Star Wars Reveals How Qui-Gon Jinn Was Once Saved By Count Dooku

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It's hard to imagine Qui-Gon Jinn as being helpless, considering how confident he was when we first met him in the Star Wars prequels. However, there was a time when Liam Neeson's character was once a young padawan who made certain mistakes. Interestingly, Star Wars may have revealed that Qui-Gon once needed to be rescued by none other than Count Dooku himself.

In the new Star Wars novel Master & Apprentice, fans will be introduced to a young Qui-Gon Jinn when he was still training under a Master who would later turn to the Dark Side. An excerpt from Claudia Gray's book offers a glimpse at Qui-Gon being captured by a notorious bounty hunter named Shenda Mol (via StarWars.com). The villainess reveals to the padawan that she intends to make him part of her "game" when she learns he is only fourteen years old.

An excerpt from Master & Apprentice reads as follows:

Mol narrowed her eyes. "Shall I tell you of my little game, trainee?"
"It sounds like you're going to," Qui-Gon replied evenly. His palm was becoming sweaty against the hilt of his lightsaber.
"It goes like this. I'm trying to kill one target of every age. At least up to two hundred—I can't go chasing ancients all the time. But I want all two hundred years represented. So far my oldest was a Whiphid who was one hundred and sixty-two. My youngest was four days. I count her as zero."
Mol said it all proudly. It turned Qui-Gon's stomach.
"Here's the thing." Her grin widened. "I've killed a thirteen-year-old and a fifteen-year-old. But that leaves me with a little gap. A gap you'd fill perfectly."
She's going to kill me. Qui-Gon's hand tightened on his lightsaber—he'd just have to try to block her, even if it was futile—
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A flash of light exploded from the jungle, striking Shenda Mol. She screamed in agony, dropping her blaster and tumbling down the hill­side to fall to the ground. Qui-Gon could no longer see her—thick undergrowth blocked his view—but he could hear a strangled gur­gling coming from her throat. Scratching against the dirt, as though she were clawing or kicking at the ground. Before Qui-Gon could ask what that light had been, the foliage rustled to reveal Master Dooku.

That certainly was a close call. Although the excerpt focuses on Qui-Gon and Dooku, most of the novel is about Qui-Gon when he finally gets an apprentice of his own in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Needless to say, this is one book we can't wait to read!

Master & Apprentice will be available starting April 16.

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