A pretty exciting project was announced yesterday by Star Wars, as a new book, entitled “The Secrets of the Jedi,” is coming on November 19. The book is written by Marc Sumerak, but the really interesting thing is that it is written from Luke Skywalker’s point of view.
So, in other words, this book will see Luke Skywalker walking you through the history of the Jedi Order. And that’s a really cool concept.
In addition to the cover, several pages from the book were released:
The artwork looks beautiful (including a picture of Luke and Ben training, if you can spot it), and I love the way it is laid out. This looks like it will be a gorgeous book to have, and I think it’s really cool that it’s Luke Skywalker telling it. It’s almost like he’s recording the history of the Jedi Order.
Of course, people have wondered when he wrote this, since he writes about his time with Rey in the past tense. And Sumerak notes that the Luke Skywalker narrating this story is a far cry from the optimistic guy we see in the original trilogy, so it sounds like it was written during his time in exile. But was this mostly written before Rey arrived, and then he just updated it? Did this start out as his project to record the history of the Jedi and show why they needed to end, and then transform into a bit more positive view of them? It’s interesting to think of the timeline of this, but the bigger deal is that it’s just really cool to see this told from Luke’s perspective.
This means that it’s Luke telling us about Ahsoka Tano, for instance. And it’s Luke’s point of view on Ben’s rebellion. And it shows Luke’s knowledge of how to live on after death, and the Jedi who had attained it. Plus, it confirms that Luke continued to commune with the Force Ghosts of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin after Endor until he cut himself off from the Force. That sounds to me like it would make some interesting stories down the road!
I doubt we’ll get many new revelations in this book, but I’m a big fan of the artwork, the layout, and what we’ve seen so far. I love the idea for the book, and I’ll certainly be adding it to my collection as essentially Luke’s history of the Jedi Order.