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Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (Star Wars: Clone Wars) Paperback – November 23, 2004
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From the Back Cover
The savage Clone Wars have forced the Republic to the edge of collapse. During the height of the battle, on Jedi Knight escapes the carnage to deliver a message to Yoda on Coruscant. It appears that Dooku wants peace and demands a rendezvous. Chances are slim that the treacherous Count is sincere but, with a million lives at stake, Yoda has no choice.
The meeting will take place on Djun, a planet steeped in evil. The challenge could not be more difficult. Can Yoda win back his once promising pupil from the dark side or will Count Dooku unleash his sinister forces against his former mentor? Either way, Yoda is sure of one thing: This battle will be one of the fiercest he'll ever face.
- Publisher : Del Rey; 1st Edition: December 2004 (November 23, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345463099
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345463098
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.22 x 0.75 x 6.76 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story feels like something George Lucas might have had in The Clone Wars show, from tone to characters to the way the story progresses, it feels like genuine Clone Wars action and drama. There's politics, Jedi crises concerning their doctrine and great Sith plotting. The book isn't all serious and introduces new characters who you'll find yourself loving.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves The Clone Wars animated series as the tone is very similar or to anyone who loves more than simple action in their Star Wars books.
If you read one book from the early 2000's Clone Wars novels let this be it.
Scout was a standout character for me; I originally bought this book because I'm desperate for anything involving Asajj Ventress (she's my favorite), but I found Scout to be incredibly endearing without becoming annoying. I'm biased, but I would have liked to have seen more of what became of Asajj, but that's for another book. I really enjoyed getting to see a little into Dooku's head and simultaneously more into Yoda's immense power that's often talked about but rarely shown. When Dooku's scared of something, you know you'd better be as well.
What was especially nice about this story is the look inside the daily goings-on of the Jedi Temple. After nearly a full year of immersing myself into SW lore, the Temple always remained a very cut-off place for me. Sure, it's central to a lot of things and home to the "good guys", but what exactly goes on inside those walls? What do the children do everyday? Does the concept of fun even exist in there? As it turns out, yes it does. And you don't know how happy it made me to read the parts involving the tournament and how very much like a regular school it is for the Padawans.
I give this four stars instead of five because even though I think she was given some good dialogue, I really would have liked to have seen Ventress as more than a lapdog to Dooku. She's an amazingly layered character who's very rarely given the chance to be shown as more than an evil creature of the Dark Side. I liked her conversation with Dooku from her ship, but their first meeting left me wanting. Also, the ending was brought about too quickly. The idea of Dooku seriously contemplating turning his back on the Sith in incredibly appealing, but then it's dashed when a certain pair show up and his jealousy overrides everything he'd been thinking about and planning for weeks. At least throw in a few lines to deal with that instead of just ending it there.
Despite this, Sean Stewart does a good job writing a young adult Star Wars novel that engages in interesting character development and has a unique voice. We see far more character development in this book for Dooku and Yoda than in the entire Clone Wars TV series. We learn a bit about their past and how they think. Admittedly, in terms of screentime, Dooku and Yoda aren't the main characters of the book, but their relationship drives the story. There are a few scenes in which I think Yoda comes off as too much of an impish gnome, but he also has some genuinely heartwarming pieces of wisdom - just like Yoda from Empire Strikes Back.
The rest of the Jedi come across as rounded characters more than capable of carrying the story. Whie and Scout, and their masters, Jai Maruk and Maks Leem, have their strengths and weaknesses. Their characters have multiple layers. I particularly liked how Stewart switches narrative points of view, allowing or own view of each character to grow and change.
I do like the way Stewart uses narrative voice in the book. The narrator is more active than in most Star Wars novels. Some of the passages have a lyrical quality. The narrator sometimes dishes out pieces of wisdom or astute observations about characters. It makes what is a relatively simple story and gives it more thoughtful content.
Overall, this is not a bad Star Wars book. It's obviously geared towards younger readers, but I suspect adults who are light of heart will enjoy it as well. We certainly learn more about Dooku and Yoda than in any other single Star Wars EU book out there.
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It also shows the best part of beeing jedi and how deep enlightened master yoda is. Love this book.
The side story involving two young Padawans (one strong and confused, one weak yet cunning and determined) is pretty effective and I actually wanted more of it.
Yoda's story is predictable but he is written comedically and it works.
The prose is surprisingly rich and emotional! The problem with so many Star Wars books is that they read like 2nd rate Tom Clancy in space with little magic or romance. This book does NOT have that problem. It captures the failing grandeur of the old republic with beautiful and vivid description and emotion.
The only complaints I have is that Dookus past and his relationship with Yoda could have borne even more exploration through flashbacks. Maybe I'll get that with the now canon production of Dooku: Jedi Lost.
One other element i could have done without was pointlessly shoe-horning Anakin and Obi-wan into the story in the last couple chapters. They added nothing to it, they were just kinda there. Overall I really liked it and would recommend.
Dark Rendezvous is a good action adventure novel and will statisfy any fan of the Star Wars universe. If you have a casuel interest in Star Wars it also stands on it's own so it's very accessable.
Dark Rendezvous doesn't appear to be easy to get so buy it now before it's out of print.
Check my other reviews for more Star Wars hits and misses.