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Schöpfer der Dunkelheit (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1)

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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 awe...more
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Nicholas Karpuk
Jun 11, 2010 Nicholas Karpuk rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: DORKS! You know who you are!
Star Wars is funny. Not on purpose, mind you.

This book features a protagonist whose chosen name is so stupid I refuse to actually use it. For the purposes of this review, he shall be Darth Tickle.

Darth Tickle lives a couple thousand years before Luke ever whines about power converters, born to an abusive father on an unpleasant mining planet. After committing a murder in self-defense, Tickle flees the planet, joining the Brotherhood of Darkness (snicker), and eventually gets recruited by the Si...more
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. A good addition to the Star Wars mythos. Darth Bane is a fairly well drawn character and the story is fast paced and fun. Will certainly read the sequel to see whether the author goes with the story.
Tuna
Dec 13, 2012 Tuna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans who are into philosophy
It is easy, especially by intellectuals, to ignore the beauty or depth of something simple while being carried away by the sheer magic of complex sentences and deep philosophy. However as an unmistakable fan of Hegel, Lacan and Zizek i can't help but think the real magic is in telling or expressing something complex with simple ways.

Think about this quote from Hegel:

"It is manifest that behind the so-called curtain which is supposed to
conceal the inner world, there is nothing to be seen unless w...more
Leeloodallas
The long and the short: The Sith finally get smart and use some of the better Jedi ideas to actually score some real victories against their enemies. Then some retro-idiot gets obsessed with scrolls and destroys the one hope the Dark Side had for victory over the light side by manipulating a power-hungry Sith into using a WMD (weapon of mind-destruction). In the process, he reduces the Sith to less than nothing: one shadowed, "cunning," figure who trains a second to lust for his power.

No matter...more
Crystal Starr Light
"One to embody the power and one to crave it"
A thousand years before The Phantom Menace, Anakin Skywalker, Palpatine, and the Clone Wars, the Sith and the Jedi were large forces and at war with each other. On a God-forsaken world, Apatros, better known for being a source of cortosis, a mineral used in deflecting lightsabers, Dessel mined the tunnels as his abusive father before him. His life is pretty dreary until he plays cards with some Republic soldiers and wins. The soldiers seek to show him...more
Angel
I may have mentioned before that I don't read a lot of Star Wars novels. I consider myself a casual fan. Like many fiction series, the SW books are very "hit or miss." I have enjoyed some, but I have also found others were not very good. This is one I highly recommend. I think the more "hardcore" fans will definitely appreciate it. I also think more casual readers like me will like it. The book gives the origins of the Sith, explaining why it is that we only see two Sith, a master and an apprent...more
Aaron
This book seemed like a good choice for something to read on a plane. On my previous trip I was confronted with a new peril of trying to read something challenging in a confined space: sitting next to a conversation about which Twilight was hotter. I'm used to reading in loud areas, but I have limits where my brain will shut down. And a working brain really is no requirement for a Star Wars book. While I had never read a Star Wars book before, I was actually familiar with the author's work as he...more
Olivia
Being a bit masochistic, I have read many a crap Star Wars book in my day. Jedi Trial, The Ruins of Dantooine, Labyrinth of Evil, Dark Lord, The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy and Children of the Jedi all spring to mind, among others. Suffice to say, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction joins the ranks of its less-than-illustrious predecessors. This book is pure crap. Seriously, how does this kind of shit even make it to press? Has Del Rey even heard of quality control? The writing is shoddy, the charact...more
Ryan
More like "Darth 'Meh'." I'm a huge Star Wars fan, I am. But I really just couldn't bring myself to care at all about anything going on in this book. It didn't help that there was little in the way of character development and not much of a story here to begin with. Add in the author's background as a video game writer and you get a big pile o' mediocre.
Papope Mueanpaopong
Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

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Isis
After hearing Darth Bane mentioned several times as one of the seminal members of the Sith Order, it was interesting to finally read his story. Bane isn’t an instantly likable character, and of course he gets more and more evil throughout, but somehow he grows on you, perhaps because the reader is looking over his shoulder through it all. But it’s easy to see where Bane goes wrong, even from the beginning of the book. There’s something slightly off about Dessel’s attitude, even making allowances...more
Melissa
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Derek
Oct 03, 2007 Derek rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
The book is set a thousand years before the Star Wars Trilogy, the story is about a boy called Bane who had always lived in his fathers debts and always despised his father. One day after he kills a man with force he is taken in by "Brotherhood of Darkness" Also known as the "Sith". There Bane trains hard to become the Ultimate Sith to destroy the rest of the Jedi and end the endless war betwen the jedi and the sith. While training in the academy he finds faults in the "The Brotherhood of Darkne...more
Andrey
Enjoyable. Fun. Different from most other SW books.
What more to say?
Bane is brutally awesome.
Maegan
I want to say that normally, a book written like this one (lacked any emotional response from characters, I didn't even flinch at the death scenes because they were so poorly executed) I would rate at 2 stars. But I am a big sucker for history of series that I love and this has a lot of history in the Star Wars saga that i didn't know, and I like gaining the that knowledge. Such as what it was like for the sith in this book and their former days verses what I know of the sith in the newer storie...more
Darren
A solid 3.5 stars (rounded up) and a good start to what I am hoping proves to be a very interesting series (my first reading of Drew's work). As a fellow Canadian writer who happens to be a fan of the EU, and considering we live in neighboring provinces, I really looked forward to reading this book :)

I think Path of Destruction starts out extremely strong. Bane's beginnings and character arc on Apotros was probably my favorite element of the book. Very tight writing and excellent pace. The middl...more
Zoe Blackwood
The story of Darth Bane's journey from a cortosis miner with an abusive father to a member of the Dark Brotherhood to reigning Sith Lord is a fascinating, amazingly entertaining read.

Science fiction novels, Star Wars titles especially, can get muddled down with technicality, which appeals to some, but I don't want to read a detailed ship analysis, I am more drawn to stories. Drew Karpyshyn delivers a great story, that also is very important to the overall history of the Brotherhood of Darkness a...more
Brad Wheeler
All the Sith characters in this novel could've been named Darth Nefarious. Given that this is one of the higher-rated Star Wars books on Goodreads, I'd really expected more than two-dimensional characters, stupid ignorance of the realities of the Star Wars universe (a lengthy ground-pounding war between Force users? Seriously?), and just generally lazy plotting.

I think that a lot of the book's problems were that its plot was basically circumscribed by the Jedi vs. Sith comics series from a few y...more
Doppelganger
This Star Wars novel was a fast paced and enjoyable read from start to finish. Drew Karpyshyn does a good job telling the tale of how a tough skinned miner makes the transition to dark lord of the Sith. One thing I like about this author's style, is his ability to keep a strong and interesting pace. At no point in the book do you find yourself drudging along, wondering when some action or anything of substance is going to take place. He is also adept at handing matters of the dark side, using de...more
J. Else
"The Force will change you. It will transform you... the teachings of the Jedi are focused on fighting and controlling this transformation... True power can come only to those who embrace the transformation. There can be no compromise." - Darth Revan

As a fan of Jedi, I was disappointed in the small glipse of their troops and characters. General Hoth (nice name) was more like a dictator wanna-be than an enlighted Jedi leader. Then there's Farfalla, a vain man who likes to show off his dazzling cl...more
Richard Barnes
It's a Star Wars book - I've long since given up on reading anymore genuinely good Star Wars books, the Thrawn trilogy that the books kicked off with have never been surpassed. I have waded through the awful Jedi Academy trilogy, the even worse Darksaber and last year, gave up on the dismal "I Jedi".

The only reason I gave this a go was because I had just got a Kobo and it was one of my library's limited selection of ebooks.

However, I'm pleased to say it was a fun read - Darth Bane is a suitably...more
Greg
"Path of Destruction" is an awesome story. As you may have noticed (if you've looked over some of the other books I've read) I'm somewhat of a Star Wars "geek". I've always wanted to learn more of the history of Star Wars and where the rules of master and apprentice, there can be only 2, came from. I had been able to pick up throughout my searches on the Internet that Darth Bane was the Sith Lord who changed the Sith ways, and started the new way of thinking for the Sith. When I found out that t...more
Seth
Read. This. Book. 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 hatefu...more
Amielle
As an avid Star Wars fan, I found this an interesting book. Not only does it come so long before the original Star Wars (according to the time line in the front of the books, it says 1020 years before A New Hope), but most of the book is focused on a Sith's point of view. That's not something I've read in my few Star Wars readings.

Watching Des's path from becoming just a miner to becoming Darth Bane is interesting. I was captured from when I started the book to when I finished the book and coul...more
Christopher
Wow. This book was awesome!!! It's hard even to give it a full review because it has rendered me speechless. The character of Bane himself is absolutely troubling. Karpyshyn must have read up on some basic abnormal psychology, because Bane's character arc seems to follow the one from how a normal child turns into a serial killer in adulthood. Karpyshyn's ending also reflects some of the core characteristics at work in Darth Sidious's (aka Emperor Palpatine's) plan to eliminate the Jedi and rule...more
Jason Luna
It started out pretty good. Like "hey, who's this Bane guy, where's his life going to go? IS that really him on that spooky cover?" But once he joins the Sith, and his path becomes clear, it's a little hard to stick with it.

The steps that characters take are A) really clear when the scheme of things is considered. Bane is the guy, no girls allowed, certainly, no one else can look good for long or live to survive that mistake B) and we get a lot of descriptive prose about it. "Githany couldn't un...more
Marly
Path of Destruction traces the evolution of a young man named Dessel from his bleak existence as a cortosis miner on Apatros to the most powerful Sith Lord in the galaxy. Sounds interesting, right? It's not.

This isn't Drew Karpyshyn's worst Star Wars book, but that's not saying a whole lot. The prose is simple and shallow, and what should be epic is simply mundane. To add insult to injury, Karpyshyn runs roughshod over established SWEU continuity with his version of events but fails to improve B...more
David

As you may have already guessed the book is solely dedicated to Darth Bane. Right from the beginning till the end you are told the incredible story of his transformation from just another miner from planet Apatros to a Dark Lord of the Sith.


As a loyal Star Wars fan I have watched the movies dozens of times. However, I haven't really spent enough time exploring the universe more thoroughly. This was my first book of the series and I must say that for someone who began reading it with no high expe

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Fantifica
Reseña de Lorenzo Martínez · Nota: 5,7 · Reseña en Fantífica

El universo de Star Wars es un lugar que rebosa héroes y villanos por todos lados, aunque se mantenga una especie de equilibrio entre ambos y podamos encontrar de todo, desde los tradicionales héroes sin mácula hasta los terribles imperiales que no dudan en llevar a cabo genocidios de especies alienígenas. La figura del antihéroe es bastante popular en la saga galáctica y, para muestra,ahí tenemos a Anakin Skywalker. Y es que antihéroes...more
Matthew Ciarvella
This was a surprisingly good read. Once again, I'm reminded of Maul: Lockdown and my problems with that book as I consider what I enjoyed about this one

Darth Bane is an interesting and thoughtful villain protagonist. Bane's a big guy, bald and muscular (kind of like another well known Bane . . . except that this one doesn't have a mask of any sort). He's also a thoughtful and contemplative villain, espousing his philosophies on strength and power as he works his way up the ladder to becoming a t...more
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Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer. After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer. He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur's Gate series, and wrote the tie-in novel for Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal. He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars:...more
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