Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Teen review: End of the trilogy

Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
by Drew Karpyshyn
296 Pages
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Part of the Star Wars: Legends continuity of novels, Darth Bane Trilogy
Reviewed by Michael Zhang, Grade 12

Dynasty of Evil is the final chapter of the Darth Bane Trilogy by Drew Karpyshyn. It concludes the story of Darth Bane and Darth Zannah, two Sith Lords who would represent the eventual evolution of the antagonists of the Star Wars universe. Taking us to new planets never before seen in the Star Wars universe, like Doan, and returning us to older planets steeped in lore such as Ambria, Dynasty of Evil is the epic conclusion to the novel trilogy that first introduced us to Darth Bane.

Following 10 years after Rule of Two. Bane is now a wiser, and more powerful Sith Lord, though his age is beginning to impair him, and Zannah is now a fully realized Sith Lord. Bane fears that his apprentice may never rise to challenge him, so he begins to look for a new apprentice, while Zannah prepares to exact vengeance on her master for doubting her abilities, setting in motion the eventual showdown of these two characters. Now equally matched, both Master and Apprentice must duel to the death, even as a figure from Bane’s past returns to haunt him.

The cover is an accurate reflection of the novel, and showcases both of the main characters. Though I feel like it doesn’t hint too much at the plot, it’s nevertheless altogether passable.

I’d rate this novel 3/5 stars. While it’s relatively readable and entertaining, I felt that it left a significant amount to be desired in the finale of such an enjoyable and pivotal story line in the Star Wars canon. However, I feel that those who read the first two books will enjoy the references to prior novels and will want to see these two characters to the end.

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