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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 Threat Within ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Threat Within
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2002)

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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

When Obi-Wan Kenobi started off as Qui-Gon Jinn's Jedi apprentice, he was just a boy. Now, on the verge of manhood, he is starting on the path that will lead him to become a Jedi Knight and the master of his own fate.
As Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon investigate a strange wave of planetary sabotages, they find their relationship shifting, sometimes in a dangerous direction. As events turn deadly, their lives may never be the same again.

This story occurs approximately 8 years before the events of The Phantom Menace (40 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"The final volume in the Jedi Apprentice series (the Special Editions notwithstanding) allows a retrospective look at the progress Obi-Wan has made since becoming Qui-Gon’s Padawan. The maturation is impressive and Watson has done it gradually, almost innocuously, over the course of 18 books – really quite an accomplishment.
"The mission that the two Jedi are sent on draws parallels with several others, including Melida/Daan, Kegan and Rutan/Senali, with a conformist state being sabotaged by the planet’s youth while two neighbouring planets teeter on the brink of diplomatic collapse. Obi-Wan uses the links to assess his own progress, as does Qui-Gon, and in this sense, there is some limited closure here, with Qui-Gon being pleased with Obi-Wan’s growth and Obi-Wan acknowledging the profound influence of his Master’s tutelage. There are also murmurs and whispers of future events – references that fans will no doubt pick up on and enjoy.
"The plot draws to a conclusion in a relatively predictable way, but it is moderately enjoyable. The entire series could also be described in this manner, with many things being quite formulaic (particularly the plots) but nevertheless staying on the right side of average. Watching the bond between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan develop was extremely worthwhile, giving insight into the connection between them that exists in The Phantom Menace, whilst some (sadly, I do only mean “some”) of the places and characters Watson introduces to the Expanded Universe are entertaining.
"Mildly variable in quality, the worst that could be said about the Jedi Apprentice series is that it occasionally courts mediocrity, whereas most of the time it is quite satisfactory reading and a welcome chronicle of Obi-Wan’s Jedi training."

Rating: 3 / 5

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