Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
Series: Star Wars Disney Canon Novel
Published by Del Rey
Published on: July 7 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
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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.
One of the most interesting characters introduced in THE CLONE WARS series is Asajj Ventress, so when I found an entire novel about her in the SW canon, I one-clicked.
Ventress was a Bad Guy, the “apprentice” of Count Dooku (who couldn’t really have an apprentice b/c Rule of Two), but when she was betrayed by him, she went rogue. She returned to the planet of her birth Dathomir, home to the Night Sisters, an order of assassin witches.
You: Assassin witches!?
Me: I know, right??
Stuff happens and Ventress starts over yet again, this time as a bounty hunter who occasionally tries (and fails) to kill Dooku.
You: What’s this got to do with the Jedi?
Me: Not much . . . Until the Jedi council decides to assassinate Dooku . . .
Me:I KNOW. Not very Jedi-like, is it?
That’s exactly what they do though, and they decide that Ventress is the most likely path to success.
She can’t know their chosen assassin is a Jedi. She might not want to help a Jedi, you see, b/c leftover animosity from when she was Sith(-in-training?).
Enter Quinlan Voss, Jedi of a less civilized persuasion than is usual, essentially a con man, and like most con men, winsome in the extreme.
Does this scoundrel succeed in securing the cooperation of Dooku’s former apprentice? Does he manage to keep his affinity for the Force secret? Do their combined efforts finally bring an end to the indiscriminately murderous figurehead of the Separatists?
READ IT and find out. *winks* Highly recommended.
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