My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genre: Media Tie In, Scifi
Publisher: becker&mayer! Book Producers
There are no spoilers in this review, because there’s nothing to spoil in this book (it has no plot).
This ancient training manual, crafted by early Jedi Masters, has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi. It explains the history and hierarchy of the Jedi Order, and what Jedi must know to take their place as defenders of the peace in the galaxy — from mastery of the Force to the nuances of lightsaber combat.
Passed down from Master to Padawan, the pages of this venerable text have been annotated by those who have held it, studied it, and lived its secrets. From Yoda and Luke Skywalker to Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, they have shaped the content of the book by leaving mementos tucked within the pages, tearing out pages, and adding their personal experiences as tangible reminders of the lessons they’ve learned.
Through wars and rebellion, only a single copy of this manual has survived. It is now passed on to you.
The ancient Masters who wrote the text: Fae Coven, Grand Master and head of the Jedi Council; Crix Sunburris, Jedi Ace starfighter pilot; Restelly Quist, Jedi Chief Librarian; Skarch Vaunk, Jedi Battlemaster and lightsaber expert; Bowspritz, Jedi Biologist and expert on the Living Force; Sabla-Mandibu, Jedi Seer and Holocron expert; Morrit Ch’gally, Jedi Recruiter; Gal-Stod Slagistrough, Jedi leader of the Agricultural Corps.
Jedi who added personal commentary: Yoda, Thame Cerulian, Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Sidious, and Luke Skywalker.
Its written as a sort of ‘in universe non-fiction’ but because its in our universe now, it counts as fiction (yes, unfortunately, Jedi aren’t real and science hasn’t managed to make lightsabers…… yet).
It reminded me of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Quidditch Through the Ages, because of the set up of having the character’s notes scrawled in the margins. The text itself is a little bit dull, it is a textbook after all, but the notes make it well worth the read. I did learn a lot about the Jedi and their history, which makes watching the movies even more fun (for me, now my friends want to strangle me for talking too much), but it also just fleshes out some of the characters (the commentators) in a way the movies don’t always.
Way back when this first came out I decided to pay extra for the collector’s edition, it comes in a fancy mechanical case that you can push buttons to open and it has lights and sound, and stuff in the pages. I’m glad I did.
Removable features: A letter tracing the book’s history, a severed Padawan braid, a metal Jedi Credit medallion, a Jedi starfighter patch, a burned poster of the Jedi Code, a map of the Jedi Temple, a lightsaber diagram sketched on the back of a napkin from Dex’s Diner, and a note on the missing pages torn from the book by a Sith.
If you’re a huge Star Wars fan – like me! – I’d definitely recommend the special/vault edition. If you’re more of a casual fan, I think you can still enjoy the Manual itself. Its just a funny, fairly short read that manages to give a lot of insight into the everyday lives and traditions of some of the most famous people in a Galaxy Far Far Away.