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.
©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio
Pacing and storytelling, capturing the humanity behind the evil
Its predecesors are similar awesome stories
Captures the characters perfectly
I Love Star Wars. Come to the dark side to join my blind faith
Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.
The book "Dynasty of Evil" highlighted how much I really did not want the book or the series to end. When the book and series completed, I wonder if I will ever find a book series this enjoyable again. The book itself was as good as the first two and in some ways even better. The author even managed to address some of my criticisms of the Star Wars universe and found a way to have force powers used directly and indirectly rather than relying on light sabers alone. I liked the introduction of the Dark Jedi concept and the backstabbing between the Sith. The book's ending was also skillfully written and I appreciated the way the author managed to both close the story but also leave it open to the listeners/readers imagination.
This series solidly established me as a fan of quality-produced audio books (sound, music, voice acting) and the Star Wars universe in general. I will definitely be looking forward to audio books of equal quality from here on out.
After "Dynasty of Evil," I would recommend listening/reading Darth Plagueis (sadly, only one book). The book loosely follows many of the same trends introduced in the Darth Bane series and is close in quality.
"Two there should be, no more no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it."--Darth Bane
Darth Zannah, while Darth Bane is the epitome of what the Sith should be Zannah shines in this story. She learns her first lesson of being a master, and honours her master in the end. Showing her strength in Sith sorcery really shined the (dark) light on her.
The small talk between Zannah Bane and Cognus before the duel for the title of Dark Lord
The Future of the Sith Begins Here
While this was the least of the trilogy it was still pretty great. Jonathan Davis really gets you involved. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star rating for storyline is how brief the final showdown is as it seemed as rushed confrontation. Still, Karpyshyn, I thank you for the tremendous trilogy.
Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!
Drew Karp can really write stories! And he hits 'home" with this series!
J-Davis is an amazing multi-voice actor! He and other Star Wars audiobook actor......Marc Thompson are in a league of their own.....
The Final Showdown.
... The-The Final Showdown.
I've listened to most of Johnathan Davis' Star Wars novels and each and every time they get better and better.
It made me... tear up at the end. But I wasn't balling... seriously... I wasn't...
"And so, it ends. A valiant effort, but ultimately futile."
And so Darth Bane, Master of the Darth Side and creator of the Order of the Sith must face his apprentice in the long awaited duel between master and student.
Now, I must say, this is my least favorite of the trilogy. Not simply because of the ending, which just made me sad, but because the story wasn't as compelling as the previous two. I didn't feel as hyped as I did for the previous two.
That said, man i felt for Bane in this one. He's approaching his elder years with spasms in his hand and aches in his back. On top of this, his apprentice is concerning him. Weather or not she will truly be worthy as the next Sith Master.
Zannah is concerned that her long time Master is backing down from his Order, willing to survive as long as possible, placing the Order of the Sith Lords and the Grand Plan at risk. In truth, both are wrong.
Again we get treated to an array of Characters all converging for one, climactic duel for Sith supremacy. An Iktochi assassin, a former Sith sniper, a princess, and a Dark Jedi, all heading for an inevitable convergence with two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy's history.
Yes, this is the end. And I must say, a worthy one. While not my favorite, this book is still magnificent and shows the truth of the Rule of Two. Again, I beg all who like, love, adore or are indifferent of SW to listen to the hole series. What a ride, guys.
In the top 5 at least.
Xena. In a way you feel sorry for her so I'm glad for her.
Voice characterizations and sound effects. Make the story come to life!
The part where the princess gets betrayed.
Awesome book! Get the trilogy!
I'm new to Star Wars novels but a die hard fan of fantasy & Sci Fi. I'm very aware of how difficult it is to write credible plots, twists, surprises and decent stories. Motives are not always clear and things tend to become muddled in bad books.
Characters are not easy to craft and I'm hard to impress after being exposed to San Dan Glokta in The First Law series.There are a great many disappointing books in the world but this isn't one of them.
I won't go into spoilers... this book was an experiment as I sought to be entertained by writers that I didn't know in a franchise that had over 60 books vying for my attention. I will say that Dynasty of Evil is imaginative, expansive and beautifully diverse. There are several well detailed characters and I actually understood their motives (which is a very common gripe of mine....) and development arcs. These people did things I understood. They failed to do things that were daft or sincerely misguided. If mistakes were made... they were recognisably plausible. I liked that. It was plausible which (if I'm honest) is very rare when I look for a good story.
Don't you just hate it when seemingly intelligent, likeable characters do ridiculous things to ignite a plot?
Buy this book. It deserves to be enjoyed.
"What an amazing series"
This trilogy was absolutely amazing. I found that I could not stop listening to the storyline taking you from the very beginnings of Darth Bane all the way to the end. With the twists and turns you were never quite sure how he was going to react and how Zannah was going to progress.
The story line kept my ears stuck to the headset, Jon Davis made you hear all the characters involved and I felt quite immersed into the History of Darth Bane himself wanting to know more and more. With the Trilogy I was quite excited listening.
My only disappointment was that the story eventually had to end.
Great read for anyone interested in the Star Wars themes books.
"A great successor"
I am no book lover but this book was fantastic! The story fell short in the second book, rule of two, however this final book really did make up for it.
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