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[This story occurs during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 44 and 40 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[ The Mark of the Crown ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Mark of the Crown
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (1999)

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1 review [Average review score: 3.5 / 5]

A queen is dying. Her angry son is conspiring to thwart his planet's elections and maintain his rule. But he might not be her only heir. There may be another bearing the elusive Mark of the Crown.
Qui-Gon Jinn and young Obi-Wan Kenobi come to the planet of Gala as guardians of peace. Now they are facing a deadly battle for power and royal position.
The true heir must be found. The Jedi must find they way.

This story occurs approximately 12 years before the events of The Phantom Menace (44 years before the Battle of Yavin).

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Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"After the somewhat unimposing coup on Phindia in The Hidden Past, the prospect of a power struggle on neighbouring Gala appeared, on the surface of things, to be simply recycling the plotline and dressing it up in a different frock. And whilst the underlying story of governmental upheaval is indeed quite similar, The Mark of the Crown feels not only more refined but also develops the characters more purposefully. Obi-Wan in particular matures more here than he did on Phindia and that in itself makes what is essentially another detour feel more important.
"With regards to Watson’s prose, she outdoes herself here, managing to convey the subtleties of political machinations in a manner that older children could comprehend, as well as handling the Queen’s mentality regarding her imminent demise with extreme sensitivity.
"A bourgeois storyline is enhanced by delicate portrayals of characters and events."

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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