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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 Followers]

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

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1 review [Average review score: 3.5 / 5]

Who are the followers of the Sith? Devoted to the study of the dark side of the Force, they live an underground existence, but their threat is growing. Although they do not have Sith power, they are on a constant search for it. Nothing, not even the Jedi, will get in their way.
Dr. Lundi is the leader of the Sith followers. As he gets closer to attaining a Sith Holocron, he comes face-to-face with Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ten years later, when the Sith followers reappear, Obi-Wan and his own apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, must rely on Lundi to help them. But he is to be feared, not trusted.
The Sith are on the rise. The Jedi must stop them.

This story begins approximately 8 years before the events of The Phantom Menace and concludes 5 years after it (between 40 and 27 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"As with Deceptions, The Followers helps to link the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series together. This book sees Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on the trail of a Sith holocron, with the second half (dealing with Obi-Wan and Anakin ten years later) concluding the search.
"Unlike with some entries in the Jedi Apprentice series, The Followers has a sense of gravitas – a feeling of impending danger. When dealing with ancient Sith artefacts (rather than political disputes and missing persons) the storyline cannot help but be infused with a greater tension. This imbues the story with a level of excitement and exhilaration that was sometimes absent from other books in the series. The thing that really keeps it going is the uncertainty of the ending – would they be successful in retrieving the holocron, or would it be obtained by shadowy persons unknown? Additionally, the character of Murk Lundi is delightfully dark and psychotic, providing colour and interest, whereas some of Watson’s characters have been rather unimpressive.
"There are down moments, for example when events conspire to make the Jedi chase people and objects across vast distances to give them a chance to reassess the situation and dwell on their connection (which is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination, but it does slow the pace a touch).
"With more at stake than in other entries, this is one of the most exciting Jedi Apprentice books Watson has written. It also tentatively constructs a very different relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin to Qui-Gon’s and Obi-Wan’s that will doubtless be explored in the Jedi Quest series."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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