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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 Star Wars history. 

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' 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' 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)   

©2015 Christie Golden (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

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

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Amazing!

Wow, what can I say but THANK YOU CHRISTIE!

I very much enjoyed the small prologue that felt like I was reading the text crawl. I always wanted to know more of Ventress' story and this is the perfect continuation of it. Using little nuggets of moments from The Clone Wars series was really great however even if you haven't watched the series the book is a good book with a great story. With a load of suspense and back and forth with Light Side/Dark Side, I was enthralled with Voss and Ventress' story. I have always been a Ventress fan and this book was amazing. I have so much more I could say but I don't want to spoil the book.

Now, go and buy this book...

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Fairly underwhelming

The plot is passable enough, but it feels very rushed, particularly near the end. Character changes feel very forced and unnatural. The romance in particular is fairly dissapointing. The focus on physical attraction and nothing else leaves the relationship feeling flat and lifeless. I repeatedly found myself asking, "Why are these characters falling for each other?". It reads like romance as imagined by teenagers. Somewhat understandable given the target audience, but still dissapointing. There were other minor issues with the characterisation of the Jedi and Voss in particular, but nothing too jarring. The audio performance is as good as ever, Marc Thompson is fantastic at what he does.

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worthy of a listen

narrated by the best and very well written. Im a fan of the old EU. but this story is right up there with some of the now legends books.

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Beautiful and a perfect star wars story

This is a send-off to Asage that I love and appreciate immensely. Thank you to the authors and the superb narrator.

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Awesome

You don’t know what’s going to happen next it’s an awesome plot twister and really sad at the end

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Brilliant

Amazing story, obviously written by someone who adheres to George Lucas' vision for Star Wars whilst adding their own inspirations. Gripping and suspensful throughout. Astounding voice acting as usual by Marc. Best single Star Wars title I've experienced so far.

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a top star wars book

everything you want from a SW clone wars book adoption. great production, from writing to reading. fantastic.

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My first audio book

Always a fan of Ventress and the ever expanding galaxy far far away. Great narration.

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What a book!

Absolutely loved it! Beautifully voiced and narrated and an amazing story! Well worth the listen.

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Asajj Ventress Rules!

This is such a great story. It’s a shame it wasn’t made into Clone Wars episodes. I’m glad it was released in book form. This audio book is very well read and produced.
Highly recommended!

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  • Troy
  • 07-07-2015

The Clone Wars Continues

Fans of The Clone Wars, rejoice! 8 more undeveloped episode scripts from Katie Lucas have been masterfully transformed into a novel that unleashed the full storytelling potential of the series. May it not be the last such story treatments we get. Some loose ends continue to be explored in Rebels, but for the rest, novels like this are the answer. This one proves it. I had heard some questions going in as to whether or not Christie Golden was the right choice for the job. Yes. Yes she is.

Those who are familiar with the Dark Horse Comics that introduced Quinlan Vos will be pleased to see character themes that made him a favorite are explored here. Putting Vos in an unlikely alliance with Asajj Ventress turns out to be a natural choice, and the result is not only a successfully told romance, it also ends up being an powerful exploration of the Dark Side of the Force and the concept of redemption.

Set in the time period where the events of Revenge of the Sith loom large, the Jedi have seen just how far they've fallen from their roles as guardians of the peace. To end the Clone Wars, they ponder the unthinkable: assassinate Count Dooku, and the war will end. I know what you're thinking, that we already know when and where Dooku is killed. So what can this story possibly do to give us suspense? The Clone Wars has always ratcheted up the drama by pushing non-cinematic characters into the spotlight. The team-up of one Jedi who flirts with the Dark Side and one former Sith apprentice who has already been burned by it proves to be a most worthy focus. In an era where the Light is being consumed more and more rapidly, these characters -- whose final fates are unrecorded in the new canon -- take the stage, playing off Dooku, the Jedi Council, and each other.

Veteran Star Wars narrator Marc Thompson is always a superb choice. His interpretations of character voices is close enough without being mimicry to evoke the personas we know so well. I was especially impressed with his Count Dooku. Given the recent passing of Sir Christopher Lee, of whom I am a huge admirer, I can't help but express bittersweet joy at the treatment of the character, both in performance and in narration, for we're treated to a story that really pushes Count Dooku's character in a way that matters. Likewise, returning to the Clone Wars era as it comes closer to its inevitable outcome becomes equally bittersweet. All in all, it's the right story at the right time with the right talent behind it. Toss in some John Williams theme music and familiar sound effects... it's another homerun for the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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  • Charlie Smith
  • 13-07-2015

Top notch production and great story

Voices by Marc Thompson fit perfectly along with score and other sound effects.
I haven't watched any Star Wars -Clone Wars episodes but after this book I plan on getting into them.
Characters Vos and Ventress are very interesting and their romance and flirtation with the darkside had me spellbound.
One of the best Star Wars audible books I have listened to.

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  • John
  • 09-07-2015

Awesome

I've read dozens of books seen the movies watched the clone wars and this is actually the best story there is. I was surprised too because I was never a Vos fan but I am now. (Always liked Ventress) The Bane trilogy is my favorite but this is the most well put together story. It has much more substance that you don't usually find in the Star Wars Saga. Must have, read, listen to!

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  • Mike
  • 15-07-2015

Loved it

Great listen!! Really enjoyed all the characters and the twist and turns great story. Pulls at the heart strings but also very action packed

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  • Danica
  • 14-07-2015

Indescribable

I have never read a more amazing and beautiful story. I was pulled in right from the begining. In the end I cried from being sad then cried happily for Quin. I felf totally connected to his struggle throughout the book. I beg anyone who likes Star wars to read / listen to this book. It truly is incredible .

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  • Cesar Felix
  • 13-07-2015

Great novel would have been even greater episode

Overall I love the novel, and knowing that if the clone wars we're not canceled, this would have been some of the greatest episodes ever made.


I rated this five stars overall because seeing the TV series, I could have imagined how the story would have gone and it would have been some of the greatest episodes ever made

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  • aarin carrillo
  • 22-07-2015

Awesome Book, explains allot

Closes the story on asajj ventress better then i could have ever imagined. awesom cool

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  • Admiralu
  • 24-01-2018

One Hell of a Book, Does Asajj Ventress Justice

Wow, what a ride. What a wonderfully, complex individual Asajj Ventress turns out to be. Despite the difficulties she's experienced, she remains a Force to be dealt with and an honorable, multi-faceted woman. With the Jedi Council making an ill fated decision, it encompasses Ventress and a sunny Jedi named Quinlon Cos with possibilities, neither could imagine. They are well suited, his open honesty contrasting with her guarded nature. A wonderful love story with tragic consequences. Possesed of the rare gift of balance of the Force, able to use both sides without turning back into a Sith, Ventress finds redemption in Vos, while he falls to the Dark side. Christie Golden has crafted a thrilling adventure, touching love story and a cautionary tale of war's consequences on good people. One of the finest Star Wars books I've ever read, I took my time to savor all the juicy details. I loved the story of the Nightsisters and the lesson for the Jedi to remain true to their ideals, less they go down the path of darkness. I'd really hoped they could've had a happy ending. Bittersweet and beautiful. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Marc Thompson did an outstanding job as usual in bringing these characters to life.

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  • Joshua
  • 26-08-2015

Great voice acting helps lengthy story...

Awesome addition for Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans... I loved seeing what happened to Ventress and Voss, but I feel the story could have been cut down a bit after the main turning point in the novel.
The story becomes slightly drawn out and sluggish after this.
Regardless, the ending is handled quite well.
The voice acting was well done (maybe with the exception of Mace Windu, his voice reminded me of a southern gentleman during the Civil War.)

Great addition to the new Canon books.

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  • NetsariymWriter
  • 05-08-2015

Fantastic, I now have another favorite.

Wonderfully written, beautifully executed, an incredible reading experience of sacrifice and redemption. Absolutely loved, this book.

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  • richard
  • 11-08-2019

After Thrawn, possibly the best star wars story

This is the love story that the fall of Anikin should have been. An absolute must for anyone who loved the clone wars l. I find when reading these books, the light side novels lack the passion and interest of the dark side novels while the dark side lacks the extensive charectors from the major series. This has both. Excellent.

My only minor critism, and I'm usually a massive fan of Marc Thompsons narration, but on this occasion unfortunately annoyed me by making Mace windu sound like lando. And also on the charector of Mace, a jedi who had to create a form of lightsaber combat in order to control his own dark side leanings, the writer somehow seemed to forget this and make him out to be the least understanding of the situation when he should have been the most. But again, not frustrating enough to detract from an amazing story.

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  • Aaron Firth
  • 15-02-2021

Amazing Clone Wars Finale...

This is an amazing ending supplement to the Clone Wars animated TV show (circa season 7)
A few parts left me scratching my head and I had to head-cannon a few parts.
But overall, an amazing installation, fantastic exploration of the duality of light and dark and a heartfelt homage to some unknown and well known characters.

**Mild plot spoilers ahead.**
Mainly, the notion that defeating Dooku would end the war when at this point Darth Sidious is known to be above and behind Dooku. But I guess taking down Dooku would destabilise the separatist regime... I don't know. I need to Jedi Meditate on this one.
I am also unsure of Mace Windu's depiction here. He seems less the cool and collected bada$$ we love him as and more an angry and win at all costs type of character that at times had me wondering why other masters weren't calling him out for his empassioned bluster. By the end I was feeling that this whole epic (and its pretty epic) and its conclusion and consequences could be laid at the feet of Windu... But the council were owning it because they didn't challenge when they had the chance. The council were flawed however so i can forgive this and how Obi was the only 'Wan' to challenge these ethics... I just wish Windu's lines and motivation and approach had been written a bit better, or from another angle. One Line from Windu literally made me wince. Its a shame.
*More of a Spoiler here*
I loved the animation trope depicting big enemies getting away only to cause problems down the line. Only with this story it was particularly criminal. The hero has permission to kill the enemy... But didn't take it upon them self to off the other big enemy when they had the chance. This immediately caused a problem for our hero which bit them shortly after. But its a good trope.



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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-2021

not a bad book

A very long story with plenty of/too many twists and turns. From a bloke's perspective, overly soppy in parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2021

Great Story

A must for all star wars fans great story from start to finish...
totally 5 stars

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  • Edward Binns
  • 30-12-2020

Amazing story

but writing style is a bit funky. Better than to waste clone wars ideas though!

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  • O. J. Jones
  • 16-12-2020

Fantastic, dark, tragic love story

A must-listen! Brilliant story with really strong characters. Would've been too dark to include in the 'Clone Wars' series, but such a pity!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2020

Beautiful

This is the best audio-book i have ever listend to, love it and strongly recomend it.

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  • sam whiting
  • 27-09-2020

Excellent.

Brilliant account of a muched love character. Performance as always impeccable, story very well writen.
However hearing the sounds from the movies and being able to recognise the scene takes something away from scene being listened too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-2020

Brilliant, well written

Remarkable story about love, redemption, and caution against revenge. Narrator was talented and the book was well acted

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  • Victor
  • 25-07-2020

Wow just wow

Awesome this is a must for all star wars fans you will not be disappointed

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