Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil – Drew Karpyshyn

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Lucasbooks (December 8, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345511565
ISBN-13: 978-0345511560
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Main Characters:

Darth Bane
Princess Serra of Doan
Lucia – Bodyguard to Princess Serra
Set Harth – Dark Jedi

Storyline Summary

Darth Bane is in search of the Holocron of Darth Andeddu, a talisman that will make him immortal. Zannah is to the point where she feels she can confront her Master and take over as Sith Master. Before she can do so, however, she must find an apprentice. A secondary plot has Princess Serra out to get her revenge, and is aided (or is she) by her trusty bodyguard Lucia.

The story eventually brings all these characters into one spot for a big showdown.

Novel Review

This is the third in the Darth Bane series of books. Like the two prior, it concentrates a lot on the ideas of the Sith. It give a good glimpse into the rule of 2, and what must go on when an Apprentice seeks to overthrow their Master.

I found the action scenes moved very quickly. I love the character of Bane, and it was interesting to see how despite enormous power, you are never invulnerable. Some other interesting characters were, not so much introduced, as re-introduced in this book. Princess Serra, Lucia, and the Huntress in particulare were characters I really liked. here was a lot of flashback/referrals to previous events, some involving these characters.

While I don’t think a reader would have to have read the prior books, I would recommend it. Not necessarily to follow the storyline, but in order to enjoy the full experience of the whole story.

I’d love to see more novels set in this time period, or even in that of other Sith Lords. While the Jedi stories are usually entertaining, I find the history and ritual involved in the darker side of the force to be interesting, and worth pursuing more. I guess it goes back to that adage that it’s more fun to be a bad guy.

If you like Sith, and want a good adventure with one of the best Siths in a long time, pick up this book. I think you’ll really like it.

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