I made it through the Darth Bane series! I think I deserve a medal.
In all honesty, I liked this one a lot more than I liked the previous two. I liked that it didn’t focus on Bane and Zannah as much, though Zannah didn’t annoy me like she did in The Rule of Two. I liked that we got good insight into both of their motivations, though I still really hate Bane as a character. Not just because he’s Sith, but because he’s so egotistical and ridiculous. And whiny. “I’m the Dark Lord of the Sith! Why aren’t you challenging me? I guess I’ll just have to replace you and/or live forever.” In the end, I think I liked Bane better as Des the soldier and student.
I liked the newer characters for the most part. Serra and Lucia were cool. I might have liked the Huntress more if she had some motivation and/or a real name. Set was just kind of there. He didn’t wow me at all.
With the various perspectives, I felt like this was a faster read. I was more engaged than I had been with the last two. But then I got to the end and it all fell apart. The ending was more “everyone dies” and the very end was vague and confusing. I started out thinking this would be a 2/5, then around the middle bumped it up to a 3, and by the end, it was back to 2.
I am so glad to move on to another character and another story, even if next up is another Sith story.