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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 Dangerous Games]

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The Dangerous Games
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2002)
Audio Book (2003)
e-Book (2014)

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1 review [Average review score: 2.5 / 5]

Though a Jedi supposedly does not care for adventure and excitement, you simply can't keep young Anakin Skywalker away from Podracing. When Obi-Wan Kenobi and his gifted Padawan are dispatched to the Galactic Games on a peacekeeping mission, an illegal Podracing competition catches Anakin's eager eye. As a Jedi Padawan, Anakin is supposed to abandon his past life in service to the Force, but his racing days and old rivalries return at high speed. Anakin squares off against Hekula, son of Sebulba, who has inherited his father's worst traits.

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

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"Obi-Wan and Anakin are assigned to the Galactic Games to monitor events, but end up in a fixing scam and an illegal Podrace.
"This book is, sadly, not as good as previous Jedi Quest stories. Its main failing is that it is primarily plot driven, whereas its predecessors focussed on building the rapport between the two main Jedi. It is understandable, given that it would be difficult to build the series exclusively on thoughts and feelings, but nevertheless there is something lost by splitting up the Master/Padawan team. There are also several plot elements that do not work particularly well: the Games themselves seem desperately unfeasible given the galactic scale of the event; Euceron seems a strange choice for a host world, given that it is stated that it is politically unpleasant; the whole purpose of the book seems to be to get Anakin back into a Podracer, which (given the Podrace in Episode I seemed to be nothing more than a marketing opportunity) isn't exactly an enticing prospect. This book sees the return of Didi and Astri Oddo from Watson's Jedi Apprentice series, two characters whom I never really enjoyed and certainly here Didi is just as annoying as he always was and Astri's choice of husband shows her to have remarkably poor judgement.
"It is not all bad - bringing back Sebulba for a cameo was enjoyable (the stand-off between the former rivals is tense and gripping) and Watson's continually near-perfect characterisation of Anakin mean that it didn't drag too much. If you liked the Podracing element of The Phantom Menace, you'll probably quite like The Dangerous Games. If not, you may find it a little tiresome."

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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