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a fantastic conclusion
on 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!