Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars
by Kevin Hearne
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
Review by Jon Guenther
LucasBooks Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345544858
Date: 03 March 2015 List Price $28.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
"There's no one around to answer all my questions now that Ben's gone." It's with that opening line that Kevin Hearne introduces us to Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi, the third book of adult novels in the new line of Star Wars fiction since Disney took the helm.
I had high hopes for this book. The first surprise was that this story, featuring Luke Skywalker, is told from Luke's viewpoint (first person). In that regard, I found the characterizations at time a bit off key, which made it feel less like a Star Wars novel. Another thing that gave me difficulty was the subplot that takes a chunk of the story in the middle, which really slowed things down from the main conflict. The subplot was such, in fact, that it would have been perfect in an Alien novel but I don't know that it had a place here. While I'm all for new creatures and original ideas, I think if Luke had run into a Rancor that would have played much better with me as a fan than this particular choice by Mr. Hearne.
Allied with Luke is a woman who's father is some kind of profiteer on the order of a human Jabba the Hutt, and who has plenty of money to get his daughter's ship equipped with only the best weapons; but, a Rebel Alliance that just defeated the Death Star cannot outfit their ships? It gets increasingly difficult to follow from there and in some regards I was left feeling like the Alliance was practically incompetent and Luke, the hero of the Alliance, was treated like a child.