Cloak of Deception

Cloak of Deception by James Luceno
A rich and complex lead-in story to the Episode I: The Phantom Menace movie, this novel comprehensively sets the stage for the beginning of the Star Wars saga in a thrilling tale of political intrigue.

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This is a prequel era book from the Legends timeline. It may be contradicted by newer books, movies, or TV shows (if so, just think of it as an alternate universe).