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Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force [Paperback]

Dave Wolverton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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May 1 1999 Star Wars Jedi Apprentice (Book 1)
A dynamic new Star Wars series, following the adventures and education of thirteen-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn as they travel across the galaxy as guardians of peace. Combining action, Jedi detail, and the thematic significance that readers expect from Star Wars, "Jedi Apprentice" is sure to engage both Star Wars fans and newcomers to the Star Wars galaxy.

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Just before his 13th birthday, Obi-Wan Kenobi left Yoda and the other teachers at the Jedi Temple. But he wasn't supposed to become a Padawan, a future Jedi Knight, he was assigned to be a farmer! Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force joins the headstrong Obi-Wan a few weeks before he's to turn 13, when he'll be too old to begin training as a Jedi Knight. Trying too hard to become Qui-Gon Jinn's Padawan, Obi-Wan shows his lack of discipline, and that--in addition to Qui-Gon's mysterious past--keeps them apart. But the Force keeps pulling the two together: Obi-Wan resigns himself to the Jedi Agricultural Corps on barren Bandomeer, only to find that Qui-Gon is on a mission to the same planet. Traveling there on a mining ship, the two must work together to forge a truce between the warring Hutt, Whiphid, and Arconan miners on board. The inexperienced Obi-Wan stirs up trouble but gets plenty of chances to redeem himself later--after the pirates attack and after the ship crash-lands on a hostile planet with the crew still at each other's throats. Experienced Star Wars author Dave Wolverton keeps the blasters firing and the lightsabers swinging in this fun, fast-paced adventure. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rising Force Sept. 1 2009
Personnally, I might be too much a fan. But I like Dave Wolverton and even though its a kids book, it still is a good distraction when I'm tired of studying... About the book: the story of Obi-Wan, as he begins to worry about being a Knight.
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By Davis
There is no real Star Wars reading material for young readers (4-7 years) However, this first book in a series for 9-12 year olds is just amazing. It's very readable to a younger child (4-8) at bedtime. As soon as I started reading the book to my son (6 years old) it was an instant hit...with both of us.
It starts BEFORE episode I, when Obi-Wan Kenobi is a boy of 12 years and in Jedi Training hoping to become the Padawan learner of the rebel & loner, Qui-Gon Jinn before he turns 13.
My son got so into the book he would force himself to stay up to listen to more of the story! Obviously, this is not what you want to happen when you want your little Jedi to go to sleep. (However, it does speak volumes about the writing, the story, etc...)
I have a sneaking suspicion that we'll be reading the entire series. This first book, was that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flash back into the past... Dec 18 2003
By A Customer
In the starwars movies obi-wan is over 70 years old-in this book he is 12. Obi-wan is not even a jedi yet. It is a real prolgue. If I did not read these books and then i saw the phantom menace it would not be as good. I reccomend to any starwars fan if you like the movies you will like the books more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent must have for the Star Wars Fan! Dec 9 2003
This book is the start of the life of one of the most famous Jedi Knights, Obiwan Kenobi. Learn how he ALMOST did not become a Jedi Knight and then finally teaming up to become a padawan under Quigon Jinn! Also read about the adventures of them against Xanatos, Quigon's ex padawan who was succumbed to the Dark Side. I guarantee you won't put the book down once you pick it up.
Kindly note: Better have the sequel books of the Jedi Apprentice series ready or you will be sulking until they arrive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Work! Aug. 28 2003
By J
Finally, a Star Wars book thats NOT just trying to cash in on the movies!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to beloved characters Aug. 15 2003
By audrey
This is the first book in the Jedi Apprentice series, which details the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. In this first instalment, Obi-Wan is feeling desperate because he has one month to be chosen as a Knight's Padawan or else his Jedi training must stop. He clings to the hope that Qui-Gon will take him on, but Jinn has painful memories of an earlier apprentice, Xanatos, that keep him from wanting to take on another. Still, as Yoda explains to his friend, sometimes fate decides things for us, and he turns out to be right as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan find themselves travelling together on a ship fraught with danger.
Since we know how this will all turn out eventually, what becomes important is the journey, and this first in the series is an enjoyable introduction to three great characters -- Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Yoda. The situations are interesting and the other characters are realistic, but the heart of the story lies in the excitement of seeing Jinn and Kenobi taking their first tentative steps toward a partnership. Great fun!
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Obi-wan Kenobi was considered a clumsy. For me this little childs ready is the beginning of the pre-quel trilogy era. The Jedi Knights are in yodas care. Young obi-wan needs to be selected as a padawan. After some disappointment, he is selected by Qui-Gon Ginn, the rest is Expanded Universe history. Dave Wolverton also wrote my favorite SW novel, courtship of Princess Leia. My 3 star rating is my review for adults, to indicate that I think they will enjoy this little book. My rating for the those 8 to 14 is 4 stars. It is a book worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the whole apprentice series May 30 2003
For the first book in a 20 book series, this one definitely set the tone for the whole series. Even though the whole series is supposedly geared towards teens and young adults, I still found this story an enjoyable adventure to read. First off, you learn some of the practices of the Jedi academy. Second this story gives just a small bit of insight into what kind of dedication and beliefs that being a Jedi knight requires. Each of the books offers just a little information about certain aspects of a Jedi knight, and Padawan learner, as well as details of what the force really is. All in all, this is the first installment in a series of very enjoyable adventures for people who not only like to read, but are also avid star wars fans.
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