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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 Defenders of the Dead ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Defenders of the Dead
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1999)

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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

The Defenders of the Dead live in the past while they destroy the future. They face a revolt of the Young, a band of rebels led by two teenagers, Cerasi and Nield.
Thirteen-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn are not supposed to take sides in any war. But once Obi-Wan meets Cerasi and Nield, he feels he must join their fight, even though Qui-Gon forbids it.
The rebellion has become personal. And Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are on opposing sides.

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 Jedi Apprentice series begins a fresh storyline with Defenders of the Dead, leaving behind the initial story arc that catalogued Qui-Gon’s and Obi-Wan’s burgeoning relationship. This new arc seems to deal with “the adolescent condition” and by that I mean a constant striving for personal identity, usually through latching onto a variety of social cliques based on whether or not their particular dogma appeals at any one given time. Obi-Wan is taken in by the ideals of the Young, a group of children who have had enough of their parents’ war and are determined to settle the matter their own way.
"The opening didn’t really draw me in particularly well. Compared to the previous volumes, this one seemed to be handled quite ham-fistedly, with the usual efficiency and flair replaced by child-like explanations that lacked any subtlety at all. I also had issues with how mature the behaviour of some of the Young was, given that they were barely teenagers. They did, however, evolve into what one might imagine: filled with impetuousness and stubbornness and showing their indignant naïveté. Obi-Wan’s gradual descent into adolescent impulsiveness is well-handled, as is his desperate longing to “belong” and the decisions that he makes are fitting given his emotional state.
"Hopefully this story arc will lead to a valuable lesson for Obi-Wan about the nature of the universe. I appreciate this is a rather clichéd statement, but my fear is that the Young’s decisions will all be vindicated and the adults will be forced to look chagrined in an unsatisfying inversion of normalcy where the children know best. Fortunately, I doubt that will be the case, given Watson’s talent for writing.
"Overall slow to start, this nevertheless piques the curiosity with a cliff-hanger that will leave you wanting more."

Rating: 3 / 5

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