New audio book about Count Dooku’s past as a Jedi is coming next month!

An exciting new story about Count Dooku is coming next month!

On Wednesday, Lucasfilm and Del Rey announced an audio-only book narrated by a full cast about Dooku’s fall to the dark side.  This is an original novel written by Cavan Scott (who has done some other Star Wars stuff recently) entitled “Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost.”  It will be available on April 30, and it will be narrated by a full cast including Euan Morton, Orlagh Cassidy, January LaVoy, Marc Thompson, and more.

This is obviously a very different kind of project, as the book will only be available in audio and not in print, and it sounds like it will be done like a radio drama of sorts with a full cast narrating it.  I typically don’t listen to audio books, but I certainly will this time – and the audio books Star Wars has done recently (which are audio readings of print books) have been really well done.  So I’m intrigued by this style of storytelling medium, and I’m looking forward to it.

The real reason that I’m looking forward to it, however, is because of the story it will be telling.  The story takes place during Asajj Ventress’s days as a Sith apprentice, and her mission is to uncover the past secrets of her master, Count Dooku.  And that, of course, includes his history as a Jedi.  Del Rey released this official synopsis for the audio book and, well, it sounds amazing.

Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in this audio original set in a galaxy far, far away….

Darth Tyranus.  Count of Serenno.  Leader of the Separatists.  A red saber, unsheathed in the dark.  But who was he, before he became the right hand of the Sith?  As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord’s past begins to come to light.

Dooku’s life began as one of privilege – born within the stony walls of his family’s estate, orbited by the Funeral Moon where the bones of his ancestors lie interred.  But soon his Jedi abilities are recognized and he is taken from his home to be trained in the ways of the Force by the legendary Master Yoda.  As he hones his power, Dooku rises through the ranks, befriending fellow Jedi Sifo-Dyas and taking a padawan of his own, the promising Qui-Gon Jinn – and tries to forget the life that he once led.  But he finds himself drawn by a strange fascination with the Jedi Master Lene Kostana, and the mission she undertakes for the Order: finding and studying ancient relics of the Sith, in preparation for the eventual return of the deadliest enemies the Jedi have ever faced.

Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light – even as the darkness begins to fall.

So yes, it sounds like we are finally going to learn Dooku’s backstory!  This is stuff that we’ve never really heard before, and I’m really curious to hear more about his life as a Jedi and why he left the Order.  I think it’s brilliant to tell the story centered around Asajj Ventress finding out information about him, too.  So yeah, I’m super excited for this, and I can’t wait for it next month!

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