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Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (Star Wars: Clone Wars #7)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,906 ratings  ·  78 reviews
"As the Clone Wars rage, Jedi Master Yoda must once again face one of his greatest adversaries: Count Dooku. . . ."
The savage Clone Wars have forced theRepublic 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 slimth...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Del Rey (first published November 1st 2004)
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Crystal Starr Light
"When you fall, be there to catch you, I will"
The war rages on and Dooku extends an offer of peace to Yoda and Yoda alone. It may be a trap, but Yoda doesn't want to ignore a way out of the war. Plus, he would like nothing more than to bring his vagrant apprentice back from the Dark Side.

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This book is pure enjoyment, the best of the Clone Wars novels written in this era. There are so many areas to love--the characters, the plot, the emotion, the story, even the writing.
Stewart does a fant...more
Phillip
This is perhaps my favorite Star Wars novel. It is definitely the best novel in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.

In Yoda; Dark Rendezvous, we get to see a side of several characters, most notably Yoda, that we did not see in the films, or even in other novels. In fact, I prefer Stewart's version of Yoda in this novel over any other iteration. Why? In Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, you get to see both his deep serious wisdom, as well as his more humorous side. You get to see how Yoda, despite being a 900...more
Willem van den Oever
Fans of the little green wizard have nothing to fear when Sean Stewart tries his hands on a Star Wars novel featuring the Jedi Master front and center. Here’s a story that’s just as engaging as the best bits of the movies combined.

With the war slowly bringing the Republic to its knees, a surprising offer reaches the capital of Coruscant from an unexpected side. Count Dooku, the Jedi knight who fell away from the order and turned to the dark side of the Force, wants peace and asks for a meeting w...more
Richard
After Jedi Trial I was worried about the next in the range but I was not disappointed by this very enjoyable tale. I was concerned about yoda being a central character but the inclusion of the two young jedi as primary characters and the cameo appearences of Anakin and Obi-Wan made it a very palatable read. It has all the adventure and action of the films coupled with the psychological depth the book range has always managed effectively. The comic aspects never overrule the story in a 'Jar Jar B...more
Ron
If they felt compelled to write a novel about Yoda, it's too bad it was a young-adult, tongue-in-cheek story. Oh, it had the conflict and adventure expected of Star Wars, plus teen-aged angst and a liberal smattering of Yoda "wisdom". (Though the best line was given to Dooku. "I have a power greater than even the dark side, my pet. I am old. Your fresh furies are my ancient mistakes.")

Still it's all very tentative and flat. It doesn't move the Star Wars universe along so much as it fills a time...more
Bjoern
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Jeff Barber
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is one of my favorite Star Wars novels. Really, it's either this one or Traitor by Matthew Stover.
The story starts when a Jedi named Jai Maruk arrives at the temple with a message for Yoda from the notorious Count Dooku. A seashell that hearkens back to when Dooku was Yoda's apprentice and the statement that Dooku is tired of the war and wants it to end.
Yoda obviously suspects a trap, but knows that if there is a chance that the war can end Yoda wants to take it.
So Yoda h...more
Jason
Aug 04, 2011 Jason added it
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is probably one of the best SW books I've read in a long time (especially compared to the lackluster "Jedi Trial" that occurs previously on the SW novels timeline). The author really gets the dark and wise yet childish and devilishly playful side of Yoda and has a real knack for the Yoda broken-English popularized by Frank Oz in the movies. There's lots of background on the master / apprentice relationship between Yoda and Count Dooku. The story goes deep into the Count Doo...more
Mike
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Gregory Mcdonald
For some reason people have a hard time writing for the character of Yoda. I still remember being thirteen years old and seeing The Empire Strikes Back for the first time. When we came out of the theater all my friends and I could talk about was the new character of Yoda. Since then in the three prequels George Lucas made and in numerous novels many have tried their hand at bringing the wise and green one to life only to come up short. This novel comes much closer than most to capturing that ori...more
Chris
Yeah, okay. So I read Star Wars books. What? Shut up!

Star Wars books are almost universally garbage, and yet I read them anyway. This one is better than most, though. Most Star Wars authors can barely put a character together; this guy not only writes in reasonably compelling prose, but manages to create some decent new characters while adding some depth to existing ones. The book is dragged down by a limp plot (no doubt developed in committee) but still manages to be enjoyable.
Craig
Possibly my favorite star wars novel. There's a lot of characterization of Dooku as well as Yoda. One of the darker (along with Shatterpoint) Clone Wars novels out there. One of the few Star Wars novels that I see as 'good literature' outside of the star wars world.
Steve
I liked this book quite a bit. It gave some nice insight into yoda and his relationship with Dooku. Got to seea little more of Yoda's sense of humor. I loved when he said.

"Secret, shall I tell you? Grand Master of Jedi Order am I. Won this job in a raffle I did, think you? 'How did you know, how did you know, Master Yoda?' Master Yoda knows these things. His job it is."

It was justa fun book. I felt for Yoda having to spend half the book stuffed inside R2 unit. I liked to imagine the things he s...more
Cian Beirdd
This book has been fairly well received, which surprises me. I expected, hoped, that a novel about Yoda would be very much about Yoda and his struggles. I expected something like 'Shatterpoint' at least, and hoped for something like 'I, Jedi'. Alas, that was not to be. Instead of that, the tale focuses on a newly promoted Padawan, Tallisebeth. Despite the fact that Yoda is invited to a potentially suicidal meeting that he is more than capable of surviving (so much potential there) he is accompan...more
Rakki
Much too short.

Not a bad book. One of the few books that has anything with Yoda. There are two issues with this book. Yoda is barely in it. The first part was interesting with the training of two padawans. It would have been better if you went into this book knowing that. Realistically the part of the book that deals with the description is the last 20%. My second problem is that the book is over at 67%. This isn't a book. Just a long novella. Two thirds of a book is not a book.
Revan97
While Star Wars Yoda Dark Rendezvous isn’t the worst Star Wars novel I’ve read, it’s not the best either. As the title implies the story centers on Yoda and includes only brief appearances by other iconic Star Wars characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. The author includes many worldly references that don’t feel very much like Star Wars: paper in mentioned although at the time of the clone wars paper was already an antique. There is a reference to a bee (not some type of bee, just...more
Jen
Let me reiterate what I said when I reviewed The Approaching Storm: I love Star Wars. I do. I absolutely can't stand Anakin Skywalker.
Imagine my love for this book, then, when it not only doesn't have Anakin figuring in for 95% of the book, it also focuses heavily on Yoda, who is my favorite character across the series, anyway.

Yay.

So yes, here we have the in-between grounds between Dooku and Yoda, his former master. The darkness is there, the descriptions are there, the exploration of what it me...more
Yves
La guerre fait toujours rage dans la galaxie et Yoda reçoit un message du Comte Dooku lui demandant de le rejoindre dans le but de faire cesser les hostilités entre la République et les Séparatistes. Yoda se doute bien que c'est un traquenard mais décide d'y aller quand même. Pour lui, ça reste une chance de mettre un terme à ce conflit. Yoda part donc accompagné de deux maîtres Jedi et de leurs Padawan. Lors du voyage, un des Padawan a une terrible vision de mort. La question est quand aura lie...more
Kislay Verma
From my review at SolomonSays:

Set at the height of the Clone Wars, A dark Rendezvous is one of the few (maybe the only) novel of the extended Star Wars universe with Yoda in the starring role. The diminutive master finally gets his set-piece battle with this novel. While the high point of the book is the struggle between the masters, the backstory is the growing up pangs for two young Jedi disciples, Scout and Whie.

As can be expected from any Star Wars book, the story is fast paced but not very...more
Andrew
I really enjoyed this book. I read it a couple years ago and was surprised by how much I liked it. I was also certain that I’d read it again in a couple years and be baffled at how I could have enjoyed it so much. That didn’t happen. I read it again a few months back and, in spite of my self, I loved it again.

I can’t help but feel that this one as a bit of a guilty pleasure. Everything is just a little over the top. The humor is downright silly, but I love it. Some of the imagery is laid on pret...more
Shane Amazon
When contemplating the star rating I was to give this book, I was about to give it three stars, but I for the most part really liked the beginning of the book and thought it reasonable to give a soft four. As I read past the midpoint is when my feelings for the book's plot started to wain, let me explain.

The book's plot is a pretty simple one that addresses the relationship between Yoda and his once apprentice, Dooku. I won't give away too much of the story, but I will say that Dooku reaches out...more
Neil
Some thots while reading:

"Kut Rate Kruise Lines" was hilariously funny to me, especially when describing how the company determines if a converted cargo ship or used passenger liner is safe for space travel.

I get it that Yoda hates droids. I also get it that it might have seemed like a good idea [i.e. - funny] to have Yoda masquerading as an Artoo unit, but enough's enough! When is it going to end?!?

More thots:

"When you look at the dark side, careful you must be, for the dark side looks back." F...more
Relstuart
One of the better Star Wars extended Universe Clone Wars novels. Some humor and some philosophical thoughts that made me pause to laugh or think.

"I always thought I was a good person," he said quietly. I could never see the point of... stealing food from the kitchen. Or cheating on exams. I was a good boy," he said heavily. "I thought that was the same as virtue."

"Amazing how easy it is to resist other people's temptations isn't it," Jai responded dryly.

Shadab Siddiqi
Jul 02, 2007 Shadab Siddiqi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in what happened between episodes II and III.
Shelves: clonewars
The book tells a little more about when Dooku was just a young padawan. I love it when these clone war novels show Yoda's recollection of things that happened in the past. This is a definate read for those of you who are so inclined.

In this book, closer to Episode III than II, the 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...more
Victor Orozco
Very Good. Another encounter between Yoda and Dooku. When I first picked up this book I had only one word in my mind: REMATCH! Episode II was known for its flaws but also for its one shining moment in seeing Grand Master Yoda work some mean fighting against Dooku. This story was phenomenal for having Yoda put himself in danger but it also revealed some of his excellent character. That he had two Jedi Knights assist him alongside two Padawan learners was really neat. Whie and Scout where a very i...more
Angela
Count Dooku approaches Yoda for a meeting, and Yoda agrees. He sets off with 2 masters and their padawans. This is as much their story as it is Yoda's. There are genuinely humorous moments, and some quite amazing character moments. Ventriss is also in this book, and her motivations are well explained. It is the final confrontation that makes this book a 4 star, and it shows how clever Darth Sidious really is. An amazing read.
Jeff
A riveting Star Wars adventure that suffers immensely from a disappointing third act. Stewart introduces two intriguing teenage Jedi pupils who carry most of the story. Whie is a prodigy, his strength in the Force said to rival even Anakin. Scout on the other hand struggles to connect with the Force and must rely instead on her sharp wits and hand to hand combat skills to survive. They accompany the wizened Jedi Master Yoda on a secret mission to confront Count Dooku, who has drawn out his old M...more
Dennis
It's a decent book, but I wish Yoda were more involved. Sometimes there's too much filler with other characters who really don't matter too much. If it is called "Yoda: Dark Rendezvous," I wonder why there isn't more of Yoda's interior narration than the padawans or Dooku. As always happens with Yoda, everyone says he's so great but we rarely get to see him being great. I mean, twice he lost to Dooku (that I can count) and even lost to Darth Sidious (is greatness defined by "not getting killed"?...more
James Swenson

This was surprisingly good: funny at times and genuinely moving. The struggle between the dark side and the Jedi is much more compelling, morally, than in most of the Star Wars novels. This is the first book I've read in which Yoda is a significant character, and I think he's depicted pretty well.

I want to express my dissatisfaction, though, with the droid Fidelis, who said (p. 119):
"Are you sure? We could make it best nine hundred sixty-seven thousand four hundred and thirteen games out of one...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Mar 30, 2012 Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Although I still a fledgling in the vast world of Star Wars literature, this book is my favorite so far. Yoda has always been my favorite character, and in this story he is featured as a major character. The action in it is great, the new Jedi characters introduced are well rounded and believable, and the intense and emotional relationship between Yoda and Dooku is explored wonderfully. This is a wonderful book! It really made me feel like I was a part of the expanded Star Wars universe and love...more
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