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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. 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 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.

This special edition features a brand-new Darth Maul short story by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno!

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“Breathless . . . filled with action from page one.”—New York Post

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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. 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. 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.
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. This quest brings Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and one of the Queen''s young handmaidens to the sand-swept streets of Tatooine and the shop where the slave boy Anakin Skywalker toils and dreams 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. It is this unexpected meeting that marks the beginning of the drama that will become legend . . .

About the Author

Terry Brooks is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the Legend of Shannara novels Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic; the Genesis of Shannara novels Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra, and The Gypsy Morph; The Sword of Shannara; the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr; the High Druid of Shannara trilogy: Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken; and the nonfiction book Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life. His novels Running with the Demon and A Knight of the Word were selected by the Rocky Mountain News as two of the best science fiction/fantasy novels of the twentieth century. The author was a practicing attorney for many years but now writes full-time. He lives with his wife, Judine, in the Pacific Northwest.

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Tatooine

The suns burned down out of a cloudless blue sky, washing the vast desert wastes of the planet in brilliant white light. The resultant glare rose off the flat, sandy surface in a wet shimmer of blistering heat to fill the gaps between the massive cliff faces and solitary outcroppings of the mountains that were the planet''s sole distinguishing feature. Sharply etched, the monoliths stood like sentinels keeping watch in a watery haze.

When the Podracers streaked past, engines roaring with ferocious hunger and relentless drive, the heat and the light seemed to shatter and the mountains themselves to tremble.

Anakin Skywalker leaned into the curve of the raceway that took him past the stone arch marking the entry into Beggar''s Canyon on the first lap of the run, easing the thruster bars forward, giving the engines a little more juice. The wedge-shaped rockets exploded with power, the right a tad harder than the left, banking the Pod in which Anakin sat sharply left to clear the turn. Swiftly, he adjusted the steering to straighten the racer, boosted power further, and shot through the arch. Loose sand whiplashed in the wake of his passing, filling the air with a gritty sheen, whirling and dancing through the heat. He ripped into the canyon, fingers playing across the controls, hands steady on the steering.

It was all so quick, so instantaneous. One mistake, one misjudgment, and he would be out of the race and lucky if he weren''t dead. That was the thrill of it. All that power, all that speed, just at his fingertips, and no margin for error. Two huge turbines dragged a fragile Pod over sandy flats, around jagged-edged mountains, down shadowed draws, and over heart-wrenching drops in a series of twisting, winding curves and jumps at the greatest speed a driver could manage. Control cables ran from the Pod to the engines, and energy binders locked the engines to each other. If any part of the three struck something solid, the whole of the assembly would collapse in a splintering of metal and a fiery wash of rocket fuel. If any part broke free, it was all over.

A grin split Anakin''s young face as he injected a bit more power into the thrusters.

Ahead, the canyon narrowed and the shadows deepened. Anakin bore down on the slit of brightness that opened back onto the flats, keeping low to the ground where passage was widest. If he stayed high, he risked brushing the cliff faces on either side. That had happened to Regga in a race last month, and they were still looking for the pieces.

It would not happen to him.

He shoved the thruster bars forward and exploded through the gap onto the flats, engines screaming.

Sitting in the Pod with his hands on the controls, Anakin could feel the vibration of the engines travel up the control cables and fill him with their music. Wrapped in his rough-made jumpsuit, his racing helmet, his goggles, and his gloves, he was wedged so closely in his seat that he could feel the rush of the wind across the Pod''s skin beneath him. When he raced like this, he was never simply the driver of a Podracer, never just an additional part. Rather, he was at one with the whole, and engines, Pod, and he were bound together in a way he could not entirely explain. Each shimmy, each small throb, each tug and twist of strut and tie were apparent to him, and he could sense at any given moment exactly what was happening throughout the length and breadth of his racer. It spoke to him in its own language, a mix of sounds and feelings, and though it did not use words, he could understand everything it said.

Sometimes, he thought dreamily, he could sense what it would say before it even spoke.

A flash of gleaming orange metal shot past him on his right, and he watched the distinctive split-X of Sebulba''s engines flare out before him, taking away the lead he had seized through an unusually quick start. His brow wrinkled in disgust at himself for his momentary lapse of concentration and his dislike of the other racer. All gangly and crook-legged, Sebulba was as twisted inside as out, a dangerous adversary who won often and took delight in doing so at the expense of others. The Dug had caused more than a dozen crashes of other Podracers in the past year alone, and his eyes glinted with wicked pleasure when he recounted the tales to others on the dusty streets of Mos Espa. Anakin knew Sebulba well--and knew better than to take chances with him.

He rode the thruster bars forward, fed fresh power to the engines, and rocketed ahead.

It didn''t help, he supposed as he watched the distance between them narrow, that he was human or, much worse, that he was the only human ever to drive in the Podraces. The ultimate test of skill and daring on Tatooine and the favorite spectator sport of the citizens of Mos Espa, it was supposed to be beyond the skill and capability of any human. Multiple arms and multihinged joints, stalk eyes, heads that swiveled 180 degrees, and bodies that twisted as if boneless gave advantages to other creatures that humans could not begin to overcome. The most famous racers, the best of a rare breed, were strangely shaped, complexly formed beings with a penchant for taking risks that bordered on insanity.

But Anakin Skywalker, while nothing like these, was so intuitive in his understanding of the skills required by his sport and so comfortable with its demands that his lack of these other attributes seemed to matter not at all. It was a source of some mystery to everyone, and a source of disgust and growing irritation to Sebulba in particular.

Last month, in another race, the wily Dug had tried to run Anakin into a cliff face. He had failed only because Anakin sensed him coming up from behind and underneath, an illegal razor saw extended to sever Anakin''s right Steelton control cable, and Anakin lifted away to safety before the saw could do its damage. His escape cost him the race, but allowed him to keep his life. It was a trade he was still angry at having been forced to make.

The racers whipped through columns of ancient statuary and across the floor of the arena erected on the edge of Mos Espa. They swept under the winner''s arch, past row upon row of seats crammed with spectators cheering them on, past pit droids, repair stations, and the boxes where the Hutts watched in isolated splendor above the commoners. From an overlook in a tower centered on the arch, the two-headed Troig who served as announcer would be shouting out their names and positions to the crowd. Anakin allowed himself a momentary glimpse of blurred figures that were left behind so fast they might have been nothing more than a mirage. His mother, Shmi, would be among them, worrying as she always did. She hated watching him drive in the Podraces, but she couldn''t help herself. She never said so, but he thought she believed that simply by being there she could keep him from coming to harm. It had worked so far. He had crashed twice and failed to finish even once, but after more than half a dozen races he was unharmed. And he liked having her there. It gave him a strange sort of confidence in himself he didn''t like to think about too closely.

Besides, what choice did they have in the matter? He raced because he was good at it, Watto knew he was good at it, and whatever Watto wanted of him he would do. That was the price you paid when you were a slave, and Anakin Skywalker had been a slave all his life.

Arch Canyon rose broad and deep before him, an expanse of rock leading into Jag Crag Gorge, a twisting channel the racers were required to navigate on their way to the high flats beyond. Sebulba was just ahead, rocketing low and tight across the ground, trying to put some distance between Anakin and himself. Behind Anakin, close now, were three other racers spread out against the horizon. A quick glance revealed Mawhonic, Gasgano, and Rimkar trailing in his strange bubble pod. All three were gaining. Anakin started to engage his thrusters, then drew back. They were too close to the gorge. Too much power there, and he would be in trouble. Response time in the channel was compacted down to almost nothing. It was better to wait.

Mawhonic and Gasgano seemed to agree, settling their Pods into place behind his as they approached the split in the rock. But Rimkar was not content to wait and roared past Anakin split seconds before they entered the cleft and disappeared into darkness.

Anakin leveled out his Pod, lifting slightly from the rock-strewn floor of the channel, letting his memory and his instincts take him down the winding cut. When he raced, everything around him slowed down rather than sped up. It was different than you''d expect. Rock and sand and shadows flew past in a wild mix of patterns and shapes, and still he could see so clearly. All the details seemed to jump out at him, as if illuminated by exactly what should make them so difficult to distinguish. He could almost close his eyes and drive, he thought. He was that much in tune with everything around him, that much aware of where he was.

He eased swiftly down the channel, catching glimpses of Rimkar''s engine exhausts as they flashed crimson in the shadows. Far, far overhead, the sky was a brilliant blue streak down the center of the mountain, sending a frail streamer of light into the gap that lost brilliance with every meter it dropped so that by the time it reached Anakin and his fellow racers, it barely cut the dark. Yet Anakin was at peace, lost deep within himself as he drove his Pod, bonded with his engines, given over to the throb and hum of his racer and the soft, velvet dark that folded about.

When they emerged into the light once more, Anakin jammed the thruster bars forward and streaked after Sebulba. Mawhonic and Gasgano were right behind. Ahead, Rimkar had caught Sebulba and was trying to edge past. The lanky Dug lifted his split-X engines slightly to scrape against Rimkar''s Pod. But Rimkar''s rounded shell eased smoothly away, unaffected. Side by side the racers tore across the high flats, headed for Metta Drop. Anakin closed on them, drawing away from Mawhonic and Gasgano. People said what they wanted about Watto--and there was plenty to say that wasn''t good--but he had an eye for Podracers. The big engines jumped obediently as Anakin fed fuel into the thrusters, and in seconds he was drawing alongside Sebulba''s split-X.

They were even when they reached Metta Drop and rocketed over and tumbled straight down.

The trick with drops, as every racer knew, was to gather enough speed going down to gain time over your opponents, but not so much speed that the racer couldn''t pull out of the drop and level out again before it nose-dived into the rocks below. So when Sebulba pulled out early, Anakin was momentarily surprised. Then he felt the backwash of the split-X engines hammer into his Pod. The treacherous Dug had only looked as if he would pull out and instead had lifted away and then deliberately fishtailed atop both Anakin and Rimkar, using his exhaust to slam them against the cliff face.

Rimkar, caught completely by surprise, jammed his thruster bars forward in an automatic response that took him right into the mountain. Metal fragments of Pod and engines careened away from the rock wall in a fiery shower, leaving a long black scar along the ravaged surface.

Anakin might have gone the same way but for his instincts. Almost before he knew what he was doing, at the same instant he felt the backwash of Sebulba''s engines slam into him, he lifted out of his own descent and away from the mountain, almost colliding with a surprised Sebulba, who veered off wildly to save himself. Anakin''s sudden wrenching of his Pod''s steering took him spinning away into the midday, off course and out of control. He pulled back on the steering, eased off on the thrusters, cut the fuel supply to the big engines, and watched the ground rise up to meet him in a rush of sand and reflected light.

He struck the ground in a bone-wrenching skid that severed both control cables, the big engines flying off in two directions while the Pod careened first left, then right, and then began to roll. Anakin could only brace himself inside, spinning and twisting in a roil of sand and heat, praying that he didn''t wind up against an outcropping of rock. Metal shrieked in protest and dust filled the Pod''s interior. Somewhere off to his right, an engine exploded in a ground-shaking roar. Anakin''s arms were stretched out to either side, keeping him squarely placed through the pummeling the Pod experienced as it continued to roll and then roll some more.

Finally, it stopped, tilted wildly to one side. Anakin waited a moment, then loosened his restraining belt and crawled out. The heat of the desert rose to meet him, and the blinding sunlight bore down through his goggles. Overhead, the last of the Podracers streaked away into the blue horizon, engines whining and booming. Silence followed, deep and profound.

Anakin glanced left and right at what remained of his engines, taking in the damage, assessing the work they would need to operate again. He looked finally at his Pod and grimaced. Watto would not be happy.

But then Watto seldom was.

Anakin Skywalker sat down with his back against the ruined Pod, gaining what small relief he could from its shadow in the glare of Tatooine''s twin suns. A landspeeder would be along in a few minutes to pick him up. Watto would be there to chew him out. His mother would be there to give him a hug and take him home. He wasn''t satisfied with how things had turned out, but he wasn''t discouraged either. He could have won the race if Sebulba had played fair. He could have won easily.

He sighed and tipped back his helmet.

One day soon he would win a lot of races. Maybe even next year, when he reached the age of ten.

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AdmiraluTop Contributor: Star Wars
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Straight Forward Version of the film.
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
While I am familiar with the story of the Phantom Menace, the novel did include enough details and additional scenes to make it interesting. Author Brooks did an admiral job describing the details. He even made the pod racing interesting, despite being my least favorite... See more
While I am familiar with the story of the Phantom Menace, the novel did include enough details and additional scenes to make it interesting. Author Brooks did an admiral job describing the details. He even made the pod racing interesting, despite being my least favorite screen in the film. I read/listened to this book using immersion reading. The audio book did not feature either Marc Thompson or Jonathan Davis. It featured a new voice, Alexander Adams. Adams approached these from a more traditional, straight forward approach, reading the text and doing a few character voices. His Jar Jar was quite good and the narration was pleasant. Not much in the way of extra scenes, but the book does include a mini interview with the author and a great short story from James Luceno about Maul and a timeline of Star Wars books along with samples from books in different eras.
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E. Willaims
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OK....Like the Movie
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2005
I was only luke warm on the movie, which may explain why I was only lukewarm on the book. As with most beginning books/movies, the pace is sort of slow and not a lot happens. The most pivotal event in this book was the death of Qui-Gon at the hands of Darth Maul and the... See more
I was only luke warm on the movie, which may explain why I was only lukewarm on the book. As with most beginning books/movies, the pace is sort of slow and not a lot happens. The most pivotal event in this book was the death of Qui-Gon at the hands of Darth Maul and the council''s reluctant acceptance to let Obi-Wan train Anakin as a Jedi. I got the feeling that they only did it because Qui-Gon was killed.

It also provided a good base for the character of Anakin. Something I found really ironic and kind of weird was how Anakin spent the night with a Tusken raider. Ironic because he slaughters the entire camp in the next episode. Jar-Jar was every bit as annoying in the book as in the movie. The other parts were kind of hum-drum.

I did not like the characterization of Obi-Wan in this book. A bit of a snob, isn''t he? There were points in the book where he was a little stuck up and other points where was just a plain jerk! Especially towards Anakin. In general the Obi-Wan in these new episodes contrasts greatly from the original Obi-Wan. The original Obi-Wan is a lot nicer, and more good natured.

Also, Lucas and Brooks sort of contrasted their original first episode (now episode IV) with this book by introducing Qui-Gon. In the original episodes, Yoda was officially Obi-Wan''s master. Did you notice how similar Anakin was to Qui-Gon? Both Anakin and Obi-Wan felt completely lost after after Qui-Gon''s death. And let''s face it: Obi-Wan was in no way ready to train Anakin-he was far too young and did not have enough experience. (As usual, Yoda was right...annoying isn''t it?) Even though it was destined that Obi-Wan and Anakin be brought together for the sake of a good movie let''s face it: Anakin would not have turned to the dark side if Qui-Gon has been his mentor instead of Obi-Wan.
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Physiux
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this actually read like a real book and not like a screenplay trying ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
I was so excited to read this before the movie because I wanted to know what was going to happen and couldn''t wait for the movie to come out. I was also impressed that unlike the Star Wars trilogy that had been released bound together, this actually read like a real book... See more
I was so excited to read this before the movie because I wanted to know what was going to happen and couldn''t wait for the movie to come out. I was also impressed that unlike the Star Wars trilogy that had been released bound together, this actually read like a real book and not like a screenplay trying to pretend to be a book.
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Phantom Menace and Darth Maul
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2013
There are extra scenes that are not in the movie, characters thoughts are revealed and there is extra dialogue. I liked the movie but the book gives insights into characters, actions and scenes that are not possible in the movie. There is a good pace to the book and I... See more
There are extra scenes that are not in the movie, characters thoughts are revealed and there is extra dialogue. I liked the movie but the book gives insights into characters, actions and scenes that are not possible in the movie.
There is a good pace to the book and I found it enjoyable.
This edition also has a short story Darth Maul: End Game. This expands Darth Mauls'' backstory and fills in gaps in the film with what he was doing ''offscrene''. In this story we see more of Dath Sidious and what he expects from Darth Maul.
This is also an enjoyable story
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Great option.
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020
With the libraries being closed it was awesome to have a used purchase option to continue reading the series. I love having the physical book to hold over an ebook any day. It was quick delivery and even though the book is used it is in perfect condition to read! Thank you!
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Better than the movie
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2009
I''m a huge Star Wars fan and never really had read one of the books that were adapted from the movie until this one. I remember reading the first time I did back when the movie had just came out and I can remember how I spent every second I could reading this book. If... See more
I''m a huge Star Wars fan and never really had read one of the books that were adapted from the movie until this one. I remember reading the first time I did back when the movie had just came out and I can remember how I spent every second I could reading this book. If you''re a star wars fan like me you''ll definitely enjoy the book. I love this book as it makes the movie even better as the book goes into more detail of the story line and plot that you just felt like there was something missing there in the movie. The book is very well written by Terry Brooks the detail and the thoughtfulness that was put into this book is just amazing! I love to read this over and over still!
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Stormraven24
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Expands on the film, but not by much
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2013
I’m going to come right out and say it without a lot of puttering around: I was disappointed by this book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it for what it was, but it left a lot to be desired for me. I go into novelizations expecting more depth and substance to the... See more
I’m going to come right out and say it without a lot of puttering around: I was disappointed by this book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it for what it was, but it left a lot to be desired for me. I go into novelizations expecting more depth and substance to the cinematic counterpart, and occasionally slightly better dialogue and expansion on pivotal events. That’s not the case with this one.

The biggest problem I had was the dialogue; nearly every spoken line was taken directly from the film. Read: cringeworthy (Anakin’s especially, just as in the movie). I will admit that it was better to read it than hear it, so maybe that’s why I was able to not roll my eyes as much. The book also suffers from repetitive descriptions. Do we really need to be told every other page that Panaka and Windu are dark-skinned? Or that Jar Jar has a “billed face”? Or be reminded of the characters’ full names each time the scene changes?

I may be speaking out of bias (because I’ve come to adore Qui-Gon and Padme), but I also felt that a few key scenes were glossed over too quickly. The rift between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan when the Master decided to train Anakin, Qui-Gon’s death and its impact on Obi-Wan and Anakin, and Anakin’s separation from the mother he loved so fiercely; both were extremely important, yet with a few words they were over and done with, each character seemingly fine with life mere moments after the events. Obi-Wan at this point is still very much a slave to his emotions and that feeling of betrayal was something significant for him, even when Qui-Gon explained that he thought his Padawan ready to become a Knight. It also would have been nice to have seen Obi-Wan have more time to get a handle on his rage and grief at losing his Master and life-long friend, or to give Anakin a few paragraphs of struggling to overcome his separation anxiety from the only life he’d ever known and the only person he’d ever loved.

Speaking of moving too quickly, I still don’t like how fast Anakin’s and Padme’s relationship developed. Paralleling Rose and the Doctor’s shift in affections changed in Doctor Who, one moment Anakin and Padme are friends, the next they’re in love? I understand the love-at-first-sight motif and the love-stronger-than-anything device and their prevalence within Anakin’s life story, but this book did nothing to ease that transition that made me scratch my head during the film.

Although I do have several complaints, there are a few good things that I did like. My dislike of Jar Jar was lessened thanks to Brooks going deeper into his emotions and insecurities. I also greatly enjoyed Maul’s appearances, brief as they were, because of the further insight afforded to him; I never really felt connected to him during the movie, so it’s through the books that I’ve come to like him. Brooks didn’t disappoint me on that front.

Overall I felt that this particular attempt at a novelization fell short of what it could have been. If it had been given twenty additional pages of insight into the various characters and the emotional trauma they were subjected to throughout the story I would have rated it higher. I don’t know how much of that was because of contractual obligations or simply Brooks’ style, but in the end it doesn’t matter; this was a mediocre adaptation at best, sad to say.
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Nice hardcover
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020
Hard cover Came with different cover art than advertised. But in my opinion it’s better than the image of queen amedala. Darth maul on one side, and Darth Sidious on the other. Only seems fitting since they are the “phantom menace”
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Mr. Richard J. S. Blake
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Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 10, 2020
This was well written, though I liked the movie, I was surprised that chapter one had to do with Anakin Skywalker losing a podrace event which is mentioned later on and chapter six he mentions C-3PO and brings him along so that C-3PO can translate Jawa language, but I would...See more
This was well written, though I liked the movie, I was surprised that chapter one had to do with Anakin Skywalker losing a podrace event which is mentioned later on and chapter six he mentions C-3PO and brings him along so that C-3PO can translate Jawa language, but I would advise to read Star Wars Episode 1 prequel, The Cloak Of Deception so that your notice how the Trade Federation had there tanks, battle droids and STAPS made for them. But yet again like the movie two Jedi are sent by the Senate to have negotiations with the Trade Federation while the Neimodians on board had made a deal with the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious! Who in the background wants the Queen of Naboo to make a treaty, which the Trade Federation have made a blockade on the Planet called Naboo. But after boarding the Trade Federation, Qui-Gon-Jinn and Obi-Wan-Kenobi make there way down to the surface of Naboo to rescue the Queen, but to meet a classic character called Jar Jar Binks, who shows them the underwater city called Otha Gunga. But after rescuing the Queen, they have to make a stop due to having their hyperdrive shot and leaking, so they have to stop on the Planet of the Hutt''s called Tattoine where Qui-Gon-Jinn finds a young boy called Anakin Skywalker, who is nine years old in this, but a slave to the Toydarian who is called Watto, his only way out of slavery is to win the Podrace event in Mos Espa called the Boonta Eve. That''s where Qui-Gon-Jinn studies the boy to be very strong in the Force. But Darth Maul, the apprentice of the Darth Sidious comes along, but mainly the movie has some good parts to it but the book has some deleted parts and some of the sentences are shorter and extended, same with the words from the characters. I had to laugh at the part where Anakin first meets Padme and after asking if she is an angel, he says "I''m going to marry you" but Padme says that he''s too young for her but then in a certain part she says to him who future husband would I have then? A fair few words are left out and put into sentences more and some words are put differently, but in the end it''s more about how Anakin Skywalker. Hero of the Clone Wars and a fallen Jedi to become a Sith Lord, as we know it but how it all begun as he had to leave everything behind him but what of Darth Maul and Qui-Gon-Jinn? well I''d give the book 5 stars, but the next review will be back to Jedi Quest''s books on the Dangerous Games.
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S P Mead
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
a broad introduction to the wider Star Wars universe
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2017
Opinion regarding Star Wars Episode 1 "The Phantom Menace" is highly divided. Personally, I enjoyed the cinematic experience of watching the film - although I don''t consider it one of the best entries in the saga. I was sufficiently entertained as to order the...See more
Opinion regarding Star Wars Episode 1 "The Phantom Menace" is highly divided. Personally, I enjoyed the cinematic experience of watching the film - although I don''t consider it one of the best entries in the saga. I was sufficiently entertained as to order the novelisation of the movie - and, fortunately, it''s an enjoyable read. This is a well-written book which provides added depth and detail - both in terms of characters and the broader events they''re caught-up in - as compared to the film. If you''re a fan of the Star Wars novels then I recommend this item. The story focuses on two key elements. On the one hand, it''s about the setting into motion of the final plans of the Sith lord Darth Sidious - who instigates a trade blockade of a remote planet within the Galactic Republic. This blockade constitutes the central reason for the election of Palpatine as Chancellor. On the other hand, the plot concerns the character of young Anakin Skywalker - who demonstrates such Force potential that he''s allowed to join the Jedi Order. Anyone who''s seen the original Star Wars trilogy knows that Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader, and that Palpatine becomes the Emperor. As such, this is a story of origins ... There''s a lot of political intrigue in the plot. Things are going on that aren''t directly covered in the storyline. And the events that we do witness are not as they appear. Yes, there''s a "menace" - but the real threat isn''t the trade blockade but the mastermind who''s controlling everything. As such, what the Jedi get involved in is merely a "phantom" - an set of illusory circumstances that, ultimately, will lead to their downfall. This, then, is a complex narrative - and certainly not the standard stuff of sci-fi. Personally, I enjoyed this deeper meaning to the story. But I can understand how it might put some readers off. Overall, this book serves to provide a broad introduction to the wider Star Wars universe. It''s rather different than one might imagine, if you''re only familiar with the original trilogy of films. If you''re willing to embrace this larger reality then I think you''ll enjoy this novel. Note: I ordered a hardback edition and received a paperback copy. If you''re after hardback then I suggest contacting the seller and ensuring that you''ll receive the correct version.
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Charly Harries
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Loved it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2015
I am a big fan of Star Wars, and when I discovered that there was a series of books based on the iconic films, I was over the moon. The brilliance of these books, is that our ferocious appetite for more Star Wars content is satisfied. You learn more about each character,...See more
I am a big fan of Star Wars, and when I discovered that there was a series of books based on the iconic films, I was over the moon. The brilliance of these books, is that our ferocious appetite for more Star Wars content is satisfied. You learn more about each character, especially about Anakin and his life as a slave on Tatooine. The book is thick with descriptions of the different worlds and their occupants, helping you to fully immerse yourself in the story. I really enjoyed the authors writing style, and I am looking forward to checking out more of his work. I am more excited, though, to read the second book in the series: Episode II - The Clone Wars. If you loved the films, then you will love this book, I cannot recommend it enough!
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Mr Creosote
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"Based upon the screenplay and story by George Lucas"
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2015
Well, here we have the novelisation of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - widely regarded as the turkey of the Star Wars films, if I''m not wrong? In contrast to the charismatic performances of the original trilogy, the Phantom Menace moview seemed lumbered by rather...See more
Well, here we have the novelisation of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - widely regarded as the turkey of the Star Wars films, if I''m not wrong? In contrast to the charismatic performances of the original trilogy, the Phantom Menace moview seemed lumbered by rather stilted acting as the cast struggled in a green-screen, subordinate to the great dollops of CGI that Lucas was going to be inserting around them. (And that''s before we even get started on the annoying realisations of Jar Jar Binks the ''comedy'' dufus and that irritating little brat Annikan Skywalker...) However luckily with the novel, you are blissfully free of all this: instead you get the story itself and can use your own imagination to animate the characters. Whilst Terry Brooks'' prose isn''t going to win any awards, if you''re interested in the Star Wars story itself, you''ll probably enjoy having it told here. Quite a few little points that are glossed over in the movie are subtley expanded on in this book. Don''t expect huge digressions into back story, but more a choice few extra ''deleted and extended scenes''.
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John Hopper
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
good novelisation of a weaker film in the canon
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2017
The Phantom Menace is generally reckoned to be the weakest of the Star Wars films, and I would agree with that. Nevertheless, this is a good novelisation, that expands on characters'' background and motivations convincingly to give depth and colour to the backdrop of events,...See more
The Phantom Menace is generally reckoned to be the weakest of the Star Wars films, and I would agree with that. Nevertheless, this is a good novelisation, that expands on characters'' background and motivations convincingly to give depth and colour to the backdrop of events, as befits a novel written by a celebrated author of best selling fantasy novels over a period of several decades. Events take place in the same order as they do in the film, with the exception of an initial two chapters covering young Anakin''s life immediately before the Jedi knights and their party come to Tatooine. Unfortunately, the film''s worst element, the cringingly awful Jar Jar Binks is still here. Without him, and a few of the more cartoonish moments, this would have been a much better film.
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