Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
Author: Sean Stewart
Release Date: November 2004
Another re-read, but worth every minute. I originally read this before the release of Revenge of the Sith, so obviously I didn’t know how events were going to play out. I’ve always had in the back of my mind that this was a good read, but I didn’t remember just how amazing this novel is.
From start to finish, Sean Stewart grabs your complete attention. Not only is the story captivating and energetic, it’s packed with mind-tickling philosophical sayings that literally make you stop dead in your tracks to ponder them. Not that they are confusing or cryptic; they are, in my opinion, profound enough to make you re-read them and smile.
All the main characters are here, but a perfect balance is achieved with them all. Just enough for each character. Speaking of character appearances, this book contains arguably two of the most intriguing and perhaps the most chilling in all EU. The first is an exchange between Mace Windu and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Now that we know how events play out in ROTS, their exchange is a chilling foreshadowing of what’s to come.
The second is the focus of the title itself: the meeting of Yoda and Count Dooku. The rendezvous was built up throughout the novel and it delivered. While reading this the first time, I hung to every word, wondering if Dooku would indeed return to the Jedi. Even after reading it again, even after I know Dooku’s fate, I still clung to every word spoken by the two characters. I was again stunned into reality when Dooku “snapped out of it”, so-to-speak. I was like oh yeah, that has to happen.
Another aspect of the novel that grabs you is the dreams of Whie. You read of the dreams at the start, and keep them in your mind, until events play out to the fulfillment of those dreams. You brace yourself and think alright, here it is. That is one of my favorite plot devices.
The only complaints I have is the notion that Jedi steal babies in order to train them from infancy. This isn’t the only novel to bring this up, but I disagree with the notion altogether. This being Sith propaganda is one thing, but for it to be mentioned like it is a true possibility irritates me a bit. The other thing that’s not really a complaint but a wish is that I’d like to have seen a final exchange between Dooku and Sidious and Dooku and Ventress. To me, things were left hanging without those exchanges.
Those two things aside, this novel is an outstanding read, worthy of the highest rating from Knights Archive. To my knowledge, this is the only Star Wars novel that Sean Stewart has written. Why? Why has he not been brought back for more novels? Yoda: Dark Rendezvous is without doubt one of the best Star Wars novels in existence. I want more from him.
Yoda: Dark Rendezvous receives a 5 out of 5.
- Master Optician