Dynasty of Evil

A Novel of the Old Republic
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (8,232 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Duel For The Title of Dark Lord

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

The small talk between Zannah Bane and Cognus before the duel for the title of Dark Lord

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

The Future of the Sith Begins Here

Any additional comments?

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.

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love

great series. with a great narrator. kept me intrigued the whole time. I was hoping to continue the story of Darth Zanah but unfortunately this is the last book.

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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.....

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Awesome

Amazing, enjoyed the voice acting story and fights, I live the fictional books like this

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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.

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What made the experience of listening to Dynasty of Evil the most enjoyable?

PLEASE!!! add to the series...what becomes of Darth Zanna

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

unsure...new to the series

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

At the top with the others

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

I would make a movie about all 3 in this series. Star Wars Dynasty of the Sith

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Brilliant book!

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.

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Very nice book, a good ending

I liked the whole trilogy. The story is well written and read. about halfway three quarters in, it dips in momentum then the ending just steals the show.

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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

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The power of the Dark side!

Great anti hero trilogy! Sith vs Jedi, sith vs sith! Thought bombs, sith sorcery light saber battles, awesome!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-13

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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  • Jay
  • 09-17-13

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-19

Want more

loved the darth bane trilogy would like darth zannah books to carry on with these characters I've come to love

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-20-19

Amazing

This trilogy is one of the most amazing pieces of StarWars lore I have ever heard. The story is told extremely well and even through the dark side it is inspiring and motivating. Highly recommend.

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  • Mr. R. Merrydew
  • 09-06-20

Suspenseful

Absolutely loved this final chapter of Darth Bane. The ending does leave you with more questions though. But hopefully Drew will get the chance to make 3 more if Disney allows it. I do feel I need to do some research into what happens to the characters at the end. Either way I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Arnaud Claudel
  • 06-27-20

Magistral ending

I highly recommend to read the first two books before. The characters are so well connected and the tension was so good that I almost listened to last half straight

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  • Mohamed Bhyat
  • 05-04-20

EPIC!!

A MUST LISTEN for any star wars fan!! Do yourself a favour and listen to the WHOLE TRILOGY

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  • nughman n.
  • 03-29-20

Wow!

Brilliant end to a superb trilogy. This is definitely the story Disney needs to tell! 👍👍

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  • C. Carter
  • 02-03-20

Darth Bane

The 3 book series tracking the story of Darth Bane and his apprentice Zannah is thoroughly entertaining and captivating. It’s very well thought out with twists and turns to the plot and the narration is absolutely excellent. I’d highly recommend this series

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  • kristian hjelm
  • 01-07-20

Great ending

fantastisk end to an amazing trilogy about Darth Bane. Really hopes Drew Karpyshyn gets to write more after this trilogy.

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  • hartlander
  • 10-04-16

Classic Story.

Fantastic story and well narrated. All three books in the Darth Bane trilogy are awsome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-20

needs to be a film

seriously perfect star wars content. we can only dream of seeing these stories on the big screen or at home

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  • Joshua Smith
  • 07-05-20

awesome

awesome story, awesome writing, awesome narration, and two more just for good measure awesome awesome!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-20

well read great story

excellent insight into the sith rule of two and how deep and powerful the darkside can be

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-20

The Force is strong with this book!

Although I loved this book. I thought it was predictable at parts. But it kept my interest and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I'm sad that Darth Zanna's journey ends here.

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  • angus jack russell
  • 04-07-20

Best of the trilogy

Loved all three Darth Bane books and this was my pick of them. The story comes together with plenty of action & clever connection between characters & storyline. Brilliantly written and narrated, & the sound effects really put you in the middle of the action.

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  • Adrian
  • 03-13-20

Great way to cap off the Darth Bane Trilogy

The third and final in the series. I was immersed and was part of the journey of Bane and associates. Loved the descriptions, the voice acting music and the story should be made into a movie. Great concept and have gone through the series a few times now. Highly recommended.

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  • Torsten Vestergaard
  • 11-26-19

A fans review

I liked that the book followed the other books even if it was set 10 after the second book. The performance was like I was watching a movie and the sound affects were spot on. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in old republic law. Actually I recommend this whole series.

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  • K-2
  • 10-02-19

Great conclusion

I had read the to previous books and wanted to conclude the trilogy. Being a bit disappointed by the previous two, and not very engaged by the beginning of the book, I have to say this one was the best in the trilogy: great pace and action, and an excellent description of the Sith philosophy added by Darth Bane. A really enjoyable adventure. The narrator spiced the story in a perfect way, adding excitment and emotion at right time in the right place.

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  • Gabrielle Rohde
  • 06-24-19

A fantastic ending to a phenomenal trilogy

This trilogy had me on the edge of my seat after each chapter. A fantastic novel. highly recommended