Star Wars

Star Wars

Episode I : the Phantom Menace

Book - 1999
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In barren desert lands and seedy spaceports . . . in vast underwater cities and in the blackest depths of space . . . unfolds a tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power. At last the saga that captured the imagination of millions turns back in time to reveal its cloaked origins--the start of a legend--the story of STAR WARS. Based on the screenplay by George Lucas, this novel by master storyteller Terry Brooks probes the depths of one of the greatest tales of our time, providing rich detail and insight into the minds and motives of the characters--and shedding bold new light on Lucas' brilliant creation.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Even the Jedi are caught by surprise, their attentions focused on the political unrest between the Trade Federation and the Republic. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.

On the desert world of Tatooine, far from the concerns of the Republic, a slave boy works by day and dreams by night--of being a Jedi Knight and one day traveling the stars to worlds he's only heard of in stories . . . of finding a way to win freedom from enslavement for himself and his beloved mother. His only hope lies in his extraordinary instincts and his strange gift for understanding the "rightness" of things, talents that allow him to be one of the best pod racers on the planet.

In another part of the galaxy, the Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, young Obi-Wan Kenobi, are charged with the protection of Amidala, the young Queen of Naboo, as she seeks to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. It is this quest that brings Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and the Queen's beautiful young handmaiden to the sand-swept streets of Tatooine and the shop where the slave boy Anakin Skywalker toils and dreams. And it is this unexpected meeting that marks the beginning of the drama that will become legend . . .

Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of The Sword of Shannara and its sequels presents the companion novel to the latest blockbuster Star Wars film, tracing the youth of Anakin Skywalker, who emerges later as Darth Vader. Movie tie-in. 725,000 first printing. $250,000 ad/promo.

& Taylor

Two Jedi peace ambassadors are sent to investigate the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo and later meet Anakin Skywalker, a young slave living on Tatooine, whom they believe to be a good candidate for Jedi training

Publisher: New York : Lucas Books : Ballantine Publishing Group, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345427656
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Lucas, George 1944-


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iluvstarwars Jan 09, 2016

A very good start out, as jrock said, I am very glad when obi-wan kills Darth Maul (he is so despicable!)

JRock15 Dec 03, 2015

Great start off to the saga;
pretty much what rejoicealway said.

rejoicealway Sep 03, 2014

Great jumpstart to the star wars tv series books. I love Anakins boyhood racing on Tatooine and the final duel between Obi Wan and Qui Gon Jinn against Maul. I also like the chronicling of the war between the Trade Federation and Naboo.
This is a must read for science fiction star wars fans.

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