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Defenders of the Dead

Rating: Defenders of the Dead by Jude Watson, a Star Wars novel has been rated 3/5 by this reviewer.
TimeLine: 44 years before the Battle at Yavin
Author: Jude Watson
Published: December, 1999
Review by: Lt. Jenna Zan Arbor

Old Friends: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn

New Faces: Cerasi, Nield, Wehutti, Tahl

Places: Melida/Daan, Zehava

Synopsis: For years, a civil war has been raging on the planet Melida/Dann. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Junn are sent on a mission to rescue a Jedi Knight who had been sent to Melida/Dann as a guardian of peace. This Jedi Knight has now been wounded and captured during the war. But not everything goes as planned.

A fight once among the people of the planet is now a revolt against their children. Two teenagers, Cerasi and Nield, lead a group that calls themselves "The Young". Obi-Wan is soon forced to choose between his master and his new friends.

Now, against someone's wishes, Obi-Wan has chosen a side.

Review: In the beginning of this book,Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon find themselves on a planet where the war is raging between the people. They must rescue the Jedi Knight and friend who has been wounded in this fighting.

Soon after arriving on the planet, they find themselves in trouble. They receive help from "The Young", a group of rebels forned by the children of Melida/Daan. (those children who do not want to see their planet at war anymore.)

After they rescue the captured Knight, Qui-Gon and Obi_wan's goal is to leave as soon as possible. Put their plans get thwarted when "The Young" ask for help. Due to some turning of events going on back at the Jedi Temple, Qui-Gon tells "The Young" they cannot help them because it's against the Jedi Code. They all must leave immediately. But, Obi-Wan does not agree.

For starters, the book has alot of action in it. It contains some fast paced lightsaber scenes, a few devastating war scenes and the occasional small blaster fight.

We explore the hatred of the people of Melida/Daan that caused the war to last for so many generations. Jude Watson addds many grueling details and aspects of the war in this book which really helps characterize the people of the planet. We learn that the Melida and the Daan don't know the reason they fight anymore: they fight only out of bitter hatred that has been with them forever.

Although Jude Watson has written and added another great book to the series, I felt that Obi-Wan was persuaded too easily into something. (I won't tell you what it is though, because I don't want to give away the whole book.) Overall, the book makes a good read for an afternoon and the cliffhanger at the end leaves you waiting for the next book in the series to come out.

Title: Defenders of the Dead
Series: Jedi Apprentice
Author: Jude Watson
Review by: Lt. Jenna Zan Arbor