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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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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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  • Jade Russo
  • 19-12-2017

Great Clone Wars Era story

This story is great and truly felt like a story arc from The Clone Wars tv show. As it should. The relationship between Voss and Asajj was a great story to be told. The best part is the performance. The narrator has a great talent for capturing each character. Specifically the parts of the novel including Obi Wan. Fantastic !

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2020

Missing piece of the Puzzle

As a fan of Quinlan Vos from the original dark horse comics I was thrilled to find out he was still canon to starwars.

This story fills in a missing part of Vos and Ventress' story and I was impressed to hear it is based on 8 episodes of the Clone wars that never got chance to be made.

Highly recommend for anyone looking for a greater insight in to the canon expanded starwars story.

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  • Shadow Lord dave
  • 04-12-2019

One of the best

Been a nasty er vos fan from the dh comic days. Stark hyper space wars etc. This is one of those hidden gems great audios full of twists and throws and u bond with both vos and ventris and there own personal fight. Throw in some obi wan and young ankin good was and jedi council plenty of clone waring driid stuff all round great book high recommend.

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  • Harvey Scicluna
  • 08-09-2019

Phenomenal

I simply couldn't stop listening! Marc Thompson's narration is enough to boost any audiobook up a star, and Chrstie Golden's story and writing make this some of the best Star Wars material out there. Beautiful, a real tear jerker and very hard to put down.

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  • Pu3r360
  • 19-05-2019

The best of clone wars in audio form

one of Canons strongest novels
the range of emotions I felt through out is unlike the feelings anyother novel has made me feel.

a tragic love story with a bitter sweet glimpse of hope.
mark Thompson beautifully reads and performs along side some of the best choices of sounds and music star wars has offer.
it felt like an 8-10 episode arch of the clone wars and I'm glad we were able to experience this lost episode.
though some surprises are felt flatly I feel this is the case of stretching a script into a novel.
overall though I loved it and will be returning to this story during my clone wars binges.

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  • Simon
  • 13-05-2019

Great story, amazing performance.

Marc Thompson puts on a great performance in a story with a lot of raw emotion and feeling behind it which is only helped by Star Wars SFX and music.
The story itself is well paced and well structured quietly planting seeds of what's to come later on. Purely from my own experience, some of the Star Wars books struggle to make me care about the new characters that they introduce, however Dark Disciple doesn't struggle with this as our protagonists both have interesting backgrounds.

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  • Gilliana
  • 16-04-2019

Stunning Performance!

Hello there!

I had previously read the novel however hearing the story unfold is a whole new experience. Marc Thompson captures the voices of Asajj and Dooku perfectly and additionally Kenobi and Yoda sound great.

This narration alongside added sound effects such as lightsaber clashes, blaster fire etc as well as the music really create a unique experience and delve you straight into the Star Wars universe.

The story itself is emotional and intense. There are a few moment that could be sped up a bit but I understand that the novel is based off unproduced TV episodes.

Overall a fantastic listen and perfect for newcomers to Audiobooks and Star Wars as well as die hard fans.

Bravo!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2019

Fantastic

Pretty much every moment of this book is awesome. This book shows how the darkside affects people while bringing a fantastic end to Asajj Ventresses story arc from the clone wars Tv series. Highly recommend if you loved the clone wars and want to see more stories from that era.

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  • Stephen Sullivan
  • 31-05-2019

Love in the dark

One of the better new canon novels. Great gritty story full of all the things we love about Star Wars. It tells us more about the arrogance of the Jedi and can see how easy it was for their eventual downfall. But for me as a life long Star Wars fan it just shows what a dick Mace Windu was in my eyes. Other people might think different but he was just an arrogant dick all the way to his end in revenge of the sith.

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