The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo

July 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

nabooThe Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo by Jude Watson


Death on Naboo picks up shortly after the events in Underworld, when Ferus gives himself up to the Empire in order to let the rest of his crew escape. Imprisoned and facing hard labor and death, he has to devise an escape from the prison before the Emperor executes him. His desire to escape is driven by his search for the remaining Jedi, and his fight against Malorum, who is also searching for the Jedi, but to execute them, not recruit them.

Watson did something clever with the title of this series, since “The Last of the Jedi” suggests that we’re going to be following Obi-Wan on Tatooine. Instead, we’re following Ferus as he searches for the last of the Jedi to recruit them for a rebellion against the Empire. Curse those words that have identical singular and plural forms!

(Note: I realize that Episode VIII has this same ambiguity.)

For all the prominence Naboo gets in the title of the book, the main characters don’t get there until about three-quarters of the way into the story. The first half is focused on Ferus’ jailbreak and the rest of his crew (Trever, Keets, Oryon, and Solace) escaping the underworld once it’s been infiltrated by the Empire. The trip to Naboo is in support of the overarching story for the entire series, and its conclusion is significant, even though it’s not the heart of the story for this particular book. The preceding events are important to resolve, but they don’t seem to serve much of a purpose to the larger plot of the series.

In Watson’s other books, she paid a lot of attention to characters who betrayed other characters, but in The Last of the Jedi, she’s less focused on that. Betrayal still happens, but it’s less of a focus than the rest of the story and their characters. I think this is a good change, since the other books started becoming formulaic as I found myself trying to identify the traitor as soon as the book started. Here, I can just enjoy the story for what it is.

Death on Naboo bridges the gap between Underworld and A Tangled Web, so it’s less a complete story than other books in the series. So far, all of the books in the series have been parts of the larger story, making me wonder if Watson’s attempt with this series is to have one story, broken down over ten volumes. With this book, it’s more evident that this is a chapter, not an individual book, but it’s hard to complain since I’ve already committed to reading all of them. Still, it’s definitely not a book a fan could pick up and read without having read the preceding books in the series.

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