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Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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I, Jedi
Michael A, Stackpole
Bantam Spectra
Published as:
Hardback Novel (1998)
Paperback Novel (1999)
Audio Book (1998, 2007)
e-Book (2011)

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4 reviews [Average review score: 4.5 / 5]

Corran Horn has distinguished himself as one of the best and brightest of Rogue Squadron's elite fighting force. Then his wife, Mirax, vanishes on a covert mission for the New Republic, and Corran vows to find her. To do so, he knows he must develop the latent Force powers inherited from his grandfather, a legendary Jedi hero. He joins Luke Skywalker's famed Jedi Academy to begin training, only to quit in frustration at Skywalker's methods. Now Corran is on his own. Using his Corellian undercover experience, he must infiltrate, sabotage, and destroy a ruthless organization in order to find his wife. But to succeed, Corran will have to come to terms with his Jedi heritage and make a terrible choice : surrender to the dark side, or die.

This story occurs approximately 11 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Pedro, England, 2010:

"I found I, Jedi to be a great and very interesting read. I easily fit into the first person narrative and found Corran Horn an easy person to understand.
"By far the best part of the book was the Jedi Academy and training part. It was very interesting to read about the techniques used by Luke and the learning curve of the different students. I have not read the Jedi Academy Trilogy so found the events perhaps more interesting. "Exar Kun was interesting, though it was very convenient how a bunch of Jedi-to-be and their master came across him when there is so many other worlds Exar Kun could have been. I did find it slightly confusing how Exar Kun had managed to survive the 200 years or so. I thought him to be a consciene mind, like Palpatine after his 'death' but before he inhabited a body, when first introduced to him, but then it seemed more like he still has his original body. 
"Also, Exar Kun's death at the hands of the students escaped any details. Fair enough Corran wasn't there to witness it but i would have thought he would be interested to find out how they dealt with him.
"From the battles, lightsaber and space, it is clear that Michael knows a lot about them and certainly explained them in great detail. However, I sometimes found it hard to understand what was happening.
"It seems I'm nitpicking now, I actually really enjoyed the book. Corran Horn was a great character and easy to relate to. Corran's struggles with who he was and to what ends he would go to to save Mirax were very interesting.
A brilliant and enjoyable read."

Rating: 4 / 5

Review by James Lee, Scotland, 2010:

"This book runs co-currently with the Jedi Academy trilogy and I found it to be a very good read. The story starts with Rouge Squadron pilot Corran Horn looking for his recently missing wife Mirax. He goes to Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy to obtain the knowledge to help find her and from there he discovers his true destiny as a Jedi. The story is told in a first person view through Corran's eyes that really gave depth to the character and understanding of his strengths and weaknesses."

Rating: 5 / 5

Review by David White, USA, 2009:

"This book ranks high among my favorites. I agree with the previous reviewer that the events of this book aren't super-relevant to the Star Wars Universe, but I enjoy Stackpole's writing style. I thought the Jedi Academy trilogy was mediocre at best, but a necessary read due to the relevant events and characters to the Star Wars Universe. I, Jedi fills in gaps and plugs weaknesses in the original Jedi Academy trilogy, and I enjoyed seeing the same events from a different prospective.
"Corran Horn is one of my favorite E. U. characters, partly because of his foibles and weaknesses. This book expanded on the fun X-wing series and really brought the series to the big-leagues. The first-person narrative is unique among the Star Wars books, and made for a refreshing read. I found the discussions on what it meant to be a Jedi and how to train them interesting and thought provoking. I liked that Corran pointed out Luke's errors in setting up the Academy, proving that Luke was human.
"Nitpick alert: The author seemed to believe that there was a longer gap between the Clone Wars and the Battle of Yavin. This was common among this era of authors that seemed to thing there was 2 generations, not one between the wars. This isn't Stackpole's fault, and Stackpole didn't know that Jedi weren't allowed to marry and have kids. You have to forgive the mistakes, as Lucas hadn't made things clear at that point."

Rating: 5 / 5

Review by RobB, USA, 2008:

"I, Jedi is Michael Stackpole's fifth novel in the Star Wars universe and his first and only stand alone work (his others being the X-Wing and The New Jedi Order series). The story arc of I, Jedi spans all of the Jedi Academy storyline from Kevin J. Anderson's trilogy of the same name and beyond. It is the story of Corran Horn's training as a Jedi and his effort to rescue his wife who vanished under mysterious circumstances. This book is unique in that it is the first Star Wars novel to be written in first person, from Corran's point of view.
"In terms of what books you should read before this book, none are really required. However, reading the Jedi Academy first will help you appreciate the first person narrative and seeing the same story through Corran's eyes. I think Stackpole's telling of this story, which takes up the first half of the book, was much more compelling than the original by Kevin J. Anderson. My original impression was that the Jedi candidates just wandered around the temples and woods meditating. Stackpole has them much more active and explains the purpose of some of these activities.
"Other books that are suggested prerequisites are those from the X-Wing series, particularly the first four novels that just happened to be written by Stackpole. I have not read these books yet but could easily tell his references to these works in the story. Fortunately, you don't need to know these back stories to understand the plot of this book. But it is nice to see this work tie in two of the major series of books of The New Republic era together.
"In terms of historic events of the Expanded Universe, there aren't many galaxy-shaking events here. Probably the biggest is that you see Corran's training into becoming a Jedi Knight. This event sets his life in motion as a significant member of the New Jedi Order. The other aspect is that it covers the time of Luke's founding of the new Jedi Academy on Yavin IV. If you want to skip Anderson's trilogy and want just a taste of the adventures in the X-Wing series, then this book is for you.
"Corran Horn comes across as a cocky know-it-all much of the time; although we do see his weaknesses and self-doubt sometimes. Luke Skywalker doesn't seem nearly the Jedi Master I would expect. He doubts himself too much and is too willing to just go with the flow. However, I'm willing to chalk that up to the fact the story is told from Corran's point of view. The other characters like Mara Jade, Gantoris, Kyp Durron, and the other Academy trainees seem consistent with other Expanded Universe books. The writing style is engaging and the plot well though out and executed. At 570 pages, this is one of the longer Star Wars novels out there, but I found myself blowing through the pages. This is easily one of my top Expanded Universe books!"

Rating: 5 / 5

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