I’ve always been a fan of Luke Skywalker. He represented hope, naivety, and courage. But other than the Original Trilogy, we don’t get much of Luke. The Prequels were all about Anakin Skywalker so it’s not until now that we get more info about Luke in the form of the new movie but also in the second junior novel in the Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens series by Jason Fry. This story follows Luke Skywalker as he embarks on a mission for the Rebellion but ultimately follows another path that leads him to a mysterious Jedi Temple.
This novel really dives into Luke’s psyche as he begins to learn more about the Force, especially with the limited training that Obi Wan Kenobi passed on to him. It’s refreshing to read Luke’s thoughts as he struggles to master this new ability along with coming to grips with this new path set before him as the last Jedi. I pictured Mark Hamill the entire time as the story unfolded; and what fun was it to imagine him as we saw him after A New Hope which is where this story takes place, between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. And to top it off, C3PO and R2D2 acts as supporting characters in this story.
The Weapon of a Jedi is a great read if your a fan of both Luke Skywalker and Star Wars. The pacing is perfect and has enough action/adventure for those looking for a fun novel to read. I enjoyed getting through this story and relish more Luke Skywalker stories in our near future. This 192-page novel went quickly actually and I was a little disappointed for this to end, to be honest. Kudos to Jason Fry and his storytelling for adding a new story to the Star Wars canon.
Like I mentioned at the beginning, this is the second novel in the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series. That means two down, one more to go! So far, the way this story portrayed a a young, untrained Jedi was top-notched, and Mark Hamill literally jumps off the page. Between the Han Solo and Chewbacca adventure and this one, it’s hard to choose my favorite so I’ll give them both the honors. Next up, the Princess Leia adventure.
Check out my other Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens non-spoiler reviews here: Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure.