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Rule of Two

(Star Wars: Darth Bane #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  17,378 ratings  ·  631 reviews
In the New York Times bestseller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young mans 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 d ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Del Rey Books
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Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is sequel to Path of Destruction: A Novel of the Old Republic (Star Wars: Darth Bane) it continues immediately after the first book and then jumps 10 years. The book follows Bane's apprentice from an innocent 10 year old to claim her own Darth title. Zannah can be even more cold blooded then her master. This book is enjoyable and it is a credit to the author that he finished this book in 6 months. This book is the second step in the 1000 year plan that became Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
"There must only be two, No more and no less."
- Darth Bane

Rule of Two is a wonderful continuation to this amazing saga. Ten years have passed since the Seventh Battle of Ruusan, and Zannah's apprenticeship under Bane has been blooming for years, hidden in the shadows. The Jedi believe the Sith extinct, but a state visit from the Supreme Chancellor has the potential to unshroud the mysteries of the Dark Side.

This second book of the Bane trilogy is probably the weakest one, but it does have what i
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
"Darth Zannah, you are my apprentice. The heir to my legacy"
After greatly enjoying Star Wars. Darth Bane - Path of Destruction (PoD), I delved into part two.
Bane begins his training of his heir, Zannah, in the Dark Arts and continues to add confusion to the Republic and the Jedi Order. Can't really expand more on it than that, to be honest.

What I Liked:
One of the best things about this book is how it deals with such an under-explored area: the Sith. I enjoyed reading more about Bane, what hap
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
This trilogy is still going strong in volume 2. One thing that I like about it is that every character is interesting (in fact, a few are almost more interesting than Bane himself). There is never a moment when the book moves on to another character's perspective that I am disappointed. ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It seems that "Rule of Two" is book two. No worries I am familiar with Darth Bane and his early days. This takes place after Kaan's Dark Brotherhood was wiped out after the Thought Bomb on Russan. While the cover is off putting since Bane looks like a KISS groupie striking a pose and Zannah his apprentice, who looks like an angry gnome. Ignore the cover.

First off I'd like to point out the character of Zannah. Without a wiff of SJW tropes, she has truly fit my image of a "strong female character"
John McDermott
Fun (and violent! ) Star Wars entertainment. Excellent light sabre duel at the end. Darth Bane is my new favourite Sith Lord !!
Aug 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
First, there should be more stars that have something to say about bad books, because out of the five-star system above, only one says that I "didn't like it." Well, just as there are degrees of "liking" there are degrees of "not liking" and this one would probably be at the bottom of the latter.

The first book, "Path of Destruction" was actually pretty good. The best part of that book was probably reading about Bane's training in Korriban, and how he went from a despised trainee to a cunning war
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Good story, but predictable and juvenile. As I mentioned for the first book of this series, it's video game origins are readily apparent.

Avoids the usual fan fiction limitations by including none of "the usual [Star Wars] suspects" by being set longer ago than even "long,long ago."

Speaking of which . . . it's interesting how the technology of the Star Wars galaxy seems frozen. There's no appreciable improvement in anything--medicine, weapons, transportation--in the thousands of years spanned by
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, but I rounded up. A good read, though not as well told as the first book. I liked book one for Drew's impressive handling of Darth Bane's transition from a miner to a Sith lord. Rule of Two was more about the story of Zannah's own transition to become Darth Bane's apprentice, but I didn't find her journey nearly as dramatic, since we do skip ahead 10 years in the novel from the time Bane first takes her on.

The ending, however, was superb. It's one of those where you know that somethi
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second entry in Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane trilogy kept me turning the pages, but like its predecessor, seemed like it didn’t live up to its potentially-awesome potential. Bane is a seriously neat character, but the novels themselves just never seem to rise to the challenge. I had really hoped that with the coming-of-age stuff completely out of the way we’d ditch the YA vibe the first one had and get into some deeper, darker territory. Well, these novels certainly are dark for Star Wars books, b ...more
3.0 stars. A good, if predicable, follow up to Path of Destruction that continues the story of Darth Bane and his creation of the current "Rule of Two" among the Sith. A fun, fast read that was perfect for when I was in the mood for something light to read. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, 2015
This book contains the best light saber battle I have read.
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Dec 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, sw
I didn't like Rule of Two. I didn't like the writing, I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the characters and I specially didn't like how Karpyshyn decided to write Zannah. I might give the third book a try just to see how the series ends, but this one was a major disappointment to me. ...more
Joshua Greer
Definitely the middle book of this trilogy. Enjoyable for some sections when talking about how different creations happened, completely creepy in others when talking about the Orbalisks.
Andre Lazar
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is actually an improvement on the first book in the series. The new main character, Zannah, is the apprentice that Darth Bane took at the end of the first book, and unlike Bane, she has some depth and complexity. While he is purely powered by white male rage and the angst of not being recognized as the alpha male he thinks he is, she experiences doubt, makes difficult choices, and outmaneuvers her opponents. Her character actually develops, and it's clear that there are more difficult ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Drew did an excellent job at overlapping character arcs - a solid mix of perspective and emotion. He also mixed in a good deal of lore, which immerses you in the story.

I gave it three stars because while I thought it was a strong EU novel, I just didn't love it. The middle book of a trilogy is, in my opinion, is the most difficult to write. The balance of keeping the reader interested and advancing the overall plot is a tricky dance.

I'm onto the third book now and hope it ends on a strong note.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing it wrong of me to say, I wish I lived in the world created by 'STARWARS'? ...more
Pete Eisenhauer
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any Star Wars fan, or any fan of anti-heroes
Just as good as the first of the Darth Bane books. I like the author's style. He does an excellent job of humanizing characters that would likely be stereotypical one-dimensional "bad guys" on the big screen. It was a glimpse into the mindset and the viewpoint of the Dark-Siders. It offers an intriguing alternative philosophy of the nature of the Force, filling in some of the gaps left between the cryptic quotes of Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, and Darth Vader. You will be hard-pressed to consider ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crabby Sith Lords
Shelves: guerre-stellari
It's official: I liked "Rule of Two" considerably better than its predecessor, probably because (ironically) it features a lot less Darth Bane and a lot more action and development of secondary characters like Zannah, Johun Othone, and so forth.

For a Star Wars novel it goes to some pretty dark places, but I guess that's to be expected when dealing with a book primarily focussed on the dastardly Sith.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Bane and Zannah's relationship develops into the deadly cat-an
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This was alright. I started losing some interest toward the end, but it is probably still one of the better Star Wars books.
Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
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Since I got the Libby App I have been listening to a lot of audio books. And Star Wars audio books are the best! This is the second book in the Darth Bane trilogy. This is a Legends book meaning it doesn't fit into the new canon books that have been released since the sale of the franchise to Disney. Ban is the darkside user who decides that for the Sith to survive their must only be two of them in existence. Bane has a young apprentice named Zanna and in this volume we see her
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The second Star Wars novel by Drew Karpyshyn set in the Old Republic, Darth Bane: Rule of Two picks up immediately after the climactic events of the first book Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. The detonation of former Sith leader Lord Kaan's thought bomb has devastated the Jedi and Sith remaining on the planet of Ruusan. Darth Bane has survived and has just chosen a new apprentice, a girl named Rain who has recently killed two Jedi in a fit of rage. Her cousin Tomcat, who was brought to Ruusan w ...more
Lance Shadow
Welcome back to my long overdue review series for the Darth Bane Trilogy! It has finally happened- I have read Darth Bane, Rule of Two for the very first time!

Before we continue, lets recap my thoughts for the first book, Path of Destruction- after a reread, I liked it more than I did the first time. The first five chapters were absolutely brilliant, and Darth Bane was a solidly written character with an identifiable personality and compelling reasons to descend into evil and ultimately reform t
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, favorites
Ten years have passed from the previous book and Bane's apprentice is growing, specially her power. Right in the beginning she is manipulating her lover for both pleasure and power.

There is a massive lightsaber battle, probably one of the best one in the entire saga.

Bane continues his studies, which is something I like characters to do. Also, the two Sith get in a lot of trouble as well. So much for secrecy, but it that fails, nothing that cunning and brute force can't solve.

The Jedi were a bit
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Darth Bane: Rule of Two was an intense and very dark tale in the Star Wars Universe, about 1000 years before the Star Wars films.
Although I enjoyed it, I had to stop often to absorb the grim and rather depressing nature of the Sith story.

As this is a sequel, it follows directly after Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. However, unlike its predecessor, it does not focus primarily on the story of the title character, Darth Bane. This book is mostly about Bane's apprentice, Darth Zannah. This did no
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Star Wars Legends Project #38

Background: Darth Bane: Rule of Two was written by Drew Karpyshyn and released in December of 2007, about a year after the first book in the trilogy Path of Destruction (my review).

Path of Destruction picks up immediately after the conclusion of Path of Destruction, in the aftermath of the pivotal Battle of Ruusan, then flashes forward ten years for the remainder of the novel, placing it 990 years before the Battle of Yavin. Many key points in the book continue t
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes yes yes yasssss! I can't get enough of this series, and I can't remember the last time I've torn through a book series so rapidly. The complexity of the characters continues to get better, and the writing just has this way of hooking you from chapter to chapter. (view spoiler) ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
It's an easy enough read, but I find it to be the least interesting of the Bane books. The opening sections dealing with the aftermath of the Thought Bomb are first rate, but once it turns to Zannah's machinations, I found myself wishing we could get back to Darth Bane and his obsession with Sith holocrons, and removing the Orbalisks. I also found the Jedi to be, for lack of a better term, pretty pathetic in this novel. Luckily, two much stronger novels bookend this one...and this one is certain ...more
Isaac Rider
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karpyshyn continues to offer a powerful insight into the dark side of the force. The sequel maintains the intrigue of its predecessor while elevating the characters and world-building. This elevation occurs by making the female characters more complex and offering a compelling warning about how good people can be driven to commit horrific crimes in the absence of love, connection, and support. If you liked the original, I would highly recommend this sequel.
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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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