Cover Artist: Matt Taylor
Review by Jon Guenther
LucasBooks Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345511539
Date: 07 July 2015
List Price $28.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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If other reviews for the earlier novels in the rebooted Star Wars franchise seemed less than stellar (pun intended), this review is going to seem glowing. Not only is there much to enjoy about Christie Golden's Dark Disciple, it happily contains just about every key element from Star Wars that makes it, well... Star Wars.
The story takes place during the latter half of the Clone Wars, probably just prior to the events depicted in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The Jedi Council has assigned Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos to recruit Asajj Ventress, a Dathomir Nightsister and former dark side apprentice, to help him assassinate Count Dooku. Dooku is leader of the Separatists and Ventress's former master. Of course, most know he is student to Lord Sidious, a.k.a. Emperor Palpatine. Vos successfully completes his mission to recruit Ventress but of course from there things really break loose.
This the first novel I've read by this author. Ms. Golden has a highly accessible style and her writing is polished. She's also obviously established in the Star Wars lore because the characterizations are spot-on.
This is as much a love story as it is a high-adventure tale. It's apparently based on some unproduced script material that was originally developed for the Star Wars: Clone Wars television series. Ms. Golden has done well with the material and written a novel that I devoured in a week, and I'm a comparably slow reader. Appearances by many major figures occur here including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Mace Windu, and Yoda. There are also a few cameos by some of our favorite bounty hunters. Character dialogue and tambour is accurate, the action is described well, and the overall plot holds together. The climax of the novel will take its place as quite memorable in the Star Wars legend.
I'm happy to summarize by saying that to date, this is very best of the new line of Star Wars novels I've read; this coming from a vintage fan (one of those wide-eyed eight year-old witnesses to the original magic in the summer of 1977). I relished this book eagerly like I did Splinter of the Mind's Eye or Brian Daley's Han Solo novels. Three cheers for Christie Golden! I give Dark Disciple my highest recommendation. Great fun!
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