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Dark Disciple: Star Wars Paperback – March 1, 2016
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“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
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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 as it turns out is a pretty good read and stand alone book. If you read christie goldens other star wars novels omen, allies and ascension then your familiar with her style. She has an easy to read way about her that makes the books flow which is a good thing. The love story that develops between vos and ventress felt a little rushed to me, it could have been fleshed out just a little bit more, but perhaps that is just publishers keeping the book to under 400 pages.
The story follows Quinlan Vos as he is assigned a task by the jedi council to recruit Asajj Ventress to help kill count Dooku. I will not give away any spoilers here but an interesting observation of the book is how it brings out what can happen to people who are put into undercover high stress combat situations, things can get.... fuzzy. People who are exposed to that kind of stress for extended periods of time are changed and the book does touch on that..... in a star wars way. Example; the council gives vos the assignment and when he comes back they become afraid weary of him but they do try as best they can to help him, perhaps the author was trying to make a statement about vets who come home different and no one understands them except for those who went through the same thing. Just an observation.
If you are looking for a good star wars read then this is one you would want, it has plenty of action, a good story and it focuses on two characters that after this book will probably not get any more time spent on them. The development of both characters is better in the comics I feel but all of that is no longer cannon but if you take what was written in the comics, the clone wars show and this book then together you have a good grasp of two characters that will be missed.
It does an interesting job of delving into using the Force but not being specifically good or evil, or Jedi or Sith. I could clearly see some of those threads that were working their way into the Clone Wars story in the cartoon. The delved even deeper her.
I was never a big fan of Ventress or Vos, but I found the characters in the book compelling. If you are a huge fan of either of these characters, I imagine you would not be disappointed with their story here, especially Ventress.
Despite its predictability and the struggle at the beginning not seeing Ventress as evil, I found that I became attached to the characters and the ending was touching.
Nevertheless, and despite some solid characterisation, Dark Disciple is not a particularly great novel. Yes, it's entertaining and easily readable, but it never felt particularly memorable. The third act in particular feels too long and slow; I felt that the natural climax arrived 2/3 into the book, which means there's a sort of epilogue that consumes 1/3 of the novel. Dark Disciple should've ended on an interesting, thrilling note; instead, I finished the book feeling it was a little too much.
This doesn't mean Dark Disciple is a bad novel, though. It's well-written and the central relationship between the unlikeliest of couples definitely works. It's also pretty emotional from time to time. It does feel like a clunky adaptation of a story from another medium, though, and that's its greatest flaw.