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Dynasty of Evil: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 3 | [Drew Karpyshyn]

Dynasty of Evil: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 3

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.
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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 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

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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13 Member Since 2011

    Love Audible!! Hope you all do too!

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    "Darth Bane ruled......"
    What made the experience of listening to Dynasty of Evil the most enjoyable?

    Drew Karp can really write stories! And he hits 'home" with this series!


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    J-Davis is an amazing multi-voice actor! He and other Star Wars audiobook actor......Marc Thompson are in a league of their own.....


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-14-13
    James Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-14-13
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    Would you listen to Dynasty of Evil again? Why?

    I always enjoy Jonathan Davis’s narrating he does a very good job. I would like to see more unabridged titles as well.


    What other book might you compare Dynasty of Evil to and why?

    Thrawn Trilogy


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am happy that he stay consistent with all his book that he narrates.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    Do other Star War books unabridged PLZ.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Steven TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 12-11-12
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    "Friggin' loved this series. Great story and narr."
    What did you love best about Dynasty of Evil?

    Pacing and storytelling, capturing the humanity behind the evil


    What other book might you compare Dynasty of Evil to and why?

    Its predecesors are similar awesome stories


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Captures the characters perfectly


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I Love Star Wars. Come to the dark side to join my blind faith


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Plano, TX, United States 01-21-13
    Karen Plano, TX, United States 01-21-13

    Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.

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    "A Dynasty of Awesome-ness"


    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-17-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-17-13 Member Since 2005
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    "The Epic Conclusion!"
    What did you love best about Dynasty of Evil?

    The Final Showdown.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dynasty of Evil?

    ... The-The Final Showdown.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to most of Johnathan Davis' Star Wars novels and each and every time they get better and better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me... tear up at the end. But I wasn't balling... seriously... I wasn't...


    Any additional comments?

    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arith Australia 04-04-13
    Arith Australia 04-04-13
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    "Excellent end to a great trilogy"
    Where does Dynasty of Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5 at least.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Xena. In a way you feel sorry for her so I'm glad for her.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice characterizations and sound effects. Make the story come to life!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part where the princess gets betrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book! Get the trilogy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio United States 01-21-13
    Antonio United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "How books about Sith Lords should be done!"
    What other book might you compare Dynasty of Evil to and why?

    I would also recommend the first two books of this series as well as Darth Plagueis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the last fight scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had time to listen to it all at once I would have!


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    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-14-12
    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Dynasty of Evil in three words, what would they be?

    There will be blood....but I suppose that's four words


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Vengence is a dish best served often.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent close to the trilogy! There is not a great way to give hints about what happens in book three without giving away plot intricacies. So I'll leave it with this: If you made it this far this book is the best of the three.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Landon Crowley, Tx, United States 01-13-14
    Landon Crowley, Tx, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Came on here for Star Wars books, now its time to get to history, politics, and religion.

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    "1 & 2 build up and 3 falls...slightly"
    What did you love best about Dynasty of Evil?

    By the time we get to part 3 of this amazing series we know what Darth Bane's legacy will be: the rule of two. The first book propels us through the life of Derek, his pains, he tragedy and his victories. The 2nd book takes us even further in realizing how evil this man is and how far he will go to reset the course of the Sith. Book 3, however, begins to flicker out. It almost becomes a mirror of the other two books and the climax doesn't come until the very end when the Rule of Two is finally upheld. Nevertheless, this series is up there with Thrawn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dark Jedi, Set Harth, spoke to me because I somehow know that if I were a Jedi then this is how I'd eventually use my power. Not too dark, not too light, but rather a dim street light in the middle of nowhere. My problem with the Sith and Jedi is their fundamentalism, there is no other way but their code. Set Harth struck out on his own, but he definitely could've used some more training.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The miners meeting and death of the Jedi by what would become Darth Cognus.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The first two books had me starting this book and not wanting it to end. Unfortunately, that feeling didn't last. I was ready for the show down. I was ready to see the Rule of Two become Sith doctrine. I was ready to see who Zannah would take as her apprentice. But I was ready for it to hurry up and be over as well. Not because of the performance or the writing, but because it was obvious it was going to come to it and instead of everything else being a journey to get there, it was almost filler.


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    Eric Anchorage, ALASKA, United States 03-31-13
    Eric Anchorage, ALASKA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "this is the way to end a trilogy"
    Would you listen to Dynasty of Evil again? Why?

    Yes I would, the story never went flat in any part the climax was amazing and the ending made me want another trilogy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darth bane because you see how he evolved from a muscular grunt to a calculating sith.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh yea one of the reasons I cant read books is I can never stay focused but with davis I could close my eyes and see the star wars movie I wanna see instead of a pile of heap made by geoge lucas


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Haha with disney in charge it would be dont get your hopes up nerds we are making a jar jar spin off


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    "Thrilling!"

    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.

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  • Jeff
    Watford, United Kingdom
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    "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.

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