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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 Dark Rival ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Dark Rival
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1999)

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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

Qui-Gon Jinn's past is not at rest. How can he forge a bond with young Obi-Wan Kenobi while he is haunted by the betrayal of his first apprentice Xanatos? Xanatos was also a promising student, until the dark side of the Force intervened. Qui-Gon thought he was gone forever.
But now Xanatos is back. And he wants revenge.

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:

"Jude Watson takes the reins of the Jedi Apprentice series from Dave Wolverton and runs away with it. This second instalment is an improvement over the first in several ways.
"The first is just the simplicity of the text. Watson effortlessly conjures up exquisite scenes with her precise use of language and manages to constantly induce empathy with the characters. Speaking of characters, her portrayal of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan seem more believable than in The Rising Force: Qui-Gon is more stoic than detached and Obi-Wan is more patient and mature, but still maintaining the childish inexperience that one would expect from an apprentice of his years. Xanatos is an intriguing villain, at first catching you completely off guard with his apparent sincerity, but the parallels with Anakin are evident. It would seem the Jedi have had many problems in the past with training apprentices who skirt painfully close to the dark side – you would think they would learn from past mistakes.
"There are negatives to the story besides the somewhat repetitive themes. There is a mention of a cloaking device at one point, which contradicts The Empire Strikes Back. Additionally, this book contains the rather inexcusable typo “bevause”. How someone didn’t notice it is uncertain, given that it tore me from the flow of the prose. It could just be an error in the specific print of my edition, but it was very jarring (typos are quite a bugbear of mine).
"The book is more than adequate as a chapter in an episodic series. Watson’s style carries the story nicely and develops the bond between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan sensitively."

Rating: 3 / 5

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