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This was an ok book as far as star wars books go, but it never really grabbed my attention, I like how they portrayed Obi-wan through out, wise and seemingly ready for any situation. A lot of the book is from the point of view from either Barriss or her Master, which I didn't particularly like wishing to view more from obi-wans perspective. Anakin was also portrayed well, personaly troubled and impatient, the only thing that I didn't like was you never really saw any of his vast potential in action they talk about it and bring it up many times, but it is never really shown, after all he is supposed to be one of the strongest in the force any Jedi have seen in 1000 years.

The story and plot as a whole was good, I did like the introduction of the Ansionian aliens and their vital role in assisting the Jedi, the only character I disliked on a large scale was the Gwurran, Tooqui who borders on being a second Jar-Jar meaning unwanted and annoying. The forces at work against the Jedi are smart and creative in their attempts to foil Obi-Wan and company. All and all there are better star wars books out there but then again there are worse ones too. ( )
  Anduril85 | Sep 2, 2008 |
My review of this book, which originally appeared in VOYA, also appears on the Barnes & Noble website here:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Star-Wars/Alan-Dean-Foster/e/9780345442994

(Click on the the "Editorial Reviews" tab to view) ( )
  amysisson | Jun 10, 2008 |
Obi, Ani, and the more interesting Barriss and Luminara have to stop the unimportant world of Ansion from seceeding. An okay book, though I couldn't quite figure out how the promise of the prologue, that having Ansion secede would be this super-sekrit cool plan because no one but the super-sekrit conspirators had figured out that little Ansion was at the center of a big huge web of alliances, was ever realized, since the Jedi are at Ansion, like, immediately, and seem to know all about its webbed state. Satisfactory, but not outstanding. ( )
  lysimache | Jul 6, 2007 |
I enjoyed it because their journey through the plaines of Ansion reminded me of the game Oregon trail I used to play. Everything that could go wrong on the mission did but they got through it and completed the mission. The chapters were a bit long but not as long as I was expecting so I was able to read this book in under a week. Also I was anticipating long discriptions of the scenery and wildlife but I actually enjoyed it and didn't think it slowed the story down at all.
My favorite part was when the Jedi met with the Yiwa tribe and the entertainment they had to provide to prove they had 'soul', especially Obi-Wan's tale. The themes were the same as SW. I was like, he just gave the whole story away, lol! But it was foreshaowing and I love that in any story.
There were other moments too that I liked between Luminara and Barriss and between Barriss and Anakin, esp when they talk about Yoda fighting (page 260) and how Anakin can't picture him in a fight because he's small. It made me think of Yoda's size speech to Luke in ESB.
I also liked the characters Luminara and Barriss and want to read more books with them so I am looking forward to reading MedStar I & II.
I loved Obi-Wan & Luminara's discussion of Anakin in chapter 7.
Esp when they talk about if the other thinks about their own mothers and if Yoda thinks of his. I also liked how Obi-Wan questioned whether taking them away as infants was really neccassary. And how Obi-Wan says he's there to guide but it's Anakin who decides who Anakin becomes and once he faces his inner turmoil he will become a great Jedi.
Also loved Luminara and Barriss's convo after. "potential that goes unrealized might as well not exist..." that was interesting.
The guides observation of the humans phyisical appearence was funny. they feel bad for such "deformaties"
On page 137 I loved when Bulgan says the Yiwa are touchy and take offense quickly and
Obi says: We'll be on our best behavior, won't we Anakin?
Anakin: Why are you all looking at me?"
why do you think they are looking at you! ( )
  StephanieC | Oct 17, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345442997, Mass Market Paperback)

“ENTERTAINING AND INTELLIGENT . . . This book is pure class all the way. . . . The final page is a great climax.”
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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. . . .

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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. The urban dwellers wish to expand into the prairies outside their cities?the ancestral territory of the fierce, independent Ansion nomads. If their demands are not met, they will secede?an act that could jump-start a chain reaction of withdrawal and rebellion by other worlds of the Republic. At the Chancellor?s request, the Jedi Council sends two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, to resolve the conflict and negotiate with the elusive nomads. Undaunted, Obi-Wan and Luminara, along with their Padawans Anakin Skywalker and Barriss Offee, set out across the wilderness. Many perils lie waiting to trap them. The Jedi will have to fulfill near-impossible tasks, befriend wary strangers, and influence two great armies to complete their quest, stalked all the while by an enemy sworn to see the negotiations collapse and the mission fail . . .… (more)

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