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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Original edition (Jan. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522641
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.7 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacen on Feb. 8 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Knight Errant is everything that Star Wars readers look for in these pulpy books. JJM has a honed and prolific understanding of world building, plot construction, and character development; all of which made Knight Errant one of the most dense, comic, beguiling, and fulfilling books I've ever read in the SW EU.

It's really kind of staggering how much John Jackson-Miller packed into this book. The payoff was sweet but there was so much to take in. Nearly too much. It makes a couple of those FOTJ books look kinda weenie by comparison. I wish I could distill in words how much hope this book gives me for the future of the EU in print. KE is its own era and it has it's own homegrown well fleshed out characters.

If the book has a fault it's that it goes full tilt for the first two thirds of the novel, giving us little time to take in all that is being thrown at us. It really isn't until the last movement, or third of the novel that we really get to truly know Miller's characters. As I said though, the payoff is sweet. So much so that any time wading through the seemingly crazed wall to wall action becomes utterly worthwhile.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 8 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very Episodic... kind of like a couple comic books tied together into a novel!

John Jackson Miller has done a stellar job of creating a brand new story line for us novel readers to get hooked into... except that it is building on a comic line already in production. Actually, the excerpt in the middle of the novel is a nice little taste of what the comic is about... kind of an introduction to novel readers of what the comic world is all about.

The story for Knight Errant was paced perfectly. We are introduced to Jedi Knight Kerra Holt who is stranded in Sith space with no means of escape. So rather than wait for rescue, she tried to sabotage and undermine as much as possible within an incredibly complex system of Sith Lords who are constantly at war with one another, despite what ties them all together.

Unfortunately, as this novel is based on a comic, it does feel a little episodic. Basically what I mean is that your main antagonist changes frequently from one Sith Lord to the next and we are swept along trying to comprehend a new twisted hierarchy of control and power each shift. While each Sith Lord is (as far as I know) brand new to the Star Wars Universe, none of them are really dealt with beyond destroying a couple of their heirarchies before moving on to the next sector.

I am curious to know whether this will be an on going novel, or if it will only be built upon in the comics.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Those silly Sith are at it again. . . Feb. 18 2011
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't love John Jackson Miller's Knights of the Old Republic comics as much as many seem to have, but upon seeing the overwhelmingly positive reviews for this, Miller's debut novel, I allowed myself to get excited. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me for several of the same reasons that KOTOR didn't: it's alternately boring and dully goofy, with many pages of tedium broken up by large set pieces (which are themselves punctuated in the novel by lengthy infodumps and observations that manage to kill whatever excitement the action might otherwise have generated), and the characters mostly don't come across as more than the sum of their tics; their dialogue rarely rings true and the banter is often painfully unwitty. If you don't have any such problems with KOTOR, there's a good chance you won't find them in Knight Errant, either.

In terms of structure, this is a less a novel in three acts than three linked novellas (or, if you will, three volumes of the comic, except in prose), which means that there's not really an escalation of action or any satisfying character arc but just a sequence of encounters with improbably eccentric Sith lords, from the solipsist-ad-absurdum Lord Daiman to a pair of consciously conjoined twins to the frigid manipulator Arkadia. The occasional revelations are not as interesting as I get the feeling they're supposed to be, and most of the plot twists are obvious. Also it's probably a good idea never to have a character named Calician dealing with Celegians.

In the end, while I really wanted to enjoy this book -- I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan and it's been a couple years since I've really had fun with one of the novels -- it seems that Miller's style, whether in comics or prose, is just not for me. It took me about five times as long to make it through this book as it usually takes me to finish a Star Wars novel; the main reason it gets two stars rather than one is that I finished it rather than putting it aside. Clearly many people really enjoy this book, but it didn't work for me on any level. I hope, should you choose to read it, that you enjoy it more than I did.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing and Exciting March 1 2011
By Sporty Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has read Star Wars books for over two decades (from the original movie adaption to today), I've seen good and bad. I've also become accustomed to most twists a plot can take and can see the end coming from a mile away, given the confines in which Star Wars EU has been written. This book blows all of that away, while still maintaining the fast-paced, nail-biting adventure that the original movies gave us. Just like the movies, this book leaves you wanting more and ready to jump in that galaxy far, far away with both feet. John Jackson Miller has a talent for imagery that I haven't seen in this fandom in a while. The period is not one that I'm familiar with, but oddly it fit right in with what I expected and with JJM's descriptions, I was able to be immersed immediately. I'd really love to see his fresh take on a beleaguered period in the fandom that takes place after Return of the Jedi, I think it could use his talents.

As a woman, I was excited to hear that the protagonist was female. I was also glad that Del Rey and the author didn't fall in the trap of thinking female readers just want romance, and aren't adventure fans. I don't read Star Wars for romance and I think that works that try to wedge in a romance in this genre, just because there's a female character can really do disservice to female (and male) fans. I admit, I read this book expecting to have that at any moment just because there was a female protagonist interacting with males. I was truly surprised and glad that the book didn't take that route, and it made the story that much better.

All in all, I'd say this book has renewed my interest in the Star Wars books, as I hadn't read much that kept my interest here lately. I can't wait for the next in this series!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Run out and pick it up! Feb. 8 2011
By Jacen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Knight Errant is everything that Star Wars readers look for in these pulpy books. JJM has a honed and prolific understanding of world building, plot construction, and character development; all of which made Knight Errant one of the most dense, comic, beguiling, and fulfilling books I've ever read in the SW EU.

It's really kind of staggering how much John Jackson-Miller packed into this book. The payoff was sweet but there was so much to take in. Nearly too much. It makes a couple of those FOTJ books look kinda weenie by comparison. I wish I could distill in words how much hope this book gives me for the future of the EU in print. KE is its own era and it has it's own homegrown well fleshed out characters.

If the book has a fault it's that it goes full tilt for the first two thirds of the novel, giving us little time to take in all that is being thrown at us. It really isn't until the last movement, or third of the novel that we really get to truly know Miller's characters. As I said though, the payoff is sweet. So much so that any time wading through the seemingly crazed wall to wall action becomes utterly worthwhile.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"If you want to survive out here, you focus on the job" - Good advice for this "mixed bag" March 24 2012
By Crystal Starr Light - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"If you want to survive out here, you focus on the job" - Good advice for this "mixed bag"

Kerra Holt is stuck in Sith space (for how she got there, see Star Wars: Knight Errant, Vol. 1 - Aflame). Isolated from fellow Jedi and deep in enemy space, Kerra struggles to stay alive and try to do her Jedi duty. But things get complicated when she attempts to kill Daiman, a Sith lord at war with his brother, Odion.

I've been wanting to read this book pretty much since it came out. It is the first Star Wars novel to follow a female main character (whose name isn't Leia or Mara). There are definitely not enough female protagonists in Star Wars, so I was excited. Actually reading the book, however, I started to run into troubles.

Kerra Holt is our female protagonist; only, in the first 119 pages, she appears in a mere 55% of them. And that includes other people mentioning her by name or as the "female Jedi". Not very encouraging, when your supposed lead female character takes a backseat to other characters. But besides that disturbing fact, I couldn't wrap my head around who Kerra was. She felt like a very typical Jedi and not a remotely interesting one at that. In my review of The Old Republic: Deceived, I found Aryn's Jedi story to be rather stereotypical; after reading "Knight Errant", I wished Kerra's journey could be half as interesting as Aryn's. Towards the end, Kerra undergoes some conflict, but it is very minor and pretty much obscured by the huge action sequence, that I'm not quite sure what, if anything, Kerra learned or overcame. This does not mean I hate Kerra as a character; I just wish that Miller had pushed her a little harder and brought out more uniqueness (for instance, other than a comment she makes about how she isn't well-endowed when donning a stealth suit, there is nothing that distinguishes her from a male Jedi).

But while Kerra didn't really gel with me, I found other characters did. Brigadier Rusher was awesome; I thought he was interesting, clever, and likeable. His affinity for history and canes made him stand out; I loved his neutrality, but I also liked how he and Kerra worked off each other. Their banter was fun, without any sexual tension or messy romance to ruin it. And while it might have been "cute" to see Rusher and Kerra pair up, I'm glad they didn't. Not every frakkin' story has to be a romance after all (ESPECIALLY when it stars a female lead).

Kudos also to Miller for including a major Bothan character, Narsk. If you read many of my Star Wars reviews, you will probably be familiar with my complaining how human-centric it is. Miller definitely is NOT guilty of that at all. Narsk was a well-written character; he had skills, he was clever, and he was NOT stereotypical for a Bothan (double yay!). I will say that some of the twists in the plot concerning him got to be a LITTLE convenient and/or confusing, but overall, I liked Narsk.

My last favorite character is Beadle Lubboon, a Duro side character. He ends up the butt of the joke a lot for being a klutz, but I found him adorkable and sweet. One of the funniest scenes involves him and Kerra: Kerra tries to get him to speak Duro to a fellow Duro couple, but Beadle doesn't even know the language! I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more of Beadle in the future.

Before I complain much more, I want to congratulate Miller on making this book feel like it takes place WAY before "A New Hope". A problem I've had with The Old Republic books (Fatal Alliance and Deceived) is that they don't feel like they are thousands of years in Luke's past; they feel concurrent. Not so with this book; Kerra is stuck in Sith space with no outlet. The way the Sith act feels very much like the Darth Bane books (which is good, because KE happens before Bane). And I know this is silly, but the way Daimon paints himself as a god felt like something that would happen in an older setting.

As for the plot...oh, boy, did I have problems with it! It takes a good 250 pages before the plot really kicked into gear and I really got invested into the story. Fifty pages? No sweat! One hundred pages? I might be tempted to call it quits. But 200+?! That is just nuts! The entire book felt like three short stories, honestly, and while this format might work for a graphic novel trade paperback, for a novel, I'd like more cohesion. I need to start getting connected to the characters, I need to start seeing where the plot is going to come in (and the real plot does not appear until that 200+ page mark), and I need to start feeling there is a reason why the author wrote the book and why I need to spend time reading it. As for KE, I had to force myself to read it, and even then, I only usually read a few pages at a time. Up until that 200 page mark, I had no desire to know what was happening, where our characters would end up. If I hadn't been reading it for book club (and because I am a completest), I would have given this book up long ago.

What is the plot that was so problematic? Well, it's this: the book opens with Kerra on Darkknell trying to kill Daimon, a Sith. She travels to Gazzari to kill him, only she arrives in the middle of a battle. After rescuing a bunch of children and escorting them to Rusher's ship, they travel to another world run by Sith twins. After Kerra kidnaps one of the twins, a Sith Lord, Arkadia (who is a woman, so shouldn't it be "Lady" like it always has been?), escorts them to Syned. And THAT is where the real plot takes off. So that stuff before answers how Kerra and these people got to Syned...but WHY did we need to see it in such detail, I have no clue.

And then the REAL plot gets so convoluted at the end! First Arkadia is bad...but then she isn't...but then it's someone else... And Narsk is now working for Arkadia (the convenient arrangement I brought up earlier), but no, his real boss is someone else... GRRRRRRRRRRRRR! I got so confused! And then the last 5 pages totally turns it around AGAIN!

Maybe I've been out of the loop or perhaps I've not been paying attention, but this book seems WAY more violent than most Star Wars novels. We have your typical battles--blaster, lightsabers, Force powers, etc.--but then Kerra describes pulling her lightsaber out of one guard and into another and what a challenge it is. Maybe it is also because Kerra had just finished saying these guards weren't 100% complicit in the evil-doing, but I found the whole thing a little bit violent for me (and typically, I don't even blink an eye at lightsaber fights or whatnot).

Last complaint: this book is in dire need of a character list. With all the brand-new characters (TONS of new species, occupations, names), this book would have been LOTS easier to read with a character list. So publishers: Stop putting Character Lists that contain only Skywalker and Solos and start creating them where they are really needed!!

"Knight Errant" is a mixed bag for me. It had an incredibly slow start, and it was a challenge to become invested in anything--story, characters. It did perk up at the end, but should it really take 200 pages and a mountainous action scene to make me moderately interested in how the confusing story should end?

If you are considering reading the Knight Errant comics to prepare for this book, don't feel like you have to in order to understand the story. Volume 1 only introduces you to Kerra, Odion, and Daimon, and while it does answer how Kerra got to be in Sith Space, the novel doesn't make a huge number of mentions of the comic. Of course, I have other complaints about the comic, which you can follow the link to read.

If you are dying to read about a female Jedi that kicks some @ss, then this isn't a bad novel. However, don't be surprised if you find yourself snoozing halfway through the book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
So Disappointed... Jan. 12 2012
By Furreverhope - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved The Knight Errant comics very much. Kerra Holt instantly became one of my favorite new Jedi characters so I bought the novel as soon as it came out. What I was met with was a choppy, poorly written novel that was tedious to get through. I even stopped to refocus, thinking it was my love for the comic getting in the way of being impartial when I read the book. I picked it up again and just could not get through it as it was dull and corny. I will stick to the comics when I read about Kerra's adventures.

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