Dark Disciple: Star Wars

Dark Disciple: Star Wars


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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
Smart, captivating, and unforgettable . . . among the finest in Star Wars storytelling.”Coffee with Kenobi

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345511539
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Star Wars
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christie Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Star Wars: Dark Disciple and the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels Omen, Allies, and Ascension. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, Fable: Edge of the World, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, and multiple World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels, including World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects and StarCraft II: Devils’ Due.

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Dark Disciple: Star Wars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's much to easy to see where The Clone War scripts were used in the book. It would have been much better if the author would have chosen (or been allowed?) to just write her own story based on the premise of the scripts. The beginning of the book is the best because that's where Golden provides her own work and the story is quite compelling. She does an excellent job of portraying Vos and Ventress and the dialog and interaction between the two is real and believable. But the book goes off the rails after Vos is captured by Dooku. It's easy to see that's where the Clone War scripts come in. The detail is lacking and there are huge plot holes and an incomplete story. Worse still, Ventress goes from a deep and compelling character to this one dimensional love-struck fan girl. I wish they would have either made these scripts into additional Clone Wars episodes or allowed Golden to write her own story. This is the worst of both worlds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of The Clone Wars, and specifically Asajj Ventress, you'll enjoy this book. It's a quick, fun little read that focuses on everyone's favorite anti-hero. The story itself develops nicely, it's well written and never really loses momentum. Not as "deep" as some of the other popular Star Wars canon...but I think Dark Disciple is excactly what it's supposed to be: an adapted Clone Wars episode that gives us plenty of Ventress. And I couldn't put it down.
Porfinicle More than 1 year ago
I am so glad this un-aired Clone Wars material was translated into novel form. I enjoyed the book, its themes, and its portrayal of the Jedi and how low their order has fallen. My only complaint with existing character portrayals was how Mace Windu was handled. Yes he represents everything wrong with the Jedi of the prequel era, but in this story he seems to quick to judge and too quick to take extreme action. This does seem to be the route filoni, and possibly Lucas, were taking the character towards the end of the Clone Wars, but it just feels too blatant. There were a couple things that took me out of the novel. First, the fact the material come from an eight episode arc was very noticeable to me. It had a repetitive nature at times, SPOILERS: Confront Dooku, escape Dooku, confront Dooku, escape Dooku, etc. I was constantly wondering what was new material and what would have been on the show. Some of the content was very dark and I got caught up wondering how that would play out in animation form. Another aspect that took me out was my familiarity with the Legends material of Ventress an Vos. Some of the legends material is so similar, especially with Vos. Vos had a similar mission and brush with the darkside, just not with Ventress. Neither of these issues were a fault of the author, so its hard to judge to harshly. Some of the specifics I enjoyed most were knowing of certain characters appearances in later material, but still feeling they were in peril. Vos for instance is mentioned in Episode III, but I didn't see him making it out of this alive, continuity issue or not. Dooku took quite a beating, and it was interesting seeing him vulnerable, even though he manages to escape (multiple times). Overall I am happy this material is out there. We are lucky to get it. I never expected a team up between these two characters, and even though it conflicts with what we know from Legends, I feel it does those previous stories justice.
Paul Jacobsen More than 1 year ago
This read like a Twilight Book for Tweens than an actual Star Wars Book Ventress was some love sick puppy instead of the Tartakovsky's (that masterpiece isn't canon but this is?) ruthless warrior. The ending had also my eyes rolling. "I love you Vos!" Snaps out of the Dark Side and they lived happily ever after. The atmosphere and fight scenes were well-written, other than that, this book was definitely not for me.
bserkr More than 1 year ago
It’s amazing what expectations can do to your enjoyment of a book. Take Dark Disciple for example. Based on the cover flap alone it would not be unreasonable to presume that this book would be about some convoluted assassination attempt on one of the most prominent political leaders of the era, Count Dooku, and its equally tortuous reasons for failure because, for everyone who’s seen or read Revenge of the Sith, we all know how this is going to end. Add to that some forced sexual tension between the two leads and you have standard Star Wars novel fare. This book, however, is so much more than that and blew my expectations away. It easily made the other “canon” novels look like the Star Wars Holiday Special in comparison. Despite what the cover flap describes, this book really isn’t about the assassination of Count Dooku. In fact, for the first third of it I can count on one hand the number of times the assassination is mentioned. In reality this novel is about the often tragic relationship of its two leads Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, who I will refer to as Quinsajj when together. The assassination is merely the means to an end. The chemistry between these two is so astonishingly organic such that Han and Leia’s relationship looks like a middle school crush next to Quinsajj. It got so steamy that I had the urge to take off extra layers of clothing when I read this book (that and because at time of writing this, it’s the summer). Ventress is initially portrayed as a loner, one who tries to distance her from all others due to her dreadful past. Betrayed both by the Jedi Order and her former master Count Dooku both of whom left her for dead, she naturally has trust issues and is unwilling to open up to others. By contrast Vos has lived his entire life always in the presence of others. The Jedi Temple is the only home he ever had and, surrounded by his Jedi brethren, is open to trusting those he deems worthy. Nevertheless even by his fellow Jedi he is considered an eccentric maverick and thus often finds himself working on solo missions. The differing personalities of Quinsajj melded together brilliantly; while they are both inherently outsiders, circumstances demanded that they team up with the trusting, flamboyant Vos complementing the wary, conniving Ventress. For any English majors out there, they were an excellent example of foil characters. Ultimately, Dark Disciple has got to be the most beautiful, masterfully written work of art I’ve read in a long time. What starts off as typical McGuffin chasing story turns into something else entirely with complex themes and inspiring characters pushing forward an engaging plot. This all culminates into a heart wrenching ending that just tears at the feels. Some may not like how certain characters end up, but I think that just adds to the beauty of it. If this is any indication of the direction the Star Wars franchise is going, the future is bright indeed. ALTERNATE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Revenge of the Sith and Shatterpoint both by Matthew Stover. The movie novelization of the classic movie follows a similar story of a pair of individuals, Anakin and Obi-Wan, who share a similar bond to Quinsajj and the trust and betrayals that follow it – the only difference is that they are connected by brotherly love. Shatterpoint on the other hand shares thematic elements with Dark Disciple and explores the heavy themes of what war can to individuals and whether the ends ever justify the means.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Quinlan Vos, I was extremely excited by the release of this book. However, I found that the Quinlan Vos in this book did not match the character of the Quinlan Vos we all knew and loved. From his personality to his remarks, it felt like this was happening to another Jedi, not Vos. Even how ventress didn't recognize him, despite the fact Vos used to be Dooku's most powerful Sith acolyte. It was obvious that, just like the rest of the clone wars show, the author didn't bother checking the subsequent lore for consistency, rather forging their own path that rendered the second tier canon obsolete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not give Dark Disciple five stars because it's a perfect book (far from it actually). I gave it five stars because of how totally and thoroughly I enjoyed it. The front cover says, "Based on unproduced episodes of The Clone Wars," and you can tell. You can just tell how fun these episodes were going to be if they'd been able to make them, and--having just finished the series myself--I was happy that I had this book to read to delay the goodbye process. Now, let's talk about things I liked: - Ventress, Dooku, and Obi-Wan are the stars of this show, and I love them all even more after reading this book. - Knowing that the mission to assassinate Dooku is a doomed one and being ready to see how badly everything is going to go. - Learning more about Dathomir, especially through the eyes of Ventress who loves and has high-regard for her home and its people. - All the fight scenes/lightsaber fights. Enough said there. - Learning more about the Dark Side of the Force. Always a plus. - How scary the Jedi Council are. Why are they the good guys again??? Yet, this is under Things I Like, so what does that say about me? Things I didn't like: -Did not care much for Vos. He had his moments certainly, but as a whole, he's definitely not a favorite character. - The romance between Vos and Ventress. I was so ready to love this, but it was not written very well. It was too quickly paced, a little too insta-love, and Vos wasn't even the entire problem. How Ventress came to love him and acted around him seemed very OOC. - The weird "is he or isn't he dark side" thing was very sloppy and confusing. - That ending. I completely reject it, and it didn't happen. "But, Melody, it's canon!" No, it is not. Get it away from me. So yeah, I definitely have a love/hate relationship with this book, but the good things outweighed the bad, and I had a great time with it. An emotional rollercoaster for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to audiobook. It was like listening to a bunch of clone war episodes. I would definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best you could have
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sad yet in a beautiful way, it ends ventress's story in a memoral way
JohnathanPayne More than 1 year ago
It's important to know that this book was adapted from some unfinished episodes of The Clone Wars TV series, and the writing truly reflects that. The concept for the story is good, with Jedi Master Quinlan Vos teaming with former Sith Asajj Ventress to take out Count Dooku. While the story idea is good, it has three flaws that I found it hard to get over: Firstly, we already know that Dooku makes it to the end of the Clone Wars; secondly, I found it hard to believe that all of the Jedi Master's would agree to an assassination, third, I doubt the Jedi Council would send someone to flirt so closely with the Dark Side. Despite this, it was interesting to watch the story progress. The author does a great job at getting you invested early on with back and forth quips between Ventress and Vos. It is more toward the middle and end that things feel like they are dragging a bit, and that the story feels like it could have benefited from being a bit shorter. All in all the story is interesting and worth a read if you miss the Clone Wars series as I do. Hopefully we will get to see more of these unfinished stories in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, this story is obviously adapted from episodes of the Clone Wars. The story advances in bounds and arcs, much like episodes. As I read, I could almost plot out where an episode would end. Which would be fine... if this was a TV show, but a book needs a consistent story, not episodic arcs. This story is marketed as an assassination, black-ops story, but its actually more like a bad fanfiction romance between two random characters. The love story is forced and... not hot. In every iteration of her character, Asajj Ventress has been a real badass that kicked butt and didn't take anything from anyone. In this novel, Asajj is portrayed as a beautiful, desirable, and flirtateous female.... But she's not. She's a badass killer that doesn't take anything from anyone. Is it possible to write a story about an unlovable character falling in love? Yes. (See Beauty and the Beast) But this novel forces the love story along rather hard-handedly and uneffectively. This is my first book of the new Star Wars canon and I was very disappointed with this novel. Definitely not the level of quality I expected from the new Star Wars EU.
Aiwe More than 1 year ago
I am giving this one 4 out of 5, but honestly, if it was anything other than what it is (a Clone Wars episode), I probably would have rated it a 3. My main problems with the story are that there are some moments where things will just sort of happen or jump around and also some extremely cliche moments. That being said, the tv show had a lot of these moments too, so it legitimately feels like an episode of the show for most of the book. I had a hard time getting into the story at first, but it picked up after a few chapters. I didn't much care for the treatment of Mace Windu's character. It felt a bit off for me, but I thought she did a good job with the rest of the characters. I particularly liked the interactions with Obi-Wan and Anakin. Overall, I think that if you enjoyed the Clone Wars tv show, you should enjoy reading this book. Also, this is not the old expanded universe so don't go into it expecting the Quinlan Vos of old. I think several people were complaining about that, but it really isn't fair to the author because she didn't have any control over that. Recommended for fans of the tv series.
Skip_Wiley More than 1 year ago
"Star Wars: Dark Disciple" - The End of an Era I devoured this book – turning its pages with an enthusiasm that surprised me. This book, I felt, was a departure from many of the other Clone Wars novels I've read, which all focused on battle, politics, and intrigue. This book, from start to finish, was more of a personal journey of two people – battling their demons both separately and together. I saw a lot of corollaries in this novel to the stories of the films – themes of forbidden love, fallen knights, redemption, and the idea that no one is ever too far gone to be saved and forgiven. This book explored those themes in a way that fully engaged me and, at times, made me feel emotions that I seldom found while reading a Star Wars novel (and I’ve read more than my share). Two very complicated characters in Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress are explored at a level yet unseen in The Clone Wars. Their complexities, inner demons, and motivations are explored in ways that demand you keep turning pages. Even old friends like Windu, Yoda, and especially Kenobi are seen in surprising depth. Golden did a spectacular job with not only the characters, but the story outlines she was given and has woven them all into an integrated tale that was truly captivating and engrossing. I found it a little episodic at points, but didn’t feel that this in any way detracted from the narrative. It was a fitting capstone to the Clone Wars TV series, and I found myself more than a little disappointed (all over again) at its demise. This one was well-worth the hype!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anakin broke it remember i loved it to other reviewers buy this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Showed us ventriss tragic end. Absolutely thrilling , engaging, and emotionally charged. Plus Quinlan Vos is the greatest character
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
Up until Dark Disciple, every Star Wars novel I’d read this year hadn’t met certain story line expectations. With every other novel, I’ve been more invested in the Star Wars lore than I was the story lines. While I appreciated the need for such devices, they were never anything to get excited over. Dark Disciple changed this for me. While it’s reach in Star Wars lore is somewhat more limited, Golden’s novel successfully enriches the Star Wars universe and delivers an all-enveloping plot line – something I was beginning to doubt I’d see in a Star Wars novel. Ventress & Vos I haven’t watched all of the Clone Wars cartoons, so this may have limited (or perhaps increased) my enjoyment; however, I felt that the portrayal of each character I already knew was spot on. Of course, Marc Thompson’s narration only increased Golden’s engulfing powers throughout the novel. I have always enjoyed Ventress, feeling that she had an edge of Sith-type ruthlessness that Count Dooku lacked. Golden did an excellent job capturing Ventress and realistically depicting her personal journey. Vos was a completely new character for me but I couldn’t help but instantly like him. The Jedi Council already knows that Vos tows a dangerous line along the Jedi path (whether they admit this or not), and foolishly takes advantage of his willingness to continue doing so. All of the warning signs are present from the beginning of the novel. They want Vos to team up with Ventress in order to assassinate Dooku. At first, it seems like Vos is just the man for the job. The Path to the Darkside I have always enjoyed Sith from the Old Republic era for one very specific reason: the Sith are far more powerful. While characters like Darth Vader and the Emperor can never be replaced, no one can truly say that they’re power and aura are anywhere near the likes of Sith Lords such as Revan. Without spoiling anything, I’m going to go ahead and say that a particular character had a surprising charisma about them as they journeyed down their dark path. I didn’t quite expect this from them, but I loved the turn of events. This character’s attitude and behavior reminded me of Sith Lords from the Old Republic era. While this character isn’t near as powerful, they had that aura even after everything was said and done. You get the sense, that this character has the possibility of obtaining a lot more skill and power than they already possess. This by far, was my favorite aspect from Golden’s novel. To clarify, I wasn’t surprised by the path they took; I was surprised by the vibe they possessed. Unknown Paths Probably about 60% into the novel, I had reached a point where I was wondering what in the world Golden was going to do. At this point, it became clear to me that Vos and Ventress either had to leave the Council behind completely and disappear into space for the Golden’s plot to keep unfolding on it’s current course, or they had to part ways. Ventress and Vos are an interesting pair. Together, the master becomes the student and the student becomes the master. While this brought the story down a fascinating path, it did bother me a bit. Vos is a Jedi master, yet at times it seemed like his own Jedi training in weapons and the force was mediocre at best. I’ve come across this attitude quite a bit this year in Star Wars novels (with the exception of Red Harvest). The Jedi are almost always portrayed as weaker than the Sith in every way. You could use the argument that perhaps Jedi abiliti
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book perfectly captured a homage to Asajj Ventress and wove a web of great intrigue and heart ache. While I am glad aspects of the Clone Wars lives on with these great story tellers it saddens me of what could have been. Kudos to Christie Golden to whom I've enjoyed writings from her Starcraft and Warcraft books and to Katie Lucas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about Quinlan Voss and Asajj Ventress. Great mix of Clone Wars and expanded universe.
374barry374 More than 1 year ago
This truely feels like the Quinlan Qos story I have been waiting for ever since I saw " hunt for ziro". I'll start out by mentioning the beautiful cover art showing a newer ventress design plus a cool sillouette of both characters. The story itself is based on 9 unproduced episodes of the clone wars tv show. We get some real great insight to quinlan's character showing a great mix between jedi and a man who wants to protect his friends. The book starts with a large space battle like the kind the show always did well. Then we move to council meeting where they decide to take an ultimate step to destroy dooku . Obi wan recomends Quinlan Vos and tells him to get ventress to help . After some bounty hunting the beans are spilled and they target dooku. I'll stop here. Christie golden does a wonderful job adding many character traits from legends material that any fan of either Quinlan or Ventress will appreciate. Not to mention BOBA FETT IS THERE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing writing, tons of action, the perfect star wars novel!
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ChrisWerms More than 1 year ago
Five stars might be a little high, but honestly I really loved this book. I read the entire thing in a single sitting and relished every second I spent with it. I loved the characterization of Asajj Ventress across the entire Clone Wars series, so I loved seeing her get a lot of attention here. She was the same character I grew to love, but it really understood her pain as someone who was betrayed and left behind by her Master. I loved seeing the book acknowledge her time as a bounty hunter and I thought this was a good send-off if we never hear from her again. Quinlan Vos was also expertly crafted here, taking advantage of the character we knew from the now-Legends canon character from Republic and giving him a great twist. My only problem with this book was how it really stinks of a TV show. Some chapters were unnecessary in the book, but were clearly filter to make this two four-episode arcs. Some scenes that were probably longer in the show barely register in the book and end before you realize they did. This book would be perfect had it not been forced to the constraints of the episodes.
Iron-Angel More than 1 year ago