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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
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published December 8th 2009 by Lucas Books (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
Shelves: i-own
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
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
“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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Recommends it for: All Once and Future Dark Lords
Shelves: guerre-stellari
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
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars-novels
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
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Christian Smith
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"An end to a trilogy that will go down in Star Wars history"
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
When reading Star Wars books, I've made it clear that I prefer the original cast. However, with that being said, I liked this one. There wasn't an original character in sight, but I liked it anyway. The new characters pulled me in. I can't say I liked Darth Bane, but he was well drawn as were his apprentice and the other apprentices. I also liked that there were other threads woven in so it wasn't only about the one thing. So 4 stars.
Not very well written - the author had a problematic tendency to infodump a character's thoughts, feelings and personal history. These would flow better if they arose as part of a conversation, or were discovered by other characters as a natural exploration of the plot.

Still, I had much more fun reading it than I expected, and it was by far the best in the Darth Bane trilogy.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Straightforward ending to a trilogy. I liked the addition of the characters to make this story stand on its own two feet. The Huntress was a pretty awesome character.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great finish to the trilogy.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audiobook at work; didn't think I'd like an Old Republic story, but I was interested in how the Sith became what they are now, and did end up liking the series a lot.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx_star-wars
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
Al!!! Jones
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Marcus Leong
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a climactic ending to the Darth Bane trilogy! Compared to the previous books, this final instalment has more central characters, but Karpyshyn manages to illustrate their individual stories, and in the process, the entire saga, with great clarity. Addressing how he had gone slightly out of character in the preceding title, Bane now reestablishes himself to be the true Sith lord who uses great cunning, knowledge and skills to achieve his means. But Zannah further proves her skills in the dar ...more
Jody Ellis
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Drew, you incredible talented man you. I don't know if I should love you or hate you.

Drew has this incredible ability to write clearly, to the point and paint a perfect picture every time. Never dull, no use of fillers, true to the story and twists and turns that go against the grain. A real breathe of fresh air and thankfully not an ounce of sloppy romance bs.

Thanks Drew, my life is better with your writing but I fear I've got my work cut out with the sheer number of books he has written.

Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
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
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dynasty of Evil is the best book of the Darth Bane series. It contained action and showed how the Sith transitioned from the days of the Old Republic to the time of A New Hope. I really liked how the conclusion not only was intense and exciting, but it does a great job explaining how the legacy of the Sith survived. Even though there were times where it seemed like the author was just trying to strech the plot, overall it was a very good book.
Sacha Valero
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Goodreads: 4 Stars

Amazon: 5 Stars

We've come to the end of this trilogy and I'll admit I'm a bit sad. Not sad about the book or the ending, but sad that there's no official continuation in the Star Wars universe about Darth Zannah or her new apprentice Darth Cognus as the novels jump from 1032 years before A New Hope to 67 years. (According to the timeline in Dawn of the Jedi Into the Void).

Anyhoo... another decade has passed and Bane and Zannah have relocated to the planet Ciutric IV. Bane has a
Jul 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
While this book started off slower than its predecessors, the final 150 pages were fabulous. There was at least one loose end that makes me think there may yet be another piece to this story left to be told, but (and I won't ruin the ending) the final duel between master and apprentice left little doubt in my mind as to who is the Master. Long live the Sith!

Rick Royster
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andries van Wyk
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
What a really good book! Epic twist at the end! Its a pity there aren't more. A must read for any Star Wars fan.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great end to a great trilogy!!
Michael *Windrunner*
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
3.5 stars. Not my favorite in the series, but great all the same.
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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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“Materialism—an attachment to physical goods beyond their practical value—was a trap; a chain to ensnare the foolish with their own greed.” 3 likes
“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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