Jedi Quest #9 - The False Peace
by Jude Watson
Published by Scholastic
Scott's Rating: 4 out of 4
After almost capturing Granta Omega and Zan Arbor yet again, Obi-Wan and Anakin believe they are finally about to nab the interstellar criminals. However, they are called back to Coruscant for a special mission. The Senate is considering revoking its sponsorship of the Jedi Knights. Leading the anti-Jedi faction is Bog Divinian, the wife of Obi-Wanís old friend Astri. Mace Windu asks Obi-Wan, Anakin, Siri, and Ferus to speak on behalf of the Jedi Order. But is it possible that Granta Omega himself might be behind the political scheming? And is it only a distraction from his bigger plans to fight the Jedi?
Meanwhile Supreme Chancellor Palpatine finds a new apprentice to mentor Ė Anakin Skywalker.
The False Peace actually ended up being one of my favorite Jedi Quest book. It was fast paced, featured a lot of action, and it tied in neatly with the Jedi Apprentice series. But my biggest reason for liking it is that it fills in a major hole in the Star Wars Saga. It starts to firmly establish the relationship between Palpatine and Anakin. In this book we see Palpatine pulling Anakin aside and filling his head with ideas of power and politics. We also see him start sowing the seeds of rebellion against Obi-Wan. So far the movies havenít done a really effective job of showing why Anakin would turn against friends and family to follow a politician he barely knows. In fact, he kills and wipes out the Jedi for Palpatine. In this book we start getting a better idea of why he would do that, and itís believable. To top it off, Jedi Quest character Tyro appears to discover Palpatineís secret only to be mysteriously snuffed out before he can share it with Obi-Wan. Itís a nice touch that makes the climax of the book all the more powerful.
As previously mentioned, you see a lot of characters from the previous books and films. Dex has a cameo appearance along with former diner owner Astri. Bog Divinian also returns along with Tyro. The story even starts out on Falleen, a planet revealed in Shadows of the Empire. All these cameos help to tie all the books together so that they seem more like a continuous narrative.
The False Peace also has some great action in it. Besides the intense opening sequence where the Jedi must brave a flood, thereís a good chase through the sewer pipes under the Senate. It has a spectacular finish on a landing platform where Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Siri hack away at Grantaís escaping ship.
With The False Peace, Jude Watson again demonstrates how this series can be entertaining and relevant to fans of all ages.
The only thing I didnít really like about this book was the cover. I typically like the artwork that appears on them, but this image didnít generate much interest for me despite it featuring the very thing I liked most about the story Ė the relationship between Anakin and Palpatine. Anyway, itís a nice piece of art but not the image I would have chosen for the front of the book.
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