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
YES YES YES especially if they are Star Wars friends.
Told the story of how the rule of two became the standard for the Sith
No listened to over 6 days.
Philosopher, mindfulness practitioner, lover of sci-fi/fantasy, class literature, history, and philosophy.
Enthralling, informative, fun
Learning the background of the Sith Rule of Two.
They were all so good.
Each time that Bane becomes more aware of how the world around him needs to be changed.
I have not read the print version, however I liked how if a something like a lightsaber duel was happening, you had the sounds of the lightsabers in the background, or you could hear blaster-fire in the background if a battle were waging as the Narrator read the story to you. There was always some sort of noise in the background that matched the scenario, but it didn't overwhelm the dialogue.
********SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!************** Most memorable moment was when the author was describing how Bane learned the TRUE nature of the Dark-side and openly rejected, and defied the Sith Masters on Korriban. Also the parts of the book that revealed information that let you connect events in The Knights of The Old Republic Star Wars RPG with what was happening in the book.
Too many good parts to really pin-point just one.. jeez, it's like asking me my favorite band... Are you mad?!
It wasn't really a 'single moment' more like a series of moments where the author was describing all of the emotions Bane was feeling and his past experiences that drove him deeper into the dark-side and his logic for what he used as his own 'justification' for what he was, or was planning on doing. Just kind of makes you think about what people go through and the things they experience that drive them to become the people they are.
I did have the 'Overall' rating at 4/5 at first because even though this book was written very well, there were a few times where the dialogue seemed a little cliche/generic to the point where I could almost quote, verbatim, what was about to be read to me. However, these parts were few and far between so I bumped it back up to 5 stars.
If you happen to be one of those oddities that likes to read one book in a series and then quit.. DON'T DO IT! READ THE NEXT ONE TOO! If you loved this book, just wait and hold on to your socks. This book is just the foundation work for the next one. After listening to almost the entire second book the first one feels almost an extremely long, drawn out introduction (except it wasn't boring). I've been listening while on a road trip and was completely enthralled in the second book to the point where I had just started the book, and when I finally wondered what chapter I was on.. Mr. Davis ominously informed I was starting: "Chapter eighteen-teen-teen-een-een....." (Sorry.. had to put that in there xD)
Okay, I really enjoyed the humble beginning story. Once Bane becomes a sith, the story becomes very bland and predictable as Bane has no real threatening adversary. Had the end been more like the beginning, I would have continued with the second book, but alas my interest with the under-satisfying origins of the rule of two ends here.
Well written, organized and presented.This book provides and excellent overview of the 'Rule of Two' and why, in Bane's opinion, it was a necessary 'adjustment' to the current 'brotherhood of darkness' model. Bane's character is developed nicely throughout the novel. I particularly enjoyed his 'rise to power' which was not a sudden affair and included some substantial setbacks/beatings. Also, one of the first SW offerings that I've read which showed specialization in certain aspects of the force and explains how a good 'blade master' can tactically take down someone who is stronger in the force.; also discussed the pre combat activation of a force shield and why it is necessary.Some great stuff on Revan history in here as well as quality material on the gritty Jedi General Hoth.
What I am disappointed in- which is not related to this novel- is the fact that Mr Karpyshyn failed to deliver a similar quality in his recent 'Revan' offering. Pity!
yes its a lot better
the character progression
he is the bane of the jedi
a great book
After reading James Luceno's Darth Plagueis and learning the name of the visionary Sith Lord who destroyed the Sith to rebuild and revolutionize them I had to read this series. And I have to say I love this trilogy as much as I love the Harry Potter series (and that's saying something. I've read that series 5 times). Karpyshyn paints Des/Bane in such a way that you have to admire, respect and even cheer for him even as you watch him mature into a creature of the Dark. He embodies everything that we fear and hate about the Dark-possessed of awe-inspiring power, ruthless, fearsome, physically imposing and yet subtle, cunning, patient, with great respect for the past and great vision for the future. Probably the most dynamic villain I've ever encountered; he is truly the Sith'ari in my opinion, and every Sith Lord who follows after him should pay homage to his greatness. I've been waiting for these books to hit audible since the day I finished Dynasty of Evil the 1st time.
I gave the performance 4 stars because I didn't particularly appreciate the narrator's choice to give Bane an aussie accent. It's kind of jarring and annoying. So was the choice to give the denizens of Apatros southern accents. I realize Apatros was a backrocket planet but that's kinda pushing it. And he sometimes forgets which accent he's doing for which character, and it sounds disjointed. He is however, the only narrator I've come across in a dozen audio books who can do a good Neimoidian accent. That's worth an extra star to me.
Once again the Old Republic series is the best of the Expanded universe of the Star Wars. The story is revealing and explanatory in all respects.
The characters are very much alive and attract the reader/listener all the way to the final moments where you at last find your breath again.
It is simply a great way of escaping the monotony of everyday life. Leave planet Earth and go deep into that galaxy far, far away a long time ago...
Joakim Vasiliadis - who has now read his 64th Star Wars novel.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
Though I have watched all the movies, I have only read two other Star War Novels. Those were written by Bear and Zahn. Those turned me off to reading in the genre. This book has brought me back. Karpyshyn is a good writer and brings life to the story or story to the story.
I like the look at the bad guy as the good guy. In most wars, both sides believe they are the good guys and it is nice to see this brought out in this story. Because of the history of Star Wars, the Dark Side is stuck calling themselves the Dark Side. In real life I don't believe they would think of themselves as Dark.
Bane starts out as a miner in a typical company owned planet, in which the company takes advantage of it's workers. There are several chapters dedicated to a card game and in explaining all the details of the card game. This card game happens early in the book, and made it slow for me to get into the story, as I wondered if the whole book was going to be this detailed about minute stuff. Around chapter 13 the story really picks up and I am glad I hung in there. Bane goes to a school to learn to be a Sith, which involves students challenging each other. It brought back memories of high school wrestling, only with deadlier consequences. Several times Bane is like Ben Roethlisberger, it seems like he is going to get sacked and that is when he is the deadliest. Matter of fact this theme was played out about once to often. Most of the book is predictable, but not in a bad way. This did not earn five stars, but I will be listening to the second book in the series.
I am not a big fan of the narrator, he has a sort of melancholy voice that seems better suited for girl books or classics, but the sound effects for this make up for that. The audio for this makes the book lots better then reading it.
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