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Jedi Apprentice #8:

The Day of Reckoning

Rating: The Day of Reckoning by Jude Watson, a Star Wars novel has been rated 4/5 by this reviewer.
TimeLine: 43 years before the Battle at Yavin
Author: Jude Watson
Published: June, 2000
Review by: Lt. Jenna Zan Arbor

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

New Faces: Denetrus (den), Vox Chun, and Andra

Places: Telos, Thani (Main City of Telos)

Synopsis: Xanatos has returned and now the battle continues on his home planet. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn have followed Xanatos back to Telos. Right into a trap.

Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon believed that Xanatos would be in hiding, but when they arrive in Thani they find the opposite. Xanatos is a rich, loved, beneficiator of the planet.

And now, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are wanted criminals. They must fight for their innocence before they're punished for a crime they didn't commit. And the punishment is death.

Review: Once again Jude Watson has proven her self to be a successful writer in continuing the Jedi Apprentice Series with "Book #8: The Day of Reckoning". Once again, Xanatos has returned. And this time the battle continues on his home planet of Telos, where he is reknowned as a beloved citizen.

The story, contains a dose of action, a little political issues, along with continuing look at the padawan/master relationship. In "The Day of Reckoning" we begin to explore a little more of the underground/black market bit of the galaxy. Continuing from the previous story, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon arrive at the planet Telos, in search of Qui-Gon's ex-padawan, Xanatos. But they find themselves as wanted criminals. They soon gain help from a convict, Dan, who is also running from the Telos' police and goverment. They soon meet up with Andra, an acquaintance of their new found criminal helper, Dan. Andra heads an illegal political party, called POWER (Reserve Our Wild Endangered Resources).

You get a little glimpse of action, during Katharsis day, which mostly takes place in the Katharsis Dome. The Katharsis is a gambling game/event similar to the Gladiator events in early Rome. On Katharsis day, the people Telos' gather to watch and bet on the gruesome events. And of course as always, you get to see a little lightsaber action from Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.

Unknowingly to them, when they arrived on Telos, Xanatos has become a rich powerful leader and now the convicts are Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Along with Andra and Dan's help, Qui-Gon and Qbi-Wan must prove their innocence before they're captured once more and it's too late.

Overall, considering the book has good action, a little political issues, the ongoing growth of the master/padawan relationship, and the new evil/sinister characters Jude Watson has come up with, "The Day of Reckoning" is a good book. Therefore, I gave the book a 4 out of 5.

Title: The Day of Reckoning
Series: Jedi Apprentice
Author: Jude Watson
Review by: Lt. Jenna Zan Arbor