Legends
Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

By
Terry Brooks
Released
Apr 21, 1999
Artwork by
Narrated by
Alexander Adams
Takes place in
32 BBY
In the
Rise of the Sith
era
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The Sith are a thing of ancient history. Some even question their existence to begin with since not a single one had been seen for centuries. But as a long-awaited prophecy starts to come to fruition, the Jedi will soon learn that their greatest fear is emerging from the shadows.

Soon, they will reveal themselves to the Jedi.

Soon, they will have their revenge.

Publisher's Summary

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.

On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend.

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Jared Mayes - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
Legends Lookback Lead Host
While Episode I is far from a great film, Terry Brooks does a terrific job putting this story into words. In comparison with the novelizations of Episodes II and III, it is not quite as strong, but that does not diminish what a joyful experience reading this book can be. It adds depth to the characters, helps put reason onto the socio-political conflict that is central to the story. Qui-Gon and Anakin benefit in particular. You can even play Duel of the Fates and the march of the Trade Federation while you read to spice things up if you like.
Eric Eilersen - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
President
This novelization does a fantastic job at showcasing what an awesome story is truly contained within The Phantom Menace. While the film undeniably had shortcomings with acting and writing, the novelization takes us inside the minds of Anakin, Padmé, Jar-Jar, and more and fleshes them out beautifully. The tension is palpable, the adventure is exciting, and by the time you're done, you'll want to turn on Episode I immediately. I know I did.
Charles Hanckel - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Adult Novel
Charles Hanckel
Vice President, Podcast Department Coordinator, Podcast Host
As someone who has a deep love and appreciation for The Phantom Menace, it pains me to say that this novelization...is better than the movie. Though it doesn't have the subtitle "expanded edition," it certainly is that. Not only are deleted scenes from the movie included, but entirely new scenes from author Terry Brooks that deeply develop the characters—particularly Anakin. If you want to see TPM with fresh eyes, give this novelization a try!

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