The title itself suggests ‘Children’ – plural – of the Jedi. Yet after finishing the last page, I feel like I had only learned what happened to one of them. Where are the others?
Overall, the book scored a ‘Great Read’ rating. But in this case, I would give it only a ‘Good Read’ rating if I could. However, I can’t because the score earned is too high for the lower rating due to the exceptional use of imagery by the author and her ability to keep the story linear and on-track within the Star Wars setting. I was never left wondering where the characters were, or what they were doing at any time.
With these thoughts in mind, take a look at this novel for examples of how this author produced the genuinely believable worlds of Ithor and Plawal, the individual sites, locations and alien races that she describes.
The author creates the alien worlds and scenes in livid detail, allowing the reader to ‘see’ with their mind’s eye where the characters are as they follow their progress from place to place and scene to scene within the story.
Luke gets badly injured during a space battle and ends up with a broken leg, a concussion, and various other cuts and bruises. From those injuries we learn how hard it is to focus the Force when someone is badly hurt. New insights into the nuances of the Force are always good to add into a novel.
The story has an authentic ‘Star Wars’ feel to it, and that’s not just because the main characters have the ‘right’ names to make it that way, but rather because throughout the chapters the author includes multiple tie-in references to other events and characters from the Star Wars Universe.
Yes, Luke gets hurt and has less control using the Force while in such pain. We get that. But, at one point it is a little less than believable. Specifically, Luke ‘knew’ he couldn’t levitate himself in his condition, and yet somehow he is able to levitate C3P0 – a droid much heavier than himself – up and down multiple decks of a spaceship without any apparent problem. It doesn’t make sense.
Okay, the novel ended. So where are the other Children of the Jedi from Platt’s Well? I was left with that unanswered question, among others, when I laid the book down for the last time to write this review.
In the eight years since the destruction of the Death Star, Leia has been learning to use the Force with Luke’s assistance, and she can’t do very much at all with it? During the story the author tells us that Luke has been working with Leia to develop her Force skills. She doesn’t use more than a fragment of what she should be able to do, leaving an overall disappointed feeling about her. She didn’t levitate, heal herself, protect herself effectively, steady herself on a hanging gird, ‘sense’ beings around her or on the other side of a wall or door, ‘sense’ imminent danger, etc., etc.