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Attribution information

John Jackson Miller[1]


Shelly Shapiro[2]

Publication information

Del Rey[1]

Release date

August 27, 2013[3]

Media type







Rise of the Empire era[2]


19 BBY[5]

Preceded by

Republic Commando: Order 66

Followed by

Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader

"The greatest hero in the galaxy faces his toughest challenge yet: He must stop being Obi-Wan — and learn to live as Ben."
―John Jackson Miller[src]

Kenobi is a novel written by author John Jackson Miller.[1] It was released on August 27, 2013.[3] The novel takes place between the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It is set during the early days of Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine.[2]

The short story "Incognito" from Star Wars Insider 143 was written as a tie-in.

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Back cover

The Republic has fallen. Sith Lords rule the Galaxy. Obi-Wan Kenobi has lost everything. Everything but hope.

Internal flap

Tatooine—a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

Known to locals only as “Ben,” the bearded and robed offworlder is an enigmatic stranger who keeps to himself, shares nothing of his past, and goes to great pains to remain an outsider. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.

Ben—Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, hero of the Clone Wars, traitor to the Empire, and protector of the galaxy’s last hope—can no more turn his back on evil than he can reject his Jedi training. And when blood is unjustly spilled, innocent lives threatened, and a ruthless opponent unmasked, Ben has no choice but to call on the wisdom of the Jedi—and the formidable power of the Force—in his never-ending fight for justice.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is a new arrival on the planet of Tatooine. He, now going under the guise of Ben, has left the infant child of Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, in the care of Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun Lars. Obi-Wan sets up a house in the outskirts of the desert with his pet, Rooh.

Nearby, the settlers and moisture farmers of Dannar's Claim rally together under Orrin Gault against the threat of the Tusken Raiders, who are gradually losing morale and people against Gault's alliance of settlers.

Following another of the settlers' victorious battle against the Tusken Raiders, Kallie Calwell, the teenaged daughter of the owner of Dannar's Claim, Anileen, accidentally rides an animal toward a field of Sarlaccs. Anileen tries to save her daughter, but both women are saved by Ben, riding on Rooh.

After saving the Calwell women, Ben begins to visit Dannar's Claim on an irregular basis to the point where he soon sees what the united settlers are doing to the Tusken Raiders. Obi-Wan communicates with the Tusken's leader, A'Yark, who agrees that what the settlers are doing to the Tuskens is morally wrong. Roughly the same time, Anileen starts to develop a fond attraction to Ben.

Obi-Wan decides to investigate Orrin Gault, who wants to marry Anileen. The former Jedi discovers that Gault is deeply in debt to Jabba Desilijic Tiure, and he is rallying the settlers for his own financial benefit; as well, his desire to marry Anileen was also to plunder more money from her ownership of Dannar's Claim to give to Jabba. So Obi-Wan, after stopping one of Gault's scams to get more settlers into his sham alliance, becomes a pariah who Gault wants dead. Thus, Obi-Wan teams up with the Tusken Raiders to take Gault down.

In the end, Gault, thought dead, is paralyzed from the waist down and badly burned, and he is taken in by the Tusken Raiders, who use him to repair moisture machines that the Raiders have. The Calwells are given enough money by Ben, who contacted Bail Prestor Organa, to leave Tatooine for Anileen to fulfill her dreams.



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Behind the scenesEdit

Kenobi is a sweeping story that’s all Star Wars, part epic western, part romance, and part high-stakes drama.[2] Author John Jackson Miller has been working on the concept of this book for years.[2]

Although the audio book version of Star Wars: Kenobi is narrated by Jonathan Davis,[6] James Arnold Taylor narrated a preview excerpt of the book.[7]

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