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THE ETERNAL FIGHT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL… The brave Jedi vs the devious Sith! Just in time to celebrate the highly-anticipated re-match between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the Disney+ forthcoming event Obi-Wan Kenobi, here are ten original stories about the the valiant Jedi and the evil Sith. Larger-than-life characters clash in epic lightsaber battles that will appeal THE ETERNAL FIGHT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL… The brave Jedi vs the devious Sith! Just in time to celebrate the highly-anticipated re-match between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the Disney+ forthcoming event Obi-Wan Kenobi, here are ten original stories about the the valiant Jedi and the evil Sith. Larger-than-life characters clash in epic lightsaber battles that will appeal to young readers and to the young Star Wars fan in all of us! Ten acclaimed authors imagine new tales for some of the most iconic Star Wars characters ever, from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader, from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Maul, and beyond, complete with beautiful spot illustrations Authors: Roseanne A. Brown Sarwat Chadda Delilah S. Dawson Tessa Gratton Michael Kogge Sam Maggs Michael Moreci Alex Segura Vera Strange Karen Strong with illustrations by Jake Bartok


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THE ETERNAL FIGHT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL… The brave Jedi vs the devious Sith! Just in time to celebrate the highly-anticipated re-match between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the Disney+ forthcoming event Obi-Wan Kenobi, here are ten original stories about the the valiant Jedi and the evil Sith. Larger-than-life characters clash in epic lightsaber battles that will appeal THE ETERNAL FIGHT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL… The brave Jedi vs the devious Sith! Just in time to celebrate the highly-anticipated re-match between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the Disney+ forthcoming event Obi-Wan Kenobi, here are ten original stories about the the valiant Jedi and the evil Sith. Larger-than-life characters clash in epic lightsaber battles that will appeal to young readers and to the young Star Wars fan in all of us! Ten acclaimed authors imagine new tales for some of the most iconic Star Wars characters ever, from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader, from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Maul, and beyond, complete with beautiful spot illustrations Authors: Roseanne A. Brown Sarwat Chadda Delilah S. Dawson Tessa Gratton Michael Kogge Sam Maggs Michael Moreci Alex Segura Vera Strange Karen Strong with illustrations by Jake Bartok

30 review for Stories of Jedi and Sith

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Koan

    This is a collection of stories, similarly formatted to the "Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark" book that came out in 2020. However, this book tells original stories where that book featured novelization of Clone Wars episodes. I prefer this format better personally. Here is my rating for each story: 1. What a Jedi Makes by Michael Koggee: 9.5 out of 10! 2. Resolve by Alex Segura: 7.0 out of 10. 3. The Eye of the Beholder by Sarwat Chadda: 9.0 out of 10! 4. A Jedi's Duty by Karen Strong 7.5 out This is a collection of stories, similarly formatted to the "Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark" book that came out in 2020. However, this book tells original stories where that book featured novelization of Clone Wars episodes. I prefer this format better personally. Here is my rating for each story: 1. What a Jedi Makes by Michael Koggee: 9.5 out of 10! 2. Resolve by Alex Segura: 7.0 out of 10. 3. The Eye of the Beholder by Sarwat Chadda: 9.0 out of 10! 4. A Jedi's Duty by Karen Strong 7.5 out of 10. 5. Worthless by Delilah Dawson: 10 out of 10! 6. The Ghosts of Maul by Michael Moreci: 9 out of 10! 7. Blood Moon Uprising by Vera Strange: 7.5 out of 10! 8. Luke on the Bright Side by Sam Maggs: 5 out of 10 9. Masters by Tessa Gratton: 8.0 out of 10. 10. Through the Turbulence by Rosanne A. Brown: 8.0 out of 10. Some stories that were 9.0 and better I absolutely loved. These stories were practically perfect in every way, and 4 of the stories fit into this definition. Some of the stories were very good, they just were not amazing. 4 stories fit into this category. One story was only "meh". One story was actually pretty bad, and I was disappointed how it brought down the rest of the book. Overall, I really really loved this book. Probaby the best short story collection in the canon that we have gotten. Great stuff overall, and I'd personally give the book a 9.0 out of 10!

  2. 4 out of 5

    anna

    REY SKYWALKER I MISSED YOU 😭🫶

  3. 4 out of 5

    elisa dalle føg lands

    Luke Skywalker being an absolute sunshine baby is the kind of content i live for. That, and Obi-Wan and Anakin being the best, as per usual.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex G

    Stories of Jedi and Sith is middle grade anthology edited by Jennifer Heddle (gotta mention editors y'all). The book contains ten stories, written by ten different authors, with each centering on one or two characters. Unlike the previous Clone Wars anthology which has similarities to this one, this does not have one shared event or time period. These are more similar to the FACPOV books than the anthology books we have gotten by George Mann in years past (with the addition of Cavan Scott for Li Stories of Jedi and Sith is middle grade anthology edited by Jennifer Heddle (gotta mention editors y'all). The book contains ten stories, written by ten different authors, with each centering on one or two characters. Unlike the previous Clone Wars anthology which has similarities to this one, this does not have one shared event or time period. These are more similar to the FACPOV books than the anthology books we have gotten by George Mann in years past (with the addition of Cavan Scott for Life Day Treasury). This spans all different eras of Star Wars. I'll write a paragraph or so on each story, and then some final thoughts. What A Jedi Makes by Michael Kogge is the sole High Republic tale, so I might be slightly biased in my assessment of it. Kogge gives us a good story here, one of my favorites in this book. It's always nice to see more High Republic Yoda. My one gripe with the story is that it does not radiate High Republic. They way Kogge describes Coruscant compared to other writers who have written in this era, is a mixed bag. If not for saying this took place in The High Republic era, I probably would have never made that connection. Did love that Avar cameo though! Resolve by Alex Segura is the story that centers around Qui-Gon Jinn. I know we have not gotten a whole lot of Qui-Gon POV's, but I found the way he was written here to be very annoying, which might be because of how Qui-Gon feels. He is very annoyed to be on this mission, and it radiates. The story itself I found to be...meh at best. He was sent on this mission by the council, and clings to this quote by Mace reminding him of his duty on the mission, without getting any clear resolution on why Mace said it. One of the weaker stories of the bunch. The Eye Of The Beholder by Sarwat Chadda has a cool title, just gotta start out with that. It is a story about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in the depths of the Clone Wars that centers around the POV of a sister, who is trying to protect her brother as the Separatists try to destroy their planet. Something that Chadda writers very well is the destruction that the planet is going through. It is harrowing, especially in the MG genre. The affects of war is horrifying. We fear the character's fear, how they are clinging to hope even though everything is going against them. The ending is a bit to cliché that everything is going to be ok, but the story itself is very well written, plot aside. A Jedi's Duty by Karen Strong is the story centering around Barriss Offee. It is one of the weaker stories we have gotten, simply because of the resolution it give us. It feels like a story that is drifting a bit, with no clear place where it is going. The way Barriss is written is serviceable, and she has some insightful interactions with those around her. Little seeds are planted for her eventual turn, becoming disillusioned about the war. Barriss is a tricky character to nail, both character wise, and putting them into a story. Strong does a decent job, but it could have been better. Worthless by Delilah S. Dawson is amazing, but did we honestly expect anything else from Dawson? Asajj Ventress has been written by a lot of people in publishing (Christine Golden, Mike Chen, and Cavan Scott are the first that come to mind), and luckily she has always been written amazingly. Dawson continues that trend. Hunting down on Kenobi on some forrest ridden planet, she ends up falling, concussing herself and breaking her leg. With the help with a clone, who also found himself down there, they intend to escape. While the story does feel like it goes on for a bit too long, the way Dawson writes Ventress and Doc(the clone) makes it so worth it, for their banter alone. A must read. The Ghosts of Maul by Michael Moreci centers around Darth Maul (no surprise). It is probably the weakest story in the bunch, or one of the weakest. Moreci writes Maul very well, both his dialogue and inner thoughts, but that does save this story from a sub-par plot. My thoughts coming away from this story was...what was its purpose. Basically just reinforcing that Maul wants revenge, but other than that...nothing. Blood Moon Uprising by Vera Strange is another epic title for a story featuring an epic character, Darth Vader. Strange nails Vader. His dialogue feels like it was ripped right from the movies, and now Kenobi. This deserves massive applause considering how hard it is to nail the voice of Vader. Strange though was given the impossible task, having Vader be all badass like this, and still lose, giving hope to the Rebels on the planet. As we saw in Rogue One, a band of rebels are no match for Lord Vader. For this I cannot fault Strange. She did an amazing job, all things considered. Luke On The Bright Side by Sam Maggs is about Luke Skywalker, if that was not obvious. Not a whole lot of Luke characters in Star Wars. Its premise is actually quite interesting. We learn a bit about how and why the Rebels settled on Hoth, and the actual amount of worth required. Those caves did not excavate themselves! It is a fun story, but it did get a little hard to follow at times. As in Maggs not only slingshots from past to present, but also between two different characters, and those transitions are pretty seamless, a positive and negative here. A middle of the pack story here. Masters by Tessa Gratton is probably my favorite tale we got. Set in the background of Return of the Jedi, it is a story centering around The Emperor and Yoda, with conflicting POVs. A balance is struck between what we know and what we don’t, in terms of Yoda’s passing. The dueling POVs is also a subtle callback to their duel in Revenge of The Sith. The way Gratton is able to create a menacing tale, nailing both minds of storied characters, while still sticking to the MG range deserves applause. Bit of a random note, but it also has me very excited for what she can in the genre of the upcoming Quest For Planet X by them. Through The Turbulence by Roseanne A. Brown is a story centering around Rey and Poe. Definitely a bottom five story in this anthology, though I do not envy the challenge she faced, writing Rey and Poe when they were in a contentious spot for seemingly no reason. Creating backstory is good, especially when the sequels were lacking in doing that for their characters, but the jealousy Poe has makes him seem like a completely different character. Poe does not strike me as the jealous type, nor does Rey strike me as the contentious type, yet they both show those traits. It makes this a frustrating read to say the least, especially with a lacking story. Jake Bartok, well this was pretty obvious going into this, nailed the art. I do wish he got to do more with it. I expected more of what we got from Grant Griffin in previous anthologies, and given Jake's abilities, that would have been cool, but still, the art is amazing. Every character's looks were nailed to precision by him. The black and white style rubbed me the wrong way at first, but by the end I really did like it. Overall, this book gets 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. There are a good amount of very good stories in this. Heck, Masters by Tessa Gratton makes this book worth it to buy itself. The good stories are very good, but the stories that make this book drag really do bring it down a bit. Some of the stories just don't feel like they do very much, or are forced to have some sort of outcome (take a look at Blood Moon Uprising). That being said, I would still recommend that fans of Star Wars books buy this book. The art and good stories make it worth it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    I read the entire anthology the day it was delivered. Overall, the compendium of stories were put together well and the cast of characters they were centered around were mostly my favorites. Here are a few thoughts and my individual ratings to each story: 1. Yoda: Set roughly 300 years prior to the prequels the story focuses on a young boy who wants to become a jedi. The short narrative of him trying to sneak into the temple and help the jedi defeat a criminal organization was fun. Yoda came in I read the entire anthology the day it was delivered. Overall, the compendium of stories were put together well and the cast of characters they were centered around were mostly my favorites. Here are a few thoughts and my individual ratings to each story: 1. Yoda: Set roughly 300 years prior to the prequels the story focuses on a young boy who wants to become a jedi. The short narrative of him trying to sneak into the temple and help the jedi defeat a criminal organization was fun. Yoda came in late but had some important things to say about the vast nature of what it means to be a jedi. Rating: 3 stars 2. Qui-Gon: I really enjoyed this short snipped into the life of Obi-Wans master. Set a few years before the Phantom Menace, this adventure is following Qui-Gon on a mission to find a stray Padawan on an icy planet. The humor and nature of Qui-Gon were expertly portrayed and I liked the inner conflict he had about his place in the order, shortly after his own master made the decision of leaving. Rating: 4 stars 3. Obi-Wan and Anakin: Possible the story I was most looking forward to but was most disappointed in the end. The two jedi are barely in it. Instead, the narrative focuses on two children who are trapped in their home whilst the droid army attacks their city. They do get rescued by Anakin and Obi-Wan, but there is no personality really displayed in the following adventure. There is no bantering between the two. No perspective from their eyes onto the situation. Obi-Wan barely says two words. Anakin does have a little fun moment of foreshadowing his duel with Dooku in Episode 3, but that’s it. The entire story fell short for me. I guess it’s interesting to see how those two legends are viewed from the perspective of those who are saved by them, but considering this volume is about Jedi and Sith, I would have preferred to have read another story about Anakin and Obi-Wan. Rating: 3 stars 4. Barriss Offee: This is one of my two favorite stories in the entire book. Barriss inner monologue centers around her trauma from Geonosis and the conflict she feels in becoming a warrior instead of a peacekeeper. The darkness that slowly creeps into her soul and the other jedi being unable to understand and help her are brilliantly written. Especially the fact that she does not consider herself to be evil or wants others to be harmed is making her transition to become an antagonist so much more believable. Rating: 5 stars 5. Ventress: Another story I really liked. Ventress is also shown as a tragic character in this text and her relationship with both the force and the individuals around her are the center of the narrative. Her fight for survival never lets her find the peace she so desperately needs and never knew. The banter between her and the clone (Doc) was the highlight in this story for me. Rating: 5 stars 6. Darth Maul: Next to Barriss Offees story my other favorite. Mauls search for power and revenge leads him into darkness and he has to confront his past. His fight with the ghosts of enemies and allies was so brilliantly written. I could see Ray Parks acrobatics and hear Sam Witwers voice in the halls of the Sith temple. Rating: 5 stars 7. Darth Vader: Vaders mission in this one is basic and the fight with the rebels shows his power really well. There is so much action in this text, that very little time is spent with inner monologues or thoughts of the characters. No real backstory is given to any of the characters. Rating: 3 stars 8. Luke Skywalker: Great dialogue. A lot of references and it’s always fun to see how Luke establishes himself as a character next to his arc in the movies. Overall, I don’t remember much of this story. Rating: 2 stars 9. Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine: Basically, a retelling of Episode 3 fight between Yoda and Sidous and then another retelling of Yodas death in Episode 6 and Palpatine waiting for Luke to arrive on the second Deathstar. It was nice to revisit some of the scenes from Palpatines point of view. However, in the end, I think I would have preferred to read something more original than a retelling. Why not use this opportunity and tell us about something the emperor did in the 19 years before Episode 4? Rating: 3 stars 10. Rey: No. Just no. Forgettable characters, bad storytelling. Laughable narrative. If anything, this story made me appreciate the OG and prequel trilogy as well as all the other stories in this book more. Rating: 1 star Fun fact: Obi-Wan Kenobi is in most of the stories. He gets mentioned so many times it became a game for me to find his next appearance. Again, a testament on how integral he is for the entire saga. I am glad I bought and read this book. Will probably pick up the other Clone Wars anthology. I would recommend this book specially to Clone Wars fans, fans of Episode 6 and the book series of Jude Watson. Sequel fans, … I don’t know if this is for you. If you really want to read one story with your faves I guess it is. But it would really benefit anyone to be a fan of the OG movies and especially the prequels.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nova

    THE LUKE AND REY STORIES 🫶🫶

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Original and enjoyable stories that are often linked to events from the movies or series. A

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was delightful, and I want the hard copy now after borrowing the e-book from the library. I laughed many times during Luke’s story, and could picture Rey and Poe arguing very clearly 😂

  9. 4 out of 5

    Saimi Korhonen

    ”I like to have a purpose. Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that something all people need, across space and time – Jedi or Sith, good or bad? Aren’t we all just looking for our purpose in this big, empty, dark galaxy?” Stories of Jedi and Sith is a collection of original short stories about famous and beloved Jedi and Sith from the Star Wars universe. The stories are written for a younger audience in mind, but I, as a nearly 25-year-old fan, had a great time reading them, connected with them and felt mys ”I like to have a purpose. Doesn’t everyone? Isn’t that something all people need, across space and time – Jedi or Sith, good or bad? Aren’t we all just looking for our purpose in this big, empty, dark galaxy?” Stories of Jedi and Sith is a collection of original short stories about famous and beloved Jedi and Sith from the Star Wars universe. The stories are written for a younger audience in mind, but I, as a nearly 25-year-old fan, had a great time reading them, connected with them and felt myself moved by them. Here's a brief review for every story: - What a Jedi Makes (5/5) - Set in the High Republic era, this was a heartwarming story about what it means to be a Jedi, who can be a Jedi and who Yoda was at this point. I liked seeing how the Jedi were a lot more flexible and accepting during the HR. To me, High Republic Yoda is Yoda at his best. - Resolve (3/5) - A Qui-Gon story that takes place after Dooku has left the Order. It was a fun story, but nothing special, definitely one of the more forgettable stories in the collection in my opinion. I liked the central message of how everyone fucks up sometimes and how getting up again and learning and growing is what's most important. - Eye of the Beholder (5/5) - A story of how a child Anakin and Obi-Wan help during the Clone Wars sees these two war heroes, how they shape her life and their view of the galaxy and the Jedi. This story was one of the most emotional ones, and I got attached to the narrator very quickly. I liked exploring the senselessness of war from the point of view of a civilian. Anakin and Obi-Wan were perfectly themselves in this story, especially Anakin. - A Jedi's Duty (5/5) - My favorite story of the collection! I like Barriss Offee a lot as a character and this deep dive into how she feels about the war and the Jedi fighting in it was interesting considering where she ends up. This story made me feel so bad for her and so angry at the Jedi Order (and Luminara) because Barriss is clearly deeply traumatised and confused and frightened, but no one really helps her or takes this into consideration properly. I liked exploring this darker side of the Jedi, a side that clearly shows you how they are losing themselves. - Worthless (4/5) - An interesting story about Asajj Ventress having to rely on an enemy to survive. I didn't feel like I learned anything new about her while reading this, but I do love her, so any stories with her in it are fun. Also, Delilah Dawson's prose is always a joy to read. - The Ghosts of Maul (4/5) - Another solid, interesting story. If I was a bigger fan of Maul, I think this story would've been my fave. I do like the dude, so I did like the story, but it didn't wow me the same way as, say, Barriss's story did. I enjoyed the callbacks to the Clone Wars and the scene with the final ghost Maul has to face was superb. - Blood Moon Uprising (2,5/5) - There are so many Vader stories in the new canon so it is not easy for a story to really stand out. This one did not manage it. It was merely okay. - Luke on the Bright Side (3/5) - A very funny story about Luke having to work with a rebel who doesn't quite like him on Hoth. I had some trouble imagining ESB!Luke saying the lines Luke had in this story - the narration didn't always feel super authentic to SW - but it was still a lot of fun. It was also a very gay little story, and I'm happy for all the peeps out there who have headcanoned Luke as queer. - Masters (4/5) - One of the best written stories in the collection. I liked how Gratton explored Palpatine's grudges, hatred and frustration over Yoda and not having succeeded in killing him in ROTS. The way Gratton contrasted Palpatine's fury and bitterness with Yoda's calm in his last moments beautifully highlighted the difference between the Jedi and Sith. I also was super emotional about some of the stuff Yoda thought about Luke, such as: ”The boy is good. He must stay good.” - Through the Turbulence (3,5/5) - A fun story about Rey and Poe on a mission post-TLJ. They do not know each other super well yet nor do they really like each other, but I liked seeing them be forced to work together and learning to open up to one another. I do still have some issues with how TLJ and TROS changed Poe's character to be so very Han-like - in this story a lot of what he said and did felt exactly like something Han would do, which is a shame, cause the Poe we had in stories before eps 8 and 9 was a rather different person. I would happily recommend this book. This was, in my opinion, a lot better than the first book like this we got, Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark. Some of the stories were better than others, but overall, I enjoyed reading these stories and some of them even made me appreciate characters I already loved even more!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bryce

    I really liked this anthology of short stories! Some were a little meh, but others were great! Here's my rating of each of the short stories (out of 10) "What a Jedi Makes" (Yoda)- 6 "Resolve" (Qui-Gon Jinn)- 4 "The Eye of the Beholder" (Anakin and Obi-Wan)- 5.5 "A Jedi's Duty" (Barriss Offee)- 7 "Worthless" (Asajj Ventress)- 7 "The Ghosts of Maul" (Maul)- 7 "Blood Moon Uprising" (Darth Vader)- 7 "Luke on the Bright Side" (Luke Skywalker)- 8.5 "Masters" (Palpatine)- 7 "Through the Turbulence" (Rey)- 6.5 "Wh I really liked this anthology of short stories! Some were a little meh, but others were great! Here's my rating of each of the short stories (out of 10) "What a Jedi Makes" (Yoda)- 6 "Resolve" (Qui-Gon Jinn)- 4 "The Eye of the Beholder" (Anakin and Obi-Wan)- 5.5 "A Jedi's Duty" (Barriss Offee)- 7 "Worthless" (Asajj Ventress)- 7 "The Ghosts of Maul" (Maul)- 7 "Blood Moon Uprising" (Darth Vader)- 7 "Luke on the Bright Side" (Luke Skywalker)- 8.5 "Masters" (Palpatine)- 7 "Through the Turbulence" (Rey)- 6.5 "What a Jedi Makes" is the only one set during the High Republic era, but except for the mention of Chancellor Soh and an Avar Kriss cameo, you would have no idea it was set in that era. Still a fun little story, though! "Resolve" focuses on Qui-Gon Jinn. It was ok, though I disliked the part where he got revenge on someone who betrayed him by leading her enemies straight to her; Jedi do not seek revenge. "The Eye of the Beholder" was a little meh, and had a hard time justifying its existence. Anakin and Obi-Wan, while in this one, don't have a large role. "A Jedi's Duty"; honestly, the only reason this one got a high rating from me is because it focused on Barriss Offee, one of my favorite characters. I really wish we could have gotten more of Barriss actually in the medical center, because this is the (I think) second mention in canon of her Force healing powers. I also liked how Tutso Mara was in it, though he could have been given a bit more description. "Worthless" was really intriguing, and underlined how Ventress is always alone. "The Ghosts of Maul" is basically Maul experiencing visions and rambling to himself, though I appreciate how it sets up why he was on Malachor in Star Wars Rebels. "Blood Moon Uprising" was really cool, and it felt exactly like something Darth Vader would do, almost out of the Darth Vader comic series! "Luke on the Bright Side" had an okay storyline, but there was definitely some chemistry going on between Luke and the other Rebel guy, which I really liked! "Masters" was pretty cool, and the ending was really cool and made lots of sense! "Through the Turbulence" was meh, kind of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Klaudia Amenábar

    This is an unsung gem of an anthology! I waited specifically to listen to the audiobook for Sam Witwer's performance as Maul, and I was not disappointed. Some of my favorite Star Wars audiobook experiences are with the anthologies like the Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark and the FACPOV anthologies, so it was great to have one that included stories from the High Republic and the sequel era as well. People who don't normally pick up the middle grade novels are really missing out, too - this This is an unsung gem of an anthology! I waited specifically to listen to the audiobook for Sam Witwer's performance as Maul, and I was not disappointed. Some of my favorite Star Wars audiobook experiences are with the anthologies like the Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark and the FACPOV anthologies, so it was great to have one that included stories from the High Republic and the sequel era as well. People who don't normally pick up the middle grade novels are really missing out, too - this connected so well with many other SW books and comics. Also.... (slight spoiler alert) was that a hint of something romantic in the Luke Skywalker story? As a queer Star Wars fan I've always read Luke as gay, but this story definitely had some things in it that no straight man I've ever met would think about another man. Oh, Luke, his eyes and hair are pretty? He smells nice? I was jumping up and down with my jaw on the floor. Shout out to gay Luke Skywalker, king of the Chanel Boots. Overall, this is a great anthology to pick up for a kid or an adult just wanting some Star Wars, but also an essential for a Star Wars fan to read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anny Barros

    What a Jedi Makes by Michael Kogge - 4/5 Resolve by Alex Segura - 3.5/5 The Eye of the Beholder by Sarwat Chadda - 5/5 A Jedi's Duty by Karen Strong - 4.5/5 Worthless by Delilah S. Dawson - 4/5 The Ghosts of Maul by Michael More I - 3.5/5 Blood Moon Uprising by Vera Strange - 4/5 Luke on the Bright Side by Sam Maggs - 5/5 Masters by Tessa Gratton - 3.5/5 Through the Turbulence by Roseanne A. Brown - 4/5 What a Jedi Makes by Michael Kogge - 4/5 Resolve by Alex Segura - 3.5/5 The Eye of the Beholder by Sarwat Chadda - 5/5 A Jedi's Duty by Karen Strong - 4.5/5 Worthless by Delilah S. Dawson - 4/5 The Ghosts of Maul by Michael More I - 3.5/5 Blood Moon Uprising by Vera Strange - 4/5 Luke on the Bright Side by Sam Maggs - 5/5 Masters by Tessa Gratton - 3.5/5 Through the Turbulence by Roseanne A. Brown - 4/5

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    A great collection of stories. Not all of them were winners, but there were some really great ones too. My favorites were Jedi's Duty (Barriss Offee), Ghosts of Maul (Maul, obviously), Blood Moon Uprising (Vader), and Masters. The others were good but those were my favorites. I like these collections of short stories that we get from Star Wars that allow some really popular writers to stake a stab at favorite Star Wars characters and concepts. Pick this up, if you get a chance. A great collection of stories. Not all of them were winners, but there were some really great ones too. My favorites were Jedi's Duty (Barriss Offee), Ghosts of Maul (Maul, obviously), Blood Moon Uprising (Vader), and Masters. The others were good but those were my favorites. I like these collections of short stories that we get from Star Wars that allow some really popular writers to stake a stab at favorite Star Wars characters and concepts. Pick this up, if you get a chance.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rosh (read in the A.M.)

    Of all the Star Wars books I've read this is by far the best one which took me by surprise considering its not only middle-grade (my kryptonite) but a short story collection (usually I find that they don't spend enough time on anything for me to care about what's happening). I guess coming into this already knowing the characters and their backstories helped me enjoy the story being told instead of sitting here going, who's this? This was a binge read for me, haven't done that in a while so it wa Of all the Star Wars books I've read this is by far the best one which took me by surprise considering its not only middle-grade (my kryptonite) but a short story collection (usually I find that they don't spend enough time on anything for me to care about what's happening). I guess coming into this already knowing the characters and their backstories helped me enjoy the story being told instead of sitting here going, who's this? This was a binge read for me, haven't done that in a while so it was a nice surprise. The audiobook was fantastic as always with all the sound effects that give you a complete cinematic feel. If you can listen to audiobooks I can't recommend them enough for Star Wars. The writing was also good, none of that bland-drier-than-a-piece of cardboard writing that you find in most of the novels which added to my enjoyment of the collection. I have to give a shoutout to the illustrator Jake Bartok for a job well done, they are stunning and will be a treat for anyone who gets a physical copy. This collection is for Star Wars fans who really love the clone wars (they are my favourite and are the best part of Star Wars, I'll die on this hill). You will see the greats, the OGs, the best to ever to ever do it and your heart will be filled with joy. There are 2 reasons why it's not getting five stars from me: 1. Through the turbulence was a hot mess. It should have stayed in the drafts/ been re-worked or cut because it did nothing for me. 2. For some reason I'm failing to think of R2-D2 isn't in any of the stories, How? R2 is integral to the Star Wars franchise. He should have had his own story, heck Rey should have been scrapped and that page time dedicated to him. Even Ahsoka was ignored like she doesn't exist (at least she has her own book). I hope they never repeat this mistake because honestly there's no such thing as too much R2. My ranking of the stories from best to worst 1. The ghosts of Maul- My old friend Mr hateful, vengeful and salty himself. 2. Worthless- Ventress 3. A Jedi's duty- Barriss, being in her head was splendid 4. The eye of the beholder- Anakin and Obi-Wan 5. Resolve- Qui-Gon Jinn 6. Masters- Darth Sidious/Chancellor Palpatine or as I like to call him Chancellor pompous ass 7. Blood moon rising- Darth Vader 8. Luke on the bright side- Luke Skywalker 9. What a Jedi makes- Yoda 10. Through the turbulence- Rey, to end on such a flat note.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    a great Star Wars short story collection. Some of the stories like those from the perspectives of Maul, Palpatine, or Anakin were fantastic. Fantastic short tales with amazing narration for the audiobook. There were only two chapters the I didn't enjoy. They were from the perspectives of Luke and Rey. The Luke chapter felt like fan fiction with ridiculous dialog while the Rey chapter tried to be funny and wasn't. Overall though I would highly recommend it to any Star Wars fan, especially if you a great Star Wars short story collection. Some of the stories like those from the perspectives of Maul, Palpatine, or Anakin were fantastic. Fantastic short tales with amazing narration for the audiobook. There were only two chapters the I didn't enjoy. They were from the perspectives of Luke and Rey. The Luke chapter felt like fan fiction with ridiculous dialog while the Rey chapter tried to be funny and wasn't. Overall though I would highly recommend it to any Star Wars fan, especially if you are a fan of the Clone Wars show as a lot of the stories tie into it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Ragghianti

    Favorite stories: - anakin and obi-wan - Vader -Palpatine

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rafaela

    Good stories, but nothing really impactful about them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Beer

    What a brilliant selection of short stories, including some with my favourite characters and giving interesting insight into some moments of their history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    3.5 some stories were better than others

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    It has some very good stories, most are very fun to read. You will find yourself reading about some of the most memorable characters of the franchise.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabriele

    I liked it very much. Lots of suspense, lovable new characters and successful integration of the familiar characters into the new stories. I would have given 5 stars, except unfortunately the author of the last story had the gall to write about this ridiculousness called Rey. No one needs that. This character has no place in Star Wars. I don’t wish to read about her. Be glad that I don't give only one star or no star at all because of that. I liked it very much. Lots of suspense, lovable new characters and successful integration of the familiar characters into the new stories. I would have given 5 stars, except unfortunately the author of the last story had the gall to write about this ridiculousness called Rey. No one needs that. This character has no place in Star Wars. I don’t wish to read about her. Be glad that I don't give only one star or no star at all because of that.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Hongyue Coleman

    I was pleasantly surprised by many of these stories in this new Star Wars anthology. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations since the way the book was marketed made it seem like an easy cash grab since there are many Star Wars fans who are intrigued by the Jedi and Sith and this novel definitely focuses on the most famous ones out there. Overall though, I found the anthology to be fairly engaging and some of the stories definitely went a bit deeper than I had anticipated. What I enjoyed: -Y I was pleasantly surprised by many of these stories in this new Star Wars anthology. To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations since the way the book was marketed made it seem like an easy cash grab since there are many Star Wars fans who are intrigued by the Jedi and Sith and this novel definitely focuses on the most famous ones out there. Overall though, I found the anthology to be fairly engaging and some of the stories definitely went a bit deeper than I had anticipated. What I enjoyed: -You can clearly see that each of the authors really put thought into their stories. I loved how some of the stories are deep dives into the thought processes of characters like Asajj Ventress, Maul, Palpatine, and Barriss Offee. While these more introspective stories can feel slow in comparison to the more plot-focused stories, they are still fun to dive into and explore the tragedy of some of these characters, particularly with Maul and Palpatine, how they aren’t able to overcome their feelings of anger and arrogance and, with Asajj Ventress and Barriss Offee, how influenced they are by the psychological effects of a galaxy at war. -Some of the stories had some intriguing things to say about the war and the Jedi. I particularly liked Sarwat Chadda’s story which very much explored the cost of war on children. While the story’s happy ending felt a bit forced, overall, I really appreciated the story’s ability to go into how much the war costs civilians. Most of The Clone Wars TV show is focused on the war’s effects on the soldiers fighting it while the civilians are the side characters. It was nice seeing that switched around. Also, if you like Chadda’s story, I highly recommend you read his middle grade novel City of the Plague God which goes into the same themes in a much deeper way. Michael Kogge’s story taking place in the High Republic(!!) did a great job diving into what it means to be a Jedi and how force sensitivity plays a role in that. -I loved how plain fun some of the stories are. Sam Maggs’ story, which introduces the male character Reyé who is indicated to be queer due to his hinted crush on Luke, was very entertaining to read. It was fun watching Reyé and Luke get stuck together on Hoth and have to work together despite their differences. Roseanne A. Brown’s story about Rey and Poe learning to collaborate while trying to rescue BB-8 was also lots of fun. I guess I like stories where characters get trapped and have to work together to save themselves?? Anyways, I loved how both of these stories played with interpersonal relationships in a sweet and wholesome way. What I thought could be better: -I wish more of the stories went deeper into their themes and characters. While I appreciated how most of the stories ended with the characters learning more about themselves and either choosing to change based on that knowledge or opting to stay angry and bitter, I still felt what we did learn about the characters wasn’t enough for me to say that this novel is worth buying other than the fact it’s Star Wars. I’m not even bothered about the lack of new lore in the anthology. While I do think elementary and middle school readers who are this collection’s target audience can certainly learn a lot from the themes in these stories, I also think there are other middle grade books like City of the Plague God, A Test of Courage, Inside Out & Back Again, Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky, and more that go deeper into themes of war, loss, anger, and trauma. While these are short stories and don’t have as much time as full-length novels, having written and read plenty of short stories in the past, I know that you can fit some pretty big themes into just a 1000 words. Overall, I liked this anthology and enjoyed many of its stories. I appreciated how they brought more depth to some of the characters, how they tackled some big themes, and how simply fun some of them were. While I do think some of the stories could have gone deeper into their characters and themes, I wouldn’t say these are worthless tales. I wouldn’t recommend this anthology to anyone who wants more information about the world of Star Wars and its characters, but if you want a quick and, at times, introspective read that takes place in a galaxy far, far away that has some entertaining and thoughtful moments, then this one is for you!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire N

    I listened to the audio book of this (which had some of the animated series actors doing the voices) and really enjoyed it. The stories were fresh and engaging and new content!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Bulthaupt

    I listened to this book via Audible. Stories of Jedi and Sith is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, an anthology of stories spanning the entire known Star Wars timeline focusing on the good and evil Force users of the galaxy far, far away. Some of the stories were interesting or insightful, and others were fun opportunities to revisit favorite characters. While each one brings something to the table, overall the collection was a bit underwhelming and failed to leave a lasting impression. In I listened to this book via Audible. Stories of Jedi and Sith is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, an anthology of stories spanning the entire known Star Wars timeline focusing on the good and evil Force users of the galaxy far, far away. Some of the stories were interesting or insightful, and others were fun opportunities to revisit favorite characters. While each one brings something to the table, overall the collection was a bit underwhelming and failed to leave a lasting impression. In trying to recall specifics of the stories, there's very little that stayed behind in my mind, and that lack of impact tells me they weren't all that great. If you're a Star Wars completist, then you'll already have added this to your collection. Everyone else can move along to another adventure, like the excellent Queen Amidala and Thrawn trilogies.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert Goodson

    I thought it was an excellent anthology book. Most stories were fairly self contained, but others left me wanting to know what happened afterward and would be a good launching point for a novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristopher Wagner

    This is one of the better Star Wars anthologies

  27. 4 out of 5

    Toby Sims

    Best short story collection? 🤔 Yes! 👌🏻 Absolutely loved reading these short stories. I either liked the story or loved the story, there wasn’t any I disliked. Whilst there are some tie-ins to larger stories, it simply serves as a way of spending more time with the characters you love and understanding them more. The artwork is magnificent too and it was a pleasure to see a fan artist get commissioned. Follow @jakebartok on Instagram to see his amazing work, especially his medieval adaptions of St Best short story collection? 🤔 Yes! 👌🏻 Absolutely loved reading these short stories. I either liked the story or loved the story, there wasn’t any I disliked. Whilst there are some tie-ins to larger stories, it simply serves as a way of spending more time with the characters you love and understanding them more. The artwork is magnificent too and it was a pleasure to see a fan artist get commissioned. Follow @jakebartok on Instagram to see his amazing work, especially his medieval adaptions of Star Wars characters!

  28. 5 out of 5

    ~~Caroline~~

    what a jedi makes: 5/5. high republic my beloved… resolve: 4/5. qui-gon is not my bestie but unfortunately i DO enjoy his stories. sometimes. the eye of the beholder: 5/5. they… a jedi’s duty: 4/5. barriss you are so complex and interesting i wish we had more time with you. worthlesss: 4/5. unfortunately ventresss IS clone racist which is not very cool but also she is a girlboss. so. the ghosts of maul: 5/5. scrunkly. i’m fascinated by him. sad gay man. blood moon uprising: 3/5. hm. luke on the bright what a jedi makes: 5/5. high republic my beloved… resolve: 4/5. qui-gon is not my bestie but unfortunately i DO enjoy his stories. sometimes. the eye of the beholder: 5/5. they… a jedi’s duty: 4/5. barriss you are so complex and interesting i wish we had more time with you. worthlesss: 4/5. unfortunately ventresss IS clone racist which is not very cool but also she is a girlboss. so. the ghosts of maul: 5/5. scrunkly. i’m fascinated by him. sad gay man. blood moon uprising: 3/5. hm. luke on the bright side: 4/5. luke…love this twink. masters: 4/5. palps i hate you. die <3 yoda you are my funky great-uncle please come to thanksgiving and show me funky tricks. through the turbulence: 4/5. why is almost every other piece of sequels media better than tlj/tros.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matty K

    *SCREAMING NOISES* SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!! GO READ IT!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Read through this book so quickly I loved getting to see different points of view for characters in the galaxy far far away

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