This book was awesome! I had not read a Star Wars novel for several years and I missed them so I picked this up and was not disappointed! Darth Bane is the prophesied one who breaks the Sith in order to rebuild them back to their former glory. Plenty of Sith philosophy and action.
This Star Wars adventure is set in the ancient days of the Old Republic. The Sith flourish during this time and have formed a Dark Brotherhood to take over the galaxy and destroy the Jedi. The Jedi form an Army of Light, led by Lord Hoth, to stop the Sith menace once and for all. The two armies collide on a backwater world and total Armageddon breaks out.
Into this comes Darth Bane. Born and raised on a mining colony and treated like dirt, the young man is taken under the wing of the Sith. While fighting in their armies, they learn of his raw talent in the Force. He is taken to their academy and trained in the ways of the Dark Side. While there, Bane learns while studying in the ancient archives that the Sith have become weak and are on their way to destruction. Will it be he that leads them there?
This is one of the best sci-fi novels I've read in a long time! Mr. Karpyshyn is responsible for the video game stories of the Knights of the Old Republic, so he knows this era like the back of his hand. Even if you're not a fan of the Star Wars movies, you can enjoy this one! You don't have to know all of the backstory and trivia of the series to follow this novel, since it predates the movie stories by millenia.
The story itself is great and ominous. It's like the Darth Vader story in reverse. We get to see the Sith making the mistake of underestimating one of their own, rather than the Jedi in the movies. There are parallels to the new trilogy in this one, but the story stands on it's own. A truly wonderful read for Star Wars buffs and general space opera fans alike.
Very good book. Pretty easy reading.
Wonderful to see how the Sith "Rule of Two" was established and read about someone becoming a Sith.
Following Darth Bane to his rise is definitely a great read. I read this book three times.
In Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn explores the rise of Darth Bane, the Sith lord behind the infamous "Rule of Two".
Karpyshyn does a good job of creating a sympathetic antihero. Bane is thoroughly evil, and you know that he's never going to change, but he's had such a terrible life, and runs into so many obstacles, you still almost find yourself cheering for him. Bane's fellow Sith Githany is also well done, and for some reason find her character extremely fascinating and wish we could see more of her.
However, the same can't be said for the rest of the supporting cast. With the possible exception of Kas'im, most of the other characters are pretty one dimensional. Of course, Bane is the solitary type, so it doesn't detract from the story as much as it would in most other books, but it still lowers the quality of the writing.
All in all, though this is classified as Young Adult in my library, even adult Star Wars fans will enjoy this new dimension added to the SW universe. The book is pretty clean, apart from the fact that most of the Sith feel no remorse at committing murder, though graphic details are spared, meaning that twelve and up can appreciate this look into the mind of one of the most famed villains in the Star Wars mythos.
This book was ok. It was really detailed, and it was details you didn't need, like how the rooms looked, what was in the rooms etc etc etc. I skipped every other chapter because the detail was just so over whelming that it was killing the story line and I still understood perfectly what was going on in the book and understood how Darth Bane came to be.
If you like rich detailed books that the details pertain to nothing, then hey this book is right up your alley. If those annoying details annoy you, be prepared to play skip chapters, because it's the only way to get through this book without giving up on the whole thing.
Darth Bane is so cool!! You have to immediately buy the sequel as soon as you finish this one it really leaves you on the edge!!