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
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!
The bane series is by far the best in the star wars universe. I feel like this book was a fantastic way to end one of the most important stories in the star wars universe and I would highly recommend this trilogy to anyone who would wants more and better star wars in their lives. Side note Jonathan Davis knocks it out of the park again, his narration of these books is top notch.
excellent series. I read into the void as my first star wars book, not bad but not interesting enough to read more. A friend suggested I try once more and recommended Bane...loved it tremendously! now I'm starting another book about the sith... I wish there was a book that picked up where this series ended. Must read series, you will enjoy it...great narration!
from start to finish Jonathan Davis has breathed incredible life into this series of novels, and this is no exception
PLEASE!!! add to the series...what becomes of Darth Zanna
unsure...new to the series
At the top with the others
I would make a movie about all 3 in this series. Star Wars Dynasty of the Sith
This is an absolute phenomenal wrap of the bane trilogy, must read even though it's bot completely canon anymore. Very good and twisting, compelling story. Had me jumping up and down during the tense battles. Grade A performance too, I love me some Davis.
This is by far been one of my favorite series in the Star Wars books, all three books were excellent and I highly recommend that you read them. My only regret is that this book wasn't about three times as long as it was. But that's just wishful thinking because the series was so good! I love this author and I hope he continues to write more Star Wars books in the future!
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