Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace

By Terry Brooks

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A very long time in the past in a galaxy some distance, far-off, an evil legacy lengthy believed lifeless is stirring. Now the darkish aspect of the strength threatens to weigh down the sunshine, and purely an historical Jedi prophecy stands among wish and doom for the whole galaxy.
 
On the fairway, unspoiled international of Naboo, Jedi grasp Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to guard the realm’s younger queen as she seeks a diplomatic option to finish the siege of her planet via alternate Federation warships. even as, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a wierd skill for realizing the “rightness” of items, toils by way of day and desires by means of night—of turning into  a Jedi Knight and discovering the way to win freedom for himself and his loved mom. will probably be the unforeseen assembly of Jedi, Queen, and a talented boy that might mark the beginning of a drama that might develop into legend.

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Are you drained, Annie? ” his mom requested after an extended silence. He shook his head. “Not rather. ” “Still puzzling over the race? ” “Yes. ” And he was once, yet often he was once considering the previous spacer and his stories of flying mainline ships to far away worlds, of going into conflict for the Republic, and of rubbing shoulders with Jedi Knights. “I don’t wish you racing Pods anymore, Annie,” his mom acknowledged softly. “I don’t wish you to invite Watto to allow you to. Promise me you won’t. ” He nodded reluctantly. “I promise. ” He thought of it a second. “But what if Watto tells me i must, mother? What am I alleged to do then? i need to do what he tells me. So if he asks, i must race. ” She reached over and positioned a hand on his arm, patting him lightly. “I imagine might be after this day he won’t ask back. He’ll locate another person. ” Anakin didn’t say so, yet he knew his mom was once improper. There wasn’t an individual greater than he used to be at Podracing. now not even Sebulba, if he couldn’t cheat. in addition to, Watto may by no means pay to have another individual force whilst he may have Anakin do it at no cost. Watto might remain mad one other day or after which start to take into consideration successful back. Anakin will be again within the Podraces sooner than the month used to be out. He gazed skyward, his mother’s hand resting flippantly on his arm, and thought of what it'd be wish to be in the market, flying conflict cruisers and opponents, touring to a ways worlds and weird areas. He didn’t care what Wald stated, he wouldn’t be a slave all his lifestyles. simply as he wouldn’t consistently be a boy. He might be able to depart Tatooine. He might give you the chance to take his mom with him. His goals whirled via his head as he watched the celebs, a kaleidoscope of brilliant pictures. He imagined the way it will be. He observed it basically in his brain, and it made him smile. at some point, he inspiration, seeing the previous spacer’s face within the darkness earlier than him, the wry smile and unusual grey eyes, I’ll do every thing you’ve performed. every little thing. He took a deep breath and held it. I’ll even fly with Jedi Knights. Slowly he exhaled, the promise sealed. The small Republic area cruiser, its pink colour the emblem of ambassadorial neutrality, knifed via starry blackness towards the emerald vivid planet of Naboo and the cluster of exchange Federation fleet ships that encircled it. The ships have been large, blocky fortresses, tubular healthy, cut up at one finish and encircling an orb that sheltered the bridge, communications middle, and hyperdrive. Armaments bristled from each port and bay, and alternate Federation warring parties turned around the massive beasts like gnats. The extra usually formed Republic cruiser, with its tri-engines, flat physique, and squared-off cockpit, regarded insignificant within the shadow of the exchange Federation battleships, however it persevered towards them, undeterred. The cruiser’s captain and copilot sat aspect by means of aspect on the ahead console, fingers relocating quickly over the controls as they suggested toward the send with the exchange Federation viceroy insignia emblazoned on its bridge. there has been a worried strength to their routine that was once unmistakable.

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