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This essential Star Wars Legends novel is the first in a trilogy chronicling the rise of the fearsome Sith lord Darth Bane.
“A solid space adventure [that] charts the evolution of an antihero almost as chilling as Darth Vader.”—Publishers Weekly
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 the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, a far greater destiny awaits him.
As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side, Dessel embraces his new identity: Bane. But the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, he must defy the most sacred traditions and reject all he has been taught. It is a trial by fire in which he must surrender fully to the dark side—and forge from the ashes a new era of absolute power.
Book 1 of the Darth Bane Series by Drew Karpyshyn
Series: Book 1 of 3 in The Darth Bane Series
My wife dragged me into Target the other day, and for once, I was glad. As we strolled down the book aisle, my eyes spotted three Star Wars books – the new “The Essential Legends Collection” recently released.
Although I enjoy the Star Wars franchise of movies, I wouldn’t call myself a fanatic. My sci-fi tastes run more on the dystopian/TEOTWAWKI, but I couldn’t look away from the cover image created by Edwin Vazquez. The entirely new look of the remarketed Legends series of books spoke to me, saying, “Buy us, Seth. You know you want to.”
So I complied.
My eyes were first drawn to the cover of Path of Destruction by author Drew Karpyshyn (known for his work on the Mass Effect video games and books).
Since I lacked deep knowledge of Star Wars literature, I researched what the Legend books are. Apparently, George Lucas’s Star Wars universe inspired many authors to write fan fiction stories. Some of which became immensely popular. Originally referred to as the “Expanded Universe” or “EU,” those famous works are now known as Legends.
Path of Destruction began my foray into the Star Wars Legends universe, and I was not disappointed. The fantastic artwork on the cover left me wanting to know everything about this Darth Bane. It turns out I wouldn’t put the book down until I finished it – it was that good.
I’m going to make an effort not to reveal any spoilers moving forward in these reviews I write, but I make no guarantees there won’t be a few. Reader, beware!
As a character, Bane reminded me of fan-favorite Luke Skywalker. They both grew up living paltry lifestyles on miserable planets and are strong in the force. Bane’s existence was much more complex than Luke’s, and Bane is giant and muscular.
Beyond the character archetypes of the protagonists, this book follows the quintessential Hero’s Journey as perfectly as Star Wars IV: A New Hope did. There are even points in the book where the author literally says the hero (Bane) crossed a threshold. I actually laughed out loud when I read that, as I imagine anyone familiar with the steps of the Hero’s Journey would.
Ultimately, Path of Destruction is a must-read for all Star Wars fans. It serves as a work of historical fiction taking place 1000 years before Luke Skywalker’s adventures. If you want to know where the Sith Rule of Two came from, grab a copy of Path of Destruction today!