Review: Kenobi – John Jackson Miller

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: LucasBooks (August 27, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345546830
ISBN-13: 978-0345546838
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Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi – Jedi Master, In Seclusion on Tatooine.
Annileen Calwell, storekeeper
Orrin Gault, moisture farmer and entrepreneur
A’Yark, Tusken war leader
Kallie Calwell, Annileen’s daughter
Jabe Calwell, Annileen’s son
Mullen Gault, Orrin’s son
Veeka Gault, Orrin’s daughter
Wyle Ulbreck, moisture farmer
Leelee Pace, Zeltron artisan


Ben Kenobi drops off the baby Luke Skywalker at the Lars’ Homestead then begins his exile on Tatooine. All is not as quiet as he’d hoped though, and he soon finds himself embroiled in a range war between a band of Tusken Raiders and local farmers and homesteaders.


I always loved Westerns when I was growing up. One of my favorite authors was Louis L’amour. Then when I was 10, Star Wars came along. The Tatooine setting was ripe for emulating that western tale setting and putting it in the Star Wars Universe. You have Ben Kenobi as the Sergio Leone Man with No Name. You have the stage coach depot/general store setting of the Calwell’s. You have the Cattle/Oil Baron character of Orrin Gault, then you have the threat of the Indians, or in this case, Tusken Raiders.

Mr. Jackson blends these two settings together into a tale that draws you in. While some may scoff at a Star Wars western, I think it works very well. I’d love to see more stories set in the Tatooine frontier such as this. The characters fit well in the Star Wars universe. We get to see more in depth what Obi-Wan did all those years in seclusion. We also get more of a look into the Tusken Raider culture and see some of their beliefs and superstitions.

This was a fun story to read and I’d highly recommend it to western or Star Wars fans. I’d say it’s suitable for pre-teen/older teens and adults due to some darker passages. Grab a copy, give it a read, and drop back by to let us know what you thought.

About the Author

Writer and game designer John Jackson Miller is the author of Star Wars: Knight Errant and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories, as well as nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels.

His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones.

He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Random House at Netgalley for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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