first volume of the Jedi Quest series has a
difficult task, primarily that of standing as a new entity and not a
clone of the Jedi Apprentice
series, which had itself become a trifle tired by the time it
finished its run. Fortunately, Watson manages to create a book that
is both new and reminiscent of its predecessor.
"The thing that distinguishes the Jedi
Quest series from the Jedi
Apprentice series is how different Anakin is as a Padawan when
compared to Obi-Wan. Admittedly, Obi-Wan had his wilful moments, but
Anakin's psyche contains more than just immaturity and
over-confidence; his hubris and arrogance coupled with his
bull-in-a-china-shop approach to things make him a different kettle
of fish altogether.
"The Way of the Apprentice has a fairly familiar
backdrop: the Jedi are on a mission to a planet where something has
gone wrong and it cannot be taken at face value (the same basic plot
applies to the majority of the previous series) but it, for the most
part, is secondary to the interactions between Anakin and the other
Padawans. He finds common ground with one through their shared love
of technology, whilst clashing with another thanks to pride and
"A promising start to the series, with Anakin's character
looking to be the most exciting aspect."