Star Wars Darth Bane #1: Path of Destruction

Star Wars Darth Bane #1: Path of Destruction

by Drew Karpyshyn
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Star Wars Darth Bane #1: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

“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 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.

“A solid space adventure [that] charts the evolution of an antihero almost as chilling as Darth Vader.”
–Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345477378
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2007
Series: Star Wars: Darth Bane Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 60,572
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is a fantasy and science fiction novelist and an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on the popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. He lives in Canada’s hinterlands of the Great White North with his loving wife, Jen, and their cat.

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Star Wars Darth Bane #1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
Greedo More than 1 year ago
PROs : Lots of action. A very detailed look at how a Force user is trained in the dark arts. Very well written. Interesting characters. Although the ending was somewhat predictable, there were a few surprises there as well. CONs : Starts off a bit slow, but picks up after chapter two. Some of the names the author chose for characters seemed odd. Kaan, Des, Hoth, Kopecz; all seemed strange to me. Why use the name of a planet (Hoth) when naming a character? CONCLUSION : Stick with it, because it really picks up the pace starting with chapter three. This book kind of reminded me of Harry Potter 1, abused kid learns he has a mystical power and enrolls in an academy to learn to master these magical skills. However, the difference is that Harry makes all the light side choices, but Bane makes all the dark side choices. This book would definitely be in the top 20 of all the Star Wars books I've read over the years. I look forward to getting to the next installment of the trilogy. Four stars. 01/15/13
mr1906 More than 1 year ago
Having read all the young readers up through the adult novel Coruscant Nights I, I was reluctant to go back in time and read this novel. It grabbed me right from page one. I enjoyed learning of this "Darth Bane" and how he came to be. The follow up "Rule of Two" was very good as well. I can't wait to read more from this period of Star Wars lore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I am not a man of words...but I respect the power of words...' Darth Bane: Path of Destruction is the true manefestation of the power of words. Not merely is this the first true novel of the Sith Era, and provides fascinating enlightenment to the creation and/or destruction of the Old Republic, it is crafted from the perceptions of the anti-hero, divulging compelling insight into Sith philosophy. And as for us 'arm-chair Jedi' out there who think we've read it all and played it all and have our own Jedi philosophy down to the hilt of our lightsabers, this novel truly causes some changes in thought. In addition, the book was written by the same author who crafted the masterful lines for the award-winning RPG game Knights of the Old Republic, and the plot is worthy of his vast imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an anti-hero!! I mean wow, Darth Bane is not just a Sith but the Sith. While the story takes a bit to get started every one needs a back/origin story. This is where the sith transform from a bunch of back stabbing lords out for power and become the evil duo we all fear and hate. It's well written and full of action a good read overall.
anikun07 More than 1 year ago
This book was the first book I've read of the Star Wars novels and it had all the elements for a great and fast read. The character development, plot, and writing style were excellent. Like several other Star Wars novels this book reads very quickly and was difficult to put down. Although there are several authors of Star Wars novels, Drew Karpyshyn is a fantastic writer and is on par with some of the authors who may be better known; James Luceno, Michael Reaves, and Timothy Zahn.
Johnny3 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was terrific! I couldn't put it down! I still need to read the 2 follow up books, but this is definitely a must read for any Star Wars fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is very interesting from a lore perspective and better written than many novels of its kind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book seriously is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One if the best starwars books ive read. Its addicting once you start reading you never wanna stop. Very good book i perfer it for every Star Wars fan.
Lord_Auras More than 1 year ago
STAR WARS Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn was truly an engaging and fascinating novel. I highly recommend it for anyone who has even a basic knowledge of the STAR WARS movies and is interested in learning about the Sith. Not only does this novel introduce the origins of the Sith, but also a history of the STAR WARS Galaxy, which should prove interesting to any STAR WARS fan. I found myself lost in the pages of the book during times that are usually set aside for listening to the professor (aka class) or studying. This was an excellent book.
StarWarsNerd More than 1 year ago
The Bane series had me hooked. Well writen, action packed, and plenty of twists. Karpyshyn brought a little of KOTOR to the table when writing this book. He's a great Game Dev and an awesome writer. Highly recommend!!!
batmeekin More than 1 year ago
Karpyshyn spins a nice yarn. It's not a great literary masterpiece, but it adds a nice slant on the Star Wars universe. This is the beginning of what will now be a (well at least a) trilogy of novelized tales about Bane and his vision for the legacy of the Sith. I think Karpyshyn does an excellent job of telling the story and I look forward to the third installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own over 20 star wars titles and i love them all but Darth Bane is the most interesting charecter ive incountered in the entire star wars series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction is truley great novel focusing on the events 1020 years before A New Hope. Darth Bane is a great anti-hero worthy of standing next to Darth Vader. The story is told from the dark side of the Force as it follows a young man's journey from working the mines of Apatros to becoming a Dark Lord of the Sith. Lots of action as the Sith and Jedi battle it out to see which side will prevail and rule the galaxy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction is possibly the best Star Wars novel ever written, and that is not an exaggeration. This book starts off slow but quickly builds to provide a heart-pounding plot. The author provides a great view of the Sith perspective in the Star Wars universe, and his noble work on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (XBox, PC, Mac) echoes throughout the novel. Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction would best be enjoyed by a Star Wars fan, but if you're not, this novel may yet convert you.
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slow beginning but it's very much a set up for the rest of the series. You really get to know Bane as a character and his conflict that primes him for the dark side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss my hand
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
I love Star Wars! There, I said it. In my readings in the Star Wars universe, one name has popped up over and over, Darth Bane. He is a Sith Lord that makes Darth Vader look like a girl scout. This is his story. Path of Destruction is the first book in the Darth Bane Trilogy, all written by Drew Karpyshyn. It takes place 1,000 years BEFORE the rise of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Des is the son of an abusive miner. He wins a high stakes game against a sore loser and rather than face jail, Des joins the Sith Brotherhood and goes to the planet Korrban, the home of the Sith, to join the fight against the Jedi, and to learn the ways of the Dark Side of the Force. Des delves deeper and deeper into the history of the Sith and becomes more and more powerful until he ultimately takes the name Darth Bane. “Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody the power and the other to crave it.” – Darth Bane If you ever wondered about the nature of the dark side of the Force, this is the book for you. If you are a fan of Star Wars, this book is for you. If you just want a good adventure story to read, this book is for you. By all means, read this book!
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If you payed attention to the movie you would know who Snoke is.Anyway,who would win?I would say Vader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 or 4 times and it never gets old. The Darth Bane character is one of the best ever created for the old books. The story is nonstop action and doesn't slow down.
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