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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.


Paperback Youth Novel
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Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2001)

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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

As an apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi is blamed for the death of another Jedi student. With the help of his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan must fight to clear his name. But even if he is found not guily, he has gained an enemy for life - the dead boy's vindictive father.
Twelve years later, Obi-Wan is a Jedi Knight, with his own young apprentice, Anakin Skywalker. Anakin doesn't know about the secrets Obi-Wan is hiding. But as the past comes back to attack them, Obi-Wan and Anakin must fight deception with truth - and face off against enemies both new and old.

This story begins approximately 11 years before the events of The Phantom Menace and concludes 1 years after it (between 43 and 31 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"Deceptions is the first of a pair of Special Edition Jedi Apprentice books that bridge the gap between the Jedi Apprentice series and the Jedi Quest series. The first half of the book deals with the aftermath of the Xanatos incident, in particular an investigation into Obi-Wan’s guilt regarding the death of Bruck Chun, while the second half show events 12 years later, when Obi-Wan has taken Anakin as his Padawan and finally catches up with Bruck's family again. Plot-wise, it is nothing surprising - the story predictably involves Obi-Wan's tense yet simultaneously farcical trial going nowhere, followed by Kad Chun's misguided attempt at segregation and Vox Chun's misguided avarice a decade later. There are cameos by several of Watson's characters, including Andra and Denetrus from The Day of Reckoning (both of whom I'd always thought were less than appealing, but if you liked them, then bonus) as well as Tahl.
"The most interesting part of the book was the juxtaposition of the two Master/Padawan pairings. As she would later do in Legacy of the Jedi, Watson shows two very different relationships, highlighting the stark contrast between Obi-Wan and Anakin as Padawans. Also, seeing Obi-Wan at two separate points in his life and the way the character is both changed (as in, matured) and yet still the same person is very well done.
"As with many other Jedi Apprentice books, it does what it does very well, but with a backdrop that could have been so much more."

Rating: 3 / 5

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