new arc begins in The Ties That Bind, one that offers much
more promise than the previous one. Here, Qui-Gon has disturbing
visions of fellow Jedi Tahl and works to avoid an unpleasant outcome
to the political machinations occurring on Apsolon.
"There are two main things that are good about this book. The
first is the level of intrigue that Watson unravels, wherein many
different parties all offer different perspectives and opinions, all
of which are conflicting and therefore suspect. She keeps you
guessing right the way through the book as to who is doing what and
how and when and why. The motives all seem to be dubious in one way
or another and not until the end are the perpetrators revealed,
which does come as a surprise (at least, it did for me).
"The other thing done well is the development of Tahl through
her relationship with Qui-Gon. Iíve always thought Tahl an
interesting character, so it is gratifying to see her awarded some
character exploration. We see the relationship between the two
unfurl through Qui-Gonís own feelings and the outside perspective
of Obi-Wan, who compares the bond between them to his own with his
"Whilst the plot moves a tad slowly, the mysterious nature of
the prose and the development of Tahl both make this a riveting
start to a new storyline."