Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Audiobook Review: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: July, 7th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Marc Thompson
My Rating: ★★

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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 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's 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's 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.
I'm getting a little in the weeds today with this Star Wars book review. This book is part of the new canon, but it is actually based off of some unproduced scripts from The Clone Wars Cartoon. I am glad we got to see this story in book form. I think Christie Golden did a great job of telling us this story, and Marc Thompson was an amazing narrator as always.

I think this book is pretty pivotal for the prequels and how the Jedi lost their way. The Clone Wars really made them go back on everything they believed in. The plot of this novel is that the Jedi Council decide that they want to order Count Dooku's assassination, and need someone to get his ex-apprentice Asajj Ventress to help them. The peacekeepers of the galaxy want to assassinate someone! That's crazy! The war has affected them so much that they will go to any length to stop it. I think this is where the Jedi really start to lose their way, because they aren't really holding up to their own values. They say the Sith are evil, but would the Jedi of old order a assassination on their enemies? I think not, and I think it's a sign that even if Order 66 didn't happen, perhaps the Jedi would have crumbled in their own way.

This story centers around Quinlan Vos, a kinda of reckless Jedi that is sent on a lot of undercover missions. It's clear that the Jedi Council does not approve of how he goes about his missions, but he gets results so they kind of just put up with him. You can tell right off the bat that Obi-Wan has had enough of his B.S. Poor Obi-Wan he seems to always have to deal with reckless Jedi, first Anakin & then Quinlan. I loved Quinlan, he was this roguish character that was such a sarcastic little shit! I loved him!

Asajj has always been an interesting character to me, but I didn't totally love her in the cartoon. This novel opens up more about her backstory, that I might have missed in the clone wars, and I just find her really fascinating. I don't know what it says about me, but I seem to have a love for female force wielders that had a love affair with the dark side and come back from it to just live their life however they want. (See also Mara Jade Skywalker). Asajj's story arc after she was discarded by Dooku was way more interesting to me. I loved seeing her be a coldhearted bounty hunter that was just out for credits, so I loved seeing her slowly team up with Quinlan and start to warm up to him. I also find her backstory on Dathomir really fascinating, so I was glad we were able to go back there with this story.

Let me tell you, I love a slow burn and Christie Golden definitely made me believe that these two were meant for each other. Which also made me annoyed with the Jedi's "no attachments" rule. It just makes no sense to me! Hearing about these two coming together just warmed my heart, but also simultaneously broke it as the rest of the novel unfolds and we realize just what exactly has happened to Quinlan. Quinlan, you fool! I feel like Quinlan and Asajj are almost a foil to Padme and Anakin. There is even a brief scene about them talking about how wrong Quinlan and Asajj's relationship is and Anakin says something along the lines of, "Well, we're different." And that is exactly why I think the rule of no attachments for the Jedi was so stupid! It also just really puts in perspective how arrogant Anakin was. I don't really want to compare the couples, but I just enjoyed the romance told in this story way better than the one that was told in the Prequel Movies.

I almost forgot to talk about Marc Thompson's narration in this book! Thompson is always an enjoyable Star Wars narrator, but I think he did an amazing job with this one. I think he did a really good job with Asajj's voice. I was really impressed. His Mace Windu was a little off, but I was willing to forgive it because his Obi-Wan and Yoda are pretty good too. It's definitely always entertaining to hear him tell me a Star Wars series.

So since this book is supposed to take place during Clone Wars, the ending is not great, it is a war after all, but I was generally really satisfied with the ending. If you love Asajj Ventress and want to see a different side of her I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Have you read this book? What did you think? What do you think about the rule of attachments?

Happy Reads Everyone!