Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil

March 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

dynastyDarth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn

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I tend to read more than one book at any given time. It’s an easier way for me to get through a backlog of hundreds of books, and it also gives me a chance to do something productive when I have to wait somewhere, since I always have an ebook on my device. Sometimes I find myself more interested in reading one book over another, just because one book is more interesting than the other. It took me a long time to finish Dynasty of Evil because I kept finding other books that kept me more engaged.

The story isn’t uninteresting, necessarily, but it’s just more of the same of what we’ve seen in the previous book. Karpyshyn gives it a different focus — instead of it just being about training, he gives Bane and Zannah opposing motivations — but he still populates it with characters who are hard to sympathize with because they’re all proponents of the Dark Side. Two of the secondary characters, Lucia and Serra, have a relationship and development that set them apart from Bane’s story, but they’re connected to him, and since the trilogy is about Bane, you can expect that it won’t end well for either of them.

For all the time that Karpyshyn spent developing Lucia and Serra, he still didn’t make them emotionally resonant. Considering they’re the only characters in the book who aren’t tempted by the Dark Side, it seemed like they would be the characters readers are expected to connect with, but they’re not a part of the story long enough to keep us engaged. Considering they were interesting characters with their own struggles, I was expecting more out of them, so was disappointed when they remained secondary characters.

The book wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t as good as Path of Destruction. The story came back to being more personal than Rule of Two was, which gave me hope, but ultimately I was disappointed. I know Karpyshyn can write engaging stories with interesting characters; unfortunately, Dynasty of Evil isn’t one of them.

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