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Dark Disciple

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  12,301 ratings  ·  1,139 reviews
Based on unproduced scripts from the blockbuster TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

The only way to bring down the dark side's most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.

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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Lucas Books
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Fellinara I have read it through 3 times already since this summer. It is a love story but beautifully told. It is no fluff romance novel. I did write a review…moreI have read it through 3 times already since this summer. It is a love story but beautifully told. It is no fluff romance novel. I did write a review but due to mild spoiler, I chose to hide it. Trust it. If you like this one, also read Lost Stars in the SW EU canon.(less)

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BOTH sides of The Force are strong in this novel!

This is a novel part of the “New Canon” novels published by Disney after its purchase of Lucasfilms and all its properties. The first novel in this new canon set during the Clone Wars, and using scripts planned to be filmed on the CGI TV series but at the end, it wasn’t developed.


What’s worse... to have unhappy stories, or to have no story at all?

Dark Disciple was originally planned to be a multi-episode saga at the final
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: users of the dark side and grey jedi
"One man’s life must be weighed against those of potentially millions of innocents. Isn’t protecting the innocent the very definition of what it means to be a Jedi? We are failing the Republic and its citizens. We must stop this- now.”

How long can a Jedi truly remain a Jedi when the galaxy is at war? How far can the role of peacekeeper be taken? Can it extend to assassination?

If the target is none other than the infamous Count Dooku, then surely his demise will help restore order to the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Based off of an unproduced script for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this epic tale of action-adventure and romance got its second chance in Star Wars: Dark Disciple, penned by one of my favorite media tie-in novelists Christie Golden. Hands down, this is the best book I’ve read written by her, and certainly this has also become one of my favorite Star Wars books ever. In fact, I can’t even express all that much regret over
After Count Dooku mercilessly commits genocide on a planets fleeing inhabitants simply for siding with Republic, the Jedi Council decides something unthinkable for them...assassination. The plan as decided by the council is to assassinate Count Dooku thus ending the war and saving countless lives. Jedi Master Quinlan Vos is chosen for this surprising mission and the Council's orders get even stranger as Vos is ordered to team with former Sith Acolyte Asajj Ventress in order to end Dooku.

When I
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really damn good Star Wars book.

Veteran SW writer Christie Golden has produced one of the better new Star Wars novels coming out of the Canon list of titles. Using some of the coolest and most interesting characters of the vast Star Wars universe, namely Asajj Ventris, Quinlan Vos, Count Dooku and Obi Wan Kenobi Golden has the Force with her to put together a great story.

One of the great plots in the Star Wars collection of films, animated work, comics, graphic novels, novels and shorter works
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

A long time ago in a galaxy far,
far away . . . .


The Clone Wars rage across the galaxy.
Republic and Separatist forces continually clashing.
World after world destroyed in this brutal conflict.
Even the wisest of the Jedi seeing no end to the war.

On Coruscant, a desperate plan is formulated.
A plan that the Jedi Council hates,
but one they are desperate enough to try.
A plan to send a lone Jedi to assassinate Count Dooku.

Jedi Master Quinlan Vos is
The novel is very much in the spirit of animated TV show The Clone Wars. Compiled from incomplete scripts, the writing is young adult level so it reads very fast but the plot is interesting enough for learned EU diehards and newbies.

The primary question for me as I read this compilation of scripts rolled into a novel: Is this Asajj Ventress' swan song?


The secondary question for old Extended Universe fans: Will popular Jedi Quinlan Vos bear any resemblance to how he was in previous
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Dark Disciple is written by the excellent Christie Golden and it essentially ends the story arc of the Clone Wars and Asajj Ventress and Qunilan Vos.

Quinlan Vos, Jedi Master and former Padawan to Jedi Master Tholme, has been very busy during the Clone Wars doing undercover work for the Council. master Tholme is now dead at the hands of Count Dooku and the Council recruits Vos. Yet this is not a normal Jedi mission, this is an assassination ordered by Mace Windu and Yoda on Dooku. Vos is asked to
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I've never watched Clone Wars so this was my first entry into this era besides Episodes II and III. The book started off really strong with a Jedi and an ex-Sith teaming up as bounty hunters. About halfway through the book the story morphs into something completely else and takes a downturn. It feels like about 3 books of material were crammed into the last half of this book. There are several places where the story gets swept along so that the author can move onto something else. Asajj Ventress ...more
GeekGirl Diva
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, I absolutely loved this book. Reading the teaser, I knew what I was hoping to read, but the book soared way past my expectations.

Christie Golden gives Asajj Ventress so much life and Vos is both a delight and heartbreaking. The story is sexy, funny, emotional, intense, and has plenty of action. Also, for the Clone Wars fans, there's some great throwbacks and plenty of Jedi intrigue.

Truly one of my favorite books in a long time. Can't recommend it enough.
C.T. Phipps
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yeah, I don't know how to summarize my opinions on this book. I don't want to to insult Christie Golden as I absolutely adore her and still consider her novel, Arthas, one of my all-time favorite novels. Certainly, she can do romance since I found the Jaina Proudmoore/Arthas Menethil romance to be one of my favorite in the World of Warcraft universe. But this? Well, I just didn't like it.

Before we begin, I should also mention this book isn't like Star Wars: Bloodline or Lost Stars. It's not a
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
A fantastic Star Wars novel that has it all: action, romance, humor, mystery, and plenty of lightsabers and blasters. This story is also great because of how it treats the dark/light balance. It shows how easy it is to slip into the dark side and, by that same token, shows that not all dark sided people are foaming-at-the-mouth mass murderers. The only place that this book loses a few points from me is around the middle, when Ventress and Vos split up for a bit to do their own things. Their ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Thank goodness the show got cancelled before it could sully Star Wars anymore than it already has with badly-planned stories like this.

It's amazing how much damage Filoni and his pets can do: In one book, two of my favourite characters have been utterly ruined beyond all recognition, and it also unnecessarily destroys any continuity with the existing and the superior Star Wars Republic comics as well as the movies.

Let's also mention the utterly contrived and ridiculous romance between two
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I am by no means a Star Wars aficionado. I read Star Wars books for their ability to entertain me which is why the bulk of these, that I have read, seem to be a steady and solid four stars. The audios are wonderful. If you have never tried one, you should probably do at least one. I like the original cast of characters the best. I cringe a little when its the newer cast with Anakin Skywalker. I will admit, I find Anakin completely annoying. He was in this one and I was glad he wasn't as annoying ...more
Milo (BOK)
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"Based on unproduced scripts from the blockbuster TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

The only way to bring down the dark side's most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.

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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Heart-wrenching, beautiful stars

This book… where do I even begin. I’m going to begin with this:
I’m aware that this is a Star Wars novel, and oh my gosh! It has a love story! That is preposterous the whole series is going to shit!.... if you’re one of these people please stop reading this review because Star Wars has romance in it you just don't want to admit it



Yes I'm aware Anakin is annoying as shit in this movie but that's beside the point

Now that we have that cleared up,
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, e-book, for-review
This review originally appeared on my blog,


I’ve been a fan of the Star Wars Expanded Universe books for years, but I never got into the comics or Star Wars: The Clone Wars. So I didn’t have a lot of knowledge on Asajj Ventress or Quinlan Vos that I had to ignore, now that the EU is considered “Legends.” After finishing DARK DISCIPLE, I did go to Wookiepedia and read about both characters; if you are a huge fan of either, be prepared. There's some definite changes.

Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing take on the buddy arc! And to boot, a new author (for me) who has a knack for creating strong characters who I really found myself getting behind.

DD is set in the new (Disney) SW canon and takes place shortly after the Clone Wars animated TV series. In fact, DD is the novelization of a handful of episodes that never made it to air at the end of its run. Having watched the series a few years ago, I'm glad I came to read this book.

As to specifics, there's not much I can say here
Brandon St Mark
I’ve enjoyed this so much, both times I’ve read this book. I can’t believe I read it for the first time nearly five years ago (5!!!) but I have changed a lot since then. But this book is still really special to me. Asajj Ventress is my absolute most favorite Star Wars character and I really relate to her in this book. I really like the theme of letting your anger go, something that was also a major theme in the Rise of Skywalker (which, although flawed, I did enjoy). This is the best Star Wars ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dark Disciple, the fifth released new canon Star Wars novel for adults, is interestingly a continuation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series for kids. In fact, this story arc comprises the stunning events of 8 finished scripts that never had the chance to make it into production before Disney shut down the project. I grew up on Star Wars, but was always a step too old to have ever had the opportunity to enjoy The Clone Wars show, which
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Okay so I have complicated feelings about this book. The first half I was all "STAR WARS AUDIOBOOKS ARE! SO! FUN!" And really, that still holds. They're so produced. They have all the official Star Wars music and sound effects, ambient noise, and voice actors. It's awesome. This one in particular was really effective because it sounded like some of the actual voice actors from The Clone Wars, which is nice because of this book being essentially unproduced episodes from that show.

I zoomed
Alexander Draganov
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know, I am kinda generous here and I understand the critics of the book. It is a love story, yes. It is melodramatic, sure. And plot in the end is quote chaotic, to put it mildly.
But it doesn't matter. It is a book with a heart. Christie Golden is a wonderful, wonderful author, I know it since "Vampire of the Mists", with which she launched the Ravenloft series. Here she excels again with the portrayal of Ventress and Quinlan and shows something which younger and more angsty authors Sarah
Stephen Richter
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
Was part of the season that never was, a Star Wars Clone Wars unproduced script became this book. The audio was filed with sound effects which added to the pleasure. Part of the new canon, parts of the dialogue was hokey, but considering the age market the script was projected for I gave that a pass. Very dark for a Star Wars book.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Dark Disciple is set in between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and starts as the animated tv show, Clone Wars, ends. Both Asajj Ventress and Quinlain Vos are characters seen in the tv show, though Vos only appears once or twice while Ventress plays a larger role. I was sure how to approach the novel at first because the thought of Ventress actually forming an attachment to someone sounds…odd, but I’m glad I decided to give it a chance because it turned out to be quite a fun read!

Short Review

A solid read. For most of the book it didn't really make me feel anything, but the last quarter was the best. Overall, I love how Asaj Ventress got a story worth her time, and it made her such a complex character. Quinlan Vos was good, but I miss his depictions from the Dark Horse comics. Anyway, Obi-Wan was also in this story and he was terrific, as usual. It's good to know they added their friendship in there.

Before release

Let's get this straight:

Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars movies I-III were supposed to be about Anakin's rise and fall. About how a Jedi could be seduced by the dark side. Instead, we got a character arc that was basically "annoying teenager" to "mass child-killer" in an afternoon. We never get a good sense of how the dark side could possibly draw in a Jedi who wasn't an immature brat to start with.

Dark Disciple makes another attempt, though not with Anakin. It is the story of Jedi Master Vos partnering up with the ex-Sith Ventress, as they
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
Jesus fuckin' Christ, THE FEELS.

Everything I want in a Star Wars book, Dark Disciple had it. Completely blew A New Dawn out of the water.

Awesome characters aside from Ventress and Vos in the form of Kenobi, Anakin, Boba Fett, Grievous, and plenty of others. Saber fights, space battles, land battles, multiple planets and systems, love, loss, betrayal, redemption, everything. The sheer volume of emotion packed into Dark Disciple is really something special, and Marc Thompson deserves some kind
Agnieszka "Aeth" Jędrzejczyk
Ok, I lied, I'm not finishing it. I hate it when events just speed past character development, mood building and some general sense of plot advancement, as it the case here. I don't know what I was reading about, the "plot" was just all over. More than that, I didn't recognize the Ventress I know from "The Clone Wars" in the one that's here, nor did I get to know Vos a little bit more beside what I already know. I'm really not into their partnership - at least not the way it was done here - and ...more
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