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[Clone Wars]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Legacy of the Jedi / Secrets of the Jedi


Secrets of the Jedi
BOOK STORY
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Hardback Youth Novel (2005)
Paperback Youth Novel (2006)

Rating:
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Reviews:
1 review [Average review score: 3.5 / 5]

Synopsis:
Attachment is forbidden, but it is a temptation that runs through several generations of Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi struggled with his emotions as a young man, as he denied himself his feelings for fellow Padawan Siri Tachi. His mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn, knew full well the dangers of such feelings, and instructed his pupil on how to concentrate on the tasks at hand.
Years later, Obi-Wan's apprentice finds himself similarly torn. Anakin Skywalker is secretly married to Padmé Amidala, but as the Clone Wars rage on, he and Kenobi have pressing missions to attend to. One such duty sees Obi-Wan, Anakin and Siri drawn into a race to acquire a valuable piece of technology before it falls into the wrong hands.


Chronology:
This story begins approximately 40 years before the Battle of Yavin and concludes approximately 29 months after the Battle of Geonosis.

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Reviews:
Review by Bones, UK, 2010:

"Jude Watson’s second stand alone novel is not quite as masterfully done as Legacy of the Jedi, but nevertheless has some significant merit. The overall plot looks at forbidden love within the Jedi Order; the eponymous secret. At first, the concept of Obi-Wan “in love” is a little jarring and seems out of character, but then this is an inexperienced, adolescent Obi-Wan and when the time comes for him to choose how to respond to such feelings, one sees that he is still the consummate Jedi. This struggle that Obi-Wan must endure with the support of his master Qui-Gon is very nicely juxtaposed with Anakin’s secret marriage to Padmé 22 years later. The construction of the story is, in this way, very similar to Legacy of the Jedi, with the constant comparisons between generations, although here the parallels are, ironically (and appropriately), significantly more intimate. Obi-Wan and Anakin were presented with the same decision and both went about it in very different ways: the former with acquiescence that, with hindsight, becomes wisdom and the latter with arrogant naïveté.
"The one thing that lets this book down is the backdrop that Watson chose for her clever commentary. The storyline involving Talesan alternates between meandering through the plot and leap-frogging around from one thing to the next. The story is either too busy, or not busy enough, and I finished the book feeling a little drained from the sheer number of events that occur in rapid succession towards the end. Fortunately, whilst this is distracting, it doesn’t manage to completely overshadow the central focus of the book: the aforementioned “secret”.
"It has its flaws, but is ultimately a sound read."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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