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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 Changing of the Guard ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Changing of the Guard
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2004)
e-Book (2014)

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1 review [Average review score: 4 / 5]

The planet of Romin is a hotbed of villainy and corruption. It is a refuge for criminals from across the galaxy; including evil scientist Janna Zan Arbor, an archenemy of the Republic.
In order to foil Zan Arbor's insidious plans, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and a team of Jedi must infiltrate Romin: disguised as a band of thieves. Where lawlessness is the law, the Jedi will have to master the art of deception to trap a master deceiver.

This story occurs approximately 24 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"The Changing of the Guard follows the Jedi to an oppressed planet run by a lunatic dictator in order to track down scientist Jenna Zan Arbor.
"Originally, I wasn't too impressed with the reintroduction of Zan Arbor, as it seemed as though Watson was simply recycling her characters from the Jedi Apprentice series into the Jedi Quest series. However, her performance in The Changing of the Guard has caused me to reverse my opinion. Her presence brings a satisfyingly twisted psychotic element that made the reading of her passages most enjoyable.
"There were other factors in this book that were enjoyable, such as Siri masquerading as an incorrigible flirt and Obi-Wan impersonating a dandy criminal, as well as Ferus Olin finally getting some decent fleshing out in the form of a revealing chat with Obi-Wan.
"Other things were less convincing, such as the gang of four criminals that were recently escaped and apprehended again that just happened to be three males and a female who were the perfect cover for the Jedi - far too convenient to be plausible. Also, there is yet another coup. It is unfortunate that the Jedi get sent on very similar missions over and over - a coup here, rival neighbours there, diplomatic incidents somewhere else and so on. It makes the series a bit too repetitive. This particular coup, though, was rather well done, with the revolt being quite tragic in its execution - an outpouring of rage from a repressed and downtrodden people.
"Lastly, it was extremely fun seeing Mace Windu being his usual awesome self at the end of the book.
"Overall, a fun and exciting book. Hopefully the last remaining volumes will be just as good."

Rating: 4 / 5

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