Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Dark Disciple is based off of eight un produced episodes of Star Wars The Clone Wars.

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In order to bring about a swift end to the on going war, Jedi Master Quinlan Vos is given the task of assassinating Sith Lord Count Dooku. To help him in this task, he convinces the Count’s former apprentice, Dark Acolyte Assaj Ventress to team up with him. Ventress, who has become a bounty hunter, wants Dooku dead as much as the Jedi for the pain he has caused her in her past. Alone, neither would be able to succeed, but together they just might stand a chance. The two become allies, and eventually something more as they train to take out the Sith Lord. It all goes horribly wrong though when one of them is captured. Can they save each other, or will they pay the ultimate price for their actions?

I was a huge fan of Clone Wars, admittedly I only watched it in passing until the Mortis Arc in season three completely sucked me in. Ventress was one of the series main villains, who by the end has struck out on her own as a bounty hunter leaving her Sith past behind. While she wasn’t one of my favorite characters, she became a favorite villain, especially given her complicated and tragic past. This book made me care about her even more. She’s now become one of my favorite female Star Wars characters.

This book deals a lot with dark side training, and the complicated emotions that can lead to someone’s fall. It also deals with someone’s redemption back into the light. I won’t say whose though since I try to avoid spoilers here. However, I will say that if you are one to cry over the death of a character, bring some tissues. The death scene is one of the most tragic one’s I’ve read, it’s just so heart wrenching.

Previous to reading this, I was only vaguely familiar with Voss. He appeared briefly in Clone Wars, but I know the basics of his storyline in the old canon and I’m happy to see those basics make their way to the new canon.

As I read this, I alternated between hearing the voice actors in my head and the the actors from the movies, at least when live action counterparts existed. I could totally see it playing out on screen, which I think is a testament to how good this book is.

I give it Four Lightsabers held high in salute.

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2 thoughts on “Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

  1. Oooo you gave enough info that makes me want to read it without spoiling too much. Good job! I love Ventress, always have, but am still on the fence with this book. You may have convinced me to put it on my Goodreads list.

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