Time for another book review! After Episode II, you’d think I’d be onto the novelization for Episode III – but Dark Disciple fits in between them. There’s a handy list of the chronological order of canon SW novels (please note this is outdated and from 2017, but here is the list Geoff and I were using when purchasing audiobooks).
I’ll keep this first part spoiler free – aside from summarizing some characters we encounter, themes, etc. The novel deals with Quilan Vos and Asajj Ventress. As a huge Asajj fan, I was hyped for this book! (I loved her since I first saw her concept art in the Episode II art book – the original villain was going to be a female Sith, before Dooku came to fruition, and those scrapped designs became Asajj.) If you don’t know who Asajj is, she’s a big character from the Clone Wars animated series.
I enjoyed reading a book where the “main characters” of the films (Obi Wan, Anakin, etc) are now side characters or bit parts. Not that I mind reading about them at all, but it’s nice to have a connected-but-separate storyline. We also get the Dark Side fleshed out a bit. While we know the Jedi and Sith are religions of the Light & Dark sides, they are not the only religions involving it (see: Kylo & Snoke are not Sith). We get more information on how the Nightsisters approach the Dark Side and tend to avoid going losing themselves to that sithy rage we see on Mustafar. We also get to see more of the corruption of the Jedi and see how their downfall is already beginning, as Episode III is about to ramp up.
As someone who loves learning lore and backstories, it’s right up my alley. Combine that with the action adventure tone of the book (unavoidable when you’ve got two daredevils teaming up) and you’ve got a book that fleshes out the galaxy and keeps you on your toes.
If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading now! Next paragraph has my spoilery thoughts.
One more spoiler warning.
It was so sad seeing Asajj’s arc finish. I thought her death was well done – have the Force vision that showed her both paths, and allowed her to choose, made me happy. So much of her life had no choice, and she lost practically everyone she cared for, so going out on her own terms to save one of the last people she cared for was a bittersweet close to her story. I also appreciated that they acknowledged her and Obi Wan’s bond as well as her and Quinlan’s.
I also, as mentioned above, enjoyed seeing more fleshing out of the Jedi’s corruption growing. Them ordering an assassination, Yoda realizing that they’re straying too far from where they should be, etc. It makes their downfall in Episode III less abrupt and really shows how on the precipice they already were.
Though I will be so curious to see if we’ll ever find out if Quinlan survived Order 66!
Have you guys read the book? If so let me know your thoughts!