Del Rey released a new synopsis yesterday for Claudia Gray’s upcoming novel Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, which tells a story about Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This’ll be the first Canon novel to take place before films. The Del Rey Star Wars twitter account tweeted out the news saying the following:
This week was a bit wacky, wasn't it? As a thank you for hanging out with us, here's a brand new synopsis of Claudia Gray's upcoming #MasterandApprentice, coming this April. pic.twitter.com/7UOMokk4PU
— Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) February 1, 2019
The synopsis that Del Rey released over on Twitter reads:
An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future.
A Jedi must be a fearless warrior, a guardian of justice, and a scholar in the ways of the Force. But perhaps a Jedi’s most essential duty is to pass on what they have learned. Master Yoda trained Dooku; Dooku trained Qui-Gon Jinn; and now Qui-Gon has a Padawan of his own. But while Qui-Gon has faced all manner of threats and danger as a Jedi, nothing has ever scared him like the thought of failing his apprentice.
Obi-Wan Kenobi has deep respect for his Master, but struggles to understand him. Why must Qui-Gon so often disregard the laws that bind the Jedi? Why is Qui-Gon drawn to ancient Jedi prophecies instead of more practical concerns? And why wasn’t Obi-Wan told that Qui-Gon is considering an invitation to join the Jedi Council—knowing it would mean the end of their partnership? The simple answer scares him: Obi-Wan has failed his Master.
When Jedi Rael Averross, another former student of Dooku, requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jinn and Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon’s mind. As Qui-Gon’s faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan’s faith in him is tested—just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
Author Claudia Gray has written multiple novels for the Star Wars Canon. Including the short story “Master and Apprentice”, which was one of forty short stories featured in the 2017 anthology book From a Certain Point of View. In From a Certain Point of View each story is told from the perspective of background characters in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Gray’s other contributions to Star Wars also include:
- Star Wars: Lost Stars – released September 4th 2015
- Star Wars: Bloodline – released May 3rd 2016
- Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan – September 1st 2017
Star Wars: Master & Apprentice will be hitting shelves this Spring on April 11th.
Written by: Connor Heggie