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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 Captive Temple ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Captive Temple
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2000)

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1 review [Average review score: 4 / 5]

The Jedi Temple is under attack. An attempt has been made to kill Yoda. A dangerous intruder has infiltrated the Jedi.
Everybody is under suspicion, and no one is safe from harm. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn must get to the heart of the conspiracy, or watch the Temple be destroyed from the inside.

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 Captive Temple is, for me, the best book yet in the Jedi Apprentice series. It manages to do play to all of Watson’s strengths: her ability to build relationships between characters, her deep introspection, intrigue and pace. Whilst it does have its downsides, its biggest negative is simply its predictability (the identity of the adversary and of the spy were both, I felt, very obvious) but that is a small failing when compared with the positives.
"The rebuilding of the bond between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon is the best part of this book. Watson manages to put both characters through the mill, so to speak, and challenge them emotionally with the issue of Obi-Wan’s previous betrayal and yet, through a series of clever events, they manoeuvre closer and closer to the inescapable truth: that the two of them are right for each other. I know that makes it sound like an overly schmaltzy romance, but the internal journeys of both characters and the trust that must be re-earned are very well handled. The storyline is also well-constructed, with a clever set of mishaps that follow an ostensibly random pattern but nevertheless hold devious purpose; the adversary of the book is deliciously conniving and villainous. Watson also develops some of the other characters quite nicely, particularly Tahl (who I am sure will be turning up in further volumes) and Bant Eerin (who I hope will be turning up in further volumes), both of whom were enjoyable characters.
"There is much to recommend this book, from the emotional journeys to the well-detailed and fast-paced combat. A definite high point of the series."

Rating: 4 / 5

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