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Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane #3)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  6,368 ratings  ·  250 reviews
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 Maste ...more
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Published June 28th 2011 (first published December 1st 2009)
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Star Wars: Darth Bane #3: Dynasty of Evil, by Drew Karpyshyn

"Dynasty of Evil" is, in my opinion, the best book in the Darth Bane series. This book picks up the story of Bane and his apprentice, Zannah, about a decade after the previous book. Bane is highly disappointed in Zannah because she has not yet followed his Rule of Two by challenging and beating him for the role of Sith Master. He believes that she is biding her time until he weakens from age, and this goes against his beliefs - if Zanna
Crystal Starr Light
“Only the strong survive, because only the strong deserve to”
Ten years have passed since Darth Bane lost his orbalisk armor, and he realized what we all do at one time: that he is growing old and weak. The problem is that Zannah, as his apprentice, hasn't challenged his position as Master, making Bane wonder if she is strong enough for the position. Now, he must find the “Fountain of Youth” so that he can find a new apprentice to train.

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Ever since the hardcover came out, I've been chompin
The storyline of this concluding book is much more focused than Rule of Two. In this book, the focus is very much on the inevitable duel between Darth Bane and Darth Zannah and the question of who will emerge the victor, a question which overarches the entire book and provides the connecting plot point. However, this greater focus brings with it its own problems and downsides. The reader knows that this is going to be the climactic ending of the book, and as a result, quite a lot of the precedin ...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Hooboy, the things I read out of various obligations.

As with the other Darth books, I read this because a friend keeps loaning them to me, much the same logic that got me to read all those Orson Scott Card books. Since this is apparently the last book in this series, I finished it with a certain sense of relief, as though a Dark Force had peeled away from my soul.

Darthticle (a variation of my earlier nickname, but super fun to say aloud) isn't sure his apprentice is going to slip him the saber,
C. L. Roberts
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This is my third Star Wars trilogy and by far my favorite. I enjoyed the Thrawn Trilogy and the Jedi Academy Trilogy, but maybe I'm just more attuned to the dark side. Either way, I think this trilogy is a great place to start for newcomers to Star Wars. I read Thrawn first as everyone recommends. But this book is set in a completely different time period, so it could stand alone as your first read if you want something Star Wars, but different from what you've seen before. This is my favorite t ...more
Dynasty of Evil is the third book in Drew Karpyshyn's trilogy about Darth Bane and the Old Republic. The action in the three books takes place about a thousand years before the time of A New Hope. The first book was Path of Destruction which introduced us to Darth Bane when he first became a Sith and developed the maxim of having only two Sith - a master and an apprentice. The second book was Rule of Two with Darth Bane training his apprentice Zannah and growing ever stronger in the Dark Side wi ...more
Chad Bearden
I was tempted to give this a 4-star review, as it is, among the Darth Bane novels, the best of the bunch. I realized, however, that "Dynasty of Evil" initially seems far better than it actually is only because it has been published in the midst of a horrible spate of really bad Star Wars novels. The fact that Chrisie Golden has such a clumsy handle on things like characterization and plot make Drew Karpyshyn's handling of the same techniques seem like a life-sustaining breath of fresh air. So le ...more
Al!!! Jones
In my personal opinion, these books were not written to be masterpieces of plot and character development. This type of book is written for people who want more than just the movies and TV shows of SW. The most important thing about this trilogy is how the Drew Karpyshyn had a main character that was an all around bad guy. He was pure Dark side and a bad ass and he knew it. Karpyshyn FINALLY explained the dark side as more than just the bad guys, he gave it the depth it deserved and the amazing ...more
My opinion of the Jedi changed greatly during this series. I used to think of the Jedi as great hero's, who protected the galaxy from evil. But no emotions? Only a crazy man can live a life like that. Yes the Jedi do protect other people, but they have a lot of problems. Seeing things from a Sith point of view made me realize this. That's why I liked this book so much. I very much like books that change my opinion on things. It's why I like the Game of Thrones series. It changed my opinion on me ...more
Dynasty of Evil, by Drew Karpyshyn, is a book about the last of the Sith in the Star Wars universe after the war between the Jedi and the Sith. Karpyshyn wrote this novel in order to entertain fans of Star Wars and add on to the history of the series. Star Wars began with the original six movies, but has since then grown with the addition of new stories by a variety of authors. One aspect of this novel that is important to the main plotline of the series is the revelation of why the Sith number ...more
Matthew Ciarvella
An appropriate end to the enjoyable Darth Bane trilogy. Reading these books reminded me how much I miss the days of a single author trilogy. The last few story arcs in the Expanded Universe (Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi) were massive, sprawling, nine book monstrosities that rotated between three authors. I think I like this way better. It feels more cohesive, more tightly knit.

There are a few problems with the final book in this trilogy. I think the "Zannah and Bane misunderstand one
Rick Royster
A fast-paced and brisk read, with some very intriguing characters and nice action sequences. Like many the ending did leave me a bit confused, but when I went to the authors website he did explain it. All in all one of the best expanded universe books out there, its worth the read. If the rule of two makes any sense to you (I think its silly personally) then you will really enjoy this one.
Jan 13, 2010 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: TJ
Overall an enjoyable story. I was a little disappointed in how little Bane and Zannah are this book. There were too many new characters that I cared nothing for given the spotlight while the characters that brought me into this series seem a bit more like supporting cast. But overall, the ending made me fee llike I completed the story while still leaving me curious about the future.
Priest James Worthington
Coming to the climax of the Darth Bane story, there was a tangled story woven on these pages Several force sensitives find themselves converging into a final battle that will set into place thousands of years of Sith history. I usually no good at accurately guessing the end of a book, and this proved true once again. Would the new apprentice become the overall master? Would Zannah be completely unworthy? As the story of Caleb and his daughter finds its fulfillment, we see how the order ultimatel ...more
Wayland Smith
This is the third and final book in the Darth Bane trilogy. Bane is aging, and is feeling the effects of years of using Dark Side energy. His body is wearing out, and his apprentice, Zannah, is showing no signs of challenging him.

Bane is worried that he's chosen poorly, and that Zannah isn't worthy to become the next Sith Master. If she's waiting for him to weaken with age, she's not strong enough, by his reckoning. But then the game changes.

Bane hears tell of a powerful object that could make h
Esther Dennis
Magnificent trilogy! Layers of intricate plot and character development; the stories unhindered by the common and banal practice of spending a fourth of the book recapping the previous series. Also, refreshing to have a taste of another perspective besides the tame (and often predictable) Jedi. Overall, really enjoyed the non stop action and deeper understanding of the Sith line and its predecessors. Five full stars for this author's impressive array of talent in an epic series, that if done imp ...more
The book allowed me to finally understand some of the weird master servant relationship of the dark side. I hope more books both from this author as well as from others expanding the times before the main movies.
Solid ending to a good trilogy. There's really nothing that spectacular to be found in these novels by Drew Karpyshyn despite the hype some Star Wars fans give it, but the novels are interesting reads and worth the time. I think the main problem facing the trilogy is the lack of context. These are three EU novels that take place one thousand years before the movies and three thousand after the KOTOR games, so there's no lore behind anything. It feels like they're floating around in the Star Wars ...more
Joe Reedy
I liked it better than the other two, for a little while. The best that van be said is that the story could have been told much better by a more competent story teller.


I hated the end of the book. I get that Zannah had the advantage of being a strong-willed person that was being invaded so the idea that Bane could take her body was a long shot, but by killing Bane of in this way, most of the book is a waste of time. The entire plot and ending was broadcasted from the beginning, so there
Jason Paul
This rating and review is for all 3 in the series. I was entertained. I felt like the writers style is good. I wanted to plow right through and read more. My only complaint is with the publisher; At least on the kindle version. A huge chunk of the file is previews for other titles. So I can't say if these books are shorter than I thought they were, or just filled with publisher advertising. It's OK, but totally unwanted. Makes me feel like I was tricked or that I should have paid less. That said ...more
There's a 965 year gap between the history of the Sith and the rise of the Empire and that's just wrong.
And for leaving us hanging with Darth Zannah's left hand clenching and unclenching, and Set with Andeddu's Holocron - I hope someone delves into the brain of Drew Karpyshyn, finds his most primordial fears, yanks them out and brings them to life to make him to finish the story rather than rendering him a blubbering mass of pure insanity capable of nothing beyond huddling in a corner and drooli
Star Wars Darth Bane Dynasty Of Evil is the final book in the Darth Bane trilogy and a great conclusion to the series. Of course Bane returns, and with his apprentice in tow, he sets out on another grand adventure. I feel that this book did take just a little longer then the previous two to get started, but once it gets going it's captivating. This is one of the very few Star Wars tales that has you rooting for the bad guy.

All in all this novel doesn't disappoint. The final chapter is a worthy c
Amir Fallah
3.5 Stars

I gave high praises for the first two books and this one has it's own merits. Third books are always the hardest to write I imagine as the author tries to tie up any loose ends and bring the story together for one final run. It is a fantastic story, and one that got me interested in Star Wars. But it does feel rushed and with a final poof like the firework that we were all expecting at the end didn't quite pop as planned. It's by no means a bad story but it does leave room for more to b
Cian Beirdd
Nice! An intricate plot, a tie back to the first and second book, a continuing development of both primaries that is both believable and interesting, and the two potential Sith apprentices were given some depth as well. I found the grays of the story more fascinating than everything else, though. Bane, Zannah, Set Harth, Serra, and The Huntress are all bad for different reasons. Lucia is the only good and honorable major character and she comes across as a fool. Very nontraditional Star Wars. Lo ...more
And so the Darth Bane trilogy draws to a close.

Dynasty of Evil was indeed a better book than the second one (which felt rushed), and I found myself much more engrossed. While I normally wouldn't read a story with villains as the protagonists, this trilogy is an important and very interesting piece of Star Wars lore. It enhances the evils of Palpatine and Vader, and makes the struggle between good and evil in the original movie trilogy that much more powerful.

The story benefits from being about t
Is it wrong of me to only like one character in this trilogy? Because I actually enjoyed Set Harth a great deal. Here's the only character in the entire series who actually did what he wanted, and whose motives actually made sense. Everyone else seemed to have been infected with terminal cases of the stupids. We follow a character for a book and a half, only to have him die a pointless death. We spend most of the book with another character, whose own demise had even less purpose. We spent three ...more
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This is book three of the Darth Bane series set during the Old Republic. It has been twenty years since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order of the Sith and reinvented it as a Rule 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 Darth Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Disp ...more
Drew Karpyshyn's third (and final?) installment to the "Darth Bane" series carries much of the theme and feel of the previous two books while holding its own.

Without giving away key plot points other than those you will discover in the beginning of this book, I was somewhat satisfied, yet also disappointed, with the events unraveled in Dynasty Of Evil. Darth Bane worries that his apprentice, Darth Zannah, is not worthy of taking the mantle title of "Dark Lord of the Sith." The major theme of thi
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Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer. After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer. He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur's Gate series, and wrote the tie-in novel for Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars: ...more
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  • Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #2)
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