The Mark of the CrownJude Watson
science fiction > space opera, young adult
A Queen is dying. Her son is conspiring to thwart his planet's elections and maintain his rule. But he might not be her only heir. There may be another... bearing the elusive Mark of the Crown. Qui-Gon Jinn and young Obi-Wan Kenobi came to the planet of Gala as the guardians of peace. Now they are facing a deadly battle for power and royal position. The heir must be found. The Jedi must find the way.
Jude Watson is a novelist for young readers, usually preteens, she now lives in New York. She is probably best known for her Star Wars works, which are usually set in the prequel era and involve the Jedi. Clear examples of these include the Jedi Apprentice, Jedi Quest, The Last of the Jedi and Legacy of the Jedi series. She wrote journals from the point of view of Princess Leia, Padmé Amidala and Darth Maul. She also helped write the Star Wars: Science Adventures series with K. D. Burkett.
Jude Watson is the pseudonym for National Book Award-winning author Judy Blundell. Blundell has published more than 100 books under pseudonyms, many of them as Jude Watson. Blundell lives in Katonah New York with her daughter and husband. Her husband, Neil Watson, is the Director of the Katonah Art Museum.