Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure

Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure

‘STAR WARS: THE WEAPON OF A JEDI: A LUKE SKYWALKER ADVENTURE’


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OPENING LINE:

Luke Skywalker is “nobody’s Padawan”.


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain. Hidden in the story are also clues and hints about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-listen for fans old and new!
©2015 Jason Fry (P)2015 Listening Library


THE PLOT:

Just like <a href=”https://randomcatastrophe.net/2015/09/17/moving-target/&#8221; TARGET=”_blank” title=”‘Moving Target’ and ‘Smuggler’s Run’, ‘The Weapon of a Jedi’ begins with an original character sharing a story with someone else. In this case C-3PO is telling a story to Jessika Pava (AKA Blue 3), a pilot that you’re probably going to become more familiar with very soon. She asks for a story about Luke Skywalker that hasn’t been told a billion times before and C3PO complies.
The story is set between the events of ‘A New Hope’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. After flying a mission with red squadron, Luke is assigned another mission for The Rebel Alliance. However, The Force has other plans. It leads him to the planet Devaron where Luke discovers an ancient Jedi temple which has been left in ruins by The Empire.
It is there that Luke Skywalker practices his lightsaber techniques. The practice comes in handy, as the guide who brought Luke to the ruined temple has other plans for the would be Jedi. The battle with Sarco Plank is the first time that Luke uses his lightsaber in battle. Yet that alone won’t be enough to beat his opponent.
Just like the other two books mentioned above, this is a story for young readers. It is fairly short and focuses entirely on Luke’s adventure on Devaron. We’ve previously explored Luke’s attempt to gain a better understanding of The Force in ‘Heir to the Jedi’, but this story contains far fewer flaws.
The difficulty about setting a story between two established stories is that the outcome is usually not in doubt. Luke Skywalker is in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, so obviously he wasn’t killed in his battle with Sarco. Still, this story works because it helps to explain some of the growth we see in Luke between the two movies.


THE AUTHOR:

Jason Fry is an author familiar to many Star Wars fans. Though he has primarily worked on things such as reference guides, he has written a few other works of fiction within the Star Wars universe.
In a story such as this, you really judge the author on how well he or she handles the main character. Fry’s depiction of Luke Skywalker throughout the story is entirely believable. His Luke is battle tested and capable but still overwhelmed by the uncertainty of his developing force abilities.


THE NARRATION:

Jonathan Davis is the most senior of the current crop of Star Wars narrators. I’ve always enjoyed his portrayal of a young Luke Skywalker. He just pitches his own voice up a bit and locks into the character.


THE PRODUCTION:

Unless you’ve never heard a Star Wars audiobook before, you know what to expect. A full compliment of music and background sound effects. You also get chapter stops in all the right places and an audio track that is consistently clean and free of defect.


CONCLUSION:

Out of the three young reader’s stories, this one is my favorite. I would argue that it is also the one that is most consequential just edging out ‘Moving Target’ for that honor. It certainly does the best job of the three in the area of adding depth to a character.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Stars
Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure Jason Fry Jonathan Davis Listening Library Science Fiction 09/04/2015 3 hours, 16 minutes 4/5

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘STAR WARS: THE WEAPON OF A JEDI: A LUKE SKYWALKER ADVENTURE’ was purchased from Audible for review.


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