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If you love the battle between Sith and Jedi then you will love the Darth Bane series. I read the first book in one month, the second in two weeks and the last one in less than a week. I became more and more absorbed in this story. The stories has everything would want from a Star Wars book; characters you root for, battles between Jedi and Sith and unexpected plot paths. I haven't read many Star Wars books but these were the best so far.
This is the conclusion to the Darth Bane Trilogy, fleshing out the legendary "Rule of Two" that the Sith are governed by. The first novel was compelling for breaking into this unexplored territory with some intelligence, but the second suffered from the sophomore jinx. This one is a return to form as a fun, solid read.
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Bane, older and slowing down from the extremes he's pushed himself to, is also concerned that his Dark Side apprentice Zannah hasn't sought to take him down, despite what she's been taught. Finding her unworthy he seeks to extend his own life, at least long enough to give him time to find a replacement for her. He learns of an ancient Sith Lord who did exactly that via Essence Transfer (Fistandantilus, anyone?) and seeks out an ancient Sith holocron to learn the technique.
Zannah, it seems, was biding her time- unsure of whether Bane was truly weak or trying to bait her into making a move. Her paranoia will be her undoing.
The daughter of Caleb the healer, Serra, makes a return. Serra turns out to be Force Sensitive, and is surrounded by a cloud of grief and anger over the deaths of first her father, and now her husband, both murdered. She wonders if she'd been stronger she could've protected them.
Lucia, her friend, bodyguard and confidant, also comes back. She's an ex-member of the Gloom Walkers Unit in the Sith Army- and former friend of Bane when he was known as Des.
The murder of rebellious workers on a mining planet also claims the life of a Jedi on an unrelated mission, attracting unwanted attention, including that of the Sith. The killer is known as the Huntress- an assassin who uses the Force, but is untrained in its ways. She displays precognitive abilities and is unsettled by the visions of Bane she sees. Set Harth, a Dark Jedi on the trail of the Jedi who was killed, enters the mix and runs afoul of Zannah in her investigation. He just wants to have fun, but the lure of power intrigues him. This gives us three potential apprentices for whoever ultimately holds the Sith Lord title. Nice!
Serra learns Bane is out there and hires the Huntress to find him. Zannah recruits Set as her apprentice as she seeks to kill her master. Bane is captured and brought to Serra to answer for the death of her father- painfully. Zannah pursues, now fuelled with the anger of a perceived betrayal by Bane, but is plagued by uncertainty as to whether or not Set is a worthy apprentice. Through the Force, Huntress realizes for some reason this is where she needs to be, and awaits the outcome of events.
Lucia conspires to help her former friend Bane, who seeks his own vengeance upon Serra. Lucia attempts to bargain for Serra's life, but Zannah's arrival puts an end to that. Set and Huntress play a deadly cat-and-mouse game while Serra also seeks to escape even as Bane and Zannah duel it out. Weakened and unprepared, Bane ends their fight prematurely, but both know it's only a matter of time. Regaining his strength, Bane contacts Zannah to settle things.
Zannah and Bane clash in a location with no small amount of symbolism attached to it. Both focus on their strengths and seek to exploit the other's weaknesses, all to good effect. Physically beaten by Bane, Zannah plays her trump card and forces him into a desperate gambit that only one will survive.
I gotta admit- I wasn't expecting a lot from this story, but was pleasantly surprised. Elements are nicely woven together to instill dramatic effect, and there's enough angst and layers of subtlety to give it good depth. I was even content not to dwell upon who the new apprentice would be, letting the story happen. It's a good ending to the trilogy, with an epilogue that's open enough that I wouldn't mind a fourth book- just to see what happens...
It was obvious where the series was going with the Rule of Two and all but it was still well done and threw up a few unexpected developments.
This book is set another ten years after the first book, with Bane and Zannah still in the same master/apprentice relationship, though splits are beginning to show. Bane starts off still obsessed with finding more holocrons while Zannah is starting to look for an apprentice of her own. Into this mix are thrown two figures from Bane's past and a 'Dark Jedi', not a full blown Sith but a Jedi who's abandoned the Jedi teachings to focus on himself.
I think the new characters in this book really made it. The novel is relatively evenly split between all of the POV's and the plot moves at a good pace. I had feared in the beginning that it was going to be another re-hash but after the first quarter or so all the threads started coming together towards a pretty climatic end.
There's a few cracks beginning to show in Bane's perfection which is always more interesting to read about, while Zannah has to come to terms with what she needs to do. Serra and Lucia were both deeper than initially appeared and I really liked the edge that came to Serra especially as we learned more about her. Set was a cliche but I always have a soft spot for the lazy unscrupulous decadent type, brings back certain memories both real and imagined.
As always I am struck by the Star Wars universe, while technically light hearted in tone can actually be quite dark and again brings up the devastation that civilisation can bring to planets. It's constantly referenced through the many books I've read in it now, how planets are completely destroyed in the search for materials and not always by the 'bad' guys. It's never a major part but can play minor points and I'm glad so many writers include it.
Overall I really enjoyed this series. There was a good mix of action and introspection that I think was handled well, it could have been all action which can get repetitive sometimes. The character's, though always leaning towards cliche, were still interesting to read about and considering the vast majority of them were villains, I still found myself kind of rooting for them. It's no longer canon as such, but I think Bane is and there's not too much contradicting it so far so it's worth a read.
The Darth Bane series is the most enjoyable series of books I’ve read about the Star Wars universe. I give the series 5/5 stars on the whole. It follows Darth Bane, who started out as a miner in the first book Path of Destruction and surpassed all expectations and abilities to create what is called the Rule of Two: a rule intended to keep the Sith strong so that one day, as in the prequel trilogy of films, they would rise to fight the Jedi and take over the galaxy.
However, Darth Bane’s current apprentice, Zannah, has not challenged him yet and the tremors in Bane’s left hand attest to infirmity and aging muscles, which is fatal in a warrior who relies primarily on martial prowess. The future of the Sith is at stake and Bane seeks the secret to eternal life, and a new apprentice, as a backup plan. Zannah mistakenly thinks her master wants her to be patient in challenging him, but also wonders if it is time. She actively thinks about recruiting a new apprentice.
There are a few captivating additions to the series including a Iktotchi assassin who has visions of the future; healer Caleb’s daughter Serra who seeks justice for her murdered husband and father; a dark Jedi Set Harth whose reliance on escape and self-preservation make a contrast between him and the Sith.
There was a touch too much background information at times, reminding us of what happened in earlier books, but it did give the reader a well-rounded understanding of the thoughts of each character. We see less of Bane in Dynasty of Evil and the chapters about each character were shorter than I would have liked.
I must say the battles were well imagined and incredibly exciting. I reckon I was drooling when the Sith battled one another, anticipating how the battles would play out. With the background information sketched out previously, all the characters and situations came together in a clash that combined political reality with petty vengeance and brutal challenge/survival.
Path of Destruction is still the best book, but I wouldn’t hesitate to read another in this series, if it was possible. Or maybe I’ll have to reread Drew Karpyshyn’s Mass Effect series again or other works he has written. There is a visual quality to his writing that I like.
This is the third and final instalment in the Darth Bane trilogy of ‘Star Wars’ novels. It’s an exciting and dramatic conclusion to this original epic adventure written by Drew Karpyshyn, set within the broader fictional universe created by George Lucas. The central protagonist of the story, who happens to be a villain, seeks to take those steps which bring him closer to conquering the galaxy. Set almost 1,000 years before the destruction of the Death Star – as seen in ‘A New Hope’ – the age-old war between the Jedi Order and the Sith Brotherhood is over … with the Jedi apparently successful. But Darth Bane has survived, and has secretly been developing his Force powers while setting into motion a plan for the ultimate victory of the Sith.
This novel, alongside the two other instalments in the saga, presents one of the best Star Wars adventures that I’ve read. By enacting the Rule of Two, Bane and his apprentice – a young woman named Zannah – have covertly infiltrated the various power structures of the old Republic. Now, at the cusp of victory, Bane realises that he’s growing old and that his powers are starting to ebb. This causes him to suffer an existential crisis – for he wants to be the one who ruins the Jedi and establishes a new order of things based on Sith traditions. If he’s no longer capable of this, surely his apprentice ought to act – and kill him, so as to advance by means of the Rule of Two. But Zannah seemingly makes no move to do this, leading Bane to question whether she’s worthy. It’s in this context that Bane decides to master a long forgotten Force ability: to transfer his consciousness into a different body. With this new power, Bane could live-on indefinitely … Yet Zannah is ready to challenge Bane, and she’s become extremely powerful in the ways of Sith sorcery. And so the final confrontation ensues, determining the future of this dynasty of evil!
To properly understand this novel, you’ll need to read books 1 and 2 in the series. Taken as a whole, this is a thrilling adventure that expands the Star Wars universe in new and exciting directions. And I’m left wanting more … questioning whether Bane’s legacy continues!
This book ties up many of the loose ends of the other books. This book has a slow build up to the final confrontation between Barth Bane and Darth Zannah. This book has as much action as the first book in the trilogy the second book was a lot slower. The fight between Bane & Zannah was epic. I like the fact that because of the physical differences and mastery of different aspects of the Dark side it is not just lightsaber battle to the death. Having said they I love lightsaber battles, and this book does not disappoint in that department. This book is action packed and the pages just seem to fly by. It is set out like a chess board getting all the pieces in place for the Checkmate. It is a good ending to the Bane trilogy, and how the legacy of the Sith continues till
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. Darth Bane also considers using clones and the essence transfer but runs out of time which Palpatine / Darth Sidious uses in
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I really enjoyed this book. Though it wasn't a strong as the other two it did finish the trilogy reasonably well. All the way through you kept guessing who was going to be the new apprentice. It gave a nice insight into the minds of each character and what they were thinking and how they felt. This book was well put together. Over all it was a fast read, light and enjoyable.
That said the ending I didn't like, that is why I gave it only 4 stars and not 5. I felt it had an X-files touch, in as much as it left it open as to what really might have happened. I like clear and desicive endings and I felt this didnt have that. (I am of course refereing to Darth Bane and Darth Zannah) I enjoy storeies left open for the next instalment, even on books that are part 3 of 3 etc, book IMO this was too open for my tastes.
Refering to the last two pages of the book though, I did like that part. interesting setup for a future storey tie-in.
Woooow this series is insane. I read the books back to back. Finally a serious story about the sith where the characters are not complete wimpy crybabies like in the movies. Bane is the true sith. His decisions and acting are relatable and make sense. He is the true embracement of the dark side, a true dark lord of the sith. Fantastic read. Buy the books now!
Third book in this series, great fast paced story. Been a couple of years now. Wish there was a number 4. The Bane series is an example of how to write a star wars book. So many of these books consist of one quite interesting idea, padded out to 300 pages. This is innovative, interesting, rich in content.. For once a great character is given a great book, or in this case 3 great books. Wish someone had done the same with Kenobi. How that was messed up i shall never know, it should have been an easy write. Still watch Caprica or V and you can see that even the easiest idea can be royally messed up. That makes the Bane trilogy shine even more.