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Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1)

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“Two there should be; no more, no less.
One to embody the power, the other to crave it.”
–Darth Bane, Dark Lord of the Sith

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel, a cortosis miner, 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
Paperback, 389 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Del Rey (first published September 26th 2006)
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"Equality is a myth to protect the weak. Some of us are strong in the Force, others are not. Only a fool believes otherwise."

Once upon a time, in the days of Ajunta Pall and Marka Ragnos, of Revan and Vitiate, the Sith were always united under one great leader. A brutal hierarchy of Force-users, masters of the dark side, with the most powerful of them claiming the glorious mantle of the Dark Lord of the Sith. But those days are gone. In the wake of their passing stands Skere Kaan and the Brother
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

The Old Republic: a time when thousands of Jedi and Sith clash over and over again for the fate of the galaxy. This struggle between the disciples of the Force seemingly eternal in nature. Each side evolving, building anew after the tide of war turns against them. The cycle of Jedi then Sith repeating endlessly.

In Path of Destruction, the Jedi are ascendant again; their enemies the Sith having undergone yet another transformation, as the days of the Dark Lords
Nicholas Karpuk
Jan 28, 2016 Nicholas Karpuk rated it it was ok
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
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.
Jun 12, 2015 T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans who are into philosophy
It is easy, especially by some intellectuals, to ignore the beauty or depth of something simple while being carried away by the sheer magic of complex sentences and obscure statements. 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 in a relatively simpler way.

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
Dec 07, 2007 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science_fiction
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
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
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
Jody Ellis
May 09, 2016 Jody Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always a Star Wars text does not disappoint. It was only the ending that seemed flat but overall a well rounded book. The battles are clear and the whole book devoid of fillers.

I do look forward to the second but I think a small break from Star Wars is needed before I start the second!
Jan 04, 2010 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2008 Olivia rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Vaishali Joglekar
Won't enrapture you like the Darth Plagueis audiobook, whose protagonist is horrifyingly slick. Darth Bane starts as a handsome, burly, and patient Sith lord... but lives too much in his own head. The result is a slow plot and characters we don't care about. The ending is excellent, however.

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“Agree with someone, and they’ll be your friend for the rest of the night. Cross them, and they might hate you for weeks.”

“Dez had learned long ago not to escalate a fight unless he
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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Mar 16, 2016 Ryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
Jul 18, 2016 Audrey rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. It contained all the evilness that I can hope for in a book (and that I rarely get). I also love when the characters don't have it easy. I will surely read the others in the series.
Lance Shadow
I was pretty hyped to read this book. After reading the review from Crystal Starr Light , a prolific reviewer on this sight who I am a big fan of, as well as Kristian Harloff from the Schmoesknow YouTube channel, and just all the other good things I hear about these books, I just couldn't wait to pick up Path of Destruction.
I went to a used bookstore in Eastsound, WA, and picked up a hardcover of this book along with a hardcover of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and a paperback cop
I'm officially a fan of Drew Karpyshyn. This is the third book of his I have read and he has been consistent in his quality of Star Wars novels.

Path of Destruction is the best SW novel I have read by him so far and I think it equal to or maybe better than my favorite Star Wars novel Traitor. I'll have to mull that over before I make a final decision.

This is the first book in a trilogy centered around Darth Bane. According to the Legends timeline, he is the one that institutes the Rule of Two. Ba
Aug 07, 2011 Iset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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
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Oct 03, 2007 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jonathan Gradén
I LOVED this book. Not only did it expand my German vocabulary, it also become one of my absolute favourite books ever. The mystique, the character development and the ominous aura of it just permeated the entire reading experience. Excellent.

I wonder if I should be writing this in German?
Jul 09, 2014 Andrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable. Fun. Different from most other SW books.
What more to say?
Bane is brutally awesome.
Mar 20, 2014 Darren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoe Blackwood
Aug 24, 2014 Zoe Blackwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 05, 2016 Dom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I am not a Star Wars fanatic, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was intriguing, fresh, and kept my interest through out. I especially enjoyed looking in the Dark Side, since all the portrayals of Star Wars I have seen, deal with the Light Side.

Seeing the motives and drive of a Dark Lord, and especially seeing him arrive to becoming one, after his journey from a childhood of pain, suffering, and bondage, was highly interesting.

The only drawback with this book, I felt, was that t
Michael *Windrunner*
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I very much enjoy the Star Wars universe, but most of my reading has been after the events of A New Hope. Naturally, I've been thinking about Star Wars a lot lately with the next installment looming on the tantalizing horizon. My musings took me to this question - "how come after "all" the Jedi were destroyed in Episode III did we not have a huge resurgence of the Sith?" A friend of mine suggested that I read this trilogy to get into the mindset of the Sith ...more
Apr 16, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He’s a young man, portrayed by Mark Hamill at some point, who is plunged into a battle between two warring states, taught to wield the Force with agility, destroys the current manifestation of the Sith, and reshapes the Order he belongs to into something that barely resembles the old order. Oh, you thought I was talking about Luke Skywalker, didn’t you? But I wasn’t. I was talking about Darth Bane, the man who destroyed the Sith, only to remake it and prepare it for its ultimate victory.

Drew Kar
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
Oct 03, 2013 Doppelganger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2010 Leeanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Star Wars: Darth Bane #1: Path of Destruction, by Drew Karpyshyn

"Path of Destruction" novelizes the story of Darth Bane, which had previously been told in comic format. Bane is the creator of the modern Sith order, the one who created the Rule of Two; he believe that there should only be two Sith, one Master to embody the power and one apprentice to want the power.

The book is a solid start to a series about one of the most famous figures in the Star Wars Universe, and provides a good amount of
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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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