Over the past few years, there seems to have been a move away from moving the Star Wars universe forward as much and more to filling in the gaps in its vast history. The recent Into the Void was one such and Star Wars: Kenobi is another, taking us back to the years just after the fall of the Republic, exploring Obi-wan Kenobi’s first few years on Tatooine. Finding himself dragged into a brewing conflict between the human settlers and the native Sand People, Obi-wan is forced to draw upon all of his skills and abilities as a Jedi in order to save himself and his mission.
Kenobi is a fascinating addition to the Star Wars cannon that is not at all what I was expecting. Considering that the book bears his name, you may be surprised to find that Kenobi has very little POV time beyond a few “meditations” at the end of certain chapters. The rest of the time, the story is told through the eyes of the characters around him. This provides us as a reader with an interesting perspective – we know why Kenobi is here and what he has gone through, which makes the interactions between Kenobi and those around him that much more intriguing. The story itself reads like a Western set in the Star Wars universe, complete with gun-slinging settlers, deadly natives and wild chases across the desert. The action keeps the story moving but it is the relationships between the secondary characters and with Kenobi that really make this such a great read.
Although not the book I was expecting, Kenobi turned out to be a great Star Wars novel, one that really gives us an insight into one of my favourite Jedi.