The Approaching Storm (Star Wars) is the prequel to Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones. It takes place almost immediately prior to the events of the movie, although the storyline of this book doesn’t really have much connection to the movie. We do see a milder Anakin Skywalker than we saw in Episode 2, who doesn’t back-talk his Jedi Master nearly as much as he did on the big screen.
During the movie in Episode 2, when Chancellor Palpatine asks Senator Amidala to accept some Jedi protectors after the attempt on her life, Mace Windu replies, “That’s possible. He just returned from a civil dispute on Ansion” This novel details the events of that civil dispute, where Jedis Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luminara Unduli, along with their Padawans, prevent a civil war on the world of Ansion, which restores the world’s faith in the Republic and in the Jedi Council, and therefore prevents them from joining the Separatist movement. We also get to meet Count Dooku for the first time in this novel, although not until the very end.
This book was a fun read. I plan to rate it among the top of my list of favorites, but it isn’t at the top. I believe the author’s use of prose and description was quite fragrant and poetic, so I did enjoy the story much more due to this. The details of the story itself were entertaining, better than some, but not the best I’ve read. Most of the subject of this book dealt with the unrest in the Galactic Republic and the formation of the Separatist Movement, so it dealt with much of the politics of the Star Wars Universe during this time period.