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Review: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Dark Disciple: Star Wars by Christie Golden
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Science Fiction, Pop Culture
Ebook/Print/Audio (337 pages, LUCASBOOKS)
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’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.
Author Site: website

Another New Canon Dud (2 stars)

If I had read this when I was 17 and first got into the expanded universe of Star Wars I might have been able to love it. Two of my favorite characters from the SW universe making up an unlikely team and then having a romance? I can dig it. But not only was the writing very plodding and dull, it had the crappiest ending I've read in a Star Wars book.

This is the third book in the new canon that I've read and found lacking. It's one redeeming quality is that it did feel very accurate to the tone of the films. The Jedi Council dialogs were written very well, I could hear the voices of the actors who played each speaking the lines. I know not every Star Wars fiction reader is also a reader of romance novels so that plot might have surprised and disappointed but if you're familiar with the tenets of the romance genre and were hoping for a Star Wars romance don't waste your time. This does not follow the formula and you will loathe the ending.

Ultimately, I think those who will enjoy it are fans of the Clone Wars cartoon. If you love Asajj Ventress you may want to skip this one, I won't spoil anything but I have a feeling you'll hate the ending of this book as much as I did. I feel sorry for anyone who shelled out cash for a hardcover.

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