StarWars.com has a brand new piece on the new Star Wars canonical novel Dark Disciple. The article takes an in-depth look at the legacy of The Clone Wars and how the untold stories from the animated television series shaped author Christie Golden’s ideas for the novel. Dark Disciple follows the events of The Clone Wars, specifically the fates of former Sith Assassin Asajj Ventress and Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos as they unite to attempt to take down Count Dooku.
There is a neat video published by StarWars.com in 2014 that explains exactly which story-arcs from The Clone Wars would be covered in Dark Disciple. Check it out.
What’s interesting to me here, is the Darth Maul arc. I always felt cheated that we never got a conclusion to his story, once the Emperor defeats him is single lightsaber combat. There was always a need to know more about Maul, whom I consider to be one of the most fascinating characters in the Star Wars saga.
Dark Disciple fleshes out the deep and rich storytelling left unfulfilled by The Clone Wars‘ premature cancellation. By exploring a burgeoning relationship between Ventress and Vos, author Christie Golden touches on a subject that isn’t covered that often in Star Wars canon, which is the very real emotions that the Jedi are trained to squash, while the Sith are trained to explore and open.
Star Wars is doing this right, with The Clone Wars Legacy, and I look forward to future canonical novels exploring stories like Obi-Wan helping Anakin deal with Ahsoka’s departure from the Jedi Order. These are the stories that fans of the series want to know more about, and thanks to Disney, we will get to see them eventually.