DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Count Dooku is making his way through the galaxy causing pain and destruction everywhere he goes. His latest evil endeavor causes the Jedi council to have a serious conversation about how to stop him, forcing them to listen to ideas they never would have considered before. After much debate they determine the only way to stop him and all his evil ways, is to assassinate him, but a Jedi simply cannot do that. So they enlist Jedi Quinlan Vos to take the mission on and befriend bounty hunter, ex-Sith Asajj Ventress. But Ventress works alone and doesn't want a partner. Quinlan has to convince her that she needs one, have her agree to team up, and secretly dispose of Count Dooku without confessing he's a Jedi. Sounds easy, right?
This was a wonderful addition to the Star Wars novel universe. One of the problems with the expanded universe novels (EU) is that they seem to rehash the same stories again and again: Sith bad guy, Jedi good guy, chase through galaxy, big ending battle, bad guy loses. However, you know (or at least, should know) that Count Dooku isn't going to die in this book. This quirky little aspect left me guessing how this all would end the whole time.
Golden does a fantastic job at breathing fresh air into this series. While reading this book, I felt like I was reading Star Wars for the first time - everything seemed fresh, new, and written with excitement and a true appreciation for the series. Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress turned out to be great characters who showed deep development thorough Golden's pen instead of shallow good-guy/bad-guy characters we often see in these types of books. I don't want to go into too many details but things definitely get complicated in their seemingly straight-forward relationship that causes everything to be turned upside down.
Count Dooku makes for a great bad guy. Everything about him makes you want to hate him, especially his manipulative ways. Golden is spot on here in nailing his depiction. I won't ruin the book for you but there's certainly quite a few twists and turns that keep this novel, and its reader, racing. Never a dull moment, this book is literally up and running right out of the gate.
When it comes to novels, I'm a sucker for a good title and this is deceptively perfect. If you do choose to read this book, keep the name "Dark Disciple" in the back of your mind because its meaning certainly changes as you keep reading deeper and deeper into the book.
I had posted my top 5 favorite Star Wars EU novels the morning before I started reading this one and I wish I would've waited simply because I would put this as my #5 favorite in the whole EU. There's just little Golden doesn't do right with this book. I definitely recommend it to any Star Wars novel fans, or just fans of the movie. There's not really anything that would keep someone who has never read any of the books from enjoying this one.
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