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402 books · 1,110 voters · list created July 31st, 2008 by Steffi ~mereadingbooks~ (votes) .
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message 1: by Joseph (new)

Joseph If anyone votes for the Darth Bane books high they should have their votes eliminated. Those two books were the worst books I have ever read in the Star Wars theme. The author has no concept of what Star Wars was or is.




message 2: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Joseph wrote: "If anyone votes for the Darth Bane books high they should have their votes eliminated. Those two books were the worst books I have ever read in the Star Wars theme. The author has no concept of was or is."

The Darth Bane trilogy takes place 1,000 years before the events of the movies, and at a time where the Sith were in great number.

The author practically tells you how they came to what they are in the Prequels, how they came back down to Master/Apprentice from a large gathering of Sith. I can't possibly see how you can think the author doesn't know about Star Wars. The references to an even older time period should be enough.


message 3: by Deadnaut (new)

Deadnaut Yeah I think that Joseph just has plain bad taste. I'm still catching up on many of the Star Wars books, but that's a pretty bad remark about the Darth Bane series. Personally, I found the 1st book in particular to be one of the best Star Wars stories I've ever read. Zahn is definitely king, but to read about the grand history of the Sith kept me anxious to get the 2nd and 3rd books! So screw you Joe.


message 4: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Hey Deadnaut-screw you to. It is a joke if you think that a person of Bane's age can just pick up the Sith training and not only the top student, but all the other Sith Masters and Lords are not as strong of him and also scared of him. Of of this because he draws from childhood memories.

Then there is the whole Think Bomb he is able to do figure out reading old texts from the past Siths that kills all the Siths. Right.

The worst is the ending where he finds a 10 year girl to make her his apprentice. She killed 2 jedi's because they killed her cousins. If this author had any idea about Star Wars he would have known Jedi's don't just kill people. But then this little girl decides yes I want to join the Sith side and learn the evil ways. I find this hard to believe.

So, Darth Bane takes the title and claims this 10 year old girl to be his apprentice. Then he leaves her on the planet and says if you want off the planet to be my apprentice you have to get off the planet yourself. So he somehow gets picked up by this rescue team of 2 adults and 2 boys (because the Jedi folks would allow 2 boys to accompany them on a rescue mission) and she kills them with the force that she just learned. She meets up with Darth (Right, most 10 year olds are lost and could never do this) and he finds what he is looking for, but gets this creatures stuck on him (almost like in the movie Lost in Space). But don't worry they are said to give him strength and won't kill him.

Then it takes you 10 years later, the little girl is grown up, he says she is hot (he made another reference on a Sith in the first book of how hot this other girl was), and somehow Darth has this creatures to multiply all over his body (even though they were supposed to grow slowly), AND that Darth has this wealth of contactss and spies through out the galaxy even though he was this poor miner who knew no one. Sure.

Then there is this crap about casting spells and such. Ummm, this is not Warcraft or D&D. And he should know that the Chiss don't venture outside their galaxy very much and I am sure they didn't 1,000 years before Luke, Leia, etc. He has no concept about the overall story board.

Basically there is no story or plot. It never tells you why Darth was such a bad ass like he said he was. Sure he kills some Jedi's in the book, but he doesn't do much against them as a whole or the Republic. The book ends with Dartha and the girl escaping, not being found out and ready to do more in the future.

Oh wait the last part was in book 2.


message 5: by Cameron (new)

Cameron Joseph, you either skimmed over the book or were just disinterested when you read it. The reason Bane could pick Sith training so easily was because he was the Sith'ari, the chosen one of the Sith similiar to the chosen one prophecy of the Jedi.

You also criticize the author for not knowing anything about Star Wars. You must have missed the part where the Jedi killed the 10 year old girl's friend, a telepathic species native to the planet, not her cousins.

The rescue team that found her was comprised of a republic soldiers, and their two sons. There were no Jedi on the shuttle.

You talk about spells and such are not part of the Star Wars universe, but what do you think the Force is? Is a Jedi Mind Trick not a type of spell, and could it not be twisted by a Sith to be used for evil?

Path of Destruction is the first in a three book trilogy, and to understand the whole concept you have to read all three. This trilogy covers the Dark Side of the Force and how the Sith came to be as we know them in the movies.


message 6: by Joseph (new)

Joseph I just didn't like it, what is the big deal?


message 7: by Rachael (last edited Nov 24, 2010 09:50PM) (new)

Rachael I like the books, and I agree with Infamous, but Joseph does have a point in that Darth Bane unrealistically has a lot of contacts that he has accumulated. Even with him having ten years to get them...most contacts probably wouldn't stay loyal for that long, even for money.


Crystal Starr Light I like the books too, but each person is entitled to his or her own opinion. Even though I liked the series, there were parts in the Bane books that made me go "Huh?"


message 9: by Edward (new)

Edward Erdelac I never cared for the Zahn trilogy. Very dry and uninteresting except for Thrawn, who I think most people think of when they think of these books - that character solely elevates the material - the rest doesn't read like Star Wars. Mara Jade is particularly one of the worst characters I've ever read in a book - a total one-upper...like the worst kind of RPG character. The River Song of Star Wars. I think Brian Daley and Kevin J. Anderson best captured the feel of the original Star Wars. Matthew Stover did the most to 'push' the material. All his contributions are amazing, even Traitor, which is set in an era I don't much care about. Shatterpoint is fabulous and his novelization of RoTS surpasses the original material. Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor is his sole stumble - I didn't find that very interesting. Where's the Medstar Dulogoy? I loved those as well.


message 10: by Viktor (last edited Feb 23, 2012 02:11PM) (new)

Viktor Engstrom I think it is funny how you bash what the author is writing in the Darth Banes series when the only thing he did was flesh out an already existing story from the Star Wars comics (in this case published 2001 and years before the work on these books began). The author does know his Star Wars I would say, he was even involved in the KotoR franchise which have the most interesting story and the most interesting characters in the Star Wars universe todate.

Besides the books(where many are crap) and the movies there are many more sources for star wars fiction like the many many comics or games created around the universe and they sometimes give a better view than even the books.


message 11: by Joseph (new)

Joseph The comment was 3 years ago. Let it go everyone...


message 12: by Andy (new)

Andy Why is star by star higher I would say top 10


message 13: by Andy (new)

Andy not higher


message 14: by Brian (new)

Brian Joseph wrote: "If anyone votes for the Darth Bane books high they should have their votes eliminated. Those two books were the worst books I have ever read in the Star Wars theme. The author has no concept of w..."

Funny, I just started a profile to give the Thrawn Trilogy the bad review it deserves. I'm glad you posted this comment. I've been a fan of SW for thirty years but just started reading these books. My first experience was this trilogy specifically chosen because of reviews I found here. I'm very disappointed.


message 15: by Jason (new)

Jason Sullivan In my opinion the Darth Bane Trilogy is the best Star Wars books I have read so far. (I've only read 32 books up to the date of this posting)


message 16: by Mike (new)

Mike Wiebe Jason wrote: "In my opinion the Darth Bane Trilogy is the best Star Wars books I have read so far. (I've only read 32 books up to the date of this posting)"

I agree with you as well that the Darth Bane Trilogy was good but not necessarily great because it was all very dark and not a good blend of humour; tragedy; action; suspense etc that you see in a well developed Star Wars novel that stays true to the movies.


message 17: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan S. Harbour I'm not subbing to this unmoderated list full of non-Star Wars books.


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris Bumpas Just finished the first Darth Bane. Being number one on this list makes me not want to read another Star Wars book. Felt like it was written for a high school aged reader.


message 19: by Laura (new)

Laura Jon wrote: "I'm not subbing to this unmoderated list full of non-Star Wars books."

I don't believe anyone asked you to, but if you would kindly point out the non-Star Wars books instead of giving unhelpful complaints, I will remove them.


message 20: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Chris wrote: "Just finished the first Darth Bane. Being number one on this list makes me not want to read another Star Wars book. Felt like it was written for a high school aged reader."

These comments, lol faith restored. I did not like Darth Bane books at all. It all just seemed like a rip off of Batman's Knightfall.


message 21: by Kelsi (new)

Kelsi Hi everyone, I was wondering if any Star Wars novels had Aayla Secura in them? An appearance at least? Thank you. :)


message 22: by Laura (new)

Laura Looks like she's just in a couple comics. You can check all her appearances at the bottom of the page here:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Aayla_...


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