Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force (Star Wars) ハードカバー – 2011/8/1
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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. A single copy of this manual has survived. It is now passed on to you...
Daniel Wallace has authored many Star Wars books including several in the Essential Guide series and several sourcebooks for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, as well as contributing to The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
But, overall, the book was a very enjoyable read. It would have been very dry, very boring reading without the annotations, but WITH the annotations, especially as they are with each generation commenting for themselves, and also responding the generations before them -- it is QUITE interesting.
4 stars :)
While this is pretty inadequate from a comprehensive point of view, it is an excellent "quick reference" of sorts. It's a short read, most of the pages have large pictures, and much of the material is stuff many could figure out on their own or through their own knowledge and experience in the Star Wars universe. But it's a great book nonetheless for its conciseness, its beautiful artwork, and its (assumedly) accurate information. It's a fantastic general overview of the Jedi Order with enough details to fill the page and whet one's appetite for more. If you've ever had a quick question about the Jedi, you can find your answer in this book pretty quickly.
A very innovative aspect about this book is the amount of notes from previous "owners." The notes, and the text itself, tends to slant towards the Jedi, but that's mostly due to the fact that the only owners with a remote desire for the Dark side are Palpatine, Dooku, and Anakin; everyone else is a Jedi through and through. Besides, who'd want to bad-mouth their own order? It's a neat addition, nonetheless.
(This next bit is me personally raging due to seeing the 3-D Clone Wars movie. Sorry.) The author did a good job with this. I can say without a doubt that Ahsoka Tano sounds just as annoying on paper as she did on the blue screen.
TL;DR: Again, this is an excellent reference for when you've got to check something up on the Jedi quickly. It's not as thorough as I would like, but it's descriptive enough for me to recommend. Besides, it looks really pretty too. ;-)