Let me begin by saying that this is my first review of anything ever! I am also a huge Star Wars fan. I have read all the new comics and novels that have been released in the new era of Star Wars Canon, and for the most part, I am excited for what Disney & Lucasfilm have done with the brand of Star Wars post-Lucas. The Clone Wars was one of the most groundbreaking animated shows of its time and Star Wars Rebels is on its way to follow suit. I will finish by saying that I am also a fan of ALL The Star Wars Films. (Yes, All of them)
Now, on to the review: The fact that there are still stories coming out of the aforementioned cancelled Clone Wars Animated Show just shows how sophisticated the storytelling was and how the creative team at Lucasfilm felt that there were still story arcs left that needed to be completed and released. This brings us to the novel Dark Disciple.
I’m going to attempt to keep this as Spoiler-Free as possible, so excuse me if I sound vague in some areas of the story. Stemming from a total of 8 un-produced episodes from the show, the plot takes place over several months of the Clone Wars. The Jedi Council, growing tired of the seemingly endless conflict, devises a plan to assassinate Count Dooku. Fan-Favorite and Clone Wars Alum, Master Quinlan Vos, becomes the one tasked to complete the mission. However, the plot thickens when The Jedi Council advises him to join forces with Dooku’s former Sith Apprentice, Asajj Ventress. After the two Sith had their falling out, they had become mortal enemies. What’s great about the novel is that it pushes the idea that the Jedi are no longer suited to be Generals in a war that has lasted so long. It’s something we’ve seen in the past on the TV show and even in Revenge of the Sith, but the notion of the Jedi actually rationalizing the assassination of a person (even with great points) shows how far the Jedi have fallen.
The novel then takes a turn when both main characters begin to show feelings for each other. It doesn’t take long for the romance to affect the overall plot of the story. The only thing I see that can be nerve wracking for the reader (especially a huge Star Wars fan that knows who’s around in Episode 3) is that the pacing of the plot feels very much like the TV show. Sometimes in an animated format, an episode’s climax comes with very little time to spare for a proper resolution. This novel follows that structure, where everything gets tied up with literally pages left in the novel. If you understand this going in, I believe it’ll help the read a bit.
This is a very good novel for anyone that was a fan of The Clone Wars animated series, especially since certain storylines get a proper finish. If you weren’t a fan of the show, I wouldn’t say that you wouldn’t enjoy the read; there’s plenty of action, romance, and intrigue for any reader out there. You just might be going on Wookiepedia more often than most to see who the Nightsisters were.