Darth Bane

Darth Bane

Path of Destruction : A Novel of the Old Republic

Book - 2006
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Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy–and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.


Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape–a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy–if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

Baker & Taylor
Millennia before the rise of Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, in an Old Republic marked by an ongoing struggle between the Sidi and Jedi, Darth Bane plots to bring down the Brotherhood of the Sith and to replace it with a more powerful order.

Blackwell North Amer
Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy. Dessel dreams of the day he can escape - a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.
On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel's brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy - if he can prove himself truly worthy.
As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. But the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure ... especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph - and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.

Baker
& Taylor

Millennia before the rise of Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, in an Old Republic marked by an ongoing struggle between the Sidi and Jedi, Darth Bane, an influential new leader of the Sith, plots to bring down the Brotherhood of the Sith and to replace it with a more powerful order, one guided by his newly conceived Rule of Two. 80,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345477361
0345477367
Branch Call Number: SF KAR
Characteristics: x, 324 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Path of destruction

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Chinderixx
Apr 13, 2016

The Book isn't bad. In fact, it is very well written. Drew Karpshyn manages to create a very vivid story with plot twists and some cliche moments. It is particularly interesting seeing Bane's emotions during the course of this novel. His awful upbringing sets the stage for everything else to come. (There are also No bad words in this book which is AWESOME!) However, it gets graphic and gory in some parts, especially when Bane kills a fellow Sith apprentice or person, (such as the children and their father). Its gets even worse when Bane gets so lost and caught up in his quest for power that he cannot see what he destroys and creates. The plot gets even more depressing when he meets his young to be apprentice Rain, who just like Bane, can't learn to forgive and does the only thing she knows how to do in a difficult situation. Kill others. From this tragic story, it is clear to see that Bane really does go down a path of destruction.

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sparky1976
Aug 09, 2012

Great character in Darth Bane! Must read for Star Wars fans.

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Sohfee
Jul 29, 2012

It was hard to understand a villain, but Karpyshyn defines his character brilliantly. Must read for star wars fans. The second and third are outstanding as well.

JWolf Jan 23, 2012

A good book, it explains a lot about the Rule of Two. After reading it, I couldn't wait to read the 2nd one!

jplynch25 Sep 18, 2011

Guilty pleasure for sure.

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cowlick005
Aug 31, 2011

I was worried about how I could become invested in a book where the main character is a "bad guy". However, Drew Karpyshyn pulled it off, and he knows what he's talking about when it comes to Star Wars. Drew was the lead writer for the incredible Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect video games, and while the story isn't quite as epic as the previously stated titles, that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially considering that there are two more books in this series. Overall, highly recommended for any Star Wars fan.

aeverhart Aug 07, 2011

Interesting story on how one becomes a sith! Well written.

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