Jedi Apprentice: The Mark of the Crown

December 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

crownJedi Apprentice: The Mark of the Crown by Jude Watson

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The Mark of the Crown picks up pretty much right after The Hidden Past, as Qui-Gon and Obi Wan make it to Gala, which was where they were headed to in the opening chapters. They’re there to assist with the first elections on the planet, following a long line of royal rule. The problem is the queen’s son doesn’t want to give up his power so easily, so there is some subterfuge leading into the election process. Thus, that’s why the Jedi are there.

The story touches on the theme of politics, as the different candidates represent different ideals that speak to different groups of people. It’s a strong parallel with the real world, and it’s nice to see it in a juvenile novel, giving younger readers a chance to get some understanding of politics. It’s nice to see it as an adult reader, too, since it gives the book a theme I can relate to above and beyond the story.

I’ve noticed that these books tend to tell more than they show, possibly because of the intended audience. The strange thing is that the story doesn’t lack subtlety or characterization due to it. We don’t see how people are reacting to situations, instead getting a description of how they feel about a situation, but what we do get out of it is how the characters feel. That, I think, is the anchor that holds the story, since we still have that connection with the characters as they try to solve whatever problems they face.

It’s enlightening to look at the writing style for these books as compared to adult books. They’re still entertaining, only on a different level. My experience with juvenile fiction is low, but it seems like Watson does a good job of simplifying her stories without simplifying her characters.

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