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 awesome power of the dark side as never before.
Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape - a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.
On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel 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, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy - if he can prove himself truly worthy.
As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure... especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival.
Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph - and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.
©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio
I thought the characterization of Darth Bane was well done. Also, the plot was believable and kept my attention. I would highly recommend this book.
I am a massive fan of fantasy books.
Awesome story, great reader, and overall wonderful listening experience. Bane an anti-hero of Star Wars, who brings about the 'Rule of Rule' begins his saga of power and purpose.
I'm a male 22 year old who is searching for amazing books that match my library. I don't like too much "magic" or non-fiction books.
This is an amazing beginning to the Star Wars universe! It has a great narrator. If you can get over the back ground, or if it doesn't bother you, it is amazing book with a great narrator which makes this book unbearable to stop listening to it.
I really enjoyed the narration and additional sound effects. I think they added to the story nicely without being too over the top.
I have only recently started listening to Star Wars books. If there are more like this trilogy I may never listen to anything else again.
FANTASTIC narration. I think Davis did a great job in separating out the characters with their own individual personalities and the whole book flowed smoothly. (I don't know if it matters but I listen to all of my books @ 1.5 speed and I didn't notice any problems with doing so with this book.)
I would recommend all the books in this trilogy to anyone who is interested in the time between the old republic and the movies. Good story with some important lore.
Loved the different point of view for a star wars novel. Showed the sith as people not just just the raving bad guy in the black hat.
Bane. His character was developed the most being the central figure of the novel.
Bane again. I loved he slight english twang to this particular voice
I enjoyed this book very much but no tears or lol's
The voice acting was spot on. Just enough of an accent to differentiate the characters without being distracting
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
Wasn't sure what to expect, and to be honest didn't think that the cover art looked very good. But it's a really interesting story with lots of Sith mythology ... Really enjoyable. Jonathan Davis does a great job with the performance.
Path of Destruction was a fascinating listen. I had read it once, a looooong time ago, but a lot of the details had slipped from my mind. Now it's more firmly entrenched. [grin]
"Path of Destruction" is one of a fairly few unique style of Star Wars novels. Like the more recently acclaimed "Darth Plagueis", this story is set almost exclusively within the realm of the Sith, and you really get a look at things from their perspective. From their view, it seems they're not evil at all (although I would classify Darth Scabrous of "Red Harvest" that way. Yuck! Don't waste your money on Red Harvest!). Instead, they are portrayed simply as a different order of Force users with a philosophy contrary to that of the Jedi, which is, I think, one of the things that made Plagueis such a hit.
And yet this books is not set within the familiar and comforting time period of the movies, or shortly before or after. It is 1,000 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace", and starts off even earlier, portraying Darth Bane's early life as an abused son of a drunken miner on the miserable world of Apatros, when his name was Dessel. It's fascinating to get a look at a character who is so far removed from the Star Wars movies, and yet so crucial in setting it up.
It's been a long time since I'd heard anything new from Jonathan Davis, what with Marc Thompson apparently having taken over the bulk of the newer novels. I was glad to see his return to the Star Wars Expanded Universe here!
His creepy soft voice for Bane was brilliant, but it was very similar to Sith Lord Khan (I don't know why, but I kept picturing either Ricardo Montalban or Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Lord Khan, lol). It's fortunate that the two of them didn't have much contact in the story, or it might have gotten very confusing.
Aside from that, his narration was sharply delivered, often in a voice like that of the character so you really know from whose perspective the story is being told. Jonathan is one of my two favorite readers for the Star Wars novels.
A New Hope . . . For the Sith!
Having recently also heard the Old Republic novel "Revan", I was saddened to see how the Star Wars universe largely remembers him only as a Sith Lord. This was portrayed by Bane's studies into Revan's antics while he was bad, and then later on by Bane finding a holocron left by Revan, made before his redemption by the Jedi.
On a personal note, I've become sympathetic to Revan and the raw deal he got, and seeing the good that he did, and ultimately ended up sacrificing his life for, ending up all but forgotten is rather depressing. It brings to mind all that Anakin Skywalker did during the first two prequels, and the Clone Wars, and yet the galaxy will always remember him as Darth Vader. It just sucks that Revan and Anakin got such raw deals.
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