Star Wars is Poetry – Skywalker: A Family at War

Thank you for joining me on my Star Wars fandom journey for anyone new to my blog and reading this! Star Wars is Poetry may be unfamiliar to you, so I’ll introduce it briefly here, so you are all up-to-date! Star Wars is Poetry is simply a blog series of posts focusing purely on literature, including books, comics, scripts, and anything else celebrating the written word in the Star Wars universe.

Whenever there is a new Star Wars book title, I usually blog about it here, but I don’t always buy them. It just depends on whether I like the topic, where its set and who the book is focusing on. If it’s brand new characters to the universe, I might pass as it takes me a while to warm up to new characters.

But if it’s anything relating to characters I love, I’ll usually buy it. This book is a perfect example of what I would love to read:

I’ve already preordered the book, which you can do on Amazon’s website here.

Here’s a small excerpt taken from the Star Wars website:

As the Jedi Council gazed upon Anakin for the first time, wise, diminutive Master Yoda sensed that Anakin was gripped by fear. And fear was a dangerous ally. For the Jedi, fear was a path to the dark side of the Force, an entry point to misgivings that could be nursed into anger and hate. Nevertheless, Anakin’s emotional response to his situation, including his fears, was a very human reaction to the sudden upheaval he had experienced in his life; Qui-Gon believed that, with the proper guidance, Anakin’s natural anxieties would subside and be replaced by a Jedi’s clarity of vision. If Jinn was correct, the boy would bring balance to the Force, defeating the creeping darkness that was already beginning to cloud both the Force itself and the Jedi Order’s abilities to perceive the threat to it.

The Jedi Council in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

However, where Qui-Gon saw promise, Obi-Wan Kenobi and many on the Jedi Council sensed trouble. Obi-Wan did not hide his concern, even from Anakin himself. The boy’s raw power in the Force was something to be wary of. He was malleable, and in the wrong hands, such explosive potential could be turned to evil.

Few were surprised that Qui-Gon defied the Council’s initial adverse reaction to his request to make good on his promise and train the child. With Obi-Wan almost ready to become a Jedi Knight himself, Qui-Gon was free to take on a new Padawan, and he was determined that Padawan should be Anakin—once the Council came around to the idea, at least.

Qui-Gon began to gently coax Anakin toward a greater understanding in the ways of the Force. If questioned, Qui-Gon would have argued that he was not training the boy, merely providing guidance as a mentor and guardian in his absent mother’s stead. Just as he had done while helping Anakin into his podracer before the Boonta Eve Classic, Qui-Gon offered the boy the benefit of his wisdom: “Always remember, your focus determines your reality,” he told him. “Stay close to me and you’ll be safe.” Those words would resound in Anakin’s subconscious for years to come, an echo of wisdom—and false hope—forming the basis of his doubts that anyone could truly protect him. And if no one could, his young mind reasoned, he would have to become the strongest Jedi who had ever lived in order to protect those around him instead. If he focused hard enough, he could make it come true.

At this time, the unscrupulous Trade Federation was implementing a blockade on the planet of Naboo, stopping all shipments to the peaceful planet in protest over the taxation of trade routes. However, this boycott was merely a clever cover for a plot to invade. While the Galactic Senate sat idly by, Qui-Gon, Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the faithful astromech droid R2-D2 embarked upon a mission to protect Queen Amidala and disrupt the Trade Federation’s invasion of her planet. Once on Naboo, Padmé revealed herself to be Queen Amidala and forged an alliance with the Gungan army to mount a counterattack against the Trade Federation invaders. In the midst of their success, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan once more encountered the beastly Darth Maul.

Written by Kristin Baver via the Star Wars website

I have not yet read any of Kristin Baver’s other works, but that’s okay. This book is about the Skywalker saga, so I’m sold!

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4 thoughts on “Star Wars is Poetry – Skywalker: A Family at War

  1. It looks and sounds interesting, and I’d love to flip through it. Based on the excerpt, it looks like it just retells the whole story in summary, and I’m not sure I’d bother reading that. But like I said, I’d love to flip through it.

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      1. It’s not silly. I just bought a magazine about the sequel trilogy for $16, even though there’s really nothing in it I don’t already know, lol. But it’s Star Wars! We can’t help ourselves.

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