The prequel era of Star Wars is having a bit of a renaissance – from guest appearances and Easter eggs in Disney+ shows to filling in key parts of the timeline with new Clone Wars-set books. That’s where Mike Chen’s Star Wars: Brotherhood comes in.
The forthcoming back, due out on May 10, is set in the early days of the Clone Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Master Jedi and sits on the Jedi High Council. His former apprentice Anakin Skywalker becomes a Jedi Knight, cutting off his Padawan braid and harboring a secret marriage to Senator Padme Amidala.
The book’s action comes from Obi-Wan’s investigation of a catastrophe on Cato Neimoidia as Count Dooku and the Separatists blame the Republic and wage war to bring more planets into their confederacy. The book is also about the evolved relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin – no longer master and apprentice, but brothers in arms.
A new excerpt from the book, shared by io9, teases the return of beloved diner proprietor, Dexter Jettster, whom we last saw in Attack of the Clones. He’s the four-armed Besalisk who directed Obi-Wan to Kamino, where the Jedi discovered the creation of a clone army for the Republic.
In the excerpt, Obi-Wan returns to the diner to visit his old friend Dex and for advice about the Neimoidians – and to share some cake.
"“So that’s it. Appeal to their sense of risk. How do you recommend going about that?” Obi-Wan lifted his plate. “Bring them cake?”"
The excerpt also reveals how Obi-Wan got the name “Ben,” which he uses during his isolation on Tatooine after the Jedi Order is destroyed and Anakin becomes Darth Vader.
Get ready to lose your minds, Clone Wars fans, because Mandalorian Duchess Satine Kryze used to call the Jedi Ben.
"This particular jab was so effective that a grin slipped through, and Obi-Wan raised an eyebrow in subtle acknowledgment.“What old friend?”“Oh, I don’t know. Dresses better than you. Striking eyes. Mandalorian royalty. Used to call you Ben, for some reason,” Dex said with one of his hearty chuckles. “That one. I hear she’s quite the savvy politician.”"
You can read the full excerpt, or have it read to you by Jonathan Davis, here.
Star Wars: Brotherhood releases on May 10 and is available to preorder.
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