Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

By
Terry Brooks
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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.

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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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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
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77
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Staff Comments

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!

- Charles Hankel

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.

- Eric Eilersen

- Heather Goldman

- Karl Sander

Some Star Wars film novelizations completely miss the mark, and others change the way you watch the movie they're adapting. The Phantom Menace falls somewhere in the middle for me. It expands on some parts of Anakin's life on Tatooine before Qui-Gon and friends show up, and this really adds to the idea that Anakin's fall to the dark side is absolutely tragic and Palpatine is the worst. This kid had dreams! Big dreams! And he had such a kind heart and loved so deeply. This isn't my favorite Star Wars novel adaption but it has definitely made re-watching the movie an even better experience.

- Meg Dowell

- Stacey White

- Corey Helton

- Andrew Bell

- Jared Mayes

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Technical Specs

Publisher:
Del Rey
Release Date:
April 21, 1999
ISBN:
978-0345427656
Page Count:
324
Issues Collected:
Audiobook
Narrator(s):
Alexander Adams

Editions

Hardcover
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
April 21, 1999
Paperback
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
February 29, 2000
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
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