The Approaching Storm
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|Author||Alan Dean Foster|
|Cover artist||David Stevenson|
January 1, 2003
|Media type||Hardcover & Paperback|
|Preceded by||Outbound Flight|
|Followed by||Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones|
The Approaching Storm is a science fiction novel set in the fictional Star Wars universe, in which Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are sent to the planet Ansion to settle a dispute as growing unrest threatens the Republic's stability prior to Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
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 Separatist 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 Kenobi and fellow Jedi Luminara Unduli to resolve the conflict and negotiate with the elusive nomads. Undaunted, Kenobi and Unduli, along with their Padawans 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.
- First Hardcover Edition: February 2002
- First Mass Market Edition: January 2003
- Pages: 363
- Also Includes: 12 page Tatooine Ghost preview.
- Author: Alan Dean Foster
- ISBN 0-345-44299-7
- Snider, Mike (July 3, 2002). "'Storm' fills in the story until 'Episode II'". USA Today. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
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