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Shadows of the Future (Star Wars)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 1st February 2011 (3)
Tags: Novel

Summary: Obi-Wan lost the duel on Mustafar, but instead of dying, he finds himself on a ship leaving Tatooine, with his old Master and a familiar young boy. As events begin to unfold, can he stop the future he knows from occurring? TPM AU, ObiAniQui bonding.

The premise is a familiar one; what if a character could go back and re-live a key portion of his life and fix the mistakes he had made? Yet this version of that trope is different in many ways. Not only is this "going back" not deliberate, but Obi-Wan finds it difficult to believe it has actually happened. Even more problematical is the "fixing mistakes" part, since he doesn't have a clue what the mistakes were. Also, this being Star Wars, of course Qui-Gon is going to notice the change in Obi-Wan...

This is a loving exploration of the characters of Obi-Wan, Quai-Gon and Anakin, and the familial bonds which tie them together. But this isn't a soppy story; there are lashings and lashings of angst, with dollops of confusion, frustration, anger and humour. And we mustn't forget that Palpatine is still plotting his evil plots.