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As a tie-in novel to Attack of the Clones, The Approaching Storm fills in the time period immediately before the film. Jedi Knights Obi Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawan learners Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, must travel to the planet Ansion in an attempt to stop the planet from joining the Separatist alliance.
Penned by Alan Dean Foster, the famous ghostwriter of the original Star Wars film's novelization, this book offers the first canonical introduction to several characters who would ultimately play big roles in the future of both the war and the saga.
The Republic is decaying, even under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was elected to save the galaxy from collapsing under the forces of discontent. On the tiny but strategic planet of Ansion, a powerful faction is on the verge of joining the growing secessionist movement. At the Chancellor’s request, the Jedi Council sends two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawans Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, to stabilize the planet’s population. To succeed, the Jedi will have to fulfill near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies, stalked all the while by an enemy sworn to see the negotiations collapse and the mission fail. . . .
Alan Dean Foster hasn't written a ton of Star Wars books over the years, but his contributions have been huge nonetheless. This is one of those books that's still a thrilling read even if it doesn't cause a huge ripple effect toward the greater overarching story, and Foster's great writing makes it even more enjoyable. If you're a fan of The Clone Wars TV series, you'll love this story. It truly feels like a three-episode arc of the series in book form despite being published way before that series even began.