Friday, July 23, 2010

Star Wars: Darth Bane - Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn

Spoiler Level: High

The idea behind Darth Bane creating the Rule of Two for the Sith is more than just to keep armies of Sith from fighting with each other instead of the Jedi. By having only one master and one apprentice, when the apprentice becomes stronger than the master she can then overthrow him and become the master herself. If the apprentice fails and is killed, she was not worthy to become the master, and a new apprentice is chosen. This way each new Sith master will always be more powerful than the last one.

Dynasty of Evil is the third book in the Darth Bane series, and the time has come for Darth Bane and Darth Zannah to have their final showdown. The question is, is Zannah worthy of becoming the next master? And who will become the next apprentice?

To keep you wondering, this book introduces quite a few potential new apprentices, and alliances and loyalties are constantly shifting. There are very few honorable characters here, and it's a credit to Drew Karpyshyn that he can write a story with no heroic people in it at all and yet still keep me enthralled, wondering how all the pieces will finally fall into place, making me change and revise my theories right up to the very end.

The next book set in the Old Republic era is coming out any day now, and jumps back an additional 2500 years to tie in with the new video game. Now as I've said many times before, I'm not a gamer, but the trailer looks awesome so I'm interested in the story. And since I've gone back to the beginning of the Star Wars timeline, it would make sense to read that one next before I move on to the prequel era books. So even though it's moving backwards... coming next month: Star Wars: The Old Republic - Fatal Alliance!

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