I, Jedi

I, Jedi

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From New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole, one of the acclaimed masters of imaginative fiction, comes a stirring new tale set in the Star Wars universe, the story of Corran Horn, a heroic X-wing pilot who faces the greatest challenge of his life: trying to come to terms with his Jedi heritage and learning to use the Force--without succumbing to the dark side. Corran Horn was an officer in the Corellian Security Force before casting his lot with the New Republic. As the grandson of a legendary Jedi hero, he has latent Force powers that have yet to be developed. But he has managed to distinguish himself with Rogue Squadron, the X-wing fighter force that has become the scourge of the Empire and of the pirates that prey on Republic shipping. When a new pirate band begins terrorizing the space lanes, Rogue Squadron seems at last to have met its match. Led by an ex-Moff in an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, the pirates appear uncannily aware of the squadron's plans and tactics, and are able to detect and escape even the cleverest ambushes. Either there is a security leak...or the pirates have access to a dark and unnatural power that only a trained Jedi could contend with. Then Corran's wife, Mirax, vanishes on a covert mission to locate the pirates' secret base, and Corran vows to find her. He begins Jedi training at the Jedi academy, hoping to develop his untapped powers. But as he grows dissatisfied with Luke Skywalker's methods, he will break with the academy before his training is finished. Calling on his Corellian undercover experience, he infiltrates the pirate organization. His plan is daring and dangerous. He will learn what he can, sabotage what he can, and use every means possible to find his wife. And his very survival may depend on a terrible choice--whether or not to surrender to the dark side. I, Jedibrings readers into the startling, dramatic journey of a young man with a wild talent who must somehow master those powers within...or be destroyed by them.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780553108200
Characteristics: 464 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 16, 2018

My favorite Star Wars novel, published almost 20 years ago. 'I, Jedi' was written in the 'legacy' time, before SW was purchased by disney and all prior novels were de-cannonized. I remember enjoying it because it stuck out from every other Star Wars novel of that era. The main focus wasn't a Skywalker or a Solo and the overall plot didn't involve a threat to all life in the galaxy. The story was about Corran Horn, a grizzled Corellian detective who finds out he inherited force sensitivity from his deceased Jedi grandfather. After the fall of the Empire, Horn is reluctantly recruited by Luke Skywalker to join his fledgling Jedi Academy. It turns out he is not great at being a Jedi. Not for falling to the darkside, but for a bunch of other mundane issues. He's older than most other students and doesn't socialize well, his strength in the force is minimal, his skill with a lightsaber is nonexistant and his moral code of 'operating on instinct' clashes with the 'remain objective' ideals of the Jedi. When his wife disappears, he commits the big Star Wars 'no-no' and leaves the academy with incomplete training to find her.

What I liked most about this story was the fact that Corran Horn was just a normal guy who falls into an abnormal situation. His 'non-space wizard' life before training as a Jedi proves of more use than the gifts the force grants him. He wasn't fated to save the universe, he's not thrust upon a leadership position and he isn't seeking fame or glory. He's just a guy who finds out he has a gift, that he's terrible with that gift, and it leads him to appreciate what he had before all along. 'I, Jedi' sticks out among the old 'Legacy' novels in that sense. It wasn't a traditional Star Wars or even science fiction-detective story.

May 17, 2017

I didn't think I would like this book very much before reading it. Even though there are some things I don't like about it, I, Jedi wasn't too bad and I think it was actually kind of interesting.
A good part of this book takes place during the Jedi Academy Trilogy. I thought that it was cool how it did this because it sort of filled in some "gaps," that were missing and explained things that weren't clear. (Especially for Dark Apprentice that was a little bit rushed and messy).
I also thought it was interesting that Michael Stackpole seemed to really try to connect this novel to The Hand Of Thrawn Duology that was published around the same time. Like what it did for the Jedi Academy Trilogy, I think this novel helped explain some ideas that were hard to understand in the duology. The best parts are definitely during this section of the book.
Corran had his ups and downs to me. Sometimes I liked some of things he did, and other times, not so much. He came off as being really proud, a little but whiny, and sometimes annoying. I also think he wasn't that great of husband.... Anyways, I, Jedi is long, but like I said earlier, it is kind of interesting.

Jul 07, 2016

Written from Corran Horn's perspective.

Dec 03, 2009

This is actually one of the best Star Wars books I've ever read; I really liked it and I would recommend to everyone!


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May 17, 2017

"If you cannot recognize the man in the mirror, it is time to step back and see when you stopped being yourself." -Rostek Horn

May 17, 2017

"What you will face in the future might not seem as difficult as destroying a Death Star, but I assure you that it is easily just as important." Luke Skywalker

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May 17, 2017

After returning home from a long campaign to find his wife kidnapped, Corran turns to Luke Skywalker for help. This coincides nicely with the master's timing, as Luke is seeking students for his new Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. Corran knows that he is Force-sensitive, and knows that only with the Force as his ally can he track down his enemy.
Corran's wife, Mirax, was tracking down a group of elusive pirates known as the Invids, who are lead by Leonia Tavira. The Invids' primary tactic is to drop out of hyperspace with the flagship, an Imperial Star Destroyer named the Invidious, strike, and disappear with perfect timing. As Mirax grew closer to solving the mystery of how these pirates performed their supernaturally accurate attacks, she was kidnapped and placed into stasis on their fortress planet. On the journey to save Mirax, Corran learns that his grandfather was a Jedi, a member of the Halcyon line. His adopted grandfather shows Corran the records that the Jedi had left behind, and with that, Corran eventually makes up his mind to follow in his ancestor's footsteps and become a Jedi. After extensive training and being caught in a crisis involving the risen spirit of the Dark Sith Lord Exar Kun, Corran leaves the academy, and tries to infiltrate the pirate flying squadron using his CorSec training. He quickly rises through the ranks, and finds out where Mirax is being held. With the timely help of Luke Skywalker and his squadron friend and wingman, Ooryl Qrygg, he fights his way past the Jensaarai, a splinter group of Jedi who focus on stealth and premonition, and into the fortress, and rescues his wife. As they attempt to make good their escape, however, the two Jedi, Qrygg, A'kla and Mirax are met by yet more Jensaarai, led by the Saarai-kaar, who claims that Horn's arrival as "the Halcyon" is a harbinger of their doom. After a short brawl, Skywalker neutralizes the Jensaarai Defenders, while Horn is able to distract the Saarai-Kaar with an illusion of her master, Nikkos Tyris, long enough to prevail against her. All of them are taken into custody just as the Invidious and the Errant Venture, accompanied by Rogue Squadron and Pash Cracken's A-wing group, arrive in the system. Delving deeply into Tavira's mind, Horn plants there a vision of the Venture as the infamous Super Star Destroyer Lusankya as it launches the Sun Crusher at her ship. Spooked by the illusion, Tavira flees the system, leaving the Jedi and the forces of the New Republic to reconcile with the Jensaarai and the Khuiumin Survivors. Shortly afterwards, Corran uses his X-Wing to destroy Exar Kun's temple on Yavin 4--not so much out of petty revenge on the dead Sith Lord, but because he'd realized a connection between the Sith inscriptions on Kun's temple and the Jensaarai Sith texts, and he wanted to do his part to keep Sith knowledge from corrupting more people.


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