The Defenders of the Dead

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The Defenders of the Dead
AuthorJude Watson
Cover artistCliff Nielsen
CountryUnited States
SeriesJedi Apprentice
Canon C
SubjectStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
Publication date
December 1, 1999
Media typePaperback
Preceded byThe Mark of the Crown 
Followed byThe Uncertain Path 

The Defenders of the Dead by Jude Watson is the fifth in a series of young reader novels called Jedi Apprentice. The series explores the adventures of Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi prior to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.


Immediately after the Gala incident, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn are ordered to the planet of Melida/Daan, where they are to rescue the Jedi Knight Tahl.

There is a millennia-long war on Melida/Daan, with two bands fighting each other. Both bands have forgotten the Young, an organization made up of orphaned children and teenagers who fight for peace. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are not supposed to get involved, but the young apprentice feels that he must fight alongside the Young, against his master's wishes.

After the Jedi successfully rescue Tahl with the help of the Young, Obi-Wan decides to stay behind and help the Young bring peace between the Melida and Daan factions. Consequently, Qui-Gon quietly leaves with Tahl, having lost another apprentice.

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