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

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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 Maste ...more
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published June 28th 2011 (first published December 1st 2009)
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Gage Hager The first one at least. The second one really goes into detail about Zannah, Bane's Apprentice, and bane. and how they set up the Republics downfall.…moreThe first one at least. The second one really goes into detail about Zannah, Bane's Apprentice, and bane. and how they set up the Republics downfall. But the first one introduces Zannah, his past and how he got like he is, and how he learned about the past.(less)
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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 chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

- The Sith Code

Path of Destruction was the beginning of an epic Star Wars story. Rule of Two was the captivating continuation. With Dynasty of Evil, Drew Karpyshyn, true master of storytelling and characterisation, wrote the perfect conclusion to his trilogy on the great Darth Bane, and my personal favour
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“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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Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Once and Future Dark Lords
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Doesn't always happen in a trilogy, but Karpyshyn saved the best for last.

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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?

OK, I've held back long enough, the fact of the matter is that this book
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
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
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Kazich
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a trilogy, Darth Bane is a very compelling villain and Zannah becomes even more interesting in this novel.

Would recommend if you are interested in the Sith and want to learn more about the rule of two. Also if you love stories that are fast paced and have a lot of action.

And even though it's no longer canon I think this is still one of the best pieces of Star Wars EU.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Star Wars: Darth Bane (4 books)
  • Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #1)
  • Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #2)
  • The Darth Bane Series (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1-3)
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“The Sith were the sworn enemies of the Jedi and the Republic. They sought to wipe us from existence; they sought to rule the galaxy. (...) A Dark Jedi, on the other hand, has much smaller ambitions. He -or she- thinks only of himself. He acts alone. The ultimate goal is not galactic conquest, but personal wealth and importance. Like a common thug or criminal, he revels in cruelty and selfishness. He preys upon the weak and vulnerable, spreading misery and suffering wherever he goes.” 0 likes
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