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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 Moment of Truth ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Moment of Truth
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 / 5]

To fulfil their duties to the Republic, a Jedi must remain focused, and not be distracted by personal conflicts. The tense Master-Padawan relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker puts this resolve to the test.
The normally headstrong Anakin is plagued by feelings of doubt and guilt for not preventing the death of a Jedi Council member. Obi-Wan has his reservations, seeing himself as a less-than-perfect mentor to a less-than-perfect student.
The two must put aside their conflicts if they are to undertake a daring rescue mission to the last free planet of the Uziel system. Their lives, and an entire planet, depend on it.

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

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"The Moment of Truth dances between appallingly recycled and stunningly revealing. Anakin and Obi-Wan are solving a dispute between neighbouring planets (again) when Anakin gets captured (as in The Shadow Trap) and there are medical experiments performed by yet another character Watson pulls out of the Jedi Apprentice series (as with Didi and Astri Oddo, amongst others). This constant reuse of ideas and characters is diminishing Watson's writing, which is unfortunate as she is very good at what she does - but as the adage goes: there can be too much of a good thing.
"The aforementioned medical experiments, however, add an unusual element to the story, which does pique the interest for a while, until you find out who is behind them and the gundark debacle ties in nicely with the Attack of the Clones reference. But in my opinion it is the titular "moment of truth" that really ices the cake. A brief passage at the end of the book makes this one worth reading - an exchange between Master and Padawan that is gripping and stunningly written, yet sensitive and more than a little heart-rending. This one moment in the book was, for me, a revelatory moment - not quite on a par with "I am your father" but still truly amazing.
"The same old well written stuff from Watson, heavily borrowed from previous books, with a tragically moving ending."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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