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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

What the critics say

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

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Surprisingly good

This book definitely draws on the back story of characters from The Clone Wars. I would proceed with caution if you have not watched that show. That being said, this book really explored some themes and characters more deeply than the show allowed and this really gave more life to some already great characters. I would strongly recommend this book to any SW fan, and to anyone who watched and enjoyed The Clone Wars!

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I was blown away

I loved everything about this audiobook. Narator's performance, writing and characters were all amazing. Reccomended!

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A Jedi Romeo and Juliet story

A really interesting view of Jedi and sith Exploring the what ifs, of if one became the other and the laws that bind them .

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An Experience!

The story and the performance by Marc Thompson are both incredible!! A must listen !!

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Best Star Wars book there is

Definitely the best book there is that i have heard. was a master piece and its awesome they gave the character Ventress the story she deserved. excellent balance of excitement in battles, love, betrayal, trust and "the dark side"

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Essential for fans of the Clone Wars TV Series

If this were a stand-alone book with little or no connection to the long and thoroughly serialized series that is Star Wars, it might be passed over as yet another unremarkable space-fantasy story for readers who thirst for that sort of thing. But as it stands, this IS Star Wars. So it is only through the lens of Star Wars that this novel can be fully appreciated. Taken from unproduced scripts written for what would have been part of seasons 7 and 8 of the seminal TV series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dark Disciple puts to page the intended conclusion of one of series most poignant and emotionally satisfying of story arcs: the redemption of former-Sith assasin Asajj Ventress. Thanks to the more intimate medium of prose, author Christie Golden allows the reader to get inside the head of Ventress, Quinlan Vos and other characters of the TV series to understand their inner workings in a way that wouldn't be as easy to translate on the small screen. And the story is all the more resonate for it. Highly recommended for those fans who are keen to jump into the seventh and final season of Clone Wars airing as of the writing of this review. Please read or listen to this before you do that; it's fully canon! "Crystal Crisis on Utapau" and the comic "Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir" are also recommended before viewing Season 7.

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Breathtaking

I cannot find words to describe the array of emotions that I felt through out this magnificent piece of art. I, sincerely, thank you.

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Solid story and good narration

My only real complaint is that Padames voice was pretty bad, luckily her part is short lived in the story. This story is worth it though. I enjoyed the character development and the twists in the story; better than some of the movies for sure.

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love this, almost like a clone wars story arc

amazing finish for ventress and made us get to know more if the dark side

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First Star Wars read

Great read for first Star Wars story, watching clone wars first is strongly recommended, but that’s a great show anyways

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  • Troy
  • 2015-07-07

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
  • 2015-07-13

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
  • 2015-07-09

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
  • 2015-07-15

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
  • 2015-07-14

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
  • 2015-07-22

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
  • 2015-07-13

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
  • 2018-01-24

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
  • 2015-08-26

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
  • 2015-08-05

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-14

This book drags you right into the universe

There is not much to say other than it's a fantastic book. It ties in with the clone wars animated series beautifully. The sound effects and music used in the background make it very immersive. I rated the Performance 4/5, Although the narrator did a great job at bringing a lot of emotion, i did find it a bit over the top from time to time. But overall i can recommend this book to anyone who loves Star Wars.