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Dynasty of Evil

A Novel of the Old Republic
Written by: Drew Karpyshyn
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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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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An incredible ending

What an ending to the one of the best trilogies in any universe and the best in star wars. I would highly recommend this book to any Star Wars. Fan, but get the other two first, so that you can understand this one.

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The best Star Wars story I’ve ever enjoyed

The best star wars story of my most favourite Sith Lord just wish it was canonical.

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Review of Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

Loved it. A must for Star Wars fans and a quintessential part of the Star Wars expanded universe.

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  • Matt
  • 2014-09-21

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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  • Anthony
  • 2015-11-20

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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  • AaronSaint81
  • Lorain, Ohio
  • 2013-06-05

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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  • Edwin Morales jr
  • 2015-07-21

Awesome

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

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  • Cindy
  • 2013-01-21

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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  • R. Collins
  • 2015-11-16

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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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  • Roy
  • 2015-11-06

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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  • Tony
  • 2015-09-08

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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  • Steven
  • Marietta, GA, United States
  • 2012-12-11

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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  • Kathy
  • 2015-06-26

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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