Drew Karpyshyn pulls through once again with Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, the conclusion to the Darth Bane series. In this book, Bane and Zannah realize the time has come for a final confrontation between them. The question is who will succeed as the Sith master, and who will be the new apprentice.
Karpyshyn introduces several new characters who could potentially become Sith apprentices, including a Dark Jedi, Iktotchi assassin, and even the daughter of a healer Bane encountered in Path of Destruction. Each has a touch of the Dark Side, and Karpyshyn drops hints favoring each. The book does a good job of keeping readers guessing until the very end by giving each character just enough potential, but not too much.
The book is also dark and grisly, even more so than its predecessors. Good people die, and often cruelly. But each of the deaths is poignant and reveals something about the character, and often becomes much more interesting than the all too quick deaths of characters in other Star Wars novels. Kudos to Karpyshyn for exploring the darker side of Star Wars.
Note: The ending is subtle and, I thought effectively written. However, some fans were unsure what exactly happened. Karpyshyn has written a brief spoiler ending on his website, so after reading the book I encourage you to find and read it.
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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.