I may be a little bias since Obi-Wan is one of my favorite characters but I honestly judged the book fairly. I enjoyed it, from beginning to end. Usually I don’t get into a book until I’m about 5 chapters in. With Padawan, I was hooked from the beginning.
So what’s the book about? Obi-Wan is adjusting to being a Padawan to his Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn. The relationship between master and apprentice isn’t what he thought it would be. While the rest of his peers have a great connection to their masters, Obi-Wan struggles to find it with his. Obi-Wan embarks on an adventure by himself as a way to prove to Qui-Gon and everyone else that he is worthy of being Padawan and later on a Jedi. He lands on a strange planet called Lenahra where he encounters teens around his age that seem to have Jedi-like powers but different in a way, which to them it’s simply known as ‘The Power’. As Obi-Wan sticks around to figure out this planet and the knowledge of ‘The Power’, he is faced with personal dilemmas.
The first time I was introduced to Obi-Wan was from the prequel movies. He is still a Padawan but very mature and sure of himself and his connection to the force is strong. The Obi-Wan we get to know in the book is one of self doubt and fear. His physical abilities are exceptional but it’s his lack of spiritual abilities that make him question if he’ll ever become a Jedi. Fear starts to build in him. We all start somewhere so reading how Obi-Wan was before becoming ‘The Negotiator’, it’s amazing. It’s great insight on character development. His journey in Lenahra turned out to be one of self discovery.
By the end of the book, I fell in love with Obi-Wan even more and I just wanted to give him a big hug. When he makes it back home to Coruscant, Qui-Gon is there to welcome him and is happy to hear about his Padawan’s adventure. There is so much more to the book but I didn’t want this post to be super long. Overall, I loved it.