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
A great origin story of Darth Bane, a fascinating character. The story really moves at lightning pace.
Bane is an obvious choice, but the cast of supporting characters is excellent, with Githany being a standout.
I was a bit skeptical getting my first audio book not narrated by the outstanding Marc Thompson. Davis was terrific however putting his own stamp on the characters. Davis seems to be a tad darker in tone, but that makes sense given the dark subject matter. His narration and the production quality are terrific. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to purchase a narration from Davis nor Thompson.
Nah, though when pulling into work when listening to this during my commute, I wasn't to happy to stop the story many times.
Highly recommended, and can't wait to move on to the next in the series.
I never realized how much fun being evil could be until I read this book via paperback and then I've listened to it several times and finally bought all 3 parts in hardcover. The author is very easy to read and great at the action. I liked all 3 parts but the first book will always be one of my favorite books and a classic in the making. The audio version includes sound effects which kind of threw me at first but it wasn't long before I started looking forward to them with each book. Great narration.
It's hard to come up with a criticism but the only thing I've ever balked at was how the last two parts seemed kind of rushed towards the ends of the books but if he ever came up with a part 4 I'd buy it without hesitation. So if you like Star Wars and action-oriented writing then you can't miss with this book.
Darkside, Adventure, Prequel
Jonathan Davis delivers another great performance, definitely pick this one up if you are a Star Wars fan and want some Sith back story.
Honestly near the top, i still rank the Thrawn series above this but its like saying Godfather 2 is not as good as the first. I got this book on a random hunch and very glad i stumbled upon my first and definetly not last star wars book.
The climax at the academy, wish i could say more but listen for yourself
Bane for sure
No just kept me on the edge of my mental seat.
Jonathan Davis' performance is excellent. The voices he chose and the way he delivered the lines really make the experience all the more enjoyable. The story is excellent as are the sound fx. Its nice to see things from a predominantly Sith point of view.
This is probably my favourite series in the Star Wars extended universe so far. I have enjoyed every one I have listened to but this one really stands out. The performance is great as is the story.
Path of Destruction is very good book. Karpyshyn introducing us to a sith lord as strong as vader but also one with a story as interesting as the original trilogy. This book is dark and menacing without the happy side of the stories may other starwars novels try to convey.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
You have to get it!
Darth Bame Begins!
Yes! He does well. It funny how he makes Darth Bane kind of sound like Bane from Batman!
Even though the book is focused on the bad guys of the star wars universe, I felt myself cheering for bane throughout. His character is extremely believable, and it was easy for me to even relate to him. I love how bane, while physically imposing, overcomes most of his obstacles with cunning and treachery. There is a decent amount of action, but most of the book really is about bane coming to to know himself and understand the dark side. It was an intriguing and engaging listen.
awesome beginning to an epic story, oen of the best audio delivery.
I AM DARTH BANE!! **walks out**
One of the best sci-fi books I have ever heard or read. I am extremely impressed.
If you thought Vader was nasty meet Bane.
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