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[This story occurs during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 28 and 23 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[The Way of the Apprentice]

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The Way of the Apprentice
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2002)
Audio Book (2002)
e-Book (2014)

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1 review [Average review score: 3.5 / 5]

Fourteen-year old Anakin Skywalker has proven his affinity for the Force, and his amazing reflexes and physical skills, but he still has much to learn. It is up to Obi-Wan Kenobi to mould the possible Chosen One into a great Jedi Knight. On a mission to a world poisoned by a toxic disaster, Master and Padawan are separated. Anakin and three other young apprentices - including Anakin's rival - must work together to survive. Anakin's competitive instincts may be his undoing.

This story occurs approximately 27 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"The first volume of the Jedi Quest series has a difficult task, primarily that of standing as a new entity and not a clone of the Jedi Apprentice series, which had itself become a trifle tired by the time it finished its run. Fortunately, Watson manages to create a book that is both new and reminiscent of its predecessor.
"The thing that distinguishes the Jedi Quest series from the Jedi Apprentice series is how different Anakin is as a Padawan when compared to Obi-Wan. Admittedly, Obi-Wan had his wilful moments, but Anakin's psyche contains more than just immaturity and over-confidence; his hubris and arrogance coupled with his bull-in-a-china-shop approach to things make him a different kettle of fish altogether.
"The Way of the Apprentice has a fairly familiar backdrop: the Jedi are on a mission to a planet where something has gone wrong and it cannot be taken at face value (the same basic plot applies to the majority of the previous series) but it, for the most part, is secondary to the interactions between Anakin and the other Padawans. He finds common ground with one through their shared love of technology, whilst clashing with another thanks to pride and impetuosity.
"A promising start to the series, with Anakin's character looking to be the most exciting aspect."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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