In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man's journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes. As the last surviving Sith, Darth Bane promulgated a harsh new directive: the Rule of Two.
Two there should be; no more, no less.
One to embody the power, the other to crave it.
Now Darth Bane is ready to put his policy into action, and he thinks he has found the key element that will make his triumph complete: a student to train in the ways of the dark side. Though she is young, Zannah possesses an instinctive link to the dark side that rivals his own. With his guidance, she will become essential in his quest to destroy the Jedi and dominate the galaxy.
But there is one who is determined to stop Darth Bane: Johun Othone, Padawan to Jedi Master Lord Hoth, who died at Bane's hands in the last great Sith War. Though the rest of the Jedi scoff at him, Joshua's belief that there are surviving Sith on the loose is unshakeable.
As Johun continues his dogged pursuit of the man who killed his master, Zannah, faced unexpectedly with a figure from her past, begins to question her embrace of the dark side. And Darth Bane is led by Force-induced visions to a moon where he will acquire astonishing new knowledge and power - power that will alter him in ways he could never have imagined....
©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio
I've listened to Starwars Kenobi, and didn't care much for the lazy space western, next came Darth Vader, which seemed short and unfinished, later listened to The Force Unleashed which left me mildly satisfied, but Darth Bane is one of the Jewels so far in the Republic series. Could make a good movie, but 2, even 3 hours wouldn't be enough. Also what is narrated, battles and use of force (dark and light) is better told in writing or heard than on the screen. Great book to start a series based on "The law of Two". I look forward to the next book.
This book is great. Bane is still as (if not more) griffing awesome as ever. The one shortcoming is that Bane's perspective is less prevalent than in book 1, but Zannah is a pretty interesting character as well.
Wow this book surpasses my expectations , it is truly gripping from start to Finnish
A tale Full of Interesting characters which expands in several perspectives on situations giving you real insight to what's going on .
Best audio book I've heard and narrated brilliantly
amazing book, listened to this series quite a few times now aswel as red them
Great book, taking you through the life of Darth Bane and the establishment of the rule of two. You get the impression that the character thinks higher of himself, than even he is prepared to admit.
The narrator is good as well, using different voice and accents that make it easy to distinguish between characters at any given time.
Star Wars Fan
Great listen, finding out how Bane and his apprentice go about re-establishing the sith order in his vision. Stay with Bane as he goes about finding more about he ancient sith order and his apprentice as she begins her training and learns how to survive using the dark side as her ally.
Really looking forward to listening to part three next month and getting to the conclusion of this great trilogy.
I read these a while back nd was hooked. I love this series and the evoulution of the Sith 1000 years before Anakin turns up.
Fantastic listen! All three!
"Legacy of the Order of Sith Lords is Born"
Excellent narration, excellent story.....The Rule of Two "One to embody the power, one to crave it." is a game changer for not only the Sith, but the galaxy as a whole. Darth Bane and Darth Zannah begin the grand plan to topple the Jedi, along the way of laying the foundation they must make perilous journey's. Zannah must infiltrate the Jedi Order itself while Darth Bane heads to the orders ancestral home world of Tython. The Path of Destruction started in book 1 continues, and many will suffer.
"The Ultimate Anti-Hero!!!"
Yes! The sound effects and background noise make it so much more enjoyable!! You can actually put yourself into the action.
So many stand out moments...but if pressured...the final battle is quite awesome! It seem to last like for 10 minutes of listening!!
He does them all quite well, even the females. However, I think he seems to do quite well with Valenthyne Farfalla. He seems to put allot of emotion and feeling into his dialog.
The Ultimate Anti-Hero
Even though Bane is the real main character here, he spends allot of time in the background. The gist of the story focuses on Zannah and her missions and training. Also on her doubts. She is by a Sith for sure, but sometimes feels torn about it.
"Loved It...Want More"
The "Rule of Two" was amazingly fun and a great listening experience. As a sequel, I was concerned the story would fail to live up to the quality of the first book, Path of Destruction. While different, the book still managed to exceed my expectations. The story throws in some surprises as Bane goes on the hunt for ancient holocrons and begins preparing his new apprentice for her eventual rise to power. The ending introduces additional twists and turns that I found interesting. The narration and production quality are the same as the first book (which I loved) and continue to receive nothing but the highest of praise from me.
If I had to pick a couple of criticisms, one would be that I do not really agree with Bane's ideology of the "rule of two". I find that the Sith, whether they are two or two million, suffer the same backstabbing and power hungry intentions regardless of their numbers. Another criticism would be the lack of force power use and the over reliance of the light saber. These are more issues with the universe as a whole rather than the author since force users create barriers against each other hence the reliance on the sabers. These are comments regarding the lore overall, but are two things that often surface to the top of my thoughts. Although I find myself disappoint by the progression of the Sith to a "rule of two" rule of two ideology and the lore's nullification of force powers, I still found the story, characters, narration and overall enjoyment of the book carried through till the end.
Overall, an exceptional tale with fun twists and turns that delighted me every step of the way.
"Can't wait till book 3"
Not a let down. Often the middle of trio has no real plot and is all set up for part three. This book did an excellent job of creating a unique story and still left me wanting for the next one.
He caries this series well and I look forward to listening to him again.
"star wars classic"
this is the stuff of legends . darth vader who? long live the sith...... classic
"Glad to see this come to audiobook"
The story and the characters. I loved reading all three books and the audio version did not disappoint.
I loved how it was unabridged, so you didn't lose a minute of the action.
I've always enjoyed his performances on Star Wars titles. My only fault was there was one or two moment for about 5 minutes apiece where there was a reverb effect where none was needed. It made everything sound like a interior monologue when it was obviously not.
"I'm In Love With A Sith Lord!!!"
I would say this is definitely, absolutely in my top 5 favorite of all times.
I have grappled with the immensely confusing feelings that reading these first two books in the trilogy have brought about because I freaking love Darth Bane, even though he's kiiiind of not such a great guy, morally.
Love me some Darth Bane. He's just spectacularly awesome in every way.
He's now among my favorite narrators - I am very impressed. He seems to be familiar enought with the Star Wars Universe to give compelling & believable performances.
I would love nothing more than a film of this book. Title?
The Light Side Aint the Right Side. Eh??!
I am worried that whatever I read next (after the next & final book in this saga) will never measure up to The Bane Trilogy.
Terrific detail and pace throughout the story, this is an amazing continuance of the story and I am very eager to read the third!
"2 to rule"
This makes the sith code and the rule of two makes so much sense. The way this book is written and read, gives you an understanding for the philosophy and thought process if the sith. Their are always two sides to most opinions and this book describes the sith persuasion. Such a fun book to listen to... Worth buying for sure...
Drew Karpyshyn's story is brought to life with the beautiful narration provided by Jonathan Davis. Subtle ambient noises in the background make the locations and fights unique and beautiful.
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