Star Wars: Brotherhood – The Kenobi Story We Didn’t Know We Needed [Review]

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Star Wars Day is officially behind us. Still, it left an indelible mark on us with the new trailer for Obi Wan Kenobi. The series arrives three weeks from tomorrow, coinciding with Star Wars celebration in 2022. With all eyes on everyone’s favorite Jedi master right now, what better time to release a new book that dives even deeper deeper into the character? This is exactly what Del Rey Books does with the exceptional work of Mike Chen, Star Wars: fraternity.

Obi-Wan and Anakin in their final days as master and apprentice. (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Between three feature films (yes, the clone wars animated film account) and The Clone Wars series, Lucasfilm delighted fans with an avalanche of storytelling and character development throughout a pivotal period in the Star Wars timeline. Much of this dealt with Obi-Wan Kenobi and his relationship with Anakin Skywalker. Rightly so, as they themselves are the two most important characters in the entire saga. fraternityhowever, elevates each to an entirely new level.

fraternity: The Clone Wars Story We Didn’t Know We Needed

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Image: Del Rey Books

Here is part of the official synopsis of the story:

After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the flagship of the Trade Federation, the Republic is in jeopardy and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi send Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order’s most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to shift dangerously. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to drag the planet into their plot… And feels the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cover the planet.

fraternity covers a period of the Clone Wars that we haven’t seen so far. Anakin is a newly created Jedi Knight, and Obi-Wan? He just joined the Jedi Council. As the story unfolds, the changing relationship between former master and apprentice also evolves. For the first time, everyone must learn to function outside of the familiar symbiosis they have developed. Everyone struggles, and with the novel, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, together and apart, from a whole new perspective.

To paraphrase Kenobi from his later years, our perception of Star Wars storytelling often depends greatly on our own perspective. fraternity takes this point of view and turns it on his ear. This isn’t just about how we view Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship, mind you. We see the Nemoidians in a new light in the novel, as well as the galactic impacts of the Clone Wars on systems struggling to stay neutral.

The Clone Wars
Anakin and Obi-Wan during the Clone Wars. (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Kenobi, Skywalker and the Clone Wars

like the novel black follower before that, fraternity delivers a new tale essential to the Clone Wars storytelling. Seeing our favorite characters’ different perspectives on the same events that Chen presents to them is a treat indeed. If you fancy more Kenobi before the series premieres on May 27andThis is the book for you.

Star Wars: Brotherhood hits retailers everywhere on May 10.

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