Author: Terry Brooks

Number of Pages: 255

Publisher: Arrow/Children’s (Random House)

Release Date: April 21, 1999

“On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming  a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend.”

DISCLAIMER: No, I have not seen any of the Star Wars movies. (*gasp* I know, trust me.) Therefore I am not reviewing this as a comparison to any of the movies. I am simply reviewing this as if it was just a book.

This book surprised me. I have never been a total hardcore science fiction fan before, but I think that might have changed after reading The Phantom Menace. I really liked the outer space setting, as well as the fact that the characters were often different races and creatures. The writing had a unique voice to it, and there was a different tone for each character that really made them come to life. There was plenty of action, but there was also a lot of character development, and I thought that both sides were done very well. There were twists and turns that kept things exciting and fast-paced, but it did not seem rushed or confusing.

My favorite quote from this book was the following:

“The ability to speak does not make you intelligent!”

I know quite a few people who could use this advice. 🙂

Overall, I was really pleased and surprised with this book. I will definitely be diving deeper into the world of Star Wars in the future!




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