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4.7 out of 5 stars

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 June 2016
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!
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on 15 August 2017
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.
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on 7 June 2012
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 Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith and Star Wars: Darth Plagues. Darth Bane also considers using clones and the essence transfer but runs out of time which Palpatine / Darth Sidious uses in Star Wars: Dark Empire (Star Wars (Dark Horse)) and Star Wars: Dark Empire II (Star Wars): Dark Empire II (Star Wars)
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on 23 December 2017
The Darth Bane trilogy draws to a close in fun novel that explores the Sith rule of two and all the wonderful backstabbing it brings. The first novel in the series, Path of Destruction, is still the best by far but this is a solid entry.
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on 2 July 2017
Excellent trilogy and very prompt dispatch.
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on 5 January 2018
Great read , any sith fans will enjoy the story and it will make a nice addition to your star wars library.
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on 12 April 2017
A good story line continuation and further character insight and development. Looking forward to the 3rd book in the series
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on 23 August 2017
I've read this series multiple times over the years.

Great insight into the Sith and the rule of two.
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on 19 April 2017
I wish more trilogy's ended as good as this one. The story really ramps up and from start to finish I was hooked. The first book was a masterfully written origin story, The second one was great at further building the characters and emphasising the subtitles of the Sith, and the third entry is packed full of tension twist and turns and a cat and mouse feel to it, with different characters constantly getting the upper hand on one another. I'm a sucker for a good origin story so i slightly prefer the first book, but I think most people will prefer this one simply because it keeps you hooked from start to finish, The Darth Bane trilogy definitely ended on a bang. I enjoyed every minute of it.
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on 29 December 2009
The third Darth Bane book overall does not disappoint. Unlike the first two books however, I felt it had a rather slowish start. The book opens with little in the way of action - something we saw so much of in the previous books. There is a 'shoot out' here and there, but the beginning mostly introduces you to various new characters (and forgotten old ones) as well as what is going on inside their minds. This can be interesting at times, but I felt that overall in terms of entertainment value the opening quarter of the book was a little hit and miss.

Once this book got going however, it was as exciting as anything we've seen in the previous two novels. All the individual narratives merge into one making it nearly impossible to put this book down (much like the other Darth Bane books).

My only other complaint is the final paragraph of the book (excluding the epilogue) which was frustratingly confusing. When you get there you'll understand what I mean - the good news however, is that the author clears this up on his website.

To conclude, I'm pleased to say this novel is a worthy conclusion to the Darth Bane trilogy. Apart from the slowish start and slightly confusing ending it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you've read the other Darth Bane books and are heisting buying this book please do so no longer. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

I would also urge any Star Wars (or sci-fi) fan who has not read the Bane trilogy to do so. It's surely the finest trilogy of Star Wars books.

If you want a comparison against the other Bane books I would rank this book overall the weakest of the trilogy (with the first being the strongest book). However, this does not mean it's a bad book, I still really enjoyed it...and I'm sure you will too.
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