Review: “Kenobi” by John Jackson Miller

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Ben Kenobi’s home in the Jundland wastes from Star Wars Galaxies, Image: Sony Online Entertainment

At the end of “Revenge of the Sith”, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes baby Luke Skywalker to Tatooine and turns him over to Owen and Beru Lars. Nineteen years later he is still there, watching over the son of Skywalker. This book is the story of Kenobi’s first period on Tatooine, trying to settle into the Jundland wastes without revealing he is a Jedi.

Apparently it wasn’t easy. Kenobi can’t help trying to help the people he meets in their conflict with the Sand People. But things aren’t always what they seem. He befriends a young widow, reaches a kind of accommodation with the Tuskens, and keeps his Jedi powers mostly secret, but there are some surprises along the way.

In the background lurks Jabba the Hutt and his minions, who also have to be dealt with. Along the way we learn a bit about the life of a moisture farmer, and the dangers of Mos Eisley.

While there’s no answer to how Luke is supposed to be kept hidden while bearing the name Skywalker, we learn how Obi-Wan became Ben, and why he can continue to call himself Kenobi.

This is one of those books that has you looking to read the sequel as soon as you reach the end. (In Star Wars Galaxies, Tatooine was my home planet, and it was fun to visit it again.)

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