For other uses, see Brotherhood (disambiguation).

Brotherhood is an adult novel by Mike Chen. Published by Del Rey on May 10, 2022, it focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. An unabridged audiobook version of the novel was released simultaneously.

Publisher's summary[]

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights.

The Clone Wars have begun. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the galaxy. With every world that joins the Separatists, the peace guarded by the Jedi Order is slipping through their fingers.

After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order's most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their conspiracy—and senses the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cloak the planet.

Amid the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone–and his former master's insistence that he listen this time—Anakin's headstrong determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party, and bringing along a promising but conflicted youngling.

Once a Padawan to Obi-Wan, Anakin now finds himself on equal—but uncertain—footing with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger for everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way to work together—and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face they must grow beyond master and apprentice. They must stand together as brothers.[1]

Plot summary[]

The CLONE WARS have erupted. Caught off guard by the quickly expanding conflict, the overwhelmed Jedi Order has rushed the advancement of Padawans to better integrate into the Grand Army of the Republic and assist the war effort.

Newly promoted Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is increasingly torn between his growing duties to the Republic and his secret marriage to Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo. With his Knighting, his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi has been elevated to the Jedi Council under the rank of Jedi Master.

As dark forces push the Jedi further toward their transformation from guardians to soldiers, Anakin and Obi-Wan find themselves on equal footing yet opposing paths, each pondering the meaning of peace and justice during a time of war…


Brotherhood was known as "Playground Fight" during production.[3] It was announced by StarWars.com on October 7, 2021, along with other upcoming titles.[4] During its development, Chen worked closely with fellow Star Wars author E. K. Johnston, whose novel Queen's Hope is set slightly prior to Brotherhood. The two authors thus ensured their stories synced together and created ties between them.[5]


"So, if you want to treat Labyrinth of Evil as "that business," nothing that happens in my book will negate that. They take place at two different points in the timeline, so they can totally co-exist. It's totally cool."
―Mike Chen[6]

The mission to Cato Neimoidia featured in the novel is the same incident first mentioned in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[7] "Anakin Skywalker," a 2021 issue of De Agostini's Star Wars Encyclopedia series, had previously stated that Kenobi and Skywalker undertook an operation on Cato Neimoidia shortly before the Battle of Yerbana, which it claimed to be the event referenced in Revenge of the Sith.[8] The encyclopedia's account roughly corresponds to the Star Wars Legends continuity's depiction of the event from the 2005 novel Labyrinth of Evil, written by James Luceno.[9] Due to his love of Labyrinth of Evil and because his book takes place much earlier in the timeline, author Mike Chen has stated fans are free to continue to view the events seen in Labyrinth as "that business," even stating the two stories can co-exist.[6]

In an interview with Inverse, Chen also stated that he had alluded to the duel on Yavin 4 between Skywalker and Ventress shown in the Star Wars: Clone Wars microseries in the novel, pointing out the mention that agents of Count Dooku had been sent after Skywalker previously. Noting that the Clone Wars duel occurred in a dark, rainy environment, Chen posited that Skywalker could have fought Ventress previously without realizing who she was or getting a good look at her.[10]

The image of Anakin and Obi-Wan running together on the inside cover of the book is sourced from the cover of the 2002 Legends comic book Practice Makes Perfect.[11]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars: Brotherhood on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  2. Brotherhood is set between the beginning of the Clone Wars and the Battle of Christophsis, as the novel's plot involves Anakin Skywalker becoming a Jedi Knight, a rank he attained between those events. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates both events to 22 BBY, Brotherhood must be set in that year.
  3. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Playground Fight on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link)
  4. StarWars.com New Books Starring Luke and Lando, Obi-Wan and Anakin, and More Revealed – Exclusive on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Mike Chen (@mikechenwriter) on Twitter: "I'm just saying, Queen's Hope has some ties to Brotherhood and takes place immediately before my book (@ek_johnston and I did some homework to sync things up) so you'll definitely want to preorder!" (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mike Chen: Author of Star Wars - BROTHERHOOD. Talking Bay 94. Talking Bay 94. Archived from the original on May 11, 2022.
  7. StarWars.com Anakin and Obi-Wan Are Ready for Battle on the Cover of Star Wars: Brotherhood – Exclusive Reveal on StarWars.com (backup link)
  8. AltayaCite.svg "Anakin Skywalker" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  9. Labyrinth of Evil
  10. Britt, Ryan: Star Wars writer reveals a new Anakin canon twist (2022-05-11). inverse.com. Inverse. Archived from the original on May 12, 2022.
  11. Practice Makes Perfect
  12. Penguin Random House International Sales USA logo.png Star Wars: Brotherhood on Penguin Random House's international sales website (backup link) (export edition)

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