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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: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Game designer John Jackson Miller is also the author of nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels, as well as the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series. His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones. John Jackson Miller lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.


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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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By Leonard on Sept. 17 2014
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Fantastic Star Wars novel! I couldn't put it down & I hope there will be another novel with this character. Definitely pick this up!!!!!
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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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By Hart Engel on Dec 27 2014
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Great Book.
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35 of 41 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.
11 of 13 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!
11 of 13 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
A new kind of star wars July 21 2011
By Enjolras - Published on Amazon.com
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Knight Errant is unlike any other Star Wars book I've ever read, in ways both good and bad. The book takes place thousands of years before the events in the movies, when the Sith control large parts of the universe. Kerra Holt is on a mission in Sith space to cause damage and destruction. On the way, she recruits an artillery brigade (artillery in Star Wars?) and a shipload of refugees. She travels throughout several of the Sith domains, which are often as intent on fighting each other as they are destroying the New Republic.

On the "good" side, the book has a somewhat grittier ambience than most other Star Wars novels. The various Sith empires are all unique and interesting. They resemble 20th century totalitarian systems far more than even the Empire in the movies (which seems benign by comparison. One really gets a sense of why life under the Sith is so dreary, even for citizens who don't care about the Force.

Even though John Jackson Miller is primarily a comic book writer, the scenes are nearly as comic-bookish as those found in most Star Wars novels. Kerra - for reasons never really explained - doesn't use the Force as an all-round crutch, so she often has to get out of trouble through wit and agility. Also, she's not omnipotent and often has to rely on non-Jedi colleagues for help.

Despite this, Kerra never seems to tackle the traditional Star Wars questions of the light side and dark side of the Force. While she generally makes choices consistent with the "light side," that term almost never appears in the novel (I don't recall seeing it). This isn't a deathblow to the novel, but does make it seem less like Star Wars.

[Spoiler warning]

A bigger problem with the book is the Sith. While individually a few of them were interesting (Daiman was particularly chilling and reminiscent of Stalin), the whole concept of a big Sith family fued was taken too far. Sure, the prospect of two Sith brothers fighting would have made sense, but an entire second-generation family squabble verges into the silly. Also, the Sith seem a bit too conscious of themselves and their reputations, especially Arkadia, who tries to present herself as an enlightened Sith. In fact, they seem to lack those emotions that make the Sith "Sith," namely being consumed by hatred and greed. In the movies and most of the books, the Sith don't sit around asking whether they are acting sufficiently "Sith-like," but rather act irrationally and passionately. By contrast, in this book, "Sith" seems to be more of a family label than a way of life.

[end Spoiler warning]

Overall, this book isn't bad and shows that Star Wars has a lot of life beyond Luke, Leia, and Han. I'd probably give it 3.5 stars overall. I'd definitely be wiling to try more of John Jackson Miller's works or even read a sequel to Knight Errant.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Solid story, if somewhat flawed Feb. 9 2011
By J. Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I want to judge the book by its cover. This book has the coolest cover art on a Star Wars book I think I've ever seen.

Once I get inside the book, though, there are a few annoyances I just couldn't get past. As it's set up, it has three sections, acts, if you will. There are three main POV characters, Kerra Holt, the titular errant knight, stranded in Sith space, Brigadier Rusher, a mercenary who fashions himself a general, and Narsk, a Bothan spy who seems to be in the employ of every Sith Lord out there. The multiple, rapid-fire POV switches get a little annoying. At one point, I remember getting three different POVs on one page. I know why he did it, to braid the tale together and finally have the three strands of the story meet up in the last act. It just didn't quite work for me the way it was executed.

For the first act of the book we see Kerra Holt in her predicament, trapped on Lord Daiman's world, where he has fashioned himself as the creator of all things. The hopelessness of her situation really comes through - she lives in a closet pretty much in exchange for tutoring a little Sullistan girl, and is cut off from everyone and everything she knows. Often, from her POV, we get a lot of comparisons between the general shabbiness of the Sith worlds and the way things are back home in the Republic. We get to see her escape those trappings and wind up with a few thousand.

Miller winds up introducing a fourth POV character 150 pages in at the start of the second act Saaj Calician, a Krevaaki reagent of a pair of twin Sith Lord teenagers. He's only around for that second act, and at one point he and Kerra Holt get in a fight. It's then that I realized how useless he was, when I found myself wishing I could be reading from Kerra's point of view. Not having him would have improved the second section for me, which was really the book's low point. I fought through it and was rewarded with the third act, which really shined through as a great bit of storytelling.

I don't want to spoil the big reveal of the inner workings of the Sith that comes in the third act, but it's something I really didn't see coming. And if it was the way it's described, you can see why Darth Bane did away with it all and instituted the rule of two.

I really like Kerra as a character, and we get to really know her throughout the story and see her struggles with her darker nature from time to time. I just wish with the amount of time spent on Narsk and Rusher, we would have gotten to know them better as well. And I wish there wouldn't have been any time spent on Calician.

Honestly, I prefer these stories that take place in the Old Republic and old Sith eras more than anything that happens with any of the characters from the movies. It allows for a real sense of danger. Over all, 2/3 of the book was a real fun and exciting read. The middle third was just okay, which is why I'm giving it 4/5 instead of 5/5.


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