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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 School of Fear ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The School of Fear
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2003)
e-Book (2014)

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1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

Anakin Skywalker is not an average teen. He has spent his adolescence surrounded by other Jedi. But now the son of a Senator has gone missing, and Anakin must infiltrate an elite school in order to find out what's happened. What he discovers involves a conspiracy much bigger than anyone anticipates - a conspiracy with repercussions for the whole galaxy.

This story occurs approximately 25 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"Book 5 of the Jedi Quest series sees Anakin Skywalker and fellow Padawan Ferus Olin go undercover at an exclusive school to investigate a disappearance.
"At first glance, there seems to be a lot of repetition here: going undercover at a school has been done before by Obi-Wan; a diplomatic dispute between neighbouring planets has been done before by pretty much everyone; a group of youngsters doing their own thing because adults are incompetent and annoying has been done before on Melida/Daan (admittedly with very different motives and Watson does at least acknowledge the link).
"However there is more to The School of Fear than first appears. Watching the interaction between Ferus and Anakin as they are required to work together independent of their Masters is very entertaining, as is the mystery that surrounds the disappearance of one of the students, which has an almost unexpected twist at the end. Also, we get another tiny peek at Anakin's future, as he shows a little more of what he is truly capable of. The way that Watson keep giving only small morsels keeps the subtle tension going throughout the series. And the way that he continues to make decisions that he is convinced are the right ones, only to be told that he was incorrect and cannot see that his motivations are wrong - it builds a very complete and complicated picture of his character as one who we know will become Darth Vader (I would say spoiler alert, but I think this one is fairly universally known).
"The only other thing to say was that the cover was misleading - why put a Togruta on the front and then never mention one in the story? Particularly as she bears a striking resemblance to Shaak Ti, which for me led to unfulfilled expectations. Generally, though, an entertaining (if mildly repetitious) book."

Rating: 3 / 5

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