Darth Bane, Dynasty of Evil

Darth Bane, Dynasty of Evil

A Novel of the Old Republic

Book - 2009
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Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: 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. But Bane's acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith's immortality--and his own.

A perfect opportunity arises when a Jedi emissary is assassinated on the troubled mining planet Doan, giving Bane an excuse to dispatch his apprentice on a fact-finding mission--while he himself sets out in secret to capture the ancient holocron of Darth Andeddu and its precious knowledge. But Zannah is no fool. She knows that her ruthless Master has begun to doubt her, and she senses that he is hiding something crucial to her future. If she is going to claim the power she craves, she must take action now.

While Bane storms the remote stronghold of a fanatical Sith cult, Zannah prepares for her Master's downfall by choosing an apprentice of her own: a rogue Jedi cunning and cold-blooded enough to embrace the Sith way and to stand beside her when she at last wrests from Bane the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith.

But Zannah is not the only one with the desire and power to destroy Darth Bane. Princess Serra of the Doan royal family is haunted by memories of the monstrous Sith soldier who murdered her father and tortured her when she was a child. Bent on retribution, she hires a merciless assassin to find her tormentor--and bring him back alive to taste her wrath.

Only a Sith who has taken down her own Master can become Dark Lord of the Sith. So when Bane suddenly vanishes, Zannah must find him--possibly even rescue him--before she can kill him. And so she pursues her quarry from the grim depths of a ravaged world on the brink of catastrophe to the barren reaches of a desert outpost, where the future of the dark side's most powerful disciples will be decided, once and for all, by the final, fatal stroke of a lightsaber.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 2009
ISBN: 9780345511577
9780345511560
Branch Call Number: KARPY
Characteristics: 296 p

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jcamp0
May 30, 2016

Karpyshyn started the trilogy off with a really strong introduction, setting the stage for the next two books. What he began in Path of Destruction and enhanced in Rule of Two, he brings to a close in Dynasty of Evil. Exploring ideas of legacy, heritage, domination, and conquest, the author follows Darth Bane, the forefather of the modern Sith, as he begins his quest for immortality upon suspicions that his apprentice will fail to uphold the legacy of the Sith. The delightedly despicable characters, intense, suspense-filled plot, and twisted surprises all lead up to the end, a beautifully forged thing that makes you ponder who really won. The only things I can say took away from the whole were some plot holes.

It's a great book. Period. I highly recommend it.

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mexicanadiense
Mar 14, 2016

Doesn't always happen in a trilogy, but Karpyshyn saved the best for last.

I guess this book is now officially part of the "Legends" canon, which means it didn't really (or necessarily?) happen in the mainstream Star Wars cinematic universe, which is a shame as the events depicted happened so long before even the first film I don't imagine it could affect their plotting...or could they?

The finale of the series does well to keep things tight, only a small number of characters to follow and, though their actions will have great consequence on the destiny of the Sith and the galaxy writ large, ultimately what is presented is a series of very personal struggles- Bane versus Zannah for the future of the Sith, Serra versus Bane on a quest for revenge, former Sith Army soldier Lucia versus her own conscience when she realizes that she shares an old bond with the hulking Dark Lord, and so on. The enigmatic character of the Huntress and the self-serving fallen Jedi Set introduce wild variables into these struggles that will have surprising effects on the outcomes.

It's not a perfect book, alas- for one, I was surprised that the Jedi did not press their investigation into the murdered Knight from the opening pages, for example. But on the whole, for those intrigued by old times Star Wars lore, this is a cracking book and one I highly recommend.

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Chinderixx
Dec 30, 2013

Rereading this, I see that much like "Path Of Destruction" and "Rule Of Two", Drew Karpshyn manages to write a story that is understandable and straight to the point. He also very nicely remembered to not include any swear words, which do not need to be added in anything anyways. But this is not to say that the story itself is likable. Much like the past two books, the characters bring themselves to the lowest beings they can be and do not realize, or accept the fact that they have some serious anger management issues. (This is mostly Bane). All of these silly characters believe that anger is something they must rely on and that this anger and revenge is going to make them feel better being in their small minds, justice will be served on a silver platter. Goodness, they do not realize that it is that same anger and revenge that is eating them up, destroying them, making them monsters of human beings, or in some cases, aliens. They all had a potential to do something good but threw that opportunity away, only craving their own selfish, shortsighted desires. It is unfortunate that neither Bane or Zannah decided to redeem themselves from the Dark side, which only ended in Bane's final destruction after a mad attempt to overtake Zannah's body. Isn't it interesting to see what a person will do to save themselves from dying? Lessons to take away from this book might include that you should not be angry or stick to revenge. It clearly will destroy you as what happened to most of the characters in this book. Seeing this book on the self, I suggest that you admire the cover, then continue on. Find something else more uplifting, not so depressing to read.

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sparky1976
Aug 09, 2012

Superb ending in this book it will really make you wonder what happened and who won. Great ending to the trilogy and will leave you wanting more

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Sohfee
Jul 29, 2012

I'm surprised how Bane realizes his apprentice must kil him in the end, but he cares more about the sith also.

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jmikesmith
Dec 03, 2010

It's hard to actually like any of the characters in this book because they're all evil in some way, but the action is still suspenseful and well written. This is the third book in the Darth Bane series and follows the inevitable consequences of Darth Bane's decree that there shall only be two Sith at any one time, one to wield power and one to crave it. There is a wonderful duel between the Sith Master and his Apprentice in a cave-like fortress known as The Stone Prison, with tunnels snaking through a mountain. The book convincingly explores the psychology of a two-person organization where the leader knows that he must be killed in combat with his apprentice in order for the organization to survive. This novel is a worthy addition to the Star Wars saga.

darthtrevhat Sep 16, 2010

a great read with a good deal of time spent on Sith philosophy.

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Chinderixx
Feb 02, 2015

"Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my bonds are broken." -Darth Zannah

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