The Mark of the Crown
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|Cover artist||Cliff Nielsen|
|October 1, 1999|
|Preceded by||The Hidden Past|
|Followed by||The Defenders of the Dead|
The Mark of the Crown by Jude Watson is the fourth 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.
The Queen of Gala is dying. Her son, Prince Beju, wants to take control of the whole planet regardless of the consequences. Young Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master, Qui-Gon Jinn, must find another heir to the throne to avoid a war. They must use a special device known as the "Mark of the Crown" to prove that Beju is not the rightful heir. The mission ends with successful elections, though Beju nearly compromises the Jedi's mission, as he almost did on Phindar.
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