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Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 2010
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The pacing of the book was excellent and the new characters introduced helped raise the tension as the book built to its climax. There seemed to be many ways for the story to end still, even with only 20 pages left. And that is a great compliment for any book or author.
I still believe the Darth Bane books are the best of the Expanded Universe books, even better than the Timothy Zahn trilogy that started them all.
"Dynasty of Evil" finds Darth Bane feeling vulnerable. Physical ailments are becoming more apparent, and Bane is certain that his apprentice Darth Zannah has noticed. The time for the apprentice to become the master is drawing near. Bane questions whether Zannah is a worthy apprentice and begins a search for the secrets of immortality.
But even as Bane seeks self-preservation, Zannah plans her path as Darth Lord of the Sith. She discovers the vary flaws in herself that Bane recognizes. Unaware that Bane is trying to seek immortality, she even finds an apprentice who combines the suave of James Bond with a college slacker. The Jedi hover in the background of the story as the Sith take center stage. Characters from the previous books reappear and play a key role in the book. Even naming the characters would risk revealing the ending.
For a moment, I thought the endig would be inappropriate. Without giving the ending away, Karpyshyn chose the correct way to end the series. My only regret is that the series is over. Darth Bane is an incredibly compelling character.
With the Rule of Two established: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. However, things aren't necessary going according to plan. Darth Zannah, Bane's acolyte, has yet to prove herself in mortal combat with her master. Determined that the Sith Empire will not collapse and die with Bane, he vows to learn how to become immortal.
I will be honest, as much as I like Darth Bane; I actually ended up liking Zannah more by the end of this novel. It seems to me that author Drew Karpyshyn has spent more time developing Zannah, which may or may not be a good thing depending on how fascinated you are with her character. She steals the novel with more complexities that develop her character more than the last two books. She is also part of a side plot that brings new life into the series.
I have always been a supporter of Karpyshyn and his bodies of work; however, I must admit that this is the weakest novel in the series. He reworks ideas that have already been developed in the first two novels. Bane ultimately goes on another adventure to become an unstoppable force of destruction, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it becomes more of the same old. Moreover, it also seems that the author's ability to create fresh ideas has all but diminished.Read more ›
Two key elements from the prior books feature in this story. One is Serra, the daughter of Caleb the healer who saved Bane's life in years past. She is living a new life as a princess on the harsh mining world of Doan (a place reminiscent of Bane's own childhood world Apatros). The other is Lucia, a member of Bane's old Brotherhood of Darkness regiment the Gloom Walkers: she's now Serra's bodyguard and friend. Completing the main cast is The Huntress, a Force-sensitive assassin who revels in the hunt and uses her latent Force abilities to her advantage, and Set Harth, an ex-Jedi artifact hunter who lives purely for his own pleasure. These two play into the plot as candidates for new apprentices as Bane and Zannah scheme to their own ends.
Dynasty of Evil features two particularly page-turning action sequences (along with quite a few other battles, naturally).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now I very, rarely give out 5**** ratings... but Dynasty of Evil is just a solid all around novel of bad guys vs bad guys in a unwinable situation. Read morePublished 2 days ago by M Burks
The first time I read this book, I was enthralled by the non-stop action and storyline. I have now read the book (and the series) twice, and am totally amazed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Andrew
It was good but it felt like the writer rushed the ending. Not as well written as the previous two novelsPublished 20 days ago by Bill Dunbar
Drew Karpyshyn has, unwittingly, seeded all of my love for star wars. Having worked on the Knights of the Old Republic series and some other star wars RPGs, I found that these... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good book. It kept me interested from beginning to end I was very excited from the beginning to end.Published 1 month ago by William Waas
Loved the development of Darth Zannah and the continuation of the Rule of Two.Published 1 month ago by Hi!
It is hard to say which volume of the Darth Bane Trilogy is the best one. Karpyshyn does a great job of pulling together alternative story arcs throughout a novel and weaving them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sepyle