sure I missed small details of the story to come.

This novel was my first experience reading a book set in the Star Wars universe and I can't wait to read more. It gave me a better understanding of the story behind
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
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Years ago, there was a fabulous Star Wars novel series called Jedi Apprentice. Though it was intended for younger readers--after all, it was published by Scholastic--it brought new life to the character of Qui-Gon Jinn, who I always wished we'd seen more of after he got killed in The Phantom Menace. Jude Watson, who wrote all but the first book in that series, did an excellent job of bringing a galaxy far, far away to the page.

So, then...why are they giving us an alternate version of Qui-Gon and
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!(:
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
“‘It matters,’ Qui-Gon said quietly. ‘It matters which side we choose. Even if there will never be more light than darkness. Even if there is 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 towards the light because it means someday I’ll ‘win’ some sort of cosmic game. I turn because it is the light.’”

The Master and Apprentice is set 8 years before The Phantom Menace and shows the struggles and
Still ace at Star Wars novels, Claudia. I really should read her non-Star Wars work at some point, but every time I finish one of her SW books, I'm left satisfied, and feel no need to do so. Perhaps this is a mistake.

This book was unexpected, both in that she chose to write about the earlier period of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi's partnership instead of the later period most SW writers play in, and that I enjoyed it so much, when I'm usually not that into prequel-era Star Wars very much. I
Jonathan Koan
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 novel, he
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
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
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s me, book, not you. I’ll try again soon when I am less grumpy.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Republic era is a hard one to work with. It was one of the chief faults of Lucas’s prequel trilogy that he never managed to make the galaxy of the Republic really compelling in the same way that the Empire’s was. And the worst failing of all was how dull he made the Jedi. It turns out that when you take the awesomeness of space wizards with laser swords and place them in a stale bureaucracy the stale bureaucracy wins. And nothing epitomizes that better than The Phantom Menace, where the ...more
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 ...more
Ryan Laferney
I'm just gonna say it: I was disappointed in this book. I have been most impressed with Claudia Gray’s books in the new Star Wars canon, and I have to say, this book was a bit of a let down. It wasn't terrible but it also wasn't great. Claudia in the past has been a master of characterization and plotting. Here not so much. Characters’ modes of speaking are distinct enough, but what they have to say feels empty. And no one really has any depth.

Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, a novel set a
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
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
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 ...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.
Kzee Mikols
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The audio book for this is fantastic. All the voices were spot on and the music and sound effects made it fun to listen to. The plot is solid and does these characters justice. Highly recommend for a Star Wars fan!
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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 ...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.” 22 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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