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The Star Wars Jedi Apprentice #4: The Mark Of The Crown [Paperback]

Jude Watson
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Oct. 1 1999 Star Wars Jedi Apprentice (Book 4)

A Queen is dying. Her son is conspiring to thwart his planet's elections and maintain his rule. But he might not be her only heir. There may be another....bearing the elusive Mark of the Crown. Qui-Gon Jinn and young Obi-Wan Kenobi came to the planet of Gala as the guardians of peace. Now they are facing a deadly battle for power and royal position. The heir must be found. The Jedi must find the way.

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After their adventures on the planet of Phindar, Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi again make their way to Gala. For many years the planet has been ruled by the Beju-Tallah dynasty but now the queen has decided to give an election for the new ruler. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn's mission is to observe to make sure the elections go smoothly. But everything does not seem to be all that simple. The Queen Veda is dying, her angry son is conspiring to win over the elections to maintain his rule as the throne's heir. And then of course the Queen shocks them with this news; Prince Beju is not the true heir, Elan of the hill people is! Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan must find a way to conserve peace on the planet and to find the true heir bearing the Mark of the Crown.
One of my favorites books in the entire Jedi Apprentice series! There's plenty of action and adventure, suspense and excitement. Jude Watson has certainly done an astounding job, the plot and story of the book is so unique and interesting and I couldn't put it down! I still enjoy reading the books as much as I did when they first started coming out in the summer of 1999.
This series explains a lot about how Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan first meet. Their beginning is far from simple and all smooth-sailings, which would be pretty monotonous if it was. Though the books are said for ages 9-12, like many other reviewers I agree that the Jedi Apprentice Series are for anybody. Extremely well-written, the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the main characters are very well put down into words.
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Well, the first thing I should say is, this is a great book. I really enjoyed it, and I thought it had incredible character development and good scenery discriptions. It is very interesting to find out what Obi-Wan was like as a little kid. (Well, thirteen at least) And in truth he is a lot like any other kid, a bit uncertain, insecure at times, and it is also compelling to see how he tries so hard to please Qui-Gon, but he never seems to. What he doesn't understand is that Qui-Gon is just trying to protect him from ending up like Xanotos, which is a kind thing to do, but for Obi-Wan a bit frustrating. Anyway, in this book, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon continue their original mission to Gala before they were sidetracked on Phindaar. When they hear the dying queen's sad story, they begin to wonder if there could be another heir besides her greedy son Beju. Qui-Gon goes to find this person, while Obi-Wan stays in the palace pretending that Qui-Gon is still there and he discovers some very interesting evidence about the queens's condition... That's all I'll say for the benefit of those who havn't read it yet, and I do encourage you to read it, though it would make more sense if you had read the other three first. I would recommend this series to any Star Wars fan, whether you had seen Episode 1 or not, since frankly, I didn't think it was as good as the other Star Wars movies and this series takes place years before and really doesn't have anything to do with it anyway. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book Dec 22 1999
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I think if you are looking for a book with a littl this and a lot of that then this is the book for you. Consider these factors: 1.) this book (to my opinion) is not only for young readers but for adults. 2.) You do not need to be familiar with the Star Wars universe and its web of charcters to enjoy it. 3.) This book teaches much moral and to give this to a child it might inspire them to follow such teachings. 4.)It involves such morals like family first, trust your first instincts, violence isn't needed to solve all problems and other morals I think anyone at any age can understand with deep meaning. 5.) Now you don't need to be a hippie or someone looking for enlightenment to absolutely unerstand these morals but overall what can I say but it makes you think deeply about how you can change yourself to be a better person emotionally. 6.) The authoe Jude Watson is indeed a remarkable person. Jude put shuch detail into say a fighting scence I don't think George Lucas could have done any better. 7.) The best thing about this book is that you can enjoy a Star Wars experience without watching a movies for 2 hours. The book allows you to enjoy a star wars experince at your own pace and you can take it anywhere. I know with technology today you can also take a poratabe dvd player and watch and one of the 3 Star wars movies while traveling but I think the perhaps the best advantage you have with this book is that it is portable and you can enjoy it to the fullest extent becasue the only pictures you see are the ones your brain makes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing the detail Nov. 2 1999
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I have read all the books in this series so far, and all I can say is WOW! While I think the series is great, I have but to criticize it a little as well. I was very impressed with how the author handled the several interesting plot lines, and managed to entangle them, however, this isn't the part which needs adjusting. With such accuracy evolved, I was displeased to notice how so many of the facts and characters in this series contradict the typical "Star Wars" universe. Obi-wan was an orphan, and had no family, Owen was not his brother (A common mistake ever since the novelazation of "Star Wars" came out, this can easily be proved by going to the official "Star Wars" site) and all the alien species are always created in a human form and not typical to the exotic "Star Wars" universe. Anyhow, I still enjoy this series very much as it seems to be the only that gives justice to the name it carries, but if you are a person who THRIVES on detail, then be prepared to be slightly disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
The Mark of the Crown was really an extrordinary book in the Jedi Apprentice series. The same great characters are back and are on another adventure. Read more
Published on July 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best of the Jedi Apprentice series
Jude Watson continues to write intereszing stories about the adventures of Qui-Gon Jinn and his young Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by audrey
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
It is a great book but Obi-Wan doesn't have a good bond with his master like a reader before me said. Read more
Published on June 8 2002 by "girlhoopstar10"
5.0 out of 5 stars In the five favorites
The Mark of the crown is one of my top five favorites. It starts when the rulers of planet of Gala decide to change its goverment. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2001 by Ronald Boggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Guardians of peace
Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to Gala to oversee an election. The queen is slowly dying and feels her son Beju is unfit to rule. Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by Joe J Barclay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mark Of The Crown
The Mark Of The Crown is a great addition to the Jedi Apprentice series, and as it is one of the first of the series it is not one to be missed. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2001 by "shayamorph"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in the Star Wars Jedi Apprentice line!
This is definetly a good Apprentice book, in fact, you SHOULD read it. It features many unique characters, and a good scenario. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2000 by "ridman"
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing fancy. Just great storywriting.
This book continues the greatness of the Jedi Apprentice series. Although published by Scholastic and targeted for a 9 to 12-year-old audience, I found the book interesting and... Read more
Published on June 28 2000 by "fenderguy84"
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive
Once you pick it up you will be hooked. Great action and great story. Obi-Wan is my hero. Read how he saves the day in a hopeless planet and amazes Qui-Gon. Read more
Published on June 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Best!
This is such a good book! I started out reading The Rising Force and The Dark Rival, the two books that begin the series. They are all so good! Read more
Published on June 12 2000
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