Book Review: Captive Temple by Jude Watson

Title: Captive Temple

Author:  Jude Watson

Format: Paperback

Written: 2000

Published: 2000

Captive Temple is one of those books you expect a lot from and get very little.  It was a book that had intrigued me to no end years ago.  I was eager to read about the threat on Yoda’s life as was advertised on the back of the book.  Yet, said threat on Yoda’s life ended up being a passing thought that was in some ways easily forgotten and ignored.  Honestly the book was rather unremarkable.  It wasn’t terrible nor was it great, it just was.

 

I didn’t mind the read it was quick and interesting enough for me to stick it out till the end but there wasn’t anything stuck out to me.  Oddly enough as a reviewer I would rather have a terrible book so I could at very least rant about it rather than sit here and say that I read the book and it was decent. With that in mind I give the book a two page rating if you are bored, read it, or if you want to continue the main story arch as I do.

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Book Review – Jedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path by Jude Watson

Title: Jedi Apprentice: The Uncertain Path

Author: Jude Watson

Format: Paperback

Written: 2000

Published: 2000

 

Growing up as a child I was exposed to the world of Sci-Fi from a young age.  I was more familiar with the crew of the Starship Enterprise that I was with the Berenstain Bears.  Thus it was not a far jump for me to fall in love with and enjoy Star Wars as well.  Having grown up with such a love, I figured in middle school that if I enjoy watching Star Wars and Star Trek I would enjoy reading it as well.  Truth be told there were times that I can say I was dead on the money and other times where I was a little less than enthused by the book I picked up.  Just like any type of book there is a hit and miss pattern.  A hit I found back in high school was a series of books about none other than my favorite Jedi, Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The books focus on his time as a young padawan and I was all over this concept till I had trouble getting my hands on more meaning I couldn’t afford to buy more as the library where I was at the time was rather poor.

 

It was when I was looking for books for this site that the Jedi Apprentice books came back to me as something I never finished and always wanted to finish.  (You may actually find me doing a lot of that, finishing things I started long ago.)

 

Now I will admit right off the bat that the Jedi Apprentice books are geared toward young readers with Amazon.com stating that the book is for ages 9 and up, so very light and easy reading.  Yet for a fan of Obi-Wan the rather easy reading was not going to deter me as the story is still good all the same.  Thus I picked up from where I could last remember reading and it was in the middle of a story arch that I had nearly forgotten.  So I will admit that it took me a while to jog my memory but it wasn’t too hard as the stories are rather memorable and the important things were still with me.

 

This particular story picks up with Obi-Wan having actually chosen to leave the Jedi Order in favor of fighting for peace on a planet he had come to love.  The story follows not only Obi-Wan but Qui-Gon Jin as they deal with life away from one another.  Of course this isn’t much of a basis for a story so there is more, such as Obi-Wan being betrayed by those whom he trusted most, and Qui-Gon is assigned to investigate a rash of thefts in the nearly impenetrable Jedi Fortress.

 

Overall, the story was well crafted, and the emotions and reactions of the characters were very realistic without the magic of the store being about Jedi being broken.  In short, Jude Watson did a wonderful job with this story and I look forward to reading the next part which promises to be interesting as there was an attempt made on Yoda’s life.  I give the book a 4 out of 5 page rating with the warning that you don’t want to read this book until you have read the first five ones first. (Please note that the first book The Rising Force was written by Dave Wolverton rather than Jude Watson).

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