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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
Published (first published September 26th 2006)
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Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nicholas Karpuk
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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.
Jul 27, 2012 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
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
The writing was good, and I was pretty much hooked throughout the whole story. The problem I had with this story is all the talk of power and destruction.....I know it may be wrong of me to point this out but it felt very targeted for boys....I also had a problem with Dessel's looks, oh man, I sound so shallow.....I guess this just wasn't for me. But the writing is awesome and learning about the sith was cool too.
Dec 01, 2007 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
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only the strong will survive

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, written by Drew Karpyshyn is a finer Star Wars book. It is the story of a man named Dessel that escapes a life of hardship on a mining colony to join the Sith Empire against their never-ending battle against the Republic and the Jedi Order, roughly a thousand years before the events of The Phantom Menace.

Des is recognized for his exceptional skills in the military and latent abilities in the Force and is taken to the Sith Academy on
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
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
Aug 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jody Ellis
Jun 27, 2014 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!
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.

Cool quotes:
“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
Jan 04, 2010 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
Feb 19, 2008 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.
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
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.

หลังจากทีแทะโลมเรืองราวของ STAR WARS มามากมายจาก แตไมเคยอานเองจริงๆ เสียที ในทีสุดกไดโอกาสทดสอบวิทยายุทธทีฝึกฝนมาจากอาจารย Lehninger, อาจารย Abbas, อาจารย Burn & Levy, อาจารย Katzung ฯลฯ มามากมายกับหนังสือนิยาย STAR WARS เลมแรกทีไดอาน คือ STAR WARS: Darth Bane: Path of D
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!!!! Just wow!! The more books I read from the old EU the more I see why people loved it so much. I want to say I am a fan of Bane but hot damn he scares the poop out of me! Amazing book!
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Aug 06, 2011 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
Sep 04, 2007 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
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 04, 2014 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.
Jesse Sommeling
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading someone often told me that if I really liked the book of Revan -written by Drew Karpyshyn- I should definitely read one of his masterpieces. If I didn't like Revan at all, I should still read the 'darn book.

I read it. Enjoyed it. It was marvelous. If you really want to have an honest look at the dark side of the force, you should definitely pick this one up. There's much more to the Dark Side than masochistic salty old men with a fling for red sabers and god-complexes.
VeRMiNaaRD ١٩٥٤
Bir solukta bir kitabı bitirmeyeli 2 sene oldu. Bugün 2 sene aradan sonra ilk kez bir kitaba başlayıp hiç ara vermeden okuyup bitirdim. Tek kelimeyle harikaydı. Alıntı yapılacak çok söz vardı. Bir antikahramanın nasıl ortaya çıktığını nasıl yükseldiğini bizlere başarılı bir biçimde sunan harika bir eserdi. Hız kesmeden seriye devam edeceğim.
Nicole Geub
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really care too much about Star Wars and all its details, but I took a chance on this one and actually enjoyed it. I liked it because it wasn't to heavy in the star wars mythos and it has the right amount of intrigue and action. as bad as Bane is, you can't hate him.
Zandt McCue
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
listened to the audiobook during work
Štěpán Tichý
Achjo, hltal jsem každou větu, to bylo super! Škoda, že to není canon! Šup na dvojku!
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: place-albania
Dessel has lived all his life in the small mining community on the far-off planet, Apatros, in the Outer Rim; and he's probably going to die there too. If his chances of getting off the planet were slim before, it feels like a distant day dream once his father dies and his debts are transferred to Des. But when he kills a Republic soldier in self-defense after an intense card game, he realises he'll be lucky if he gets out of the trial alive. With the help of a friend, Dessel is smuggled off Apa ...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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