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Star Wars : Darth Bane Dynasty of Evil – Is Bane Dead? March 1, 2010

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Darth Bane Dynasty of Evil is the third  – and final book in the Darth Bane Trilogy. We’ve previously reviewed Darth Bane Path of Destruction (in 2006) and Darth Bane Rule of Two.  The first two books were among the best Star Wars books ever written.

Dynasty of Evil is a good book – but it’s not as incredible as the first two. This book does tie in all the great elements of the first two books as we get a little flashback of Bane/Des as a gloomwalker and the big deep core battle with Jedi in the second book.

We already know about Bane and his apprentice – what we get in this book is the build up and the final confrontation between master and apprentice Darth Zannah. That’s what the rule of two is all about – one to have the power the other to crave it.

The plot follows a typical Star Wars mold with multiple subplots that all merge at the end for one big climax. The Bane going to get Darth Addendu holocron plotline was the weak link and was a plodding exercise to read.

In contrast the Zannah subplot was a lot more interesting as she finds a potential apprentice.

The final confrontation though is what this book is all about. Zannah vs Bane. Master vs. Apprentice.

Yes it’s an epic battle that every Star Wars fan should read.

But it leaves us with some questions doesn’t it?

Is Bane actually dead? Or did he somehow manage to transfer some part of himself to Zannah?

It’s clear that Zannah triumphed — but we think that Bane is still in there somewhere…


1. Luke - March 17, 2010

Zannah didn’t triump. Darth Bane just didn’t want to give away the secret that he could replace peoples minds. If you pay attention to the nervous tick that shows in Zannahs left hand after the fight and the other signs you can see that Bane threw her mind into the void.

2. Jason - April 3, 2010

Wrong Luke. Drew actually explained this because there was a lot of confusion. He did try to do an essence of life transfer but failed, that is why piece of him was imprinted on Zannah.

3. Darth Vader - May 22, 2010

Jason, how retarded arre you?? Clearly, Darth Bane captured Zannah. Doooyyy

4. Darth Tyro - July 16, 2010

Darth bane captured Zannah, so now he can become more powerful with Zannah’s abilities, and live until he is killed by an apprentice.

5. Bored - Michael - July 16, 2010

Taking over minds, why not just give him some clones like the Emperor had in those old Dark Horse comics. Sounds like they both jump the shark at about the same height.

Way to Old Star Wars fan - December 4, 2010

Im sorry But the author of this story explained on his site that Zannah did win Bane was defeated but not completely destroyed. If you don’t wish to believe me to bad here is tyhe author saying it himself.http://www.drewkarpyshyn.com/spoiler.htm I do not know but for some reason fanboys do not want to acknowledge Darth Zannah as powerful. No accomplishments blah blah she beat the Sith’ari in a solo duel to prove who was stronger. She had the position of Dark Lord Longer then Bane did she was 53 when killed which means she was weakening when she was killed. Cognus with her ability to see the future saw that they was evenly matched and could not tell the victor. Sorry to break everyone’s hearts but she was just as powerful as Darth Bane and did defeat him. Actually giving birth to the legacy that would carry on to the eventual Darth Sidious ruling the galaxy. Please once again Drew Karpyshyn stated Darth Zannah won the battle. She should be remember as one the greatest Sith ever.

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