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[This story occurs during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 44 and 40 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[ The Rising Force ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Rising Force
Dave Wolverton
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1999)

If you have read this book, please rate it:
1 review [Average review score: 2.5 / 5]

Twelve-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi desperately wants to become a Jedi Knight. After years at the Jedi Temple, he knows the power of the lightsaber and the Force. But he cannot control his own anger and fear. Because of this, the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn will not take him on as a Padawan apprentice.
Now Obi-Wan is about to have his first encounter with true evil. He must face off against unexpected enemies, and face up to his own dark wishes.
Only then can his education as a Jedi truly begin.

This story occurs approximately 12 years before the events of The Phantom Menace (44 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"The first book in the Jedi Apprentice series holds in its premise much excitement: the origins of the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master, Qui-Gon Jinn.
"As the story begins, we see a young Obi-Wan training at the Jedi Temple, filled with childish ambition and determination and the inevitable frustration that can come with failure. He is filled with a need to please and a desire to become a Jedi Knight – at all costs. He is more similar to Anakin will eventually be than he would himself later want to admit. Qui-Gon is quite detached and dismissive and very unlike Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace, who is quietly rebellious and filled with conviction.
"The plot is relatively uninspired and serves only as a vessel to carry the fledgling bond between the two Jedi. There are some decidedly strange sets of dialogue and decisions made that serve only to manoeuvre the two into situations that will advance their interactions. Still, you definitely get a sense of Obi-Wan being a boy with big dreams on the cusp of adolescence with that wide-eyed sense of fear and wonder as he comes to realise that the universe is not exactly as he’d always envisioned it. The use of the Arcona is interesting but not always consistent and the Hutts are not quite the villains you might anticipate, mainly, one would imagine, because this is a young reader’s story.
"Dave Wolverton’s only contribution to the series is uneven, but nevertheless entertaining as he catalogues one of the landmark meetings in the Expanded Universe."

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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