Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning

December 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

reckoningJedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning by Jude Watson

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Xanatos, Qui-Gon’s old apprentice, has finally managed to bring his old Master to his home planet of Telos in a last bid for revenge. There, he draws the Qui-Gon and Obi Wan after having attempted to destroy the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, but when the two Jedi arrive, they find the citizens more interested in a financial lottery than anything else the government is doing. The two must learn the secrets behind the lottery while carrying false murder charges against them.

Watson continues to develop her characters across books, this time bringing Xanatos’ story to a close. The series began with the conflict between him and Qui-Gon, and by bringing it to a close in this book, it feels like the series would end here (there are twenty books in the series, this one being volume eight, so spoiler: it doesn’t), but it does make me wonder what Watson will do to carry the series along after this. I don’t doubt her capabilities, but I’m curious to see what the next multi-book arc will be.

It’s true that it feels like this could have been the end of Jedi Apprentice (and it could have been, for all I know, but demand inspired Watson to continue it), but at the same time, there’s something that feels false about how it ended. It’s not that Watson cheated the readers, but the ending comes with a sense that not is all as it seems. Have we seen the last of Xanatos? It seems so (the juvenile novels seem to be more straightforward and less prone to subtle story developments like this), but who knows? I understand Thrawn makes an appearance after his death in Zahn’s original trilogy, so anything is possible.

The tension of the stories is becoming more palpable as the series progresses. I found myself not wanting to stop the story, since the events kept moving forward with the right amount of teasing the details. Watson jumps from perspective to perspective as she alternates chapters, meaning we’re getting different characters’ stories told to us one piece at a time. It’s a familiar technique, but it works. With eight of these finished, that means I only have twelve more to go! Maybe I’ll finish them before the end of the year.

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