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Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos Novel Synopsis

Del Rey Books Announces New Novel Featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos

During the Star Wars: A New Dawn panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Del Rey Books announced a new novel featuring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos. Written by Christie Golden, the novel will be based on the unfinished scripts of the Emmy Award winning series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. New information concerning the book’s synopsis and released date have surfaced, and the book will debut next summer on July 7, 2015.

The last story never told in The Clone Wars television saga: A tale of trust, betrayal, love, and evil starring the hugely popular ex-Sith/never-Jedi female bounty hunter, Asajj Ventress! A tale written but never aired, now turned into a brand-new novel with the creative collaboration of the Lucasfilm Story Group and Dave Filoni, Executive Producer and Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels!

When the Jedi decide to target Count Dooku—Darth Tyranus—himself, they turn to his ex-apprentice, Asajj Ventress, for help in getting close to the slippery Sith Lord. But when unexpected sparks fly between Ventress and Quinlan Vos, the unorthodox Jedi sent to work with her, the mission becomes a web of betrayal, alliances, secrets, and dark plotting that might just be the undoing of both Jedi and Sith—and everything in between!

From the moment I first heard about the upcoming novelization of the untold The Clone Wars arc starring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos, I’ve had mixed feelings.

Though initially I had great excitement, the few facts of the story and the writer who was chosen to pen this novel left me with worries. While quite possibly unfounded, I have had a lingering fear that this tale has been set up to see one of the–what I consider–most compelling and multiple seasons-spanning character arc in the series become undone.

Not just with the possibility of Asajj Ventress being broken down to nothing more than her most basic components, but more so, her death.

Now, this isn’t to say that I’d be forever upset at her character dying; everyone dies at some point, either by outside forces or natural causes. Saying that, there are ways of killing off an established character, especially a female character, without it feeling cheap or destined to only have it happen to give the leading man, Quinlan Vos, pain. I don’t want Ventress to become yet another female character who dies a senseless death.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “Elisa, this could be really good!”

Yes, it could be, and if it is, I will be over the moon with joy about it!

The fact that it’s known that ‘sparks fly’ between Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos is enough to make me groan. While Ventress famously flirted with Obi-Wan on multiple occasions and kissed a single clone in the series, the untouchable seductress is an aspect I enjoyed about her character. Loving to toy, but never actually taking that final step.

This isn’t to say I’d never want to watch her fall in love. Quite the opposite! But time and again, media has made me wary of the ‘strong independent woman who falls in love’ tales. They die a lot, and I would hope that Star Wars wasn’t following through on that trope, but events of the past make me worry.

In light of the other previously untold TCW arc, the now-concluded comic that featured Darth Maul, entitled Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, I have even greater apprehension for the safety of my ex-Sith. While Ventress may not have ended up in the proverbial house with a white picket fence, she did still have a future. A future that, when she uttered her final line at the end of the episode Bounty, was full of hope and promise.

I want her to have that future, and in having it, have a death that honors who she had ultimately grown to become.

12 comments on “Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos Novel Synopsis

  1. Ventress fucking rules. She was my favorite overall character from the Clone Wars, & I think she deserves a long life as a character. There’s so much more to do with her. She can fall in love, out of love, whatever. Don’t put limits on her.

  2. I agree with you completely, and the other comments. Ventress is my favorite character next to Obi-Wan and as much as I want to find out more of her story I’m concerned about putting her with Voss and hearing the phrase sparks fly. She has so much more to offer being an untouchable temptress to the dark side, but never without hope that she would find the light. I really enjoyed the episodes and the comics that featured her and Obi-Wan. Especially the end of the When They Were Brothers graphic novel, and The Jedi vs. Sith book when Obi-Wan talks about a flower that reminded him of her. If he gets his own stand alone movie I hope she will be in it.

  3. The death of Asajj Ventress would be a waste of a good character that has a lot more tales to be told.

    I would love the book to actually end with Ventress being put in suspension so that she could end up appearing in the upcoming movies.

    • I agree… Although I am hoping they are saving the “suspension” for bring Revan back in the sequel trilogy.

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  8. I love Ventress, but I, too, am hesitant about this book. You make a good point: “…media has made me wary of the ‘strong independent woman who falls in love’ tales. They die a lot, and I would hope that Star Wars wasn’t following through on that trope, but events of the past make me worry.” Either they die, or almost die. It’s not normal to be…normal. Haha. I understand the need out there for strong, independent women, but they seem to either a) argue/bicker with men a lot (like independent woman are not able to see value in a compromise) or b) die (therefore proving they are not quite as strong as we though…I believe it’s still a form of subliminal messaging) or almost die and get rescued by guess who? The man/love interest. UGH.

    Anyway, I will most likely not be reading the book because I rarely read Star Wars novels nowadays, but I’d be interested in your review since I do love Ventress. She was a great addition to the SW canon.

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  11. Jon Hodges

    It’s a shame TCW didn’t follow through with the chemistry between Ventress and Obi-wan like it hinted at in previous comics, and in various episodes. They were nearly a perfect match.

    I wrote a lot of pre-TCW fiction using her Jedi origins and arcing them from story to story becoming rivals, and Clone War opponents, but then their paths crossed and they realized how important they were to each other.

    In my stories, Ventress realized that Obi-wan was showing her a path to redemption, finding the light. Obi-wan realized that, in helping her, he was willing to shed his need for the Jedi code rules and became more “alive” emotionally. Both eventually became devoted friends and companions, and Ventress helped take baby Luke to Tatooine to watch over him.

    It felt like a natural course of events for my AU stories.

    Still, it will be interesting to see how they handle this. I never would have pictured Ventress and Vos…..

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