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Dark Disciple

Paperback - 2016
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Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new novel features Asajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice turned bounty hunter and one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy.

The only way to bring down the Sith's most dangerous warrior may be to join forces with the dark side.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the Force's power to bear--pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the cunning killer who once served at Dooku's side still runs deep, Ventress's hatred for her former master runs deeper. She's more than willing to lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter--and assassin--to Vos's quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku--as long as the emerging feelings between them don't compromise their mission. But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for Vos with the fury of her warrior's spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts--a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy . . . and her own doubt.

Praise for Dark Disciple

"Reading Dark Disciple really feels like you're watching some of the best episodes of The Clone Wars ." -- EUCantina

"Emotionally charged . . . Christie Golden does a wonderful job of capturing the characters." --Roqoo Depot

"A cool inclusion into the Star Wars mythos . . . Ventress and Vos have a cool and compelling dynamic, and are used to explore more of what it means to flirt with the Dark Side of the Force." -- IGN

"[The Clone Wars have been] a huge part of the Star Wars brand for years, and [Christie] Golden manages to craft a story worthy of the themes and characters that fans have come to relate to. . . . [She] uses this opportunity to craft Dark Disciple into a spy/espionage thriller." -- Tech Times

"Golden especially excelled at bringing Ventress's biting but appealing personality to life. . . . She's very much a woman trying to find her way, and Dark Disciple adds nuance." -- Nerdist

" S mart, captivating, and unforgettable . . . among the finest in Star Wars storytelling." -- Coffee with Kenobi


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2016.
Edition: Del Rey mass market edition.
ISBN: 9781101884959
1101884959
Characteristics: xii, 379 pages ; 19 cm

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dendem4 May 24, 2016

A overall good book. Some parts are annoying to get through but the end definitely makes up for it. We see Dooku in a position we're not accustomed to either. Good plot, some filler, good characters.

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mexicanadiense
Dec 02, 2015

This book is great for fans of the Lucasarts "The Clone Wars" animated TV show who were sad to see it end as it picks up right where season 5 left off, telling the untold story of Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos' difficult and morally questionable mission to assassinate Count Dooku.
Some sections seemed a bit uneven, but that can probably be chalked up to the novel being an adaptation of a series of unproduced Clone Wars episodes' scripts.

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gav5n
Aug 19, 2015

the ending was kinda sad.

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adam1999
Jul 27, 2015

A huge disappointment. The novel's based off of 9 cancelled Clone Wars episodes and after reading it I can see why they were cancelled. The plot is Ventress and Quinlan Vos attempt to assassinate Dooku, but there's almost no suspense since everyone knows Dooku and Vos will survive since they're in Episode 3 (Vos is casually mentioned in one of the scenes at the Jedi Temple). The novel is constantly exploring a "relationship" between Vos and Ventress, which goes completely against the characters that were developed in earlier Clone Wars episodes. Also, the book tries to emulate Matthew Stover's Shatterpoint in an effort to "discover the role of the Jedi and what actions will save them and which ones will destroy them", but fails miserably. The whole conflict isn't about assassinating Dooku, it's about whether Vos can embrace the Dark Side to kill him, if Vos has fallen to the Dark Side and if it's possible to redeem Vos from the Dark Side. The whole novel is basically the Jedi worrying that Vos will fall to the Dark Side, Ventress worrying that Vos is too good to embrace the Dark Side and kill Dooku, Dooku escaping every assassination attempt and Vos and Ventress having some weird relationship that should never have developed. Their relationship was probably only developed so the ending is"more tragic" when Ventress sacrifices herself to save Vos from Dooku's Force lightning and "saves him from the Dark Side". The novel also suggests that killing Dooku will end the war; however in Stover's Shatterpoint it is clearly mentioned that "Dooku is no longer the war's shatterpoint and killing him will not end it". I guess though, since Shatterpoint is no longer canon Christie Golden can do whatever she wants. I had high expectations for this book based on Golden's work in Fate of the Jedi, but was sorely disappointed. If this is what all the Disney canon is like I'm never going to see a good Star Wars book again. Stick to the "Legends" canon, those novels are actually good.

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