Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Movie Storybook
April 1999

Publisher: Random House
Author: Jane Mason
Cover Artist:

Cover Price: $7.99
Media: Softcover
ISBN: 0-375-80009-3 - 1st

Every generation has a legend...

Every journey has a first step...

Every saga has a beginning...

His name was Darth Vader. But before he fell to the dark side...before an entire galaxy trembled in his shadow...he was known simply as Anakin Skywalker. This is the beginning of his story—and the first episode of the epic adventure Star Wars.

At nine years old, Anakin Skywalker is a kind and hardworking boy, living as a slave on the desert planet Tatooine and dreaming of a better future. One day, a group of outlanders enters his world and changes it forever. Among them is Queen Amidala of Naboo.

Fleeing the evil droid armies that have invaded her homeworld, the teenage Queen Amidala has put her life in the hands of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi. The two Jedi must safely spirit Amidala to the Galactic Senate, where she will seek aid for her people. But when the Royal Starship becomes stranded on Tatooine, is young Anakin Skywalker—recognized by Qui-Gon as being especially strong in the Force—who becomes the Queen's only hope of completing her mission.

Meanwhile, as the fate of an entire planet hangs in the balance, a mysterious and sinister presence plots to obtain revenge on the Jedi and regain the power lost to his kind over a thousand years before...

Enter Episode I and discover a world of wonders: from the majestic palace of Theed to the perilous Podraces of Tatooine...from the deadly sea monsters of Naboo's dark core to the shimmering spires of Coruscant...and from the blasting lasers of battling starships to the flashing lightsabers of the bravest Jedi Knights who ever lived. Welcome to a tale you will not soon forget, a journey that begins:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...