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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 Ties That Bind]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Ties That Bind
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2001)

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1 review [Average review score: 3.5 / 5]

Six years ago, Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl helped the people of the planet Apsolon choose their first free leader. It seemed that peace had arrived at last.
Now the leader has been killed. His daughters have been kidnapped. And Qui-Gon and Tahl have returned to Apsolon with Qui-Gon' apprentice Obi-Wan, against the wishes of the Jedi Council.
The ties that bind Qui-Gon and Tahl are about to experience their most powerful test yet.

This story occurs approximately 9 years before the events of The Phantom Menace (41 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"A new arc begins in The Ties That Bind, one that offers much more promise than the previous one. Here, Qui-Gon has disturbing visions of fellow Jedi Tahl and works to avoid an unpleasant outcome to the political machinations occurring on Apsolon.
"There are two main things that are good about this book. The first is the level of intrigue that Watson unravels, wherein many different parties all offer different perspectives and opinions, all of which are conflicting and therefore suspect. She keeps you guessing right the way through the book as to who is doing what and how and when and why. The motives all seem to be dubious in one way or another and not until the end are the perpetrators revealed, which does come as a surprise (at least, it did for me).
"The other thing done well is the development of Tahl through her relationship with Qui-Gon. Iíve always thought Tahl an interesting character, so it is gratifying to see her awarded some character exploration. We see the relationship between the two unfurl through Qui-Gonís own feelings and the outside perspective of Obi-Wan, who compares the bond between them to his own with his master.
"Whilst the plot moves a tad slowly, the mysterious nature of the prose and the development of Tahl both make this a riveting start to a new storyline."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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