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Dark Disciple: Star Wars

Narrated by: Marc Thompson
Series: Star Wars, Book 5
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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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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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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Made me feel genuine emotion the whole way through

Let me just give you the short version to begin with.
Buy this book, it’s incredible. Do it.

Alright, now for a tad bit more depth.
I’ll start by letting u know I’m a little bit of a audio book fanatic. I’ve listened to all the SW old republic books, Darth bane series, thrown series (legends tri/duology and new canon) Witcher series, mass effect and probably a third of the Legend Of Drizzt series and many many more.
But this book, this book was incredible. I checked the remaining time on this book so often, not believing that there was still more to come. The writer packs so much content into the book that I’m almost certain it’s witchcraft.

The main characters are very well written and incredibly likeable. I won’t spoil to much but by the end you will have cried more than once.

A few spots in the third quarter of the book a few could have been done a little better and feel a little illogical given everything but also do make some sense given the circumstances. Regardless it frustrated me a bit so I feel it bares mentioning.

Regardless if ur on the fence about buying the book I’d take the plunge, Marc once again delivers a absolutely stellar performance, giving all the characters a scarcely accurate performance to the original actors, and the emotion u can feel in every line delivered is palpable.

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  • Ray
  • 03-06-2019

Like watching the Clone Wars

Amazingly written and performed, I could see the animation spring from the words and appear in my mind so vividly.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ian S.
  • 10-06-2020

One of, if not the best of the new canon novels

I have been making my way through all canon star wars books (4 to go) and this may be my favourite book so far. Its a must read for anyone a fan of the clones wars tv show.

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  • Jason Bartley
  • 07-06-2020

10/10

Very well told story whit great voice acting with carictors you can will love laugh and cry with

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  • Jon
  • 01-06-2020

Much better than I expected

This really felt like a clone wars episode, I'm not entirely sure where exactly it fit into the series but I'm glad it was a book, the tv show wouldn't have been as graphic or emotional or long as this. I didn't expect a lot going in. ended up binging the entire book very very fast.

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  • Thomas Farrell
  • 15-03-2020

An enjoyable read.

It's common within the Star Wars universe to focus on the love story between Anakin and Padme. This novel gave a different view of some well and lesser known characters. Granted the reasoning behind some of the actions of the Jedi were farfetched but casting that aside and focusing on the main story it was gripping. The audio version which I had gave more depth to the voices of the well known characters. I would recommend this to anyone seeking a tragic love story set within Star Wars not focusing on the typical story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-2020

An Essential Read!

This book has it all. An enriched experience can be had if you have read ‘Dooku: Jedi Lost’ and ‘Master and Apprentice’, for character building around Ventress, Dooku and Obi wan. I personally wanted more Ventress than was on offer in ‘Dooku’ and this book proved to be the answer.

A story worthy of its own book, although originally intended to be multiple Clone Wars episodes. As much as I love the series I don’t think it would have captured the drama and scope of all the different twists, turns and delicate touches this book has the room to offer.

From the differences in opinion among the Jedi council (most notably between Obi wan and Windu), the gradual seduction to the dark side of Quinlan Voss, to the multifaceted character that is Asajj Ventress, Christie Golden has you intrigued and awed throughout.

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  • Mr. I. A. Fairhurst
  • 27-02-2020

Sparks fly between dark and light

This is one of the best Star Wars books I have have ever listened to. I am so surprised it is not in the top-10 list. If you are a fan of The Clone Wars animation series then this book is definitely for you. It tells you what happened to many of the the characters in the Clone Wars. It is such a great story I could not stop listening. It is well written and and well read. I shall definitely be looking for more books by this author.

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  • Mook
  • 11-02-2020

A strong inclusion to the Star Wars Canon.

Dark Disciple is easily one of the strongest Star Wars novels, to date. It's also one of the best stories, within the entire Star Wars canon and extended Legends universe.

The story flows at a great pace and - where my mind sometimes tends to wander - kept me hooked in throughout it's entirety. The story of Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos and the relationship between the two of them is well thought
-out, crafted and executed.

There wasn't any point where I felt that there was filler, more than story and I really enjoyed the journey. There are some great supporting characters that are also well developed and brilliantly written. The dialogue is great and never feels clunky, cheesy or forced, as some tend to be. It feels real and flows quite naturally.

I must admit, I've never really been a fan of Marc Thompson's narrating. I've always found him to be a bit over-the-top.

That being said, though he does tend to get carried away at times (and his accents and characters are sometimes a bit off: Mace Windu for one, sounded more like Apollo Creed and Rocky had fused as one) he does, for the most part, deliver a great read. His passion and dedication adds to the thrill of the story and certainly makes it more exciting. I just wish he would dial it down a notch, at times.

Over all, Christie Golden has brought us a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe. Captivating from start to finish and brought to life in Thompson's unique way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2020

Loved it.

Well I am a big fan of the expanded universe of Star Wars, more so than the films.
I love Old Republic and the many Darths that came before the very few mainstream ones, Malgus being my favourite so for a change hurtled forward to the Clone Wars, expecting entertainment I was blown away by this story, loved it!
The subtle humour, the tension, the twists and the betrayals, even if you saw them coming only made it worse because you thought to yourself "Don't do it, don't be stupid".
I Don't want to give anything away from the plot or outcome, I found that I enjoyed this more not knowing what to expect. Asajj is a Character well known to me and for this story to entangle her is just genius and emotional.
All I can say is if you are a fan of the expanded universe even if you previously only enjoyed the pre rule of two, this is a must. Beautifully written and fantastically narrated.